User Experience

User experience is an important factor for SEO, ensuring visitors have a positive experience when they view a website creates a positive brand awareness, while also helping with a site’s authority in search. Within our Hangout Notes we cover recommendations and insights from Google to ensure your site provides a positive user experience.

Pages With Many Interactive Elements Won’t Appear as Web Light Versions

June 15, 2018 Source

Dynamic pages with many interactive elements won’t be made available as Web Light versions by Google in search.

Load Scripts After Rendering to Improve Page Speed

June 1, 2018 Source

Consider embedding scripts so that they load after the page has rendered to improve load time, especially if it is only required for functionality.

Serve the Same Content to Crawlers and Users Including Structured Data

May 18, 2018 Source

While it isn’t an issue to only serve structured data to crawlers and social media sites, it doesn’t have much impact on page speed and it could provide some value for users. For these reasons, John recommends serving the same content across the board to users because there isn’t much to be gained from omitting things like structured data.

Engagement Metrics Are Used To Evaluate Algorithms

April 13, 2018 Source

Engagement metrics, like bounce rate, aren’t used as a ranking signal on a page level. However, Google will use engagement metrics to analyse which algorithms are working well and which aren’t across billions of queries.

Google Weblight Improves Browsing Experience Over Slow Connections

April 13, 2018 Source

Weblight is a Google initiative to improve web browsing for users with a slow internet speed. It rewrites the URL of a site and transcodes the content to make it faster and more easily digestible on mobile devices. Sites can opt out of this service by setting the HTTP header "Cache-Control: no-transform".

Poor UX May Have Negative Indirect Impact on Rankings

April 13, 2018 Source

Sites with a poor user experience are unlikely to directly impact rankings but may indirectly negatively impact rankings in the long term as visitors are unlikely to link to and share the site.

Google Uses Behavioural Metrics to Evaluate Algorithms Not to Influence SERPs

March 27, 2018 Source

Google uses user behaviour when evaluating algorithms using millions of URLs and looking at how algorithms are competing with each other and which ones are working best. However, on a small scale Google doesn’t use behavioural metrics like bounce rate or short clicks to influence SERPs.

Fine to Use Different Navigational Elements Dependent on Viewport

February 23, 2018 Source

From Google’s perspective it is fine to use different navigational elements on a website dependent on the viewport.

Use URLs That Make Sense From User Perspective

February 23, 2018 Source

Choose URLs based on what works best for your users. Sometimes people include English words in the URL because they, wrongly, think that search engines will understand it better. However, this may be confusing for users to see English words in the URL but not in the content, so it might be better to use the local language and characters.

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