With page load times being an increasingly important metric, both in terms of search engine ranking, and user-friendliness (not everyone accesses the web on super-fast broadband, you know!), we’re always keen to get those pages loading super-fast even if your connection is not so hot.
We’re pleased to announce that we’re got the page speed over at Your-Story.org, our free press release resource, down to as low as half a second on some pages.
During Wednesday 22nd June 2011, we experienced extremely high server load which led to some hardware issues with the Your-Story.org site, making it a great time to roll out our speed enhancements to the 2.0 version of Your-Story.org right there and then.
This has now been completed.
Under testing, the Googlebot can load press release pages from the Your-Story.org website in under 0.1 seconds. That’s great news for the issuers of free press releases who are accepted for publication on the site, as it means your PR efforts will find their way into the major search engines in seconds.
What is Your-Story.org?
Your-Story.org is our Google News listed, Moreover approved free and premium digital press release distribution website.
Other Changes at Your-Story.org
At the same time as rolling out speed enhancements (which included removing under-utilised third party sharing tools; enabling and forcing Gzip of more text based elements; and optimizing images within the site’s pages, for those who are interested in the technical side of things) we have also completed the re-branding and moving the site to be sans www – so it’s now just http://your-story.org/ without the www’s – and the major search engines have been informed of this change.
We also recently completed a membership audit at Your-Story.org, whereby we removed all non-active accounts, and any accounts found to be consistently in breach of the Press Release Rules at the site – taking the number of registered members down from 18,000+ to around 5,000. Again, the focus is on recognising the efforts of those willing to stay within the guidelines, and making sure everything works at it’s optimum level for those people, while discouraging those intent on self-promotion, spam and the attempted publication of non-newsworthy items.
Speed Improvements and Traffic Increases
Your-Story.org is still growing rapidly, as a result of the improvements we keep making to the site.
The Your-Story.org site is all set to break into the Top 30,000 website in the world over at Alexa.com (see here), remains a Google PageRank 5 website, and continues to be listed in Google News, with a current total of 969+ items listed in Google News. There are over 43,000+ individual pages indexed in Google’s main organic index from the Your-Story.org website.
Over 20,000 press releases are currently published at Your-Story.org, from a total of 100,000 press releases published on the site in all time since the October 2008 launch.
Around 70% of press releases submitted to Your-Story.org are not published as a result of a breach of the press release rules currently in effect.
In the background, we’re also busily working on new developments at Your-Story.org, including our most exciting redevelopment of the site to date – watch this space for updates on Your-Story.org 3.0, or “like” the Your-Story.org Free Press Releases Facebook page for updates.