Do you have a pretty, beautiful blog (or many blogs) that is full with widgets, gadgets, images, photo galleries or any other third party applications? I won’t be surprised if you have one or two since bloggers in general love to ‘beautify’ their blogs with apps and images. Here’s the bad news for today; Google is out to slap and punish pretty, beautiful blogs! Read on for more.
Google PageRank Alert: Pretty, beautiful blogs will be slapped by Google
On April 9th 2010, Google has confirmed that they are including site speed (page loading time and etc) in their search ranking algorithms.
Quote: “…today we're including a new signal in our search ranking algorithms: site speed. Site speed reflects how quickly a website responds to web requests.”
Source: Official Google Webmaster Blog
Matt Cutts (Google’s Webspam team leader) also confirmed the new addition to Google’s search ranking algorithms on the same day. He also said;
“…a faster web is great for everyone, but especially for users. Lots of websites have demonstrated that speeding up the user experience results in more usage. So speeding up your website isn’t just something that can affect your search rankings–it’s a fantastic idea for your users.”
I know you are proud of your pretty, beautiful blogs but you have to accept the fact that readers and visitors appreciate content and site speed more than beauty. So please, please stop showing off your images, photos, pretty widgets, gadgets and applications on your blog. Take this opportunity to remove the unnecessary ones from your blog today, just leave the important ones for your readers and visitors. :)