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Big Changes Affecting Every Website!

March 10th, 2008 · 3 Comments

BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front) Google and Microsoft have both announced major changes that will effect every website on the net. Google will now begin to consider page load times as a factor in ranking sites in search engine results & in charging for advertisements. Check your page loading times and have them reduced to minimums if they are long. Microsoft is coming out with a new version of browser IE-8. Make sure your website is compatible asap.

Well, the s#&t has hit the proverbial fan again, or rather it’s about to.

Is your website ready? Here are the questions you need to ask:

  1. Have you checked your website’s load time? Google will now count load time for SEO!
  2. Have you tested your website against Microsoft’s newest version browser- Internet Explorer 8?

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GOOGLE & WEBSITE LOAD TIME Google has just announced that they are going to begin to consider website load time as a factor in page quality.

What does this mean to you? PLENTY!

Do you use Google advertising or count on Google to send you with traffic? Because if your page takes a while to load, then your ads will cost more,googleadwords and your search positions will suffer, so you’ll get less traffic from Google as a result or spend more for it, or both!

What does this mean to me? It means a lot me, this bog page takes much too long, 21+ seconds on a T-1 line for the page to load. I’ve known the blog takes to long to load for quite some time, but its been a back burner item, not anymore. I’m going to remove some of the cute things on the outside columns to improve the speed and then I’ll look at really optimizing if that doesn’t make it run faster.

What do you do about this? There are two ways to handle this, the easy way, and the DIY way. The easy way, hire me to check your site for you.

The DIY way? Well you need to check out your website load times with this free tool, or another like it. But a good rule of thumb is anything over 8 seconds is too long. I’ll be discussing how to decide what to do to speed up websites in coming blog posts. For now you need to determine if you have a problem, and if so, what to do about it.

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INTERNET EXPLORER-8 Microsoft’s newest browser IE-8 is due out later this year. Lots of websites will need updates to their software to make sure they work. Make sure you check your site against it.

How do you do that? There are two ways, the easy way and the DIY way. The easy way, hire me to check your site for you.

The DIY way; First Download IE-8 here and install it. Then check your site with the handy dandy built in site checker. And make sure that your site is compatible. OH yea, and be careful because you’ll need to upgrade your IE-8 at least 2 or 3 times in the next few months because you’re running a Beta version. (Microsoft has a very different interpretation of what Beta Version means than other companies, like Google for instance. At MS Beta means- doesn’t crash too much. At Google Beta means just short of perfect, but we want to put more stuff into it.)

IE-8 is much further down the road than the Google so you have more time to plan for it. But you should plan for both of these issues as you think about your website in the coming months.

Tanks for reading,

Chris

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Table for Five » So, um, this blog takes too long to load. // Mar 10, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    [...] clicked a link I found on TheGoodBlogs**, and came across this article by 1 Good Reason-Google and Microsoft are both making some major changes that will affect many bloggers. First of [...]

  • 2 Bobby // Mar 10, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Great information, thanks. Iv got alot of pictures on my blog so I need to figure something out with that.

  • 3 Chris // Mar 11, 2008 at 8:01 am

    Bobby,

    Don’t get too drastic. Because all blogs are equal, meaning that they will take time to load no matter what. Therefore, your blog when compared with other blogs will take a similar amount of time. And a blog without picture is just boring.

    Thanks,
    Chris

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