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Google Webmaster Tools Site Performance Issue

2:42 pm on Sep 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

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We've invested heavily in improving site speed, and have seen a marked improvement in our speed as repored in Webmaster Tools' "SIte performance" over the past couple of months. We have reach up to "slower than 45% of sites".

However, looking at the result today we are "On average, pages in your site take 5.0 seconds to load (updated on Sep 13, 2011). This is slower than 74% of sites."

Testing some of the so-called slow loading pages with Page Speed reveals that many have very good scores, for example the homepage received 94/100.

We did recently add on the Facebook and +1 buttons, but this did not have an impact in the Page Speed result when tested. +1 is supposed to load asynchronously anyway.

I am a little perplexed as to the result in Webmaster Tools and was wondering if anyone could help explain this?

7:26 pm on Sept 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

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In other threads here people seem to do nothing but complain about how slow the +1 button loads and how much it increases page load time.
8:32 pm on Sept 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I would test your pages from some other corners of the globe. Therein lies the answer. Time to get that CDN and Anycast DNS. It's amazing how adding a button and milliseconds to a page tests just great near server home but it makes a hell of a difference to someone on another continent. Im pretty sure page speed is measured worldwide. Facebook definitely makes a difference in my tests, +1 not so much.