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Page Load Speed

Page load speed has an impact on your search engine results and it makes sense. If your website loads nice and fast that means that your visitors will be happy and will have a good experience using the Google search engine. There are a few things you can look at to improve your page load speed and bump up your rankings a little bit. Just bare in mind that even though load speed is used in the ranking algorithm, it plays a small part in the entire ranking process.

Page Size

When it comes to the internet, page size matters a lot. The bigger the page size, the longer it will take to load on start-up. It is recommended that a website page size should be less than 3MB. This will ensure a decent load speed. Google has stated that they have been using page speed to rank websites for search engine results. Below we have added a few tips to reduce the size of your website pages.

  1. Compress and Resize Images
  2. Minify your resources
  3. Use CSS Sprites
  4. Remove Unnecessary

Page Requests

Page requests refer to the amount of HTTP requests your website makes to the server before it can load. Each time your website receives a visitor their browser pings the server that hosts the website they are trying to visit. It requests that the server sends all the files that contain the content of the website. This includes videos, images and text. That process is called an HTTP request. The browser needs to send a HTTP request for every single file on your website, so the more content you have the more requests the browser needs to make. The more requests the browser makes, the longer it takes for the website to load.

You can visit the Google store and install their HTTP Trace app which will track all the HTTP requests made, this app only works on Google Chrome.

Page Speed

The faster your page loads the more likely you are to receive more visitors. An estimate of 40% of web surfers will bounce off of your website if it does not load within 3 seconds. There are a few ways that you can decrease the load speed of your website:\

  1. Compression
  2. Browser Caching
  3. CSS Optimisation
  4. Image Optimisation

Using the above mentioned methods you can pull a lot of weight off of your website which will result in faster load speeds and happier website visitors.