These days, every second of loading time matters for your website's traffic, leads and sales. It's all about user experience and if you make people wait on your site to load, you can kiss a chunk of your traffic goodbye. To prevent this from happening, you need to build a blazing fast site.
There are many ways to do this and many tools build to help you build a blog or website that is fast enough to please both search engines and viewers alike. But, first you need to know where you are before you can figure out what it takes to get where you want to be.
The Best Free Tools For Testing Website Performance:
Pingdom is very effective because it determines the speed of your site and then gives you the actual statistics of each element that may be slowing it down. They give you the numbers that tell you exactly what is slowing down your site and even give you a service that can help you speed it up.
Google PageSpeed Insights
What's really cool about Google's PageSpeed Insights tool is that it allows you to actually test your speed for both mobile and desktop devices. With so much of online traffic being mobile these days thanks to smartphones, you definitely might want to use this powerful tool to see where you measure up.
It'll help you make each web page faster by giving you recommendations as well for what you can personally do to speed up your blog's pages.
What's different about MaxCDN Tools is you can test your blog or website speed in 12 different locations around the world. You can even test it as a competitor against another site if you want.
GTMetrix is another pretty popular website performance tool that helps you see what elements are slowing your site down and giving suggestions on how to fix them. What makes this tool unique is it combines YSlow and Google PageSpeed to give you the most accurate performance grade and absolute best suggestions.
A lot of people may not see this as a normal performance grade tool, but I have personally used it many times to see where my site stands as far as speed, SEO, etc. Quicksprout's Tool is unique because it has a very clean, user-friendly layout and allows you to test your website's SEO, speed, social reach, etc.
It gives you a letter grade for each category and tells you what parts of your site are hurting its performance and how to fix it. You can even compare it to 3 other competing sites if you want.
There are many great free tools out there to take advantage of if you want to really maximize the performance of your website or blog. Take advantage of these tools and work on making your site perform at its best to increase your traffic, leads and sales.