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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2010

    Speed Webiste from Google Webmaster


    I noted that my websites seems very fast (I am in Italy [Medialayer Hosting] ) but from Google Webmaster - Performance/Speed, it's not good.

    It show my website more slow of 70/80% of other websites, with a speed between 5 and 7 seconds.

    My doubts are:

    1) From where Google ping and test my sites? (data center, locations)


    The graphic show that my site load in 6 second. From which country it load in 6 second? Usa, Europe, Asia, Italy, where?

    Because if the graphic is refer to USA, and I am in Italy so I can be happy, because all my readers (italian and europeas) seeing the site, fast as me.

    But if the graphic is refer to Italy or Europe, near my it can be a problem.

    2) Do you think the that graphic and measuration of speed, is real?

    I tried many other tools online, but nothing show my website slow as instead Google Webmaster.

    3) What are your measurements of your website with this strument of Google Webmaster? Are you agree with it?

    Thank you

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    San Francisco
    From my understanding (not sure if they've changed this), the site performance feature in Google Webmaster is based on data aggregated from individuals with the Google Toolbar installed on their browsers with the PageRank feature on. This means that should someone on a dialup connection visits your site, his load speed data would be included in this performance data -- something I wouldn't consider to be an accurate measure of your host's/server's actual connection speed. Also, should your visitors come from the other side of the globe, it's obviously going to be slow, yet this will be calculated in Google's data. I recall Google also mentioning that this feature is not meant to be accurate and is aggregated from fewer than 100 data points (something like that).

    There are a few tools out there like ones from Pingdom which will pull up your site from their servers and show you an item by item cascade, where certain areas are taking longer than normal to load. This could help with debugging any one area that's hanging and slowing down your site. But regarding Google's performance data, I wouldn't rely on them as the final say.

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