There is an interesting report that was released by Pingdom.com that analyzes the front page load size of the top 100 blogs that make up the Technorati Top 100. Individual blogs were not picked on within this report rather, the blogs were grouped as a whole to present a general overview of various data points.
According to the analysis, the total average size of the front page was 934 KB. Out of the top 100 blogs, at least one of them reaches a front page load size close to 6 MB! However, 93% of the blogs were below 2 MB in size. Not surprisingly, images were the main culprit for the large load sizes. Scripts along with HTML code came in at a distant second and third place respectively.
Average number of images per blog came out to be 63. In the report, there is one blog which has 201-225 images on their front page while a different blog has 251-275 images per page. I’m pretty interested in figuring out which blog on the Technorati 100 has over 200 images on their front page. That is a nightmare even for those who have broadband connections. (What do you say we try and figure out which blogs these are? If you find the culprits, post them in the comments!)
The report goes on to showcase the number of scripts per page, a chart describing how much time it would take to download a 1 MB front page with various connection speeds, tips as well as tricks to optimize your blog and more.
I’d like to say that I am surprised by the results of the analysis but I’m not. The Technorati Top 100 caters to an audience which has broadband connections. These sites contain a ton of content where video, audio, and large images are heavily used. Although there are many things a blog owner can do to make a small footprint, at what point does catering to the dial-up crowd become a lost cause? After reading this report, will you be making any changes to your blog to give it a smaller footprint on the web?