Just reading a intressting article, google will place the sites that runner faster, higher in google.
EDIT : hit the submit button to fast, sorry drew, its the wrong category
i agree it would be neat as a filter, but I can’t see how it affects a sites “relavancy” just because it’s slower.
This means that the folks who’ve started developing sites that use high quality graphics and video to actually IMPROVE the user experience, are now going to be punished in favour of a more bland internet.
Don’t do it Google!
Just a quote for those “rushers” who don’t read articles from start to end
...fewer than 1% of search queries are affected by the site speed signal in our implementation.
I swear if I hear some noob telling me I should optimize something because “you didn’t know? google is now putting faster sites on top of SERPs, ho ho ho” I will do something not nice…
LOL I must admit I skim read it but you’re right. It’s like a Clients From Hell story i can just see it now – it’s almost as bad as that “make the links the same colour”...”but the user wont know its a link”...”its seo, google will know its a link” LOL .
Matt Cutts itself has explained that when they’re talking about slow sites, they mean REALLY slow. So if the “sort by speed” ever happens, it’ll bring down in the SERP websites with loading time for example 5 minutes.
We’re not talking about speed competing here, but excluding some Antarctica-based servers.
For Google great content is king.
Keep adding quality content frequently, develop a balanced profile of backlinks, don’t do black hat tricks and apply the rest of the common sense seo stuff and you will be ok. Stick to the proven basics and do stuff because it helps the visitors and not just for the search engines, at least that is the way I go about things. All the other stuff comes and goes.
As far as speed what is important is to have the site online and available for crawling when the google bot comes.
Plus, haven’t you guys already been optimizing your websites to squeeze a decent load speed? Since hosts offer unlimited bandwidth some people have become lazy thats true, Maybe they are training to scare some of them with this.