Whitey - 2:32 am on Sep 26, 2013 (gmt 0)
Googler Matt Cutts has recently said in an interview that the company may start putting weightage on the speed at which the site loads as a ranking factor moving ahead in 2010.
@phranque - thanks , there's some powerful insights in the mix coming from the OP/thread above.
But there's a lot of way's to measure speed, I suppose, and the most relevant correlation when ranking sites is probably in the measurement of user satisfaction. That's why server response times are, in isolation, likely irrelevant.
Simply, a good user experience will likely result in more conversions.
"Time To First Byte" ( TTFB ) is mentioned in a few online studies that I've read and being of no relevance to user satisfaction, whereas the time to render a page fully would play into optimizing the user experience.
And the quality of that rendering also becomes part of that speed equation to put you ahead of the algo.