Knowing this, it should come as no surprise that speed can have an effect on how well your page is ranked. People will tell you that keywords, content and inbound links are the major things to concentrate on when trying to improve your website’s position in search engine results. However a quick glance at Google’s own Corporate Philosophy illustrates the fact that their number one priority is offering the best user experience possible, a promise that would not be kept by encouraging users to visit websites which take their time to load.
The speed of the site can be affected by a number of things. Having large images or huge chunks of code on your page can slow down a lot of older machines, as well as mobile users or those on slower internet connections.
The server that your site is hosted on can also have a detrimental effect on the load times of your site and, in turn, the ranking of your site with search engines.
The most common way that this can happen is that your web host is hosting a large number of sites on the same server, sharing the server's resources amongst the sites equally. If your site is sharing the same server as a larger site, or a site with higher bandwidth requirements, your business may suffer as a result.
Another aspect to be wary of is the physical location of your server. When Google looks at your website, it takes note of the region or country where the server is, and may serve users pages based on geographical proximity.
While it might be cheaper to host your site with an overseas company, you may be risking the loss of relevant, nearby visitors.
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