Msg#: 4308156 posted 7:59 am on May 5, 2011 (gmt 0)
I just removed Google Analytics to help decrease load time. Were running, according to Google Webmaster Tools, slower then 65% of websites. I cant understand why, we only run html code with adsense. So I guess we will try this to see if it will help with the Panda update! Im not holding my breath, but we have tried everything else. We increased all page content and are really getting no where except for a short time jump in serps.
Msg#: 4308156 posted 9:08 am on May 5, 2011 (gmt 0)
Hmm, not sure I trust the site speed reporting at all. We moved to a much bigger & better dedicated server & it still reports we are slower! Sometimes it says we are faster than 90% of sites & we haven't changed a thing!
Msg#: 4308156 posted 11:06 am on May 5, 2011 (gmt 0)
Note that the load times reported are not based on Googlebot's visits, but your visitors' (using the Google toolbar with PageRank enabled). That's why they fluctuate so much. Say your server is located in Europe, but most of your visitors are from the United States, then the average load time will be higher than if they'd also be in Europe. And the fewer visitors you have, the fewer data points Google will have to display an "accurate" average load time.
Msg#: 4308156 posted 3:25 pm on May 5, 2011 (gmt 0)
Agree with robzila.
And think further - the connection speed of your visitors will also impact load time. So if you (for whatever reason) start to get more visitors with slower connections, the WMT page speed will show as slower.
Msg#: 4308156 posted 3:31 pm on May 5, 2011 (gmt 0)
Along these lines - Google Analytics just introduced a Site Speed report:
The new version of Google Analytics is currently available in beta to all Analytics users... This week we're sharing a new feature, the Site Speed report. With the Site Speed report you can measure the page load time across your site.
Uses for the Site Speed Report Content: Which landing pages are slowest? Traffic sources: Which campaigns correspond to faster page loads overall? Visitor: How does page load time vary across geographies? Technology: Does your site load faster or slower for different browsers?
Msg#: 4308156 posted 3:35 am on May 6, 2011 (gmt 0)
What I find MOST interesting is that in looking at analytics and viewing the bounce rate over time. Our "bounce" rate has gone up steadily every since the first Panda was let loose. Which tells me is that Google is serving pages that are not what the potential customer was looking for.