GOOGLE CORE WEB VITALS – DELAYED TO JUNE 2021
GOOGLE CORE WEB VITALS – DELAYED TO JUNE 2021
I have a Hot Off the Press Update concerning Google Core Web Vitals. This Update is for All Webmasters and Company Executives in charge of their business website. Please read this important announcement!
Gradual Google Core Web Vitals rollout starting in mid-June 2021
On Monday, April 19, 2021, Google announced that they were slightly delaying the rollout of their next big SEO Algorithm Update, Google Core Web Vitals, from May to mid-June 2021.
Google has been telling us since early 2020 that the SEO Page Ranking changes will consider “User Experience (UX) Signals.” The UX signals center around three Core Web Vitals metrics. Earlier indications had stated that the change would begin in May 2021.
In their release, Google stated:
“We’ll begin using page experience as part of our ranking systems beginning in mid-June 2021. However, page experience won’t play its full role as part of those systems until the end of August. You can think of it as if you’re adding a flavoring to the food you’re preparing. Rather than add the flavor all at once into the mix, we’ll be slowly adding it all over this time period.”
So I’m interpreting this to mean that Google is NOT going to Nuke Us Overnight as many of us expected – including me! I will take this as “a win” for webmasters everywhere!
New “Page Experience” page added to Google Search Console
Google release further stated:
“To provide you with more actionable insights, we’re introducing the Page Experience report. This report combines the existing Core Web Vitals report with other components of the page experience signals, such as HTTPS security, absence of intrusive interstitials, safe browsing status, and mobile-friendliness.”
“The Page Experience report offers valuable metrics, such as the percentage of URLs with good page experience and search impressions over time, enabling you to evaluate performance quickly. You can also dig into the components of page experience signal to gain additional insights on opportunities for improvement.”
These statements from Google are a continuation of their long-stated policy of putting the UX first and foremost.
AMP Being Deemphasized – Google Core Web Vitals
The next set of statements I interpret to mean that Google may be deemphasizing their own AMP initiative.
“Additionally, we will no longer show the AMP badge icon to indicate AMP content. You can expect this change to come to our products as the page experience update begins to roll out in mid-June. We’ll continue to test other ways to help identify content with a great page experience, and we’ll keep you updated when there is more to share.”
From my experience, AMP is a pain in the butt for content writers and website developers to implement well. Plugins have been developed, but after a trial, many developers “give up. Many developers believe, and I agree, it is better to spend your time and dollar budget on content quality and web page performance than AMP.”
Support for signed exchanges for all content on Google Search
One surprise is that Google is adding “Signed Exchange” support of all web pages, not just AMP.
“Today, we’re also announcing the general availability of signed exchanges (SXG) on Google Search for all web pages. Google Search previously only supported SXG built with the AMP framework.”
“Note: The use of SXG is not a requirement for page experience benefits, and you can consider the technology as one of the options for improving your page experience.”
“Nikkei, a large publication based in Japan, has been testing SXG on Nikkei Style and saw a 300ms reduction in Largest Contentful Paint (LCP). Nikki also saw 12% more user engagement and an improvement of 9% in pageviews per session on Android Chrome, where this test was implemented. To implement SXG on their site, Nikkei chose Nginx-SXG-module, an open-source extension for NGINX servers.”
If the performance improvement proves true, web admins will take this help with a big smile!
Conclusion – Google Core Web Vitals Update
As a webmaster, I am glad to see Google recognize that they have enough “bad press” right now.
Major Google SEO algorithm updates have usually come with a lot of backlash from virtually everyone. Web admins, Content Writers, SEO Experts, SMB’s and large corporations have all bashed Google when large SEO algorithm changes rolled out. Hopefully, this “staged rollout” and listening to customer feedback will mark the start of a more mature Google.
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