Speed Update (for mobile searches)

The Speed Update

On 17th, January 2018, Google Webmaster Central Blog has announced the Speed Update. Google confirms that speed has been used in ranking for some time, but starting in July 2018, page speed will be a ranking factor for mobile searches.

Background: Google and Web Performance

"Slow To Load" Warning

On 15th, June 2015, The Android Soul Blog spotted the "Slow To Load" Warning. We don't know yet if it is a new test or an update of the Red Slow Label, but one thing is sure: you have to prepare your website for a major change!

What is "Red Slow Label"?

This page is about Google testing a new indicator in its mobile search results, the Red Slow Label, first spotted on 24th, February 2015 by K Neeraj Kayastha. This label would be a gamechanger as it warns the user before clicking that a website might load slowly.

Red Slow Label in Google Search Results

We don't know much of it right now, except that the label has been spotted using incognito mode (on android). Someone from Google when asked by Search Engine Land answered: "we're always experimenting"

SEO is not the only matter

If you're getting worried about your website speed due too Red Slow Label, please take a look on the other impacts: conversion rate, users satisfaction and confidence, hosting costs, average cart value, etc. A fast website is a must-have, not only for SEO!

Will my mobile website be pernalized by the Speed Update

For the moment, you just can't know. The update "will only affect pages that deliver the slowest experience to users and will only affect a small percentage of queries". Nevertheless, we strongly encourage you to test your website and to optimize it for better performance, for both desktop and mobile users:

Test my Website Speed