Google has published a clear indicator that website load time is important to rank towards to the top of search results.
"Six months after announcing it, Google rolled out the mobile page speed update, making page speed a ranking factor for mobile results." Mobile Speed Update — July 9, 2018
Since Google knows that consumers are continuing to access the internet in increasing numbers on smartphones, the speed of page loads appear to be a major indicator of how to rank well in search results.
Did you know?
An extra 1 second delay in page load leads to an 11% decrease in page views. (Cloudinary)
This Is Where Google Analytics Can Help!
One of the over looked features in Google Analytics is under the Behavior Menu Tab. This is where you find Site Speed/Page Timings and Speed Suggestions.
Within Page Timings you will see individual pages and the time they take to load relative to the other pages on your site.
In the example below, you will see a bar graph. The pages listed in red (right of the center line) are loading slower than the rest of the website. In fact, Line 9 takes more than four times as long to load as the average page.
If you click on the next menu item - Speed Suggestions - you will see that Google has 7 suggestions for improving the load time for this page.
The most common reason for a slow loading page?
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