Webmaster Tools May Be Using Your Site Visits For Performance Measurement
I saw something curious while reviewing my Google Webmaster Tools account. I was checking the site performance section for my blogs and noticed that the WordPress blogs that I spend the most time working on are showing the worst page loading times.
For my top blogs, Webmaster Tools is showing average page load times of 8 to 10 seconds. Each of those sites has caching installed, so the page loading times should be rocket fast and do appear to be very fast, generally under 2 seconds.
The other issue that caught my eye is that the Example Pages with poor loading times shown just below the Performance chart are mostly WordPress admin pages, which is something that spiders should not be able to access.
My concerns are the following:
1. Page loading times tend to be longer in the WordPress admin area because, quite frankly, the admin section contains bloated code and is a bit of a pig.
2. Google may be using our own browsers to track performance statistics when we are logged into our Webmaster Tools account, or perhaps they are using the Google Toolbar to track performance stats for sites.
3. Because page loading recently became a ranking factor with Google, are we negatively impacting our own performance statistics when we spend a lot of time in the WordPress admin areas for our blogs?
Yahoo's YSlow gives my blog pages a score generally around 85 to 88 out of 100, which is a grade of B, so it does not look like there is an actual performance problem. The page load times are usually under 2 seconds.
Has anyone seen any info on this or have some thoughts to add?
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