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Google Showing Slow Label in Mobile Search Results

Google Testing Warning Label For Slow Loading Sites

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John Locke is a SEO consultant from Sacramento, CA. He helps manufacturing businesses rank higher through his web agency, Lockedown Design & SEO.

Search Engine Land reported today that Google is testing out a red warning label for slow loading websites. The screenshots SEL received were for Google owned websites, but it is likely these “Slow” labels will eventually roll out to all search engine results.

Google has been placing emphasis on page speed since 2010. You can check your website page speed at Google Page Speed Insights.

This is very similar to the testing done for the “Mobile-friendly” label that was tested in October 2014, and rolled out in November 2014.

What This Means For You

Google’s success is dependent on returning the best search results possible. That means that user experience is something they must always consider. Sites that are not mobile-friendly and have poor page speed performance are more likely to have users bounce away from those pages. Grading websites on responsive design and site performance are not just good for the search engines, but good for your customers and your business.

While non-mobile-friendly and slow websites still rank high in some search queries today, the Google algorithm has slight alterations rolled out about once a week. A bright red warning label on mobile search results could make users hesitant to click through. Eventually, these results would be downgraded simply due to poor click-through rates. But it signals the fact that the bar for search results is getting higher, not lower.

The top ranking results for search queries in the long-term will favor pages with rich original content, that have the best user experience, that are optimized for where real people search (on mobile devices). Slow loading sites will have to be improved for performance and page speed, or risk getting left behind.

Avatar for John Locke

John Locke is a SEO consultant from Sacramento, CA. He helps manufacturing businesses rank higher through his web agency, Lockedown Design & SEO.

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