Blog entries posted in: Site Speed
SEO is all about performance. Google and Yahoo/Bing care about performance and user experience. Site speed is really important to users so by default it is equally valuable to SEO and ranking. Speed isn’t an easy demon to catch. With more than 200 ranking factors used in Google’s algorithm, why pay attention to speed? It requires excellent programming skills, the best hosting services and extremely talented web designers to make a beautiful fast website. It’s so much easier and cheaper to just ignore speed. Some people including Google’s Matt Cutts will tell you that speed isn’t all that important to SEO and ranking. Now lets look at some concrete reasons why you shouldn’t listen to them and put speed at the top of your SEO list.
Last year, Google’s Matt Cutts dropped the bomb (to put it in the exaggerated tone that many took the news in), that Google was considering taking site speed into consideration as one of many potential ranking factors for search results.
This of course freaked a lot of people out, but as Matt and Google as a whole has maintained, this would not trump relevance. It would be taken more into consideration when there are two sites of relatively equal relevance, but one site loads faster and delivers a better user experience. Matt reiterated this point in an interview we did with him this week at SMX.
WebProNews also chatted with Maile Ohye, Senior Developer Programs Engineer for Google at SMX, about website performance (speed), how that pertains to search rankings and the user experience, and some tips for making sure your site is up to speed, so to speak.