Remember Yahoo? Yeah, it's still out there despite getting crushed in recent years by the likes of industry heavyweights Google and Facebook. Still, of particular interest to me is an interesting Yahoo Developer Network tool called YSlow. YSlow is a Firefox add-on that helps you evaluate your website performance. I'm not talking about your lead conversion rates, I'm talking about raw speed. How fast does your website display when someone visits? Why is this important?
We talk a lot about business performance - how well does your website attract visitors and capture them as leads - but speed is important too. As we used to say in the 60's and 70's, speed (or lack thereof) kills. A slow loading website is an annoyance to today's Web-savvy visitors and may cause them to bounce without seeing your all-important content and calls-to-action. Did you know that website performance also affects your SEO? As Google announced last year "...like us, our users place a lot of value in speed — that's why we've decided to take site speed into account in our search rankings." Your slow website may very well be penalizing you in Google search rankings.
We're recommending that you and/or your inbound marketing agency should install YSlow and start paying close attention to its metrics and recommendations. As you can see in the image to the right, even Google has some work to do, coming up with a "D" grade on YSlow.
If you run YSlow on our website, you will see that we have some important issues to address as well. We're working on those issues right now.
What are you doing to optimize your website's performance?