Sustainability and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) are two words that you wouldn’t expect to see in the same sentence. No trees are seemingly cut down every time you Google something or visit a web page, but websites do result in carbon emissions. Internet usage, and its supporting technologies, are responsible for almost four percent of global emissions. That may not seem like a large number, but it’s actually the equivalent of emissions caused by air travel.
Did you know that your website may be killing the planet? Specialist SEO provider, Blue Array, discusses why your website can have harmful effects on the environment.
The internet consumes a lot of electricity. According to the online carbon calculator Website Carbon, the internet consumes 416.2TWh of data per year. To give you some perspective, that’s more than what the entire United Kingdom uses. From data centres to mobile devices, they’re all-consuming electricity, which creates carbon emissions. The average web page tested produces 1.76 grams of CO2 per page view. For a website with 10,000 monthly page views, that results in 211 kg of CO2 per year. With over 1.7 billion websites out there, digital content is being published at an exponential rate.
Websites today have a plethora of bells and whistles, from auto-play videos to animations. If you dislike those features, you’re not alone. Not only are they annoying, but they also slow down websites and increase carbon emissions. The faster a website is, the better the carbon footprint it will have. Every best website practice in SEO contributes to reducing carbon emissions in some small way.
Blue Array isn’t like a traditional SEO agency. From the day they launched in early 2015, they’ve pioneered a unique hybrid of agency and consultancy that they call consulgency®. It’s an approach that allows them to give their clients the individual attention they need, at the same time as using proven techniques and tools homed in-house in an agency environment. Their people are their number one priority and maintaining the culture as they grow is highly important to them. Find out more at https://www.bluearray.co.uk/.