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

    Maria Marketing Active Member

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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.