tedster - 4:43 am on Jan 19, 2011 (gmt 0)
Isn't there a way for you not to perform the search every time? Similar to what I said about the ad on dickbaker's page - it seems like the source should be able to trigger "page is loaded" before the ad starts doing its dance.
I've seen a similar improvement in all kinds of stats (sometimes including ranking) by using a caching plug-in for Wordpress. It's like you have everything ready to go for visitors instead of running around grabbing things every time someone does show up.