Google’s Page Speed Online tool is ready to face the music, as it has been set loose from Google Labs and is now available for everyone to use.
Now you can check your website speed by dropping your web site URL into the search bar of the tool page and your websites loading speed will be provided on a scale of 1 to 100. Plus, you will also get feedback on how you could increase your page’s loading speed.
For webmasters who care about the user experience on their website, this tool is a must, especially when a fast loading website is one of the major factors in reducing visitor’s bounce rates.
When this tool was first released, the team at Search Engine Roundtable asked its readers if they would use the tool. The results were surprising – 47% said you would, while 30% said they wouldn’t and the rest were not sure. Considering that page speed is one of the factors Google uses in its algorithm to determine ranking, I would have thought that any tool to help with this would be well received. But more importantly, your website needs to load quickly if you want your visitors to actually stick around. In this fast-paced, visitors are not even willing to wait 10 seconds for a page to load. They will simply move onto the next website – I bet you do the same? So why would you jeopardize your website’s success?
If you’re keen to take the Google Page Speed Online tool for a test drive, you can do so here.
With the holiday shopping season fast approaching, now is the perfect time to ensure your website is up to scratch for the impending visitor stampede. Your website’s loading time is going to be a major factor in whether these visitors turn into customers.
Have you tried this new Google tool? If so, we would love to hear your thoughts on it below.