Google: YouTube Embeds May Slow Your Page Speed Score

Many SEOs are obsessed with pagespeed but as you know, mobile rankings don’t even look at mobile page speed these days and they won’t when the mobile first index comes out, at least not to start. Either way, fast pages are important for users even if Google doesn’t have it in their rankings right now.

Google’s John Mueller was asked if it is possible that YouTube embeds can slow a site’s load and reduce the page speed score Google gives it. John Mueller said “maybe” because Google doesn’t make exceptions for YouTube or AdSense or other embeds that they run versus competitors or third-party companies. He did add that YouTube embeds “shouldnât be slowing things down too much” because “YouTube players are pretty well optimized.” This was said around the 45:13 mark into the video.

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