Test My Site Speed – Optimise Your Site Speed for Better Ranking

Just how important do you think your website speed is? It’s VERY IMPORTANT,  believe it or not. To test my site speed I use an array of different tools. They all do the same thing, they test your site speed. The thing is though you will get conflicting differences from one site speed check to another.

That’s why I use a variety of site speed checks then I can average out the basic speed for my website.

It’s the same when you do an SEO audit on your website. You need to use an assortment of tools because once again you will get conflicting evidence. This is another topic entirely though!

I want to show you in simple terms and a no-nonsense easy to understand the way the whys and wherefores of optimizing your website for a better speed.

When to do a Site Speed TestA man running at high speed

I personally like to do a check every other day. The reason being your website stats can change from day to day even hour to hour. The importance of the time your website loads is paramount. The reason it is important is that Google and other search engines take the time your website loads as a ranking factor.

Search engines want the best search experience for their clients. If you have a slow loading time on your website it will be factored in your ranking. We are not talking about seconds here but milliseconds.

Basic Facts About Site Speed

  1. 1 in 4 visitors will abandon your website if it takes more than 4 seconds to load

  2. 74% of mobile users will leave a website if it takes longer than 5 seconds to load

  3. 47% of e-commerce customers expect page load times of less than 2 seconds before they consider leaving

  4. 40% of users would abandon the site at the third second of waiting before a performance analytics tool even captures their presence on the site!

  5. 46% of users won’t revisit poorly performing websites

  6. Website owners have less than 5 seconds to engage visitors before they consider leaving

  7. The average peak load time for conversions is around 2 seconds

  8. Every 100 ms increase in load time to Amazon decreased sales by 1%!

  9. Every one-second delay in page load time could lead to $1.6 billion in annual losses for online merchants as big as Amazon

  10. Walmart saw a 2% increase in conversion rates for every 1-second improvement in page load times

  11. Google found that moving from a 10-result page loading in 0.4 seconds to a 30-result page loading in 0.9 seconds decreased traffic and ad revenues.

  12. When the home page of Google Maps was reduced from 100KB to 80KB, traffic went up 10% in the first week, and an additional 25% in the following three weeks

  13. 88% of internet users choose online retailers delivering high-performance and user-friendly website experience, and almost 50% abandon websites that fail to load within 3 seconds

  14. 79% of dissatisfied customers no longer revisit underperforming websites

  15. 46% of dissatisfied customers develop a lasting negative impression and 44% share their shopping experiences with the rest of the world

  16. A 2-second delay during a sales transaction results in abandonment rates of up to87%.

These are facts so always check your site speed and fix any of the problems.

Here is a blog by Neil Patel about the advantages of having a website with faster site speed. 

How to Fix Your Site Speed

Firstly you need to determine if your website speed is slow or not. To do this you need to know where you can find website speed analysis tools.

Here is a list of 10 of the best website speed checkers which are all free to use.

An infographic about website speed

Pingdom

Gt metrix

Key cdn

Google Page Speed Insights

Uptrends

Varvy Pagespeed

Web Page Test

Dotcom – Monitor

Yellow Lab

Pagelocity

There are more and more people who use their mobile phones (cell phones) to interact online. So obviously you need to have your website optimized for mobile speed as well.

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Almost two-thirds of searches are made on mobile phones, the search engines don’t like websites that are not mobile-optimized and punishes those sites by not ranking them higher. Most of the people who use social media access websites online with their mobile phones.

Here is a speed checker for your mobile device.

According to Google 85% of all websites in mobile search results now adhere to the mobile-friendly label. So do a mobile optimization test and see if your website is slow to load in mobile search.

For more info on mobile optimization see link below.

Further reading about mobile optimization for your website.

Factors for a Slow Website Speed

There are many different reasons why your website can be slow or sluggish. One of the main factors is images. Image optimization is a must because 65% of your website sluggishness will be due your them.

So how do we optimize our images? The key fact is to compress your images. So how do we do that?

There are many tools that can help with image optimization. (another list) Below you will find a list of 10 websites that will help you compress your images.

Optimizlla

Resize my Picture

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Kraken

Image Recycle

Tiny PNG

Compressor

Online Image Optimizer

Resize Photos

Convert Image

Trimage

Use a WP Plugin

Also if you use WordPress you can download a free plugin called Smush. This is a fantastic plugin. With the free version, you can compress 50 images at once. Once it has compressed 50 images just keep compressing and it will do 50 more and so on until all your images are compressed. Easy!

Hosting

When your website is running slow it might be a good idea to check with your hosting server. If you are using shared hosting your website will run slower compared to using VPS (virtual private servers) or a dedicated server.

Shared Hosting

 

There are certain factors why people use shared hosting. It is the most inexpensive to use. There is nothing wrong with shared hosting just be prepared to know that it may be only maybe the shared hosting you are using that may slow down your website.

VPS Hosting (Virtual Private Servers)

With VPS servers your website will be far quicker. They use multiple servers hence they are much more expensive to use.

Dedicated Hosting

With a dedicated host server, it will be your own physical server. You hire a system administrator to maintain it and you pay a server rent. This the most expensive of all hosting.

A review of some of the best hosting servers.

WordPress Pluginsblue banner with 2 house pluga at either end with the wordpress name in the middle

If you run a WordPress website and many do actually nearly one-third of the world use WordPress. It is worth checking your plugins to see if they are slowing down your website speed.

Many people think that using too many plugins will slow down your website. This, in fact, is not true. It’s the quality of the plugin, not the quantity that can slow down your website.

Before installing a plugin check to how many people are using that particular plugin and how many stars it has. Also, check if it is compatible with the version of WordPress you are using. All this information is located below the plugin details.

A screenshot of a plugin highlighting the certain areas for the best quality

Remember quality over quantity is best.

So you can see from the screenshot that Smush an image optimizer has over 1 million installations, was updated recently and is compatible with this version of WordPress.

This is a good quality plugin. This is you want to be looking for when you decide you want to install a plugin.

CDN (Content Delivery Network)

Using CDN will definitely make your website run faster. The reason for this they redirect user requests to the nearest server. This can turn out to be expensive but is well worth it if you want your website to load faster. An example of this is: Say your server is in the USA and someone from Australia clicks through to your website, then the nearest server will be used which will be in Australia. Hence your website will load faster.

Minimize Java and CSS scripts

There is an easy way to do this without knowing the ins and outs of coding or too much technical jargon using a plugin. It’s a PHP JS and CSS minifier. The name of the plugin is called Master Branch.

Use Website Caching

Once again you can use a plugin for caching if you use WordPress. The plugins available for this are W3 Total Cache and W3 Super Cache. More often than not if you are using a shared server caching you will not be available to you. If you are using a dedicated server or VPS server you are able to set up caching under general settings.

CMS (Content Managment System)

Yet another way to increase your website performance is a content management system. CMS stores comments, blog posts, and various other information that takes up a huge amount of data storage. This storage of information will slow down your website. So here we have yet another plugin for WordPress users. This plugin is called WP-Optimize.

Unnecessary Data

As we want our website to load and run at the optimal speed you have to look into all suspects that might slow down your website.

These can include 404 errors, redirects that need to be reduced and reducing the use of web fonts. The more data you have stored the longer it takes for your website to load so fix any of these problems promptly.

For example, a short scenario: When you start up your computer how long does it take to load everything in the startup menu. If it takes a long time, say more than a couple of minutes then you may want to disable some of the features on your startup menu. You will not always be using some of the features every day, so it makes sense to disable them. It is quite easy to enable them again.

The same goes for your website. We don’t need to overload our websites with unnecessary data. I hope that makes sense.

Ok saying that there is 1 more thing I want to add and that is Google AMP framework. This page will take you to the quickstart menu and from there you can decide for yourself if this is a viable option for your website.

In Conclusion

Owning a website is not as easy as most people think. You have to maintain it as often as possible. This takes a huge chunk out of your time when all you really want to do is write content. Don’t be disillusioned we all have to go through this learning process when we start a website or blog.

The thing is to take your time to learn 1 thing at a time. Optimize one thing thoroughly and then move on to the next. If you try to do it all at once you will just end up with information overload. Too much information overload can make you want to give up. Your endeavours to create a great website with quality content will be flushed down the toilet.

Why did we start a website in the first place?  to probably earn money through affiliate marketing or through an E-commerce store. Don’t let your dreams of doing this be wasted by impatience. It takes quite a lot of time to earn revenue through a website as your website visitors want to buy from a trusted site.

You will only be trusted by your visitors by writing quality content they want to read. You have to address their needs and questions and your advice to them has to be as sincere as possible. Never lie be yourself.

So my best advice is to take things slowly.photo of a snail

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me through the comment section below or the contact me form below.

Hope you enjoyed my article.

Regards

Janet

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6 thoughts on “Test My Site Speed – Optimise Your Site Speed for Better Ranking

  1. Thanks Mark for your recent comment. It’s good to know that my article was helpful to you in more ways than one.

     Yes, who wants to lose visitors just because of a slow website. It is quite easy to fix if you are intent on fixing the problem.

     I tried to outline the best ways to fix your website speed and it looks like it paid off. I intentionally wrote this article for those people that really have or had no idea where to start to fix their website speed.

    Thanks again

    Kind Regards

    Janet

  2. Thank you Paul for your recent comment. Yes google and other search engines do take into account the speed of your website.

    It never used to be of any importance years ago but now it is one of the major factors due to the search engines wanting the best search results for their customers.

    We only have to think of our own searches, if a website is slow to load we get dis-interested very quickly in a matter of seconds.

    Thank you again

    Regards

    Janet

  3. Thank you so much for the recent comment. I am so glad my article helped you to find at least a couple of solutions to your website speed.

    Smush is a great plug-in tool and it’s free to use which makes it even better in my opinion. 

    It’s also a good idea to optimise your mobile speed which I have outlined in this article. More and more people are using their mobile phones for website searches.

    I mentioned in the article …with a link to be able to download another plug-in for this, So I would advise you to use that too.

    Thanks again

    Take Care and Regards

    Janet

  4. It’s nice to see this explained so thoroughly. I’ve always heard how important it is to have a fast website, but it’s not often that anyone elaborates on why. The obvious reason is that you can lose visitors when they have to struggle with a slow site. But your article actually breaks down the numbers and they’re quite compelling. You also included several site speed checkers. I would have googled maybe one or two, but this saves me the trouble and provides everything I need to evaluate my own. Very informative post! Thanks for putting this out there.

  5. Dear Janet,

    Thanks a lot for the informative and very helpful post.

    Recently I came across that, Google consider the site speed into account in their ranking algorithm which I am unaware of for a long time. The facts you shared is amazing and its really helpful in making us realize the importance of site speed.

    I just use Pingdom to check my site speed and the list of website speed checkers you have provided is a greater help.

    Also I recently got an email from Google stating they are going to give more importance to the websites which are mobile friendly and also stating that mobile searches are more compared to desktop.

    Thanks for explaining the importance and also providing solutions very helpful.

    Wishing you great Success!

    Paul

  6. I have always  wondered why I got different results using various site speed tools. I wasn’t aware of many of the tools you stated. Ill definitely play around with them. 

    It’s true that website speed is a ranking metric. One of my sites is slow and I’ve been stressing over it. I’m thrilled with the list of image optimization tools you listed. I’ve only heard of a couple but will be using them as I know I need to compress many of my images. 

    I will also be installing Smush on my sites. I have a cache plugin, but haven’t heard of Master branch. 

    Thank you for this informative and well-written article. I learned a lot!

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