SEO ALERT! Is your blog too slow? Performance check and recommendations

Enstine Muki

Enstine Muki

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wordpress speed and performance checkOne of the top things we want as bloggers and webmasters is to take our sites or articles to position #1 of page 1 of main search engines. Now, a lot is written out there on improving ones SERP position and one of the things that are under looked is the load speed of your blogs.

There are a lot of factors that affect your blog’s load speed and quickly, some of these are your web host, your theme, the plugins you have, images on your blog, etc. The crucial question in this post is to find out your blog speed so I will be focusing on tools that will help analyze your site performance and make recommendations for improvement. The reason is that Google has over 200 signals to determine search rankings and site speed is one of these. You therefore can’t afford to pay less attention to it.

Anything over 2 seconds could be considered slow. I have written a post on my blog where I show how I brought down my blog loading time from 10+ seconds to 3 seconds in just one day. While this sounds remarkable, my objective is to go below 2 seconds. This is the article.

Now, you cannot base your site speed judgment on your local network speed. For some of us in areas of slow connectivity, it may take over a minute or two to get the complete page load. Our concern here is how much time the server takes to interpret and process the command and deliver the page to the client, all things being equal. In any case, let’s see how to know your blog speed and performance level.

How do I know the site speed and performance grade of my blog?

Here are a few tools that can help know the site speed of your blog, with some suggestions how to get things fixed

Google Page Speed

This is the very first tool I recommend. It evaluates the performance of

your blog pages and gives suggestions for improvement. Go here to test your blog

QuickSprout

This is an interesting tool by Neil Patel and according to him, it’s taking him over $100 000 to put this in place. If you want my opinion, this is going to be one top speed test tools in 2014. It tests your site performance, gathers a lot of information and makes recommendations for improvements. Find out more about this tool here

Gtmetrix

This is another player that analyses the performance of your blog and makes suggestions for improvement. This tool combines materials from Page speed and Yslow. Go test your site here

YSlow

This is a free tool from yahoo that analyses and suggests ways to improve website speed based on a set of rules for high performance web pages. This comes as a plugin for Chrome,Firefox, Opera, Safari. Go here to find out more about it.

I’m aware there are a handle full of speed and performance test tools out there. These 3 are my top recommendations for you.

The accuracy of these tools may not be 100% but it goes a long way to give you a clearer view on your site performance.

When Google ranks slow sites, people use Google less. That’s a logical point to understand why speed is a ranking factor. However, it’s important to note that relevance still holds more weight in ranking your post.

While you may want to check this article on my blog on how to speed up your blog, kindly share your thoughts in the comment box below.

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Comments


  1. Twitter:
    There are DOZENS of things search engine consider when it comes to on-site SEO. Some of them aren’t as important as others. So, before I spend time on making my site faster, how important would you say speed is (on a scale of 1 to 10)??
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  2. Twitter:
    Hello Enstine, it feels good to read another post by you on this blog. I have used the tools you listed above and they are really great. I think focusing on reducing the speed of your blog will not only make it more search engine friendly, but it will also make your visitors pleased. The reason being that, no one wants to sit for over 2minutes waiting for an article on a blog to load. Thanks so much for sharing.
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  3. Twitter:
    Great article, I started using Yslow chrome extension and it really helped me speed my website a bit. Though still I need to improve my speed a bit more :)
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  4. Twitter:
    All the tools listed are great for testing your site speed. I have been using Gtmetrix for a while but recently found QuickSprout. I really like how QuickSprout also incorporates SEO Analysis. There is also some great video tutorials on QuickSprout University.
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  5. Twitter:
    You got it Bill! Neil has done a huge job setting up the QuickSprout University and making it free for the public. An ingenious marketing strategy.

    Thanks for the comment and hope to see you here again and why not on my blog too
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  6. Twitter:
    I agree with you and some of these things are supposed to be done early enough as a blogger chooses the host and other things such as templates and themes. Nice post ~ Anetta
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  7. Nice post bro :).
    You know, i tried the yslow and gtmetrix for a while but i couldn’t figure out how to use it effectively. So i switch to something much simpler, which is helping me now :).

    Thanks for the lovely post and do have a wonderful week ahead…
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  8. Twitter:
    Blog loading speed is not only important for SEO purpose but also for readers\’ experience. A slow loading blog leaves a really bad impression on your readers. I currently use Pingdom and Quick Sprout and both are excellent tools.Thanks for this interactive article, Enstine. :)
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  9. Twitter:
    Nice suggestions Enstine !
    I’ve started to use google pagespeed service from today and have tested my website with Quicksprout tool . I’m working on my site to improve its speed and hopefully ill be able to reduce my blogs load time . Thanks for sharing the information .

    -Pramod
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  10. I use a combination of Gtmetrix and Pingdom tools to check page load speed and recommendations a few times per year. If there is something I can do to speed things up that won’t take too long then I will definitely do so. If it happens to be something that is a little more time-consuming then I will either skip it or put it off until later when I have more time. It’s not something I spend a lot of time with, but it’s a good idea to check performance and speed occasionally just to make sure things are running smooth.
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  11. Twitter:
    hi Enstine,
    you have written the article which is of much concern to every blogger.
    The speed of the site really have a great impact on the reputation of the blog.
    One should always have a check on the speed of his blog.
    Thanks for the information.
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  12. Twitter:
    Enstine you nailed it. A few other things to add is to compress and minify css JavaScript and html. This will reduce some of those htt p requests and help your site load even faster.Some great tips though!
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  13. Twitter:
    The page speed is one of the aspect of the SEO according to Google. But, the recent Google Algo changes are mostly concentrating on page speed.
    I found this post useful regarding the page speed issue of my blog.
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  14. Twitter:
    Thanks for this post …I have a few problems with my site that I was unaware of…now I just have to find out how to fix them!
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  15. Hey Enstine,
    Good to see you here,
    Now a days actually even if we do not consider Google for this but readers are the important part… with increasing internet speed no one has time to wait even for 2 seconds delay, and most of the bloggers agree on this..

    Neil Speed Tool is new for me gona have a look what so costly tools is having for me…

    Great Post…cheers


  16. Twitter:
    Very correct Ajit. We have to increase speed for the sake of our readers.
    Good luck to you on this and do have a great week ahead
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  17. Thank you for posting some of the best advice that I can also implement on my site. I have been struggling in recent months because of all the changes that Google made.


  18. Twitter:
    Thanks for the list and the recommendations and the one I liked the most if Quicksprout tool.That’s a way cooler toll to check speed and Seo than others.
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  19. Twitter:
    HI EM,
    You are really right, having slow blog is dead. If you want to increase SEO then use Google Page Speed service, it does help.!!!
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  20. Twitter:
    Blog that takes forever to load are define dead! Yeah, even google will not give you the ranking you so desire.
    Every serious blog should take the speed of their blog very very serious. thank you Enstine Muki for this powerful post.
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  21. Twitter:
    I can completely agree with this, the faster the site, I would obviously spend more time on it. Speed is a great criteria to work on to keep visitor time spent high.
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  22. Twitter:
    I used Google speed checker and GT metrix they are they best to show your site performance.


  23. Twitter:
    Hey i am using Heatmap theme and its loading time is about 800milli second… Is that fine?
    I think its better than a lot of others…
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  24. Twitter:
    One of my blog is so slow and am beginning to think it is from my host, i have told them and they said most of the sites under them is faster.
    I have done everything i have to do, and if it fails to work out… i will be moving to wp engine soonest. if your site is slow, then you are missing one aspect of SEO.
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  25. Twitter:
    I think server response time is the main fact. I have a site with good number of daily visitors. It’s a long journey to achieve this and faced a lot of visitor drops due to slow server response.
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  26. Twitter:
    For testing and evaluating the performance of my blog, i generally use both Google Page Speed and QuickSprout.
    These tools are awesome :)
    Thanks for you post.
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  27. Twitter:
    Thanks for the post. I try some of the tools for checking site speed, goggle give me 80 point so there is space for improvement but i’m better then competition.
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  28. Twitter:
    Hi Enstine
    Good to see your article here about this topic. I mostly uses Google page speed insight to check the website loading speed of my blog. The good thing about this tool is that It gives all the factors by which website is taking time to load. Thanks for sharing this article with us. Happy Blogging :D
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  29. Shinto KJ says:

    In my personal opinion , Website speed is a strong user Experience factor more than a seo factor.


  30. Twitter:
    Hey Enstine,
    nice post and Yes, loading time is very important factor in blogging as loading time of our blog is high, it may cause to switch our reader from our blog to other. Thanks for sharing these tool with us. This post really gonna help all the newbies.
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