Common Web Page Problems that can hinder SEO

There are some common web page problems that may affect your SEO rankings. As we know HTML, Javascript and CSS makes most part of the web page. If these building blocks of a web page are not handled and implemented properly, they can cause serious rendering problems and delays in the page served to the client. Ultimately it may have an effect on your SEO rankings because slow response is one of the factors that can make your site come lower in SERP (search engine result positioning). Crawlers also love clean and fast response pages. So read the guidelines carefully to avoid such common problems with web pages.

First of all, the size and complexity of the markup determine the initial display speed of a web page. Pages with nested tables and miss positioned CSS and Javascript can cause reasonable delay in serving the page to the client. Therefore the informative content that the user is looking for may be delayed for several seconds. It is normally observed that most users don’t wait for the page that takes more than 10 seconds to load and close it. So you need to make sure this is not happening with your website. You can also check this, if you have configured a Google webmasters account with your site. Below screen shot shows the average response time of my Blog in milliseconds.

response time which hinder seo

As you can clearly see, the average response time is 237ms which is really fast. You should be worried, if it crosses 1000ms mark on average.

Make it your practice to always put CSS at the top of page and the Javascript at the very bottom. It is also better to use external CSS and Javascript but if you cannot use it in this way due to any technical issue like if you have hundreds of web pages that would need to be changed afterwards. Then at least, make sure that you replace all your javascript at the bottom and place CSS at the top of each web page.

According to Steve Souders in his book “High Performance Web Sites”, 80% of web page response time is in the content. Most of this time is spent dealing with the objects that make up a web page. As the number of objects per page increases beyond four, object overhead dominates total web page delay.

It is noticed that majority of the web pages exceeded well past this threshold, with more than 350 Kb in file size and many objects [almost above 20] in the webpage. If you can take these numbers to some descent level in your website, your page response time will definitely increase producing positive results for your SEO and user satisfaction.


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