On Thursday, May 28, 2020, Google announced that a user’s page experience will become a considerable ranking factor in their search algorithm. Another way to think of this is that, once these changes roll out, if you have good UX, you will rank better in search results than those who have poor UX.
I know I’m biased, but it kinda blows my mind that we’re only getting here now. Regardless, here’s what it means for you and what steps to take now.
“A good page experience doesn’t override having great, relevant content. However, in cases where there are multiple pages that have similar content, page experience becomes much more important for visibility in Search.”
Core Web Vitals, to quote Google, “are a set of real-world, user-centered metrics that quantify key aspects of the user experience. They measure dimensions of web usability such as load time, interactivity, and the stability of content as it loads (so you don’t accidentally tap that button when it shifts under your finger – how annoying!)”. In a nutshell, they entail the following:
It’s important to note that these ranking changes will not happen before next year, according to Google, and they will provide at least six months notice before they’re rolled out. That said, when you factor in the time to assess fixes, get work approved, do the work, test and launch the updates (be they small, or entire new websites), that time will go very fast. So, get started ASAP.Learn More
So, step 1 is to do a quick assessment of your site to see how it is from a high-level performance and user-experience level. To do that, you can install the Web Vitals extension if you’re a Chrome user and run that, and/or use Google’s Pagespeed Insights tool (which has now been updated to surface Web Vitals info).Learn More
Once you get the data from the audit tools, package it up and share it with your website design & development firm or internal web development team, and discuss the results. You’ll want to understand the issues, create a recommendation list, and understand the priority level and effort required to address those recommendations.
From there, run it like any other project. Get a budget and an estimate, a project plan, and get to work. If you require help, feel free to drop us a line or explore our more comprehensive site audit service.Learn More