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Load time in G-crawl stats vs Regional Speed Tests

Speed Test of various locations much slower than shown in G-crawl stats

5:26 pm on Sep 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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In google's Webmaster Tools Crawl Stats we are showing "time spent downloading a page" (in milliseconds) at:

1608 max.
830 avg.
438 min.

Isn't this well within acceptable range?

However, have noticed that our orders have slumped while traffic is up.

Checking with Link Sleuth one level deep from my home 20 minutes from the office and pages loading similar to what google shows above. Homepage at 3000 or under, while other pages are under 1000 ms. We are located in the Midwest.

What has raised concern is that using the free trial of the Speed Test that tests from 11 different locations, the load times for our homepage are much higher than either link sleuth or google crawl stats indicate. The Speed Test range is 6000 - 10000 ms. nationally (overseas much higher). Tests over the past week have seen a few lower than this range. Lowest being 2500 ms, and quite a few above this range - 12000, 13000 and even as high as 20000 ms. Most of the spikes above the range are from California and Texas.

Have tested a number of other competitors with the speed test and vast majority come in with much better times than our site.

The big question is, are our sites really loading this slow for visitors from outside our region as shown on the speed test, while appearing to load just fine for google?

Any thoughts on this appreciated.