Acceptable Page Load Time: You Have 7 Seconds
By Allan on the 21st Feb, 2010 at 02:04 AM
Thanks to Ileane, I’m writing this post because of her recent question: How many it takes to make up “too many”?
This is highly important question, because I see there so many blogs overfulled with plugins, that make page load time up to 30-40 seconds. It is impossible to call such page load time acceptable.
According to the current topic, acceptable page load time is no more, than 7 seconds. It is too controversial though, but, let’s say, it is fair enough as well.
Why?The Rule of «7 Seconds»
I have found this rule on webmasters’ forum under the topic: How many page loading seconds are acceptable?
The guy says:
My rule of thumb is that you have 7 seconds to sell a prospect that they have reached a page of interest to them. You don’t have to make a sale in 7 seconds, you just have 7 seconds to keep them for a while longer.
Here is the skinny, if your initial page takes 6 seconds to load, you have 1 second of selling time. If your initial page takes 1 second or less to load you have 6-7 seconds of selling time.
This is a good point to start from. Though, aim to decrease you page load time. Less, than 7 seconds would be acceptable enough.Visitor’s Internet Connection Speed Also Matters
Plus – do not forget about the visitors’ Internet connection speeds.
If you have a speedy connection, then multiply your blog’s page load time twice. You will get the result of the page load time of those users, who have Internet connection twice slower.
Now take a look at the map of «Internet Speeds and Costs Around the World»
You can easily see, that U.S.A. has relatively slow average Internet connection speed, which means there is almost nothing to worry about for U.S. users. I mean that if you are from U.S.A. you can focus on yourself, when you want to optimize site’s page load time.Detect & Optimize Page Load Time Using Only 2 Tools
Using WooRank to detect your site’s page load time:
This web service is extremely easy to use. But all you can do is to check your SEO details, including site speed. Although, it will give you the main idea whether you need to improve or to optimize anything or not.
1. Just type in your website’s domain name – e.g. example.com.
2. Follow the simple instructions:
Note: WooRank shows the time, when your page loads enough to read. But that’s not enough at the same time. There is always some extra time you should consider as well.
Using FireBug to detect and omptimize page load time:
Now this tool is the one you should be always using. It seems to be the best one for webmasters and bloggers, who want to achieve success in SEO.
Using FireBug you can detect:
- Which scripts and plugins load time is not acceptable;
- Which images take a lot of time to load;
- What works well;
- Compare performance of cached pages and pages without cache;
That’s it. No other tools or web services needed.Acceptable Page Load Time Depends on the Type of Web Traffic
Yeap, your traffic vary by age, gender, character, profession etc. You can use Alexa’s service to analyze your site’s audience demographics. It will give you the approximate idea of what page load time you need.
In any case, the less – the best.
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I even think that 7 seconds is so long for me to wait for a page, nice information!
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+1 February 21st, 2010 - 3:54 am
It is a good article on major problem which we do ignore for slow speed connections. Seven seconds is a standard but on 56K modem it will take long time. Reduce HTTP request by calling your media files from relevent address instead of absolute addres and reduce DNS look up.
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+3 February 21st, 2010 - 2:05 pm
I think my site takes more than that to load! :D must follow your article :D
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0 February 21st, 2010 - 2:59 pm
WooRank showed that it’s 10.423 second(s) (0.123 s/Kb).. that is horror :)) Now imagine how many people you have lost, because of it.February 21st, 2010 - 3:04 pm
This is a very useful article. My site’s taking 51 sec. I’ve got to check my installed plugins to improve this. Thanks for highlighting this.
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0 February 21st, 2010 - 8:02 pm
Acceptable load time should be on average of 5 seconds. I was reading an interview of Matt Cutts where it was said that Google is considering using load time as a factor in page rank. However, it is also a seo issue. If your pages are taking time to load, it is likely that many of your pages will not be indexed. For dynamic php /myql website, it is recommended that you optimize and repair your database once every 3 months or so
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+1 February 22nd, 2010 - 1:47 am
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0 February 22nd, 2010 - 8:21 am
It is even more better, if you aim to have your page load time less, than 5 seconds.
As you have mentioned – 5 seconds matters for seo, then 7 seconds matters for people :)
Good :)February 22nd, 2010 - 12:58 pm
OMG 7 seconds? I could not manage anyway. I removed all the widgets and extra elements from my blog but still it is around 25 to 30 seconds as my firebug displays. Now it is not possible to remove any more. How can I reduce time to 7 secs? Can anybody suggest please?
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0 February 22nd, 2010 - 2:00 pm
Indeed, 30 seconds :)
Well.. Firebug says, that Google Friend Connect, infolinks, your subscription form, gravatar images, intensedebate and social buttons take too much time.
If you want to improve your page load time.. you need to think about them.
People come to your site not because of plugins, but content. And if you meet them with 30-40 plugins and 30 seconds of page load time.. they, probably, would run away from you..February 22nd, 2010 - 2:14 pm
I can’t use firebug on my mobile. Can you check and tell me how to optimize my site. I’ve switched a few plugins off already but that hasn’t affected the results as per woorank.com
I’m starting to think I need a lighter theme. What do you think?
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0 February 23rd, 2010 - 8:53 am
In general, your blog page load time is OK. It’s ~ 5 seconds.
But you have a lot of html errors. Use http://validator.w3.org/ to check them. I have noticed that you have used tags like “rel=nofollow” twice in several places.
Plus.. You should also check your CSS file. You have many errors with similar background and font colors. Google doesn’t like it.February 23rd, 2010 - 12:54 pm
If it takes longer to load the page than 10 seconds (I’m very patient), I will usually just hit the stop button, read what has loaded and then move on. Lots of graphics and large files can slow loading to a crawl.
Also, when reloading a browser with several tabs open, the one that finishes loading first is the one that gets read first. The longest loading page usually just gets closed. Don’t be the page that gets ignored or closed.
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Thanks to ileane. She pointed me to a post in Kikolani blog - “Reasons to Love CommentLuv Blogs”
Immediately, I come to know that all the fruits of my hard worked link-building is being devoured by Feedburner! Beware, Feedburner is licking your pr juice – configure your commentLuv.
I read posts. I Analyze them. I Write comments and leave a link back to my recent post on those commentLuv enabled blogs. I left the link to my recent post. BUT Feedburner is pointing the link to its own domain. This way, if anybody clicked on recent post link, they arrive at my page through Feedburner. This way, I am not getting any benefit for PR from those comments. Have you checked if Feedburner is licking your PR juice!How to know if links on comments are pointing to your domain or Feedburner?
If you are using Feedburner for managing your feeds, don’t delay to configure it. The default configuration points the links to feedproxy.google.com. Just put your mouse pointer over the link and see the url pointing. If it is http://feedproxy.google.com and bla bla bla, its drained. This way all the credit of your hard-worked comments are automatically donated to Feedburner!How to configure Feedburner to point to your own domain?
Its not difficult. Look at these simple steps.
1. Log on to your feedburner account
2. Go got analyze tab
3. Click ‘Configure Stats’ link under Services
4. Uncheck ‘Item link clicks – optimize for
5. Click Save!
Voila! Now onwards, the recent post links on your comments will point to your own domain and you’ll be receiving the PR Juice from those sites. I have configured Feedburner. Have you too?
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There is some certain limit for a number of social media buttons. And each and every blog should consider its own limit. Because it is your page load time.
Can you explain why you have some certain number of social buttons? Can you give explanation for each of them?
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Congratulations on getting Lisa’s attention and having your blog featured here. I’m curious to know if this is your first blog and how you found about Lisa.
I’d like to hear more about how you honed in on your competitors, it that something you did before you launched the blog? It’s pretty obvious that you have a plan, so what’s in store for you next?
Thanks for the video Lisa.
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28 Ryan @ Planting Dollars February 14, 2010 at 9:39 pm
A big reason I started my blog was, in fact, because of my competitors… in a way it’s odd to call them competitors, because many are my friends as well…
Anyways, there are probably at least a dozen personal finance bloggers who do it full time (I know this because their blogs say so and their traffic is proof). I saw what they were doing and on average it took about 2 years before they were successful. Many have documented how they did it on their blogs. Two of my favorites for motivation are at Christianpf.com and Stevepavlina.com. The articles aren’t hard to find since they’re the most popular ones on the sites.
So I said I’d give myself 3 years before even considering giving up on the blog and would try to create better content than my competition. I also chose a topic that I enjoy a lot. Essentially I get to talk to people about their dreams and then discuss the best way to get there by thinking outside the box and correctly managing their money.
Related to thinking outside the box, I would like to have the ability to work via my laptop anywhere in the world and follow my passion for shark diving so that’s been my driving motivator to work so hard.
Regarding how I found my competition, for personal finance blogs they’re ranked at Wisebread.com. Search “Wisebread top 100″ and you’ll see the list I’m referring to. Once you find a few in your niche just go through each’s blogroll and you’ll soon have more than enough blogs to follow.
So what’s next? Just keep building Planting Dollars and the Waikiki site I mention on my site. My goal is to be making minimum 30k / year by the end of two years. Since I’m a minimalist this would give me the ability to become a shark diving globetrotter while learning more about the world while still working. Of course then I would also have to start a travel blog as well…
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James wasted no time getting your guest post up here. Way to go! Seems everyone is always talking about A-list bloggers and most of the time they leave Lisa off the list (of mostly men). But she is top-notch and being featured on her site is sure to bring you a ton of traffic, but I’m sure you knew that already. I didn’t realize that PlantingDollars was your first blog. How did you find so many blogs to guest post on so quickly while at the same time launching a blog? Do you ever sleep?
I’ve done 2 guest posts but I have so many offers that I need to get more guest posters on my blogs so that I can branch off. I joined a forum for guest posters that was started by Ann Smarty called MyBlogGuest and I see scores of opportunities there.
Cheers to all of your success!
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Ryan @ Planting Dollars Reply:
February 15th, 2010 at 01:39
I think most people don’t talk about Lisa because most people don’t really know she’s there. She doesn’t seem to actively comment and participate on a lot of the sites I’ve been on and you’re probably referring to.
I found out about Lisa about 2 years ago when I started teaching myself how to build websites. I gained a lot of knowledge from her site and when I launched this blog saw her site as something I wanted to eventually be featured on.
And to answer you question, nope, I don’t sleep… blogging 24/7
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