All Core Web Vitals Must Be Met For Ranking Boost

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All three Core Web Vitals benchmarks must be met in order to qualify for the ranking signal boost rolling out this May, says Google’s John Mueller.

This topic came up right at the start of the latest Google Search Central SEO office-hours on January 29.

A question is asked regarding how much it matters if one of the Core Web Vitals is below Google’s requirements when the other two are met.

And does it matter if Google’s testing tools shows one of the Web Vitals in the yellow rather than in the green?

We come to learn through Mueller’s response that these things will be of significant importance when the Core Web Vitals update launches this May.

Core Web Vitals are Google’s new standards for evaluating whether a page provides a good user experience.

The metrics consist of:

  • Largest Contentful Paint (LCP): Measures the speed at which a page’s main content is loaded. This should occur within 2.5 seconds of landing on a page.
  • First Input Delay (FID): Measures the speed at which users are able to interact with a page after landing on it. This should occur within 100 milliseconds.
  • Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS): Measures how often users experience unexpected layout shifts. Pages should maintain a CLS of less than 0.1.

Google offers 6 different ways of measuring Core Web Vitals. As we learn from Mueller, all minimum requirements need to be met to benefit from the upcoming algorithm update.

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