TheMadScientist - 11:28 pm on Apr 11, 2010 (gmt 0)
Yeah, but if relevance really comes first what's even funnier is how many people are changing servers and hosts to try and speed up an irrelevant (or spam) site thinking it will help them in the rankings... LOL... It may be spam, but it's fast spam, why isn't it number one yet? Google is broken... LOL.
Can you imagine if they do apply it the way it's suggested and people make a big deal about it thinking speed will trump PR and relevance, so they go change hosts? And, what really makes me laugh is people who change hosts or servers rather than just figuring out how to make their site load faster where it is...
I actually contacted a host one day about moving from their shared box to dedicated (this was a couple (few?) years ago, because I've always thought speed is important) and they recommended against it, because their shared cluster is basically a 'hot box' and they said there was no way I could compete with the speed of their shared box for less than $2000 (or something outrageous) a month... I decided shared is cool.
Let me add: Most of the site speed problems I've seen are onsite, not the server directly, and there are times when shared can be faster than dedicated if you cannot afford a 'super fast' dedicated box. Yeah, if you're on a Free or $2.95 a month shared box it's probably overloaded, and could be a speed issue, but for most of the smaller (lower traffic) sites I've worked with a good $10 to $12 a month shared plan with a reputable host can be as fast or faster than a dedicated box if the site is 'tuned' for speed... The host I was referring to said if there was a security concern I might want to move to the dedicated box either way, but the shared cluster(s) they have are faster than most people can afford from a dedicated box, so as long as bandwidth did not become an issue the best answer for speed was their cluster. (I followed the advice partly because they talked me out of the more expensive route where they would have made more money to make sure I was happy.)
There are some great onsite speed tips and tricks in the original 'site speed' thread here: Site Speed May Become a Ranking Factor in 2010 [webmasterworld.com]