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Page Speed performance

  1. Sue Adams profile image92
    Sue Adamsposted 4 years ago

    This is the Google Adsense PageSpeed Insights report for a hub that gets the most traffic on my domain:

    http://sue-adams.hubpages.com/hub/how-t … stiff-neck

    Mobile
    44 / 100
    Desktop
    59 / 100

    Suggestions Summary
    Eliminate render-blocking JavaScript and CSS in above-the-fold content
    Your page has 14 blocking script resources and 2 blocking CSS resources. This causes a delay in rendering your page. None of the above-the-fold content on your page could be rendered without waiting for the following resources to load.
    Try to defer or asynchronously load blocking resources, or inline the critical portions of those resources directly in the HTML.

    Remove render-blocking JavaScript:
    http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jq … ery.min.js
    http://z.hubimg.com/s/ss219192731.js
    http://z.hubimg.com/s/ms12137262.js
    http://partner.googleadservices.com/gam … service.js
    http://partner.googleadservices.com/gam … gle_ads.js
    http://pixel.quantserve.com/api/segment … qc_results
    http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/ … -9362936-5
    http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pa … ds_impl.js
    http://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/page … &dtd=5
    http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/ … -9362936-5
    http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pa … ds_impl.js
    http://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/page … &dtd=5

    WHAT IS ALL THIS?

    Use asynchronous versions of the following scripts:
    http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js
    http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js
    Optimize CSS Delivery of the following:
    http://z.hubimg.com/s/hp-hub135407813.css
    http://z.hubimg.com/s/hp-mobile218367481.css

    Fixing this would have a measurable impact on page performance.

    Suggestions Summary
    Eliminate render-blocking JavaScript and CSS in above-the-fold content
    Your page has 16 blocking script resources and 1 blocking CSS resources. This causes a delay in rendering your page.


    This is the viral hub that gets over 1000 views a day but people are not staying because it loads too slowly (loading time 24 seconds) and, consequently, has a bounce rate of 94 %!

    HELP! Can HP fix this?

    1. Matthew Meyer profile image76
      Matthew Meyerposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Most of the non-Hubpages assets that load on the page are related to ad programs.  Unfortunately, there isn't much we can do to reduce the load time without impacting potential revenue for Hubs.

    2. Marisa Wright profile image94
      Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      You could improve it a bit, by tweaking your layout to force the first square Adsense ad down the page, below the fold (e.g. add some more images or other right-floated content). 

      Having said that, I agree it shouldn't be necessary - there's already enough ads above the fold, so that square ad shouldn't be there in the first place.

  2. rebekahELLE profile image89
    rebekahELLEposted 4 years ago

    It did take a while to load and I have a fast connection. It looks like certain ads are taking longer to load.
    It takes longer than my slowest loading hub which has a number of videos, but not as many images.

  3. Sue Adams profile image92
    Sue Adamsposted 4 years ago

    What is the point in having ads on a page that no-one will read because the ads make it load too slowly ?!?*GRRR!!

    The pages on  my own website have an average of 13% bounce rate and 2.5 minutes viewing duration.
    I think I should concentrate on my own web site where I have total control.

    1. Will Apse profile image89
      Will Apseposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I think you should too.

  4. paradigmsearch profile image84
    paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago

    For what it's worth (not much), I've been deleting some images and other stuff recently for the sole purpose of reducing load times.

  5. paradigmsearch profile image84
    paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago

    And a btw afterthought, I've seen Google Maps really slow things down.

  6. Sue Adams profile image92
    Sue Adamsposted 4 years ago

    What revenue are you referring to if people leave the page before it has fully loaded because it is too slow loading?

    Greed sometimes doesn't pay.

    1. Barbara Kay profile image87
      Barbara Kayposted 4 years ago

      A low page speed does lower the ranking of a page. What do ads mean if we don't get traffic?

    2. Sue Adams profile image92
      Sue Adamsposted 4 years ago

      Thank you Rebecca for confirming my unfortunate findings.

      Thank you Paradigmsearch for your tips, but removing photos and maps goes against HP style tips. Why should we sacrifice important content to over-stuffing with ads? Would it not pay to keep the number of ads at an acceptable level to allow for a decent load time?

      Like Barbara implies, too many ads above the fold are killing the very pages they are supposed to make profitable.

      People have to understand that getting thousands of  daily views for a page with such a high bounce rate due to unacceptably slow loading time is completely useless. People click on the URL thinking they want to read the Hub, then the hub takes so long to load, they leave the page without reading or clicking any ads. What's the point?

      To check your own Page Speed Insights Reports go to:

      Google Analytics
      Content
      Site Speed
      Page Timing
      Speed Suggestions

      Sorry to have opened yet another can of worms that contributes to the steady decline of this site.

      I repeat: Greed does not pay.

      1. Mark Ewbie profile image85
        Mark Ewbieposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        It makes sense to me.  But then I am not an expert,  Looking at Quantcast and my own traffic HubPages must really know what they are doing.  MORE ADS.  MORE LINKS.  MORE FLOATERS.
        That must be the way to give readers....SEARCHERS... a quality experience.
        Absolutely brilliant.

        1. Will Apse profile image89
          Will Apseposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I blame the floaters.

          1. Mark Ewbie profile image85
            Mark Ewbieposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Hey Will,  I know you love HP and presumably are doing well out of it.  Well done you!

            That end of page experience is awful - where all the ads come together in one big yuck.

      2. aa lite profile image89
        aa liteposted 4 years ago

        It would be really interesting to see what effect removing the floating "related search and the new long ad in the sidebar does.

        But I have just looked at a few of my pages and they get a desktop score of 73% and mobile of 44%.  Avg. loading time is 13s.  Presumably they have exactly the same ads as your pages, so there must be something else slowing it down.

        Incidentally the score refers to how much faster the page could load, if you carried out all the suggestions.  So if all java script was removed your page would load appr. 50% faster.

        1. ologsinquito profile image94
          ologsinquitoposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I got a similar notice, marked September 5, along with a reduction in the health of my site and a traffic drop. This is something not within the control of the writers. Please help.

      3. Sue Adams profile image92
        Sue Adamsposted 4 years ago

        I reluctantly removed 3 out of 5 videos from the hub in question to see what would happen.

        Even though the score is slightly better:
        Mobile
        47/100
        Desktop
        63/100

        as opposed to the previous

        Mobile
        44 / 100
        Desktop
        59 / 100

        Loading time is still no better: 24.17 secs

        Plus: the report still gives me a red alert to eliminate render-blocking JavaScript and CSS in above the fold content.

        1. aa lite profile image89
          aa liteposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I'm not sure how "page loading" works, but would removing videos that are below the fold affect loading of the content above the fold?

          Really I think people care about the content above the fold loading fast.  I don't think any body likes staring at a blank page, but if it seems to show up fast they don't stroll down immediately to make sure the rest of it is loaded. 

          If this is true, then maybe adding "slower" videos below the fold doesn't matter so much.  The problem with ads, of course is the ones above the fold have the highest CTR.

      4. Sue Adams profile image92
        Sue Adamsposted 4 years ago

        Why does English humor often have to be so offensive?
        There is a French saying that goes:
        "Soi poli si t'es pas joli", which translates to:
        "Be polite if you're not pretty."

        Ironically the very hub in question has been chosen as Hub of the Day today, so HubPages cannot hate me that much.

        1. Will Apse profile image89
          Will Apseposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          That's great! Now only the world is against you.

      5. Sue Adams profile image92
        Sue Adamsposted 4 years ago

        Not funny. Have you really nothing better to do? It takes time to open an email in the hope of finding solutions to problems. If you have nothing positive to contribute, then please stay out. Get a life man!
        _____________
        @ other readers,
        Here is an update after removal of 3 out of 5 videos:

        Avg.Page Load Time: 23.73 secs.
        Mobile: 47 / 100
        Desktop: 70 /100 (better)

        Compared to previous:
        Avg.Page Load Time: 24.17 secs.
        Mobile: 44 / 100
        Desktop: 59 /100

        However, the load time is still high at 23.73 secs and the bounce rate is still at an incredible 94.04%. What a shame that such a high traffic hub still gets a red alert to eliminate render-blocking JavaScript and CSS in above the fold content:

        "Your page has 10 blocking script resources and 2 blocking CSS resources. This causes a delay in rendering your page.
        Fixing this would have a measurable impact on page performance."

        I've done my bit by removing 3 videos but something is still wrong with the Page Load Speed and only HP staff can fix it.

        To find out how fast or slow your pages are loading go to:

        Google Analytics
        Content
        Site Speed
        Page Timing
        Speed Suggestions

        Do your pages get a red alert to eliminate render-blocking JavaScript and CSS in above the fold content?

        1. Writer Fox profile image78
          Writer Foxposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          If you run a Hub through this tool, you can see what is causing low page-load speed:
          http://tools.pingdom.com/fpt/

          From the 'Test Now' box, select Dallas as the location because it is central U.S.

          When you get the results, select 'Sort by Load Time' from the black menu bar.

          I think you will find that the slow loaders are headed by Google ads and the images on your Hubs.

          1. ologsinquito profile image94
            ologsinquitoposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Thanks again.

      6. profile image0
        Super Ninjaposted 4 years ago

        Even 4 sec is too slow. you'll lose your traffic and search rank!

        1. Writer Fox profile image78
          Writer Foxposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Is there some reason you feel the need to respond to every post on this forum when you don't even have any published Hubs?

      7. profile image0
        Super Ninjaposted 4 years ago

        This is my 3rd HP account. You can't use 2 acc to participate in the same forum, so I am stuck using this account in forums.
        Right now I have nothing else to do, and can't think of ideas for writing hubs. Getting bored! Is there a better way to kill time on internet??

        1. Writer Fox profile image78
          Writer Foxposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          You could try Bubblews.  At least you would get paid for posting there.

      8. profile image0
        Super Ninjaposted 4 years ago

        I have 4.5 $ in my bubblews bank. May be I'll write till I get to 25.
        Going to Bubblews!
        Thanks for your suggestion!

      9. Sue Adams profile image92
        Sue Adamsposted 4 years ago

        Thanks Marisa, I'll try that & see if it makes a difference. You deserve the Hubby award for most helpful hubber i.m.o.

        1. Marisa Wright profile image94
          Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Aw, shucks.

      10. ologsinquito profile image94
        ologsinquitoposted 4 years ago

        I don't think there's anything more I can do to improve my page speed performance. If Hub Pages can help with this that would be great.

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