Core Web Vitals are a set of specific factors that Google considers vital in a site’s UX. These metrics are specific to page speed and user interaction measurements. They include:
Here are the benchmarks for each metric:
1. Google Search Console: https://search.google.com/search-console
What is Google Search Console?
It’s a free Google tool that “lets you easily monitor and in some cases resolve server errors, site load issues, and security issues like hacking and malware. You can also use it to ensure any site maintenance or adjustments you make happen smoothly with respect to search performance.”
Here’s how to check your core web vitals with it:
2. Page Speed Insights: https://pagespeed.web.dev/
What are Page Speed Insights?
PageSpeed Insights (PSI) reports are Google developer tools on the performance of a page on both mobile and desktop devices and provide suggestions on how that page may be improved. https://developers.google.com/speed/docs/insights/v5/about
This is an easy report to generate to give you action items to improve your site.
3. Lighthouse Web Dev Tools: https://developers.google.com/web/tools/lighthouse
What are the Lighthouse Web Dev Tools?
Lighthouse is an open-source, automated tool for improving the quality of web pages. You can run it against any web page, public or requiring authentication. It has audits for performance, accessibility, progressive web apps, SEO, and more.
Here’s how to run it for your site:
4. Bonus but a bit more technical, Chrome User Experience Report: https://developers.google.com/web/tools/chrome-user-experience-report
What is the Chrome User Experience Report?
The Chrome User Experience Report is powered by real user measurement of key user experience metrics across the public web, aggregated from users who have opted-in to syncing their browsing history, have not set up a Sync passphrase, and have usage statistic reporting enabled.
The Chrome User Experience Report is provided as a public project on Google BigQuery. To access the project, you’ll need a Google account and a Google Cloud Project: refer to Google’s step-by-step guide and the guided tour of how to query the project.
These tools combined will give you direct feedback on how to improve your site for better SEO and to match the expectations Google has for your website’s core web vitals.
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