Using site speed in web search ranking

Google as added yet another criteria to its algorithms to achieve good search ranking; speed of site. This can only be a good step in the right direction forcing designers and developers to ensure that their sites are optimized as much as possible.

The article has a number of references to some good free tools to evaluate the speed of the site.

SeeĀ  Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: Using site speed in web search ranking.