What is it?
PageSpeed is a test created by Google to measure page load time. A favorable PageSpeed rating is critical for user experience, which directly translates into rankings, visitors, and sales. This metric is key to improving your business.
What should my score be?
A score of 85 or above gives you a ‘green’ rating, while a score below this is either orange or red. There are various rating items, such as if you have blocking scripts or style sheets that load before the site loads, your general server speed, if you have caching, and other items related to styling.
Why is this important?
Page Speed is a critical component in the digital user experience, and it is hugely important in our content-driven world. There’s a reason why Google Analytics now includes statistics like Page Load Time, Lookup, and Page Size. How often do you abandon a page when it takes too long to load? Chances are that your customers and prospects are doing the same thing. Major players in the industry have done vast studies on the topic and proved just how much a few hundred milliseconds can matter.
- For every 100ms increase in load time of Amazon.com decreased sales by 1% (Kohavi and Longbotham 2007).
- Google discovered that a change from loading a 10-result page in 0.4 seconds to a 30-result page loading in 0.9 seconds decreased traffic and ad revenues by 20% (Linden 2006).
- Google Search found that a 400 millisecond delay resulted in a -0.59% change in searches/user. What’s more, even after the delay was removed, these users still had -0.21% fewer searches, indicating that a slower user experience affects long term behavior.
- Another study by Google found that an extra 500ms in loading time resulted in 20% drop in traffic.
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