Will You Give Google Page Speed Service A Spin?

Jul 29, 2011 • 8:06 am | comments (14) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics
 

Google Page SpeedGoogle announced they will soon be offering a new service for webmasters, a service named Page Speed Service.

The service is a lot like a CDN, content delivery network, where Google will fetch your pages, optimize them, speed them up and then deliver them to your end users. They promise speed improvements of up to 65%, but typically between 25% and 65%.

If you want to try it out, you can request to be a beta tester on this form. But keep in mind, Google will eventually start to charge for the service - plus they aren't yet disclosing how much. So if you think you can't afford it, then maybe don't bother. Google does promise the "pricing will be competitive" and they will give you 30 days to decide once they announce the pricing.

For more on how this all works, see the doc files on it and the FAQs.

A WebmasterWorld has discussion around the service. Some are saying they gave it a try already and it has resulted in making their site slower! One said, "I ran the test and my original is faster than the optimized version." Many add they don't want Google to do this for them and they won't even try it.

I am curious, would you give this a try?

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Comments:

Black Seo Guy

07/29/2011 01:20 pm

I read about it on other blogs..but after thinking about it..then i think its best for me to not use it. I need all control over my site. "Black Seo Guy "Signing Off"

bees1844

07/29/2011 01:21 pm

Yes. Working client side it could help us circumvent internal issues.

Sarindam7

07/29/2011 02:39 pm

I tried testing it out on the site they provided but my pages tested faster as "original" than as "optimized." So I guess I don't need it. I have blogspot blog actually.

Nick Stamoulis

07/29/2011 02:44 pm

I think there are a lot of other things a site owner can do to speed up their site before they have to turn to Google to do it for them. Maybe if your site is incredibly slow and you've done everything you can think of it would be worth a shot. But I can't imagine too many sites need that much of a speed increase so badly they are willing to pay for it.

digideth

07/29/2011 02:52 pm

At the moment Google is DOUBLING my page load time so they have some serious work to do before I will use their service.

w00tert

07/29/2011 03:19 pm

I think this check-up just crashed my website... getting an internal server error now. Great!

Kevin Ouellette

07/30/2011 06:16 pm

I'll absolutely give it a try. It's trivial to switch to Google's DNS servers and then switch back if things don't work out or the price is too high. The most you could possibly lose is a few hours of propagation time. I would suggest Cloudflare to those who don't get access to the Google beta right away. It's basically the same idea, but with more of an emphasis on security/spam prevention. Even if your site is already optimized for quick loads, the CDN caching functionality of Cloudflare or the Google Page Speed Service will speed up page loads for your visitors in other countries.

NgPillai

07/31/2011 03:17 pm

We should always experience certain things our own rather than depending on third person experience and review. So we just need to give a try and see what changes it makes and whether it is really effective for you.. For some it may and for some it may not.. Cheers

Enovabiz

08/01/2011 08:17 am

Why dont we just sell our souls to Google. Google is already controlling so  many aspects of Web. Are you sure you want to give it even more say?   First they raised site-speed-influences-ranks bogey and then started paid services to increase site speed... Very clever?

Vinny

08/01/2011 01:51 pm

Funny how the page speed service comes right after Google's issues with their G+ button slowing down websites.... @twitter-18490611:disqus Enovabiz ...well said Google wants to control everything so they can toss you around anyway they want. Google seems to be very confused these days and trying to please webmasters .....the tables have turned around now....

eRocket

08/02/2011 01:43 am

A question to those who have already tried the service - assuming an improvement in site speed, do Google then reveal what they've optimised to achieve this? That would be useful, although I suspect they'd not want to be that transparent for fear of losing the revenue stream. That said, I'll await a better understanding of the costings before I react too cynically. If their service does achieve the quoted speed gains that could do great things for user experience & thus conversions, which could certainly make this service a worthy investment. If a site is already slow that is not Google's doing, after all. With Google investigating page pre-loading and continuous scrolling of results, it also stands to reason they would want to promote page speed improvements.

Robert Went

07/17/2013 02:36 am

I don't believe for a second that Google let you sign up for a beta service through a Google docs spreadsheet having signed up for lots of their beta testing. This is a total scam intended to grab your email address. Steer well clear of this rubbish.

digideth

07/17/2013 04:46 am

The link above is NOT a scam. ummm What beta Google services have you signed up for? 98% of the alpha & beta Google services that they have offered and I've been accepted in to have been through a Google Spreadsheet. The link above is Real and Official the only problem is this post is days away from being 2 years old.... I'm actually surprised that it still works.

Robert Went

07/17/2013 06:08 am

Lol Yeah OK, my bag. Its correct. Stand by never signing up by a spreadsheet though. Maybe I just signed up for stuff in the last 2 years and they changed it.

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