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Wow - a 6k image tag? Are you sure you mean the html size and not the overall size of the page (html + images)? A 6k image tag would mean, 6.000 characters used to specify the image.
This is a 0.059k image tag:
<img src="mygif.gif" alt="my gif" width="100" height="100">
Imagine a 6k tag ...
So if you mean the overall size of your page increased by 6k (including image sizes) this wouldn't influence anything at google. Googlebot indexes just code + text.
So if you mean the overall size of your page increased by 6k (including image sizes)
yes...I mean the overall size of the page increased by 6k. I did add some new text so some of this is included. The gif itself is only 4kb. I didn't mean to say html size. It was the overall page size. Google shows the actual page size in SERPS.
I had read in places that Google prefers smaller pages. I didnt know if this just meant text or overall page size.
crobb305, it's allways problematic to say something definitively about google.
The smaller pages issue has been discussed in the past - controversial.
What i know for sure though is that my visitors prefer smaller pages.
I mean the overall size of the page increased by 6k. I did add some new text so some of this is included. The gif itself is only 4kb.
So you didn't just add an image.
In adding that text you've probably effectively changed the whole balance of your page on a lot of factors.
Density. Prominence. Proximity. Distribution. Code/text ratio. Stop/Key word ratio.
Any number of things.
The image will be the least of it.
images are called seperately from the html so they have no effect on search engine spiders, which don't bother with the images.
i.e.a normal browser downloads the html and then downloads the images listed. A spider doesn't call for the images so they're never downloaded and don't affect download times or anything else as far as the spider is concerned.
I am a programmer just like the boys and girls at Google. It is likely that we think much alike.
I am sure many other scheduling priorities also exist such as PR.