There is no end to the amount of tutorials that exist on optimizing your blog load time, ySlow and other factors. In this tutorial I aim to equip you with the tools you need to monitor your pages performance over time so that you can get insight into how effective your optimization’s have been or perhaps where more optimization is needed.

Yottaa

Yottaa is a free web-based performance testing tool that will track any website or blogs performance factors (Load Time, Response Time, ySlow, Complexity) over time and will give a combined “Yottaa” score plus tips on how to improve performance.

Pingdom Tools

Pingdom Tools Pingdom Tools are a set of free tools to check load times for your website or blog and additionally you and do ping testing to diagnose potential hosting problems and do a DNS (Domain Name System) Health Check.

I additionally encourage anyone who is serious about the performance of their blog or website to have a Google Webmaster Tools account and monitor the speed data provided by Google. All of these tools combined can give you a picture into whether you need to step up your optimization efforts.

Notably every WordPress blog I maintain has load times of under 2 seconds and yet I still have all the fancy CSS and Graphics of a well designed blog. Remember website performance plays an important role in SEO.

Bonus Tools:

  • Google Page Speed Online
    Page Speed Online analyzes the content of a web page, then generates suggestions to make that page faster.
  • dynaTrace
    dynaTrace AJAX Edition 3 makes building lightning fast Web 2.0 applications easy. Speed your page load times, optimize rendering, tune DOM execution, and compare to competition.
  • Web page test
    Webpagetest.org service will run a free website speed test from around the globe using real browsers at consumer connection speeds with detailed optimization recommendations

18 thoughts on “How to Analyze Blog Performance Over Time”

  1. Interesting article, and so true that speed is a very important SEO factor. I’ve recently been experimenting with different speed enhancement techniques our our site and will try the sites you recommended above.

    Oddly, since yesterday, YSlow for Firefox has not been working, just brings up a gray screen. The Yahoo services included in the SEO Quake addon for Firefox are also erroring. I wonder what the deal os with Yahoo services?

    1. Don’t worry Adam, as the latest version of Firefox available, I noticed that “SEO for Firefox” plugin didn’t work with Yahoo link too, but after the updates, it’s fine. I think YSlow will fix this soon.

    2. Benjamin Kerensa

      Adam,

      Thats the good thing about Yottaa is that it does ySlow and a bunch of other stuff and is monitors it over time.

  2. Analyze and Optimize are 2 steps that you need to undertake with full commitment and seriousness. It is very much important to maintain the position in search engines after you have got them and to do this you need to analyze continuously. The post gives of proper details of what things you should use and what tools.

  3. Excllent article… I had been trying to find information on how to monitor any fine tuning I do to my blog so
    had a lot of good information.

  4. Good user experience but a lot of connections and some overhead for each picture so the page speed testing tools show bad performance.2. Thanks to Googles webmaster tools site performance i have been able to speed up my sites its something we should always be focusing on anyway. I am however a little concerned that all Sites are measured for speed fairly as an example I get a performance score of 100 100 from YSlow for most of my Australian hosted Webpages.

    1. Of course, Velma, the speed score showed in Google webmaster is not 100% accurate as they said: “These estimates are of low accuracy (fewer than 100 data points)”.

      However, your website get 100/100 Yslow score? It’s amazing!

  5. Using Google Analytics helps you to keep a check on all the factors that affect your blog and also helps you to work on things that are not working for you. I make use of Google Analytic a lot time and it has helped me to understand the mind of visitors a lot. I have never heard about the tool Yotta and i am not sure whether it give credible results. Will surely try this and post in.

  6. I have a network of sites and i find it difficult to manage them and keep a check on all of them. Can you please suggest me some ways that will help me to make this easy. I use Webmaster tools as it is easy to understand.

  7. The next step after the content creation and search engine optimization is the speed optimization, which is now itself a part of SEO. A lows speed time guaranteed a good user experience and this is what search engines want to give to ther users. They want to deliver the results, which are perfect for the searchers. The searchers don’t wait on any website, keep waiting it to be loaded, they go to some other site, increasing bounce rate. These factors are considered by Google and it advises the webmasters to take care of speed of the websites.

  8. Nice post Ben i will check it out. But if those site you metion discovers that my websites load time is much, will they provide any remedy for me?

  9. Thanks Benjamin, I am using google webmaster tool and a website like Pingdom Tools to check the website speed. I’ll try to use Yottaa too. This will complete my monitoring.

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