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easyrider
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Page load speed

I have an issue with the page load speed. Google analytics tells me that my average page load speed is about 12 seconds, which is incredibly high. However, I checked with Hostgator who tested my site from various locations around the world and it usually took around 2 seconds to load. This is in line with my experience as well.

Why would Google Analytics come up with such an inaccurate figure and how can I rectify this (as most people know it's a ranking factor)?
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jimcoe
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@Greg: Don't know why GA would give an inaccurate figure. Could it include analyzing your ROBOTS.TXT file or some JavaScript? Or Googlebot is being put into a loop? Have you tried Google Website Tool's "View as Googlebot"?

I like to test speed with Pingdom. It shows you each component of the load time in detail. That lets you know if it's your images or JavaScripts, or just what, causing most of the slowdown.

Since I find tests vary from one to the next, I average a few tests together.

If you're using WordPress, I got a BIG boost in page load time with a plugin the gets the JavaScript Libraries most themes use from Google's servers instead of my web host's ("Use Google Libraries")

Hope that helps....
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Hi Greg,

This article on Google Analytic site speed report may help you- http://calendar.perfplanet.com/2011/sto ... ed-report/

Mary
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Thanks Mary! Very interesting!
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I am having the same problem in GA my report said the avg. load time was over 5 sec.

i checked all my pages with pindom and all but one page are below 3 sec
i fixed the one page and retested it. it is now below 3 sec as well.

i checked my GA again and the avg load time still says over 5 sec
is the load speed realtime or is a static stat that changes when googlebot crawls every 4 weeks or so?
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nates450r wrote:I am having the same problem in GA my report said the avg. load time was over 5 sec.

i checked all my pages with pindom and all but one page are below 3 sec
i fixed the one page and retested it. it is now below 3 sec as well.

i checked my GA again and the avg load time still says over 5 sec
is the load speed realtime or is a static stat that changes when googlebot crawls every 4 weeks or so?


Obviously, there is inconsistency with GA reports. I think the best way to really know the page load time is to run another test with a third speed site test service.

I looked into other forums and a lot also got slow load time with GA. The article I posted above could indicate a possible reason why this is so.

Have a great day ahead :)

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Mary, thanks for the link. However, the page load times for all the browsers in GA seem to be similar - very high!!!

I am worried that I might be penalised for this in the search engine rankings.

And thanks Jim, I will have to try Pingdom.
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Hi Greg,

As far as I am aware of, Google only speed test 1% of the total impressions of a website and testing is done via Chrome browser. Additionally, Google often test speed only to the busiest pages of a site. Thus, I believe that the above data are not enough basis for Google to penalize you.

I suggest you use CDN if your site targets worldwide visitors. This is ideal and probably the best option for you.
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Aren't pages that load quickly good for visitors too, not just Google?

I see many different numbers for how soon your page must get a visitor's attention and move them to the interest phase in that traditional AIDA "Attention / Interest / Decision / Action" cycle.

Some say 3 seconds, some 7 seconds, some as much as 17 seconds. But, seems to me it's safe to assume you have a few seconds - minus your page load time. In other words, for the visitor, the "clock starts" when they click on the link leading to your page.

So, if you have 10 seconds to get your visitor's attention and interest, and if your page loads in 3 seconds, that leaves 7 seconds for you page to do its thing. Or something like that.

Makes sense?

Cheers!
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