SEO Speed Audit

Professional Site Performance Services

Our professional SEO speed audit provides insights that allow you to improve website performance

Are you happy with your website’s performance? Our SEO speed audit is designed to show you how your website measures up to with regards to the latest speed metrics.

As part of the speed audit, we review the site checking all the components that affect the site's speed performance and providing you with recommendations on how to make it faster. 

Why website speed performance matters?

Speed issues reduces site conversions

Speed issues can create a poor user experience leading to poor user experience metrics

The speed of a site on mobile affects rankings

Slow landing pages make paid search campaigns more expensive

Choose from three levels of speed audit

 

We offer three levels of speed audits to meet your budget. All three speed audits, allow your company to see which areas of the site are causing it underperform.

Basic

Our basic speed audit includes a section for diagnosis, designed to highlight the speed issues that your website faces, as well as a section for solutions, which are the areas that will need to be addressed to improve the website’s performance.

You will also get a 1 hour consultation with one of our Senior SEO Consultants where we will present the findings to you. This gives you and your team the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.

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Standard

Our standard speed audit also includes all the elements of the basic audit and in addition, we will look at your competitors to see what areas you might need to focus on improving to maintain or increase your position.

You will also get a 1 hour consultation with one of our Senior SEO Consultants where we will present the findings to you. This gives you and your team the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.

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Advanced

Our advanced speed audit covers all the areas from the standard audit and deeper speed competitor analysis.

You also get a 1.5 hours consultation with one of our Senior SEO Consultants where we will present the findings to you. This gives you and your team the opportunity to ask any questions, and another 1 hour meeting where we communicate with your developers.

We also run post development tests checking that recommendations have been implemented correctly. 

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*If you do not have developers, we are able to help with development too, so do let us know if you require development assistance too.

 

Get on top of your website's speed performance issues

 

As part of the speed audit, you will receive a personalised report. This report will include a prioritised list of speed issues that are directly affecting your site's performance, so you can start getting the issues resolved. 

In addition, you get the benefit of more than 20 years of experience when working with Novicell. From digital strategy, website design and user experience, to web development, digital marketing and business intelligence, our services cover the full online commercial lifecycle. 

You can also visit our SEO service page to learn more about our other SEO services

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Important Speed Related Questions and Answers

According to Google, site speed is how quick a website respond to web requests. It has been a ranking factor since 2010.

 

In addition to it being a ranking factor, there are many reasons why site speed is important. A fast website can help improve SEO and it means better on-page user experience. At the same time, having a website that is performing well keeps the visitors on your site and reduces the bounce rate, while a website that is performing poorly can negatively affect indexation and the conversion rates.

There are a number of reasons why website speed is important including:

  • Ranking factor for Google
  • A fast website can mean a better on-page user experience 
  • Helps keep visitors on your site and reduces the bounce rate
  • A fast website can help improve SEO
  • It affects the conversion rates
  • It can negatively affect indexation

Core Web Vitals are a set of metrics that focuses on three aspects of the user experience: Loading, Interactivity and Visual Stability.

Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) marks the time at which the largest text or image is painted.

Meaning: When does landmark content appear during the load.

First Input Delay (FID) is the amount of time it takes for the page to become fully interactive.

Meaning: How long does it take before users can interact with a page.

Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS) measures the movement of visible elements within the viewport.

Meaning: How much does the page jump around when it loads.

 

Last May Google announced that page experience signals would be included in Google Search ranking. – Google

These signals measure how users perceive the experience of interacting with a web page and contribute to our ongoing work to ensure people get the most helpful and enjoyable experiences from the web.

The main tools we use to assess speed in our SEO Speed Audit are:

  • For Field data: Chrome User Experience Report, Search Console (Core Web Vitals Report), web-vitals, Web Vitals Extension
  • For Lab & Field data: PageSpeed Insights
  • For Lab data: Chrome DevTools, Lighthouse

Using tools like PageSpeed or Lighthouse helps you understand how your pages perform. It is important to note that the metrics they return are only signals—there’s no immediate loss of Google juice if your Performance Score drops from 90 to 85. However, Google does highlight issues that in themselves can and do affect rankings.

 

Google evaluates your site speed for search ranking based on real Chrome user data.

The lab data is based on a simulated load of a page on a single device and fixed set of network conditions.

 

The field data is a historical report about how a particular URL has performed and represents anonymized performance data from users in the real-world on a variety of devices and network conditions.

 

15 % First Contentful Paint, 15% Speed Index, 25% Largest Contentful Paint, 15% Time to Interactive, 25% Total Blocking Time, 5% Cumulative Layout Shift

 

The weightings are chosen to provide a balanced representation of the user's perception of performance. The weightings have changed over time because the Lighthouse team is regularly doing research and gathering feedback to understand what has the biggest impact on user-perceived performance.

Over the last couple of years, Google have made significant changes to their search indexing and ranking algorithms:

A lot of the variability in your overall Performance score and metric values is not due to Lighthouse. When your Performance score fluctuates, it's usually because of changes in underlying conditions.

Common problems include:

  • A/B tests or changes in ads being served
  • Internet traffic routing changes
  • Testing on different devices, such as a high-performance desktop and a low-performance laptop
  • Browser extensions that inject JavaScript and add/modify network requests
  • Antivirus software

https://web.dev/performance-scoring/

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