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Site Speed Report Integrated into Google Analytics

Andrew Tonks

by Andrew Tonks on 6th May 2011

The speed with which your pages load can be hugely important, not only in terms of visitor satisfaction but also where you rank in search engines [see: What is Site Speed and How Does it Affect Google Rankings?]. Therefore, it is vital that all sites keep a close eye on their page load time to ensure that there is no unnecessary lag holding you back.

The good news for website owners is that Google is making it even easier to track site speed. As well as providing a general overview within Webmaster Tools, you can also now track your daily fluctuations on the new Google Analytics platform [see: Measure Page Load Time with Site Speed Analytics Report | Google Analytics Blog].

As previously mentioned, the performance of a website isn’t just about achieving rankings (or at least avoiding penalties). It is about providing your visitors with a user-friendly navigation and generally offering a good experience. With the integration of this report into Analytics, you will be able to accurately compare a number different factors to determine the cause of issues and improvements.

For instance, if your bounce rate suddenly increases there are a number of possible factors that could cause this:

  • Your landing page(s) might be broken
  • Content changes may have disrupted the layout
  • The page may have taken too long to load

It’s reasonably easy to test the first two of these; however, it’s not always straightforward to independently check site speed. This is particularly true if you’re using a computer that regularly accesses it, as, more likely than not, it will be cached and load swiftly – regardless of any issues.

Therefore, by integrating a site speed report within Analytics, Google are making it far easier to keep an eye on all potential factors. This should enable a more accurate diagnosis when problems do arise and hopefully help you to take swift action.

If you do discover that your site is taking too long to load and require a remedy, we have created a comprehensive guide on How to Speed Up Your Website. If images are playing a large part in the reduced performance of your pages I would also recommend reading our guide on Reducing Image Size on Websites.

Andrew Tonks

Andrew Tonks

Andrew has worked within online marketing for the last four years with a background in domestic tourism, working with some of the country's most popular tourist attractions and destinations.

3 Comments

  • William Toll 6th May 2011

    Andrew – great post!

    It’s awesome that you bringing attention to the complex world of Web performance optimization. Koozai’s post on the topic are really well written and help SEOs, Marketers and Developers begin the process of improving their site performance.

    I work for Yottaa.com – Our Yottaa Optimizer service launched a private beta last week. Simply put, Yottaa Optimizer makes websites faster, via the cloud. No website code changes, software installs or hardware purchases are needed by website owners to make their Website faster. In fact, our service automates many of the recommendations your colleague lists in this blog post: http://www.koozai.com/blog/search-engine-optimisation-seo/how-to-speed-up-your-website-2812/

    There are still seats available in the beta. It would be great to hear what your team and readers think of our new service.

    Keep up the great blog posts!
    William Toll
    VP, Marketing – Yottaa.com

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    • Sam Stratton 6th May 2011

      Hi William,

      Thanks for your comment. Your service sounds very interesting and I will have a look in more detail over the next week or so and get back to you with our thoughts.

      Could you let me know the best way to get in touch with you directly?

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