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Jill Olkoski

Jill has a MA in Clinical Psychology, a BS in Computer Science, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering.

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In Jill's previous life, she spent 17 years in the engineering and quality organizations of a Fortune 100 tech company.


Google’s Page Speed Test

May 10th, 2012

So you’ve read my last past on how I’m addicted to page speed testing. I had a consultation yesterday and was given another tool, Google’s tool for page speed testing. My home page got 84/100, and my blog got 72/100. Gotta work a little bit harder on that but not too shabby. Give a whirl, what’s your score?

J. Olkoski
Aldebaran Web Design, Seattle
Jill Olkoski has a BS in Engineering, a BS in Computer Science and an MA in Clinical Psychology. She delights in using her advanced technical and psychological skills to help small business owners develop cost-effective and successful websites.

4 Responses to “Google’s Page Speed Test”

  1. Doug LaBier Says:

    My website is 63; my blog, 74. But they don’t say what a desirable range should be.

  2. Jill Olkoski Says:

    Thanks for running it. Well, I suppose they want it as close to 100 as possible. When I was on the phone with the consultants yesterday who showed it to me, they were satisfied with my two numbers. Run the other speed test and report how many seconds both of these results equals. In my case, my 84 was about 3 seconds. They really wanted it around that time. They quoted data that showed 40% left after 3 seconds, so that was their goal. I still need to work on my blog’s speed, maybe checking not just it’s home page, but blog articles. I didn’t test them individually.

  3. RudolfB Says:

    It’s relative these days. When you visit a site like Apple, they have over 1MB images on their home page. In fact, none of the big software houses look at download speed anymore, they look at quality of their content. OK, I agree that if you need a driver of something, you probably put up with even waiting 10 minutes as you have no choice, and we won’t have that much patience with an unknown site.
    However, most people do not mind waiting for 10 or 15 seconds.
    If people are so impatient to leave after 3 seconds, what does that say about them, and do you really want that kind of audience?
    I certainly don’t. 😉

  4. Jill Olkoski Says:

    You have a valid point. But when folks visit Apple, they are shopping for Apple, they know where they are, and so perhaps waiting is no big deal. When they are searching for something generic, like “small business web design seattle” I think their patience is much less, and if your page doesn’t load quickly enough, they will leave. You are a stranger to them, Apple isn’t. You wait longer for friends than strangers.

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