New Google Tool Grades Your Website Speed

Ryan Clutter

Ryan Clutter

06/07/2016

Your mobile traffic is looking for an answer to their problems quickly, relying on your website speed. It’s estimated that nine out of every ten visitors that land on your mobile site will leave if they can’t find what they need or the load time is too long.

Does your website need to be improved to optimize the user experience? You should always be upgrading and tweaking your website for best performance, especially as ranking signals advance.

To determine how well your website is performing, Think With Google has released a website speed testing tool to help you understand what needs to be improved. This feature comes just after Gary Ilyes confirmed at the Search Marketing Summit in Sydney that page speed would factor into the next mobile update.

Why? Slow sites reduce traffic and conversions, while faster sites increase them. Google is trying to push the user experience, delivering the best solution to a user’s problem with minimal wait time. This is evident with the rise of Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) and reliance on website speed.

The new page speed testing tool helps you hone in on the aspects of your website that need to be improved, alerting you to tips that make it runs smoother. As you type in your URL, Google looks at various factors on your site (both mobile and desktop versions) to deliver the score.

  • Mobile: Checking Redirects
  • Mobile: Checking Plugins
  • Mobile: Sizing Content
  • Mobile: Running JavaScript
  • Mobile: Triggering HTML
  • Mobile: Configuring the Viewport
  • Desktop: Optimizing Images
  • Desktop: Detecting Compression
  • Desktop: Checking CSS

Why You Should Take Advantage of the Mobile Website Speed Testing Tool

Even without understanding the technical side of your website, you’ll understand its performance. Request a detailed report to implement the suggestions sent to you by Google.

You need to provide the same, or almost exact, experience across devices. Your customers are searching for the products and services you’re offering. It’s time you rise above your competition and deliver the best user experience with an easy to use, fast website.

What the Scores Tell You About Your Website?

After typing in your URL, you’ll see a report that analyzes three metrics, giving you a grade out of 100 and alerting you of whether your score is poor, fair, or good dependent upon their review.

Desktop Speed

Informs you how long it takes your site to load on desktops and laptops. Without a quick website speed or instant response, you face the potential of losing a customer to your competitors. You’ll be presented with a report showing what you’ve passed, what you should fix, and what you should consider fixing to optimize the experience for your customers.

One of the most highly trafficked sites on the web, Wikipedia, is used in this example. Their desktop scored a 90 out of 100, passing all the key categories associated with Google’s results. You can see that Google gives Wikipedia pointers on issues they should consider adjusting.

Mobile Speed

Is the desktop version of your site faster than the mobile version? When your visitors are waiting too long for your page to load, they’ll find another site.

Even Google’s own Analytics received a score of Fair at 74 out of 100. Of the many websites I’ve tested, no score was too great, which shows how difficult it is for all the plugins, images, text, and sliders to respond to the size of the screen and adjust to mobile speed. Below you can see a screenshot of what Google is testing to determine the speed of your mobile site.

Mobile-Friendliness

This alerts you to the quality of experience your users have when they’re browsing your site on a mobile device. As mobile continues to enhance and users are accessing your site on mobile devices more and more frequently, you should focus on the mobile user experience.

From an easy navigation to tappable buttons, your most important information should be in front of your customer’s eyes when they land on your site. As you can see from the screenshot below, 1SEO.com Digital Agency scored a 97 out of 100 for mobile friendliness.

You can see what factors Google checks to come up with the score, and again see what you need to update and improve to provide the best experience and most mobile-friendly site.

A User Experience Perspective

As the digital marketing industry shifts, user experience is always at the forefront for business owners and webmasters. In today’s age, ensure your visitors engage with your website starts with the speed and the mobile version.

Utilize this new tool, and check out our SEO tools to ensure your site is performing to the best of its ability. Help steer your website speed in the right direction by getting in front of the issues or problems you face, making adjustments and fixing various aspects.

The world is mobile. It’s time for you to adapt.

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