If you’ve ever been to a website that took a long time to load, then you know how frustrated your patients are if your site is taking too long to display. Having a slow site speed is more than an annoyance to visitors, it can actually affect your SEO in a negative way. Google algorithms are designed to find sites that offer the best user experience and pages that take a while to load is not considered a good user experience.
To know how fast your website is loading, you can use a free tool like GTmetrix. Just put the URL to your website in the field that says “Enter URL to Analyze” and click “Test Your Site”. The site will give you a score. Also, it will give you a list of things that need to be updated to increase your speeds.
As part of our SEO services, we check the speed on your site and then do what’s necessary to make it load faster. Since it is important to your SEO, we offer this is part of our monthly services.
The goal for your site speed should be 3 seconds or less. If it takes longer than that, you can lose up to 40% of your visitors. Essentially, the faster it can load, the better.
There are a lot of reasons that your site speed could be slow. Most often, it is related to large images and videos on the site. Other things can include:
These are a few of the things that can slow down your site speed and cause longer load times.
Since site speeds are usually due to technical issues, you’ll likely need a developer to make the updates. There are several things that can be done to increase page speeds including:
These are a few of the things that a developer can do to help the pages on your website load faster.
When you use our services, we’ll make sure that your site health is good. It’s important for your SEO, so we monitor site speeds and errors. Get in touch with the team here at Functional Medicinse SEO today. We’d love to offer you a free SEO site audit. All you need to do to receive the audit is sign-up here and we’ll send you information on how the audit.