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Well Google has now announced that speed has been added to their algo which might explain the recent ranking drops several webmasters here have experienced (active for the last few weeks according to the post over there).Great catch! Didn't know about that. I stand corrected: it is official now.
s there anyone here with a really slow site according to Google labs, say average speed > 5 seconds as shown in GWT? If so, have you seen a Google traffic drop over the last few weeks which might be attributable to this?Yes, most of my sites (both affected by the drop and not) are above 5s load average. Completely not the true load speed but who do you argue it with?
(I'm talking about the Google labs claimed speed, not about the site's real loading speed)
Completely not the true load speed but who do you argue it with?
We use a variety of sources to determine the speed of a site relative to other sites.
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 10:42 pm (utc) on Apr 9, 2010]
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 10:51 pm (utc) on Apr 9, 2010]
Currently, fewer than 1% of search queries are affected by the site speed signal in our implementation and the signal for site speed only applies for visitors searching in English on Google.com at this pointIf it's so insignificant, why the announcement? Also, I would say that, given the enormous amount of long tail keywords out there, "less than 1%" can amount to many thousands of keywords.
If it's so insignificant, why the announcement?
But if Google is going to use speed as a ranking factor, even a minor one, they need to make sure that it's applied properly.
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 12:05 am (utc) on Apr 10, 2010]
We launched this change a few weeks back after rigorous testing. If you haven't seen much change to your site rankings, then this site speed change possibly did not impact your site.
[edited by: tedster at 8:54 pm (utc) on Apr 14, 2010]
[edit reason] removed identifying site details [/edit]
[edited by: tedster at 1:20 am (utc) on Apr 20, 2010]
[edit reason] switch to example.com - it cannot be owned [/edit]