Site Speed

Your website’s speed has an impact on almost every bit of “performance” of your website. Speed impacts rankings, it impacts conversions and average pageviews per visitor, basically, not working on your page speed means you’re losing money. Which is why we obsess about it and that is what we write about it in this section.


Must read articles about Site Speed

Ask Yoast case study: SEO for a quality brand

11 August 2017 by Meike Hendriks » - 39 Comments

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With our Ask Yoast case studies we help clients with their SEO by reviewing the website and giving clear advice and hands-on tips. Those clients send us their website because they’re curious what improvements can be made to improve the overall rankings. This time, we reviewed the website of a high-quality sun protection brand: Calypso. »

Categories: Content SEO, Technical SEO, User eXperience (UX)
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Ask Yoast Case study: SEO for architects

13 July 2017 by Meike Hendriks » - 11 Comments

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Page speed as a ranking factor: what you need to know

4 April 2017 by Edwin Toonen » - 33 Comments

It’s official: Google announced that page speed will be a ranking factor in its mobile-first index. But what does that mean? There’s no beating around the bush anymore: you should work on making your site as fast and accessible as possible. Don’t wait, do it now. I mean it. Work on your mobile SEO. For »

Categories: Technical SEO, User eXperience (UX)
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Metadata and SEO part 2: link rel metadata

9 March 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 4 Comments

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In the first post of our metadata series, I discussed the meta tags in the <head> of your site. But there’s more metadata in the <head> that can influence the SEO of your site. In this second post, we’ll dive into link rel metadata. You can use link rel metadata to instruct browsers and Google, for example to point them to the AMP version »

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Performance optimization in an HTTP/2 world

22 December 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 28 Comments

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A revolution is currently going on in the underpinnings of the web. HTTP, the protocol your browser uses to connect to your site, has a new version: HTTP/2. This is not something that should concern the average user, but for web developers, it changes how we do performance optimization entirely. In this short article, I want to »

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Ask Yoast: why and how to minify your JS and CSS

21 November 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 6 Comments

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If you check your site speed with Google PageSpeed Insights you might get the advice to minify your Javascript (JS) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) files. Your JS files contain the code for the interactive elements of your website. And in your CSS files you specify the design of your pages. Minifying those files will decrease your page »

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How to reduce HTTP requests to speed up your WordPress site

4 November 2016 by Jimmy Comack » - 24 Comments

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Having a website, online shop or blog that’s fast is a must nowadays. A fast website doesn’t only give your visitors a much better experience, but it also helps your website to rank. Sending fewer HTTP requests to the server can improve the loading times of your website. But why is that? What are HTTP »

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How to get Google to crawl your site faster

26 October 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 5 Comments

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A question that often pops up for sites that are chasing “hot topics” is: how to get Google to crawl our site faster? This could be either because you have a big site and want to see changes faster or because you’re optimizing a news site. There are a few things you can do to »

Category: Technical SEO
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W3 Total Cache high-risk XSS vulnerability

23 September 2016 by Michiel Heijmans » - 27 Comments

Just today, WP Media pointed us to a high-risk XSS vulnerability in W3 Total Cache (W3TC). This was a very popular WordPress plugin that has over 1 million active installs. Although it’s a very popular plugin, it hasn’t been updated in over six months. We stopped recommending it a while back for WP Rocket, a W3 Total Cache »

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DIY: Optimize your browser cache

20 June 2016 by Michiel Heijmans » - 21 Comments

Browser caching is the way a browser stores files from your website on a local computer. Browser caching makes sure all files load without unnecessary server connections, which is much faster. In this article, we’ll tell you how to check if that browser cache works and how to optimize it in WordPress. We’ll tell you how we approach »

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