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Improved core web vital score on top-ranked sites

According to a new study, organizations are investing resources in improving their core web vital scores.

The enterprise SEO platform BrightEdge compared the top rankings of 500 keywords from this year to the end in four markets: education, B2B technology, finance and retail.

Core web vitals a year later. It’s been exactly one year since Google’s Page Experience Update was released on June 15, 2021. Completed on September 2nd.

The performance metrics for the three core WebVitals websites were a subset of the entire PageExperienceUpdate. These metrics are:

  • Maximum Content Full Paint (LCP) – Load, target 2.5 seconds.
  • First Input Delay (FID) – Interactive, target 100ms. (Note: Google will be in May Replace FID INP – uses a new metric called Interaction to Next Paint).
  • Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS) – Visual Stability, Target 0.1.

The page experience is improving. The data from BrightEdge is as follows:

Source: BrightEdge

on average:

  • retail The score improved by 58%. BrightEdge pointed out that retail giants have made great strides in improving their poor experiences. Last year, top-ranked retail sites failed to meet the Core Web Vitals metrics.
  • B2B technology The score improved by 30%. SaaS platform publishers and resources have been very successful.
  • education The score improved by 28%. More .gov sites are ranked and CoreWebVitals scores higher.
  • finance The score improved by 27%. This sector was the most well-prepared last year, probably because it minimized performance gains.

Why do you care? SEO wasn’t sold on Core Web Vitals. However, according to this survey, companies take CoreWebVitals seriously. It is impossible to point out core web vitals as the only reason for rankings to rise or fall. But for smart SEO, you need to drive incremental gain. And every possible positive signal you can give to Google (such as a good core web vital score) is a potential way to have a positive impact on your ranking and visibility.

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