If you have been paying attention to SEO trends then you already know that there’s a big emphasis on speed right now. Strong websites that have fast page loading speeds are doing better in search engine searches than equally good websites that are just a little bit slower.
If you want your own website to remain at the top of search results then you need to make sure that you’ve taken the steps necessary to speed it up.
Google Ranking and Speed
In the spring of 2010, Google announced that they were making yet more changes to their search ranking algorithms. One of the major factors that they decided to incorporate into those changes was speed. They noted that faster page loading times make users happier and therefore have become an important part of the value of a site.
Check your Site’s Speed
Are you wondering how your site’s page load speed compares to the other sites that Google is indexing? Google recommends using the following tools to check out your current site speed as well as to get some tips on improving site performance:
Google also recommends a number of other tools for speeding up both sites and apps. These can be found on their “Let’s make the web faster” page.
How to Speed up Your Site
Page load speed basically refers to the amount of time that it takes your website to respond to requests made of it. Here are some things that you can do to improve your speed (and therefore improve your search engine rankings).
Customers Like Fast Loading Websites
You should certainly improve your page load time for the purpose of improving SEO. However, it is also important to note that this will result in the major benefit of making all of your site’s visitors happy.
Regardless of the amount of new traffic you gain from making the change, you should see an improvement on your site in terms of the length of time customers spend on the site and the number of different areas of the site that they check out.
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