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Google New Page Speed Report in Search Console – FCP & FID

Speed has played the main factor in determining rankings, whether it is organic or Quality Score and with Speed Report, Google has brought a major change to its mobile ranking factor for mobile searches. Last year, in January 2018, Google rolled out its first Page Speed Report in Search Console. This year, Google has previewed its Speed report in May which was earlier unfolded back in Feb 2019.  It is time now to have a sneak-peek in the report and site owners get benefited from it.

Before you have a look at the report and its benefits, let’s have a quick understanding of the report.

Basic information on the report says the following:

  • The report is based on two metrics – FCP and FID
  • The report shows performance assembled by speed status, similar URL type, and type of metric.
  • If any URL doesn’t have enough data for the metric, it will automatically be excluded from the report. 

How to see the report?

  • To see the speed status of the site, toggle between the slow, moderate, or fast tabs and see how the URLs perform on based on historical user data.
  • To see the mobile or desktop summary page, click on the Open Report that shows speed numbers for that platform. 
  • To see the details about the URLs affected by the selected issues, click a row in the table. 
  • To see the deep details about the URLs and similar URLs, click a URL in the Examples table of the issue page.

How does the report consider the speed status?

Speed status is divided into three levels – Slow, Moderate, Fast. These labels are applied to a URL on a particular device type, either mobile or desktop. For better clarity, here are some examples:

  • If a URL on mobile has slow FCP but FID is moderate, it is considered as slow on mobile. 
  • If a URL on mobile has moderate FCP but FID is fast, it is considered as moderate on mobile. 
  • If a URL on mobile has fast FID, FCP, or fast FID, it is considered as fast on mobile. 
  • If a URL has not enough visitor data on the site for metrics, it is excluded from the report. 

How Issue Speed is evaluated against the following metrics?

Look at the table carefully and understand how the issue speed is evaluated:

 Slow Moderate Fast FCP (First Contentful Paint): From the time when a user requests the URL until the browser renders any visible element in the URL. This metric helps the reader to know that the URL is actually loading.

FID (First Input Delay): The time when a user first interacts with the site, this metric tracks the delay between the time a user interacts and the browser responds to the interaction. This metric helps in making the page interactive. 

Google Search Console Page Speed Report 2019

With this update, Google’s page speed report pulls out the data from the Chrome User Experience Report and automatically forms a group of URLs and labeled into three levels of  “Fast,” Moderate,” and “Slow.” This report looks similar to other Search Console reports that group URLs based on having a well-structured and valid data markup. However, this Google report recognizes issues that cause a slowdown and on the seriousness of the issue, it further categorizes pages by forming groups of URLs with similar issues. 

For further information, click on the identified issue that will lead the users to Google’s Page Speed Insights tool. This tool will give clear information about the page and from there, a site owner can learn about how to optimize the pages for resolving particular issues. This is not it, adding to it, besides having a check on the slow and moderate page, the site owner can dig deeper into the pages to learn about the performances. 

Final Words:

It’s time to have those magical words that would reveal the core message about this post. Google recommends using this New Page Speed Report 2019 for monitoring the performance of the page and for fixing website issues. Once the issue is fixed, the site owner can come back to track if a user actually experienced performance improvement. This report is just on the experimental basis but if it works, it will be improvised over time as per the needs. 

Also, Read: How Google’s Nofollow Links Will Impact SEO World?

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