I noticed some major changes to my search results from Google today. I double checked them right after reading this article on REELSEO. This will be a game changer and it is likely to have some positive implications for internet performance. I think website owners got a little complacent in the age of uber fast broadband. Many of us stopped paying attention to load times, and if you look back to the days of dial-up Internet access – load time was king. So what have we created? In many ways a bloated version of the internet.
I recommend you check some of your key search terms today and see if they’ve benefited or been hurt by these changes. REELSEO had a great list of tools to check your website speed performance several I have used and one I have not:
- Page Speed, which is a Firefox add-on that evaluates the performance of web pages and even offers tips for enhancement.
- YSlow, a free tool from Yahoo! that suggests ways to improve website speed.
- WebPagetest, which offers data on site load performance.
- Webmaster Tools, which shows your site’s speed performance data.
Website operators – Any time the game changes there is opportunity to disrupt. The question is which side will you be on?
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