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(Entry was posted by Neil Cheesman on this post in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Thursday, February 15, 2018).

Can the size of the og:image affect the webpage download speed?

I feel I should know this but am now not sure - If an image is used ONLY for social sharing - ie og:image and doesn`t get displayed on the web page the website user can see - regardless as to device... Can the size of the og:image affect the webpage download speed? OR - does it make no difference as the image isn`t displayed?
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Selected answers from the Dumb SEO Questions G+ community.

  • David Kutcher: The image is not downloaded as a necessary asset of the page.
  • Jody Nesbitt: no, it wont
  • Neil Cheesman: Just trying to get my head around it - why does gmetrix and webpagespeedtest etc show the image having a download time when the `not-visible` image doesn`t affect download time? Obviously they are not the end user viewing the web page but doesn`t that then throw out page speed that is displayed?
  • Paul Thompson: Hard to tell without actually seeing the page in questions.... But if you`ve hidden the image with CSS it will still download on the page. If, in fact, you`ve written an alternate image for the Open Graph tags (for example using Yoast SEO`s capability for this), then the OG image will simply be an external link on the page.
  • Paul Thompson: When I look at the waterfall for both webpagetest and GTMetrix, the only og-relatead image that is loading is https://www.londontheatre1.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Moormaid-og-800x418.jpg and that`s because it has also been used as the img src for the Pinterest image which is using display:none to hide it on the front end. As I mentioned originally, such images that are just hidden by CSS do get downloaded and count against download time. https://www.webpagetest.org/result/180215_2C_d593c17beae7fe8c9e9471b0b900cbb2/1/details/#waterfall_view_step1

View original question in the Dumb SEO Questions community on G+, Thursday, February 15, 2018).

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