Analytics SEO tutorial video on the Page Load Time component.[youtube id=”jl-qZ8cRRxw”]
The Page Load Time component can be found within the Site Audit section of the software and you can access it either by click on the Site Audit tab and then drilling down to the PLT component itself or by using the quick drop down menus on the Site Audit tab here.
This is how the component is laid out. You have a component title, a system score, a component description and a task status which will analyse data and give you an idea of why your site has been given a particular score for this component.
Then the data itself is laid out in this component as a dynamic chart. We call them dynamic charts, because you can get them to update on the fly by changing the data sets you wish to display using these filters or simply clicking within the chart legend here and you’ll notice if I do this, the chart will update dynamically and you can see the Y axis changing to accommodate the smaller subsets of data. You can also change the date range here or show exact or trend data using this tick box here. The other thing to be aware of is that you can download these charts as PNG or SVG image files and if I do this, you’ll see that the system will save the exact view I have on screen at any one time.
The only other things to mention about this component is that it will tell when it should be next updated. PLT is part of our daily health check hence the dates you see here. There is also some indication of how easy or difficult it would be to correct any issues identified.
And finally, if you would like further information, you can click on this Optimise tab here and you will be provided with some help text and a link to a YSlow plugin for Firefox which will examine your homepage’s source code and provide some advice on improvements you could consider to improve page load speed. You can also add some date-stamped notes and mark the task status accordingly which will then be reflected in the Workload section of the system.
And that’s the Page Load time component. It is included in the software as it was considered a ranking factor by Google in 2010 and most SEOs will want to monitor this over a reasonable period of time. It is especially useful to keep an eye on it if, for example, you’re planning or have just completed any website redesign work and want to check that the new designs do not have a negative effect on the loadtime of your homepage.