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WMT Site Performance - Sites in the top 20%

Msg#: 4268995 posted 8:58 am on Feb 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

Hope this is the right board for it.

I'm using the Site Performance tool in WMT Labs to monitor load speeds but would like to find a handful of fast sites (those within the top 20% bracket) against which to measure myself.

Don't suppose anyone could point me in the right direction for some of those sites?



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Msg#: 4268995 posted 1:08 pm on Feb 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

I think you'll find more activity and assistance in the Website Analytics Forum for your particular question, BenFox.


Msg#: 4268995 posted 2:15 pm on Feb 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

Oh. That's tough, because the WMT tools tends to show (in my experience) quite varied results. I can be fast one day and the not so fast another day.

However... try this... use your favorite search engine (or hey... try you SECOND favorite... give competition a chance) to find a speed test site that lets you put in lots of websites.

Then select a dozen or so that rank for your headline term and put them through the tool. Then you have a measure based on your own vertical.

Matt Cutts says that in essence, the website speed card has been overplayed by many. A site needs to be quite adrift before it suffers from a speed penalty. I am sure he was not THIS specific in Las Vegas in November, but what I "heard" from him (in a big crowded room with many other people listening) was that only 1 in 100 search queries "drop" a site on the first page of results. Given that there are 10 results on that page, that suggests only 1 in 1000 sites are getting "penalized" for speed issues.

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