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How do you think it affects us? I think blindly taking into factor speed might not be appropriate since that would mean giving preference to a small two page site over a comprehesive Wikipedia article. Don't you think?
The load time is now slower than it was several days ago.
I'm seeing the same thing in Webmaster Tools, even though my text and HTML are now "deflated" by 70+ percent over what they were a few days ago and text on pages is displaying perceptibly faster.
I may have missed it, but I don't get where they are getting the speed from.
I'm pretty sure that on a 56k dialup speed would be a lot slower than on a high speed broadband.
So the speeds they use are on what kind of connection?
And is their connection actually related to anything near what the average surfer uses?
I think someone posted earlier the speed was calculated from users toolbar data. So it is an average from users all over the world on all kinds of connections.
I think this is what you mean but I just wanted to ask: Users that accessed a page from a site from different internet speeds, and from all those load times an average is calculated?
From previous post "We have an offer page that sends users onto 1 of 3 other websites depending on what the user is looking for."
The page listed as taking the time, actually loads and passes the user onto the affiliate website in less than 1/10th of a second.
This third-party page lists a 'thank you' page while they assess exactly where to send the user. The user is no-longer under our control and the address bar reads as a different URL.
Would I be right in thinking that until the user/toolbar registers a 200/OK response header on the penultimate website the timer continues to run logging the time as US?
<?php if (substr_count($_SERVER['HTTP_ACCEPT_ENCODING'], 'gzip')) ob_start("ob_gzhandler"); else ob_start(); ?>
This checks to see if the browser can deal with gzip and if it can it sends it compressed data otherwise it sends uncompressed. I tested it with GIDZipTest (just Bing for it) and it shows a 60% saving.
PS Forgot to say you can prepend this to each file in your htaccess file I'm just playing with this on one site to check for possible problems.
php_flag zlib.output_compression on
php_value zlib.output_compression_level 6
I agree @dstiles. A friend of mine's website was recently sandboxed/penalised. the reasons... who knows? What it did mean was he was giving google PPC (around £500 per day) to keep his business going. for 3 months!
My point is this. Whats stopping google from penalising who they want when they want? my friend didnt agree with my point of view however, I think it is to much of a cash generator to overlook on googles part.
maybe i've missed something... but i don't think it takes any account of your niche. if you have a gaming site, for example, then none of your competitors are likely to be anywhere near that. trying to compete in speed with the rest of the web is a totally meaningless exercise. you need to compete with your competitors.
If you look at the internet connection speed of visitors to a website, visitors to a site of yours might be using a connection slower than the visitors to one of your competitors but if you look at the load time alone your website could be faster.