Use servers overseas or in Australia?
We have found that from Newcastle NSW to Brisbane and Newcastle to Sydney are both the same speed. But that to a website hosted in Florida USA the difference was 0.25 seconds.
This can be measured in the windows command box by typing “ping [domain name]” for each destination website.
The speed of a website loading can be measured at http://tools.pingdom.com
When comparing two websites enter each one straight after the other and in the settings choose “Melbourne” for each.
But when comparing two websites, each will contain a different number of Kilobytes, so dived the time in milliseconds by the number of Kilobytes to get the comparable speed per Kilobyte.