After enabling Argo on a couple of our servers to try it our we noticed a big jump in image load times in Google Search Console.
I am talking about the “Settings - Crawl Stats” section, viewing the “Image” / “Average response time” data.
In both cases the average response times jumped from around 400ms to 1000ms.
My main problem now is that if we disable Argo our image response time jumps to around 1800ms !
I have disabled Argo on one account and have seen this is now being reflected in the GSC. I am hoping this issue may resolve itself back to normal and our response time will return to 400ms soon.
I have set up an AWS server in the USA to ping some test images and can confirm the same results as Google is reporting.
Our servers are in Sydney and our local response times within Australia remain good, around 150-400ms as expected for local traffic.
Here I am talking about the “total_time” which included the content download.
Images downloaded from the USA are reporting a “starttransfer_time” of around 1200ms.
I opened a ticket with support and was devastated to hear back that a ‘1200ms’ connection time from USA to AU was acceptable. After 2 weeks back and forth I could not get them to understand the situation, and that we were getting 400ms.
Has anyone else noticed Argo affecting their site response times like this or seen a huge negative affect turning Argo off?
This shows one account where we have left Argo enabled:
This shows the other account where we switched it on around the same date but switched it off again a few days ago: