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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?
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.