Now things are clear, in a nutshell, the Core Web Vitals update focuses on the page experience. You are probably here to find best practices and align them with your team’s SEO practices. Here’s a simple explanation for these vitals and their significance.
Also referred to as page experience signals, Core Web Vitals are a recent addition to Google search ranking factors. The three signals are Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS), First Input Delay (FID), and Largest Contentful Paint (LCP).
Google rolled out the set of metrics in mid-June. PeddleWeb’s team of experts focuses on these vitals as a part of digital marketing services best practices.
A quick look at each core vital
No, this is not too technical; try reading it………
How long does the web page take to load? How secure is the website? Is the portal mobile-friendly? The metrics in question help Google get answers to these questions.
These vitals focus on the visual stability of websites, responsiveness, and loading speed. As a digital marketing company, PeddleWeb looks at this update as an opportunity to boost rankings.
Website builders, developers, and owners need to add these three factors to the list of million different ones while working on websites.
- Largest Contentful Paint (LCP)
The LCP or Largest Contentful Paint focuses on page loading performance. Put simply, how long does the website take to load all the page elements crucial for the site visitors? Simple, isn’t it?
- First Input Delay (FID)
After completing a form and clicking submit, how much time does the website take to process the request and take you to the next page? That’s what First Input Delay (FID) is about.
The metric focuses on website responsiveness. It tracks the delay between the visitor’s action and the time taken by the site to move on to the step.
- Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS)
Some web pages resize themselves. The action changes the position of buttons, links, and text, resulting in a poor user experience.
CLS or Cumulative Layout Shift metric is centered around poor-on-page experience. It detects the website’s overall stability and unexpected layout changes that visitors might face.
Google wants visitors to get the best experience, and thus, it intends to penalize poor-on-page experience.
How can this impact your website?
Website developers and SEO experts have remained on their toes since Google declared the possible release date for the update.
The search giant gives a negative or positive rating based on visual stability and layout shift. No one wants to see a negative impact on web performance.
So, which factors should not go unnoticed?
Some factors indicate possible page experience signal issues. Do visitors spend less time on specific pages? Is the conversion rate low while the bounce rate remains high?
These are poor behavior metrics, and page experience updates may hit such sites. The best way to improve your portal’s rank-ability is by taking customer on-page experience to the next level.
Significance of core web vitals, and why should you care?
Google intends to ensure only the best websites make it in the search results. After all, they want to retain users’ trust in their ranking algorithm.
The search giant uses hundreds of metrics to calculate user experience on websites. Core web vitals solely focus on webpage performance.
If your web page fails to pass this test, you might find it challenging to retain rankings. It goes without saying that this will result in reduced traffic, leading to a loss in business.
If any of your websites are experiencing a drop in visitors, you should be concerned. Here are quick fixes to improve Core Web Vitals:
- Improving CLS
Reserving static areas for ad slots and pre-defining image aspect ratio for banners can help in improving CLS. Keep the correct amount of space for content if you want a CLS score of 0.1 or less.
Including size attributes for video elements and images can also reduce unexpected movement of page content. Ensure widget or third-party ad does not resize itself.
- Handling FID-First Input Delay
- Improve the LCP
Websites with an LCP of more than 2.5 seconds need immediate trouble-shooting. Limit the amount of content presented in the top portion of the page. Move it somewhere else if it does not relate to your visitors’ intent. If possible, use CND (content delivery network).
Compress text files size, compress images, minify CSS files, and choose powerful hosting.
Totally avoid interstitial pop-ups, optimize mobile-friendliness and HTTPS for achieving a healthy score. Upgrade security measures to ensure hackers do not distribute malware via the site.
Find and optimize your site’s poor-performing URLs
Does your team use the Google Search Console (GSC) platform? If not, the time has come to verify your domain within GSC. The search giant has added the Core Web Vitals section (under Enhancements) on the platform.
The section offers a detailed look into issues with desktop and mobile versions. You can also find the most affected page URLs. You can get an insight into elements on your site that need more work.
Other tools like Chrome Devtools and Lighthouse show ways to improve performance metrics and user experience.
What’s the catch?
No, the introduction of three signals was not a surprise!
Developers had anticipated this update back in May 2020.
It’s obviously a good thing for web admins, digital agencies, and business owners. These on-page factors will force businesses to improve the on-page experience. All this ultimately benefits the user.
The three signals are a boost to team PeddleWeb’s belief in offering great UX. Has your website experienced a sudden drop in traffic recently? If so, you should feel free to get in touch with us. We can help you keep your website future-proof.