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We’ve all experienced it.

Waiting one second, two seconds, three seconds or even four or more seconds  for a website page to load.

Chances are unless we are highly committed to the information that could be on the page we will hit the back button and continue our browsing on another website.

Recently Microsoft computer scientist Harry Shum found that internet users will visit your website less if its loading time is 250 milliseconds slower than your competitors.

To put that into perspective that’s faster than the blink of an eye or the time it takes a baseball pitched at 99 m.p.h. to reach home plate. This means that if your slight loads even a blink of an eye slower than your competitor your visitors will go elsewhere.

Website Speed Affects SEO and User Experience

Source: NY Times

Google was already ahead by a couple of years in accounting for this user preference for fast loading websites. In 2010 Google  confirmed that site speed counts as a ranking factor and just more recently Google’s Matt Cutts has hinted at site speed penalties for slow loading mobile websites.

So we know that website speed not only affects user behavior on your website but that a slow loading website will also hurt your rankings.

This is why we check Site Speed and service response times as part of our SEO Site Audit process.

If you are unsure of your website speed there are a few site speed tools you can use:

Google Developers’ Page Speed Tool

Google Analytics Site Speed Overview

Web Page Test Tool (a tool that creates a video comparing two website’s page load time side by side)

For more information about how to reduce your site speed and page load times contact our SEO Consultants at 1-888-262-6687!

Chris Genge

Chris Genge is the Founder and CEO of 1st on the List. Since 1997 he has helped hundreds of companies across North America with his technical expertise and practical upfront approach to Search Optimization and Digital Marketing. As a pioneer in his field, Chris has the ability to help clients set goals and achieve results all while fostering growth and teamwork amongst his incredible team of SEO experts and Web Designers.