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Ian C. Purdie
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Subject: News from PubCon 2009
I missed this before - but apparently here are two tips worth considering.

1. From Matt Cutts:

"Page load times will probably be factored into the search algo in the near future, and 2010 is a great year to speed up and optimise your sites".

2. "One tip (head-smacking obvious, really) was to use your analytics to find what are already your most popular articles and then link to them from other key pages".

FWIW - YMMV etc etc
November 19, 2009 02:11AM
Harold
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My site has never not been optimized for load times. One of the advantages of having no bells and whistles...

I suspect this won't be a big factor, but if it's a tiebreaker between your site and another for #1 in the SERPs, you want to win, don't you?

Not sure I agree with #2. You don't Analytics to find out what pages are the most popular. ANY decent stats program should tell you that. But it's not necessarily a good idea to get even more PR and traffic to them. Why not do the opposite--link FROM those pages to pages you want to get more traffic...
November 19, 2009 04:23AM
Ian C. Purdie
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Mate, I'm just the messenger, don't shoot me!
November 19, 2009 01:45PM
Harold
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Not shooting you, sorry, just reacting to the information...
November 19, 2009 04:43PM
GegaBit
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What if Analytics is what's slowing your page load time?
That would be the chicken vs. egg in optimization
Thanks Ian, keep them coming.
November 19, 2009 05:37PM
Harold
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How would Analytics slow my page load time? It's a tiny bit of code at the bottom of the page. Nothing to load....
November 19, 2009 05:48PM
GegaBit
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it loads from a server which is many times very slow.
November 19, 2009 05:50PM
DamonHD
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I think page-load time has been a factor for a while 'relative to servers in the same geographical area' (presumably in part to allow for the round-trip to Google HQ when spidering things outside of the Good Ole' USofA).

It's one of the reasons that I run my geographical mirrors, ie to reduce page-load time for people close to them, even though it won't factor in the Google calcs.

In particular, unless the OZ government Internet censorship nonsense gets much worse, I intend to keep my OZ mirror if at all possible...

Rgds

Damon
November 19, 2009 06:28PM
Harold
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"it loads from a server which is many times very slow."

It loads what? It doesn't load anything TO my page. Doesn't matter if the script itself is slow to run--it's not part of my page, and it doesn't report anything back to the page.

Or am I being more obtuse than usual about this?
November 19, 2009 08:43PM
DamonHD
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Well, it kinda depends if Google is timing the fetching of your page alone from your server as a flat block of bytes, or the page and all its embedded contents such as remote JavaScript and indeed any CPU time until the page is ready to display in a model/virtual browser...

For safety and simplicity it may well be the former, but the latter might well be more 'accurate' in terms of user perception...

Rgds

Damon
November 19, 2009 09:49PM

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