With 2010 just around the corner, Google remains determined to make it the year of speed.
Real-time results courtesy of Twitter will become more dominant and of course, there is Google’s plan to make the speed of your website a factor in determining your ranking.
Google’s second plan has attracted a lot of interest from our readers, so this post aims to share a few tips on speeding up your site.
WebProNews recently did an interview with Bill Hartzer from Vizion Interactive who discussed some areas that you can improve on your site to increase its speed. Feel free to check out the video here.
Google also has its own Webmaster Tool feature which can help you assess how your website is travelling in terms of speed. The Site Performance feature looks at the aggregated speed for your site, based on the pages that were most frequently accessed by visitors who use the Google Toolbar and have the PageRank feature activated.
Here is an example of how this will look like:
There is also a section that gives you Page Speed Suggestions. This feature shares some example pages from your site and suggestions on how to optimize those specific pages. The suggestions are based on Google’s Page Speed Firefox/Firebug plug-in.
You can learn more about these features from the official Google post here.
Are you concerned about the effect of your website speed on your rankings? How do you plan to deal with it? Feel free to share your thoughts below.