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    Google Page Speed / Images

    Greetings,

    For some reason in webmaster tools under page speed, it is saying that my website is taking 13 seconds on average to load a webpage.

    I am thinking that this might be because of webpages like this: Green Products

    On this particular webpage, there are a total of 30 product images loading. It is a nice way to find products especially on a faster internet connection.

    If I did not display images when web crawlers accessed these types of pages, would Google see my site as being faster? Would doing so be against the Google webmaster rules? I know I read something once where you are not suppose to show content different when a crawler accesses a page to when a regular user accesses one. However, not displaying images might make the user experience more enjoyable. What are your thoughts on this?

    Thanks in advance for any advice or suggestions.

    Sincerely,
    Travis Walters

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    Actually using 100x100 images instead of scaling large images down would make a notable difference. I'd start there, instead of trying to hide content. If you're showing a 100px by 100px image, make sure it is actually 100x100, not 400x400 etc.

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    Hey there,

    Thanks for the reply.

    I am actually in the process of doing that already.

    There are going to be about 60 million products and the images are on third party websites (at first) so serving scaled images is not always an option until they are all downloaded to the main server.

    Looking for other thoughts about this issue?

    Sincerely,
    Travis Walters

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    There's a list as long as your arm regarding things you can do. The best way to start is get Firefox installed, (if you haven't already), and install the page speed addon. That will give you an indepth description of what, where and how you can improve things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattF View Post
    There's a list as long as your arm regarding things you can do. The best way to start is get Firefox installed, (if you haven't already), and install the page speed addon. That will give you an indepth description of what, where and how you can improve things.
    I just ran that on the page and sure enough, there are loads of things that could be changed. Just as an example, it says that "21.3kB of the CSS file is not used by the current page" -- that's the size of an entire page for some sites!


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