Every now and then I get a memo from Google that "search results clicks for [#*$!#*$!.com
...] have decreased significantly."
Google Webmaster tools tells me that my site is "slower than 91% of sites." Yet Alexa reported that it was much faster than most sites on the web.
My site has been optimized for speed and everyone who's checked says it's very fast.
Both the url in the memo and the URL examples goggle gives me for slow site pages are those that have hundreds of comments left by site visitors.
I note a growing number of sites have comments turned off by default, but provide a link that site visitors can click if opt to read them.
Should I have the already posted comments turned off and give visitors the choice to make them visible?
Do you think the long list of comments are slowing down my pages, at least in the eyes of Google?
Google is probably penalizing me for a slow site though every other metric we've used says it's above average speed. But Google is god, right?
Thank you for any helpful suggestions or insights.