Does Google SiteKit Plugin Slow Your WebSite Mobile Speed? Yes or No? You Decide
Last Update: Dec 3, 2022
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Does Google Sitekit Plugin Slow Your WebSite Mobile Speed? Yes or No? You Decide
Google Sitekit Plugin is an excellent tool for bloggers and web administrators who want to track and analyze site performance. It's a free plugin that integrates with Google Analytics, Google Search Console, PageSpeed Insights, and AdSense. But does it slow down your website's mobile speed? Is mobile speed critical? How do you fix it? These are great questions.
In this blog post, I will share my issues, answer the questions, report the advantages and disadvantages, and discuss improving your mobile speed.
Personal Issues with Sitekit Plugin
I experienced an issue with my mobile speed today. This led me to ask this question to our wonderful Wealthy Affiliate Community.
I did take some screenshots, but some could not see them. I show the screenshots at (The Advantages of Using Google Sitekit Plugin). Thank all for those in WA Community who gave me responses.
My first step was to follow Kyle's training- since Kyle highly recommended this, and so did Partha. This was set up a few days ago.
Everything else looked good. I checked for speed insight and got mobile considered poor while desktop speed was good, as seen in screenshots at the question link above.
The Advantages of Using Google Sitekit Plugin
The best thing about the Google Sitekit plug-in is that it helps you integrate all the tools without having to manually or with the need for coding. The plugin only gives you a quick summary to track your performance.
The advantage is that you can see organic, direct, referral, social, and email traffic. You can see your traffic impressions, top search queries, and page speed insights.
PagesSpeed Insights calculates 3-speed metrics to calculate the core web vital score. You can see mobile or desktop to check the Lab and the Field Metrics.
This is what my mobile speed looks like in Google Sitekit Speed. As you can see, it's poor and needs fixing. I click on How to improve.
I get this:
Of course, it gives me suggestions but does not give me a full explanation of what to do or what that means. That is the problem. I needed to find out why.
The Disadvantages of Using Google Sitekit Plugin
The disadvantage is that there are limitations to its reporting. It gives you basic information that connects to your website. It only uses Google Analytics. It has yet to bring any data from Google Analytics 4. There needs to be more data to make decisions. It doesn’t help to fix the problems. There is no way to resolve any actions with the Sitekit plugin. It is known to slow your mobile speed.
Why does it slow down your website's mobile speed?
I found it very ironic that the Google developers created this, and they can't even tell us why it slows your mobile speed down. They denied that this plugin does not slow your website rate down. Naturally, they would be defensive because their goal is not to hurt your website. I had to do my testing. I was waiting for answers from the Google experts when I sent them a query this morning. I do not know why. I know it is an issue for other people and me.
I checked out GTMetrix to check my mobile speed with Sitekit still activated on my website.
That tells me something isn't right. I quickly figured out that one of the plugins was causing the problem, but I did not know which one.
Is Mobile Speed Critical?
Yes, it is critical. According to Google, 63% of people are mobile users searching the Internet daily. I must pay attention to this.
Of course., there will always be fluctuations in mobile speed daily due to the number of images. Some members may be OK with their Sitekit.
Thanks to Matt44000 explained the answer I was looking for. He answered my question. He explained the same plugin that I installed, the Google Sitekit, caused my mobile speed to slow down.
If you have trouble with this plugin, you don't need to continue reading about it. Next, if any of you show some issues, here is what I did to fix the problem.
How do you fix it?
I went back to my WordPress site. Click the plugin, look for Sitekit, deactivate, then delete. I went back to Google PageSpeed Insight, typed in my URL, and it showed this image.
There! Much better! I checked again to see if other plugins were causing the problem. I do not have many plugins, so my mobile speed now has improved without this Google Sitekit Plugin. The problem is solved!
IMHO, I do not think the Google Sitekit plugin is necessary. You can use Google Search Console, Google Analytics or Analytic 4, and PageSpeed Insights, all in Google manually. You get better results this way. I am glad I do not need this. I would rather keep my mobile speed at the number it states rather than at a poor speed.
Have a great FriSatSu
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