Does having too many widgets hurt SEO?

Does having too many widgets hurt SEO?

Discussion in 'Search Engine Optimization' started by JennyJ, Aug 26, 2017.

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  1. Maria Marketing

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    Yes that is all that I did and kept rechecking after each widget was removed. I was actually really surprised because the widgets were small but I think it was the code for them or something.
     
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    That's good to know and I will have to do some checking on my blog. How were you testing your site to know the impact of your changes?
     
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    I was testing my blog on a website that tests the speed of them. I think it was called GT Metrix or GT Matrix. I saw it on another discussion here posted by someone.
     
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    I'll look for that and do some testing. Thanks
     
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    Here is the website that I used.

    https://gtmetrix.com/
     
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    I haven't had a chance to look for that and do any testing yet but I will be doing it soon. Thanks for posting the link.
     
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    You're welcome. It gives a lot of details beside just speed of your website bit most I don't know anything of so I just look mostly at the loading speed.
     
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    Too many widgets will reduce the loading time of the website. Otherwise, i don't think it affects the SEO.
     
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    Yes it does give a lot of info but the speed number is the main 1 I am looking at and the only 1 I fully understand. I was able to reduce the loading time of my blog by almost 1 second by removing the Facebook widget I was using.

    I removed just the Facebook widget from my blog and my blog now loads about 1 second faster. I didn't think that 1 widget would make that much difference.
     
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    That's great. Making it faster by almost a whole second is a very nice increase for removing just 1 widget. I removed 4 total at this point but I might remove more or change them a little.
     
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    I removed another one myself but the reduction in the loading times was not that great. I am guessing that the Facebook widget is one that is a cause for many websites to be slower and most people don't realize it. I only found out by removing it.
     
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    Is it one that shows like and your profile image?
     
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    Yes it showed those and also some small little images of the people who liked my Facebook page.
     
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    Maybe because it had all those little images showing that was what caused it to be slow. It probably had to check each profile to get the images and that made it slow.
     
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    It could have been that. I really don't know what affects the loading times for most things. I am trying out some other social media widgets for Facebook to see if any others are faster loading than the other.
     
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    I was reading about some things that have to do with widgets and loading speed and it said that sometime you have to try different widgets that do the same things because some of them are faster than others.

    If you try some others for Facebook you may find one that is fast enough to use without slowing your blog.
     
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    I think you are right because I was reading something about it and it said that often the same basic widget but from different developers can sometimes have a big difference on the impact it has on a website.
     
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    I saw a blog post that said something similar to that now that you bring it up. I have really found the speed testing rather interesting so I will be doing more tests on things like similar widgets to see if I can get my blog to be faster.