What is Page Experience? A Core (Google Ranking Factor for 2021)

What is Page Experience? A Core (Google Ranking Factor for 2021)

What is Page Experience:

Page Experience is an SEO-specific term for a new metric being rolled out in 2021 by Google to measure the usability of a website, from a public perspective. It focuses on the user experience and how to optimize it. Major search engines are constantly updating algorithms for ranking websites based on relevance, credibility, authenticity, and usability. This aligns with Google’s fundamental mission statement: “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”

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There are hundreds of Google ranking factors, which often fluctuate as updates are added and adjusted. It’s helpful to know which ones maintain higher level priority over others:

  • Backlinks
  • Freshness
  • Topical Authority
  • Search Intent
  • Content Depth
  • Site speed
  • HTTPS Mobile-friendliness
  • User Experience
  • Content Accuracy

While page or user experience has always been an important component of determining a website’s value and worth, page experience will become a new ranking factor all unto its own, and a crucial one that carries a lot of ranking weight. Google defines page experience as “a set of signals that measure how users perceive the experience of interacting with a web page beyond its pure information value.” So, if your website is creating an experience that visitors hate, the page experience ranking factor may penalize you.

Page Experience Signal Criteria

  • Mobile friendliness
  • Page speed insights
  • Safe Browsing
  • HTTPS encryption security
  • Visual layout stability
  • Responsiveness
  • No intrusive interstitials

3 Types of Google Algorithm Updates for SEO

  • Major Updates

These are implemented on a larger scale to address specific issues, and have great impact on ranking. They occur once or a few times annually, and websites are given advanced notice before the updates take place. This allows for a window of time to get prepared, so that rankings of well-established websites don’t plummet as soon as the update goes into effect.

  • Broad Core Updates

Adjustments to a main algorithm can occur a few times a year, and usually entail shifting the priority of some factors, such as quality of backlinks and loading speed.

  • Minor Updates

These are slight refinements on micro-algorithms which can occur on a daily basis to improve relevance of search results and user experience.

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