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The Fundamentals of 2021 Google Algorithm Update

The Fundamentals of 2021 Google Algorithm Update

June 17, 20217 min read

Google has released the first wave of algorithm updates in the first week of June, causing some websites to lose their ranking visibility. In this article, we explain how these major tweaks can affect your SEO.  

Page speed has been a Google ranking factor on desktop searches since 2010, although it took another eight years before its full adoption on mobile searches. But early this month, the search engine giant has started rolling out major algorithm updates that further give importance to loading speed. 

The “tweaks” in the ranking signals called Core Web Vitals or CWVs will be spread out in multiple parts–in June, July, August, and December. (
Note: Google is still conducting observation and adjustment, so the plans and scheduling might be tentative.)

After the first wave of updates was rolled out in the first week of June, LOJO’ marketers have noted these changes: 

  • Many directory sites have experienced lower rankings. 

  • Many sites with “thin” content, i.e., sites with no or very little valuable content, lost their ranking visibility. 

  • Google has started identifying and penalizing fake airport websites. 

Note: Our digital marketing specialists said they expect more volatilities as further updates are slated for the coming months.

Core Web Vitals: The Fundamental Changes

The CWVs are a set of ranking signals focusing on user experience. In a nutshell, these metrics measure real-world user experience that includes overall page speed and page performance score. 

CWVs are composed of three metrics:

  1. Largest Contentful Paint or LCP

  2. First Input Delay or FID

  3. Cumulative Layout Shift or CLS

Largest Contentful Paint

LCP works like a “timer” as it takes into account how long the website loads “large” elements such as graphics and images. To pass this assessment, the site should have an LCP that is 2.5 seconds or shorter, or simply put, the “large” piece of content should load in less than 2.5 seconds. 

(Note: LCP only measures the elements that appear instantaneously without the users having to scroll down the page.)

Previous algorithm updates in LCP did not include offscreen elements. Furthermore, this metric can now pinpoint the largest element even if it is removed from the page later on.

According to Google, LCP accounts for 25% of the overall Performance Score.

First Input Delay

FID measures the responsiveness or lack thereof of a website every time the user makes an “action” like clicking and scrolling. To pass this metric, the site’s response time should be under 100 milliseconds. 

Just like LCP, FID also accounts for 25% of the Google Performance Score.


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The Fundamentals of 2021 Google Algorithm Update

Eric Lay /// June 17, 2021

Google has released the first wave of algorithm updates in the first week of June, causing some websites to lose their ranking visibility. In this article, we explain how these major tweaks can affect your SEO.  

2021 Google Algorithm Update

Page speed has been a Google ranking factor on desktop searches since 2010, although it took another eight years before its full adoption on mobile searches. But early this month, the search engine giant has started rolling out major algorithm updates that further give importance to loading speed. 

The “tweaks” in the ranking signals called Core Web Vitals or CWVs will be spread out in multiple parts–in June, July, August, and December. (
Note: Google is still conducting observation and adjustment, so the plans and scheduling might be tentative.)

After the first wave of updates was rolled out in the first week of June, LOJO’ marketers have noted these changes: 

  • Many directory sites have experienced lower rankings. 

  • Many sites with “thin” content, i.e., sites with no or very little valuable content, lost their ranking visibility. 

  • Google has started identifying and penalizing fake airport websites. 

Table of Contents

  1. Core Web Vitals: The Fundamental Changes

  2. Largest Contentful Paint

  3. First Input Delay

  4. Cumulative Layout Shift

  5. Other Equally Important Metrics

  6. The New Core Web Vitals: How Will It Impact SEO?

  7. Google’s Recent Study on Mobile Speed

  8. Final Words About 2021 Google Algorithm Update

Note: Our digital marketing specialists said they expect more volatilities as further updates are slated for the coming months.

Core Web Vitals: The Fundamental Changes

The CWVs are a set of ranking signals focusing on user experience. In a nutshell, these metrics measure real-world user experience that includes overall page speed and page performance score. 

CWVs are composed of three metrics:

  1. Largest Contentful Paint or LCP

  2. First Input Delay or FID

  3. Cumulative Layout Shift or CLS

Largest Contentful Paint

LCP works like a “timer” as it takes into account how long the website loads “large” elements such as graphics and images. To pass this assessment, the site should have an LCP that is 2.5 seconds or shorter, or simply put, the “large” piece of content should load in less than 2.5 seconds. 

(Note: LCP only measures the elements that appear instantaneously without the users having to scroll down the page.)

Previous algorithm updates in LCP did not include offscreen elements. Furthermore, this metric can now pinpoint the largest element even if it is removed from the page later on.

According to Google, LCP accounts for 25% of the overall Performance Score.

First Input Delay

FID measures the responsiveness or lack thereof of a website every time the user makes an “action” like clicking and scrolling. To pass this metric, the site’s response time should be under 100 milliseconds. 

Just like LCP, FID also accounts for 25% of the Google Performance Score.

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Cumulative Layout Shift

CLS measures the website’s stability–for instance, do any of the elements move out of place as the site loads and continuously adds new elements? To pass this metric, the web page must register a score under 1. 

CLS accounts for 5% of the overall Google Performance Score.

Other Equally Important Metrics

Google will add these metric changes to its previous page experience metrics such as safe browsing, HTTPS, mobile-friendliness, and absence of intrusive interstitials.  

Interstitials are “screen displays” that are shown before or after an expected content page; they are generally used to confirm the user’s age and display advertising. 

Safe browning metric, meanwhile, takes into account issues like malware, harmful downloads, deceptive pages, uncommon downloads. Google also provides tailored recommendations, including sample URLs, to help webmasters identify any weaknesses or loopholes in their security. 

Google advises webmasters to register their site in Search Console (even if they are not experiencing any security issue), which sends them notifications if there is any security concern. Meanwhile, HTTPS further complements safe-browsing programs, promoting secure data transfer between a web server and a web browser.

The New Core Web Vitals: How Will It Impact SEO?

While the content remains the KING, Google has now given user experience more importance when it comes to website ranking. 

User experience, or to be more exact, good experience, has been shown to improve bounce rates, conversation rates, and above all, sales. 

From an SEO standpoint, a responsive, fast-loading website with great content will rank better than the rest of the competition. Simply put, the two most important factors that will propel the website into the top rank are excellent content and mobile-friendliness. 

In contrast, excellent content that provides poor user experience–i.e., slow loading and lack of responsiveness and mobile-friendliness–will have a poor Google Search ranking. 

Google’s Recent Study on Mobile Speed

The search engine giant has recently published a study on how mobile speed directly affects conversion rates.

The researchers analyzed mobile sites of 37 retail, luxury, and travel companies from the US and Europe and found that a mere 0.1s improvement in the load time can have a positive influence on the user experience and journey. 

Below is the list of results with just a split-second improvement: 

  • The conversion rate increased by 8% for retail sites.

  • The conversion rate jumped 10% for travel companies. 

  • Retail consumers spent 10% more when purchasing products. 

  • Luxury consumers engaged more, resulting in page views increasing by 8%. 

With the findings, Google reiterates the importance of mobile-friendliness in improving customer experience, engagement, and ultimately, sales across different channels.

Final Words About 2021 Google Algorithm Update

At LOJO Marketing, our staff is closely monitoring Google algorithm updates and the ever-changing consumer sentiment and behavior and business landscape to help our clients maintain a good ranking and ultimately remain competitive amidst this fiercely competitive “new normal.”

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Nemi Despuez

Hi, I’m Nemi. I’m passionate about language learning, subsistence farming, a minimalist lifestyle, and gory Japanese anime.

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The Fundamentals of 2021 Google Algorithm Update

The Fundamentals of 2021 Google Algorithm Update

June 17, 20217 min read

Google has released the first wave of algorithm updates in the first week of June, causing some websites to lose their ranking visibility. In this article, we explain how these major tweaks can affect your SEO.  

Page speed has been a Google ranking factor on desktop searches since 2010, although it took another eight years before its full adoption on mobile searches. But early this month, the search engine giant has started rolling out major algorithm updates that further give importance to loading speed. 

The “tweaks” in the ranking signals called Core Web Vitals or CWVs will be spread out in multiple parts–in June, July, August, and December. (
Note: Google is still conducting observation and adjustment, so the plans and scheduling might be tentative.)

After the first wave of updates was rolled out in the first week of June, LOJO’ marketers have noted these changes: 

  • Many directory sites have experienced lower rankings. 

  • Many sites with “thin” content, i.e., sites with no or very little valuable content, lost their ranking visibility. 

  • Google has started identifying and penalizing fake airport websites. 

Note: Our digital marketing specialists said they expect more volatilities as further updates are slated for the coming months.

Core Web Vitals: The Fundamental Changes

The CWVs are a set of ranking signals focusing on user experience. In a nutshell, these metrics measure real-world user experience that includes overall page speed and page performance score. 

CWVs are composed of three metrics:

  1. Largest Contentful Paint or LCP

  2. First Input Delay or FID

  3. Cumulative Layout Shift or CLS

Largest Contentful Paint

LCP works like a “timer” as it takes into account how long the website loads “large” elements such as graphics and images. To pass this assessment, the site should have an LCP that is 2.5 seconds or shorter, or simply put, the “large” piece of content should load in less than 2.5 seconds. 

(Note: LCP only measures the elements that appear instantaneously without the users having to scroll down the page.)

Previous algorithm updates in LCP did not include offscreen elements. Furthermore, this metric can now pinpoint the largest element even if it is removed from the page later on.

According to Google, LCP accounts for 25% of the overall Performance Score.

First Input Delay

FID measures the responsiveness or lack thereof of a website every time the user makes an “action” like clicking and scrolling. To pass this metric, the site’s response time should be under 100 milliseconds. 

Just like LCP, FID also accounts for 25% of the Google Performance Score.


TOPIC
SELECTION

The Fundamentals of 2021 Google Algorithm Update

Eric Lay /// June 17, 2021

Google has released the first wave of algorithm updates in the first week of June, causing some websites to lose their ranking visibility. In this article, we explain how these major tweaks can affect your SEO.  

2021 Google Algorithm Update

Page speed has been a Google ranking factor on desktop searches since 2010, although it took another eight years before its full adoption on mobile searches. But early this month, the search engine giant has started rolling out major algorithm updates that further give importance to loading speed. 

The “tweaks” in the ranking signals called Core Web Vitals or CWVs will be spread out in multiple parts–in June, July, August, and December. (
Note: Google is still conducting observation and adjustment, so the plans and scheduling might be tentative.)

After the first wave of updates was rolled out in the first week of June, LOJO’ marketers have noted these changes: 

  • Many directory sites have experienced lower rankings. 

  • Many sites with “thin” content, i.e., sites with no or very little valuable content, lost their ranking visibility. 

  • Google has started identifying and penalizing fake airport websites. 

Table of Contents

  1. Core Web Vitals: The Fundamental Changes

  2. Largest Contentful Paint

  3. First Input Delay

  4. Cumulative Layout Shift

  5. Other Equally Important Metrics

  6. The New Core Web Vitals: How Will It Impact SEO?

  7. Google’s Recent Study on Mobile Speed

  8. Final Words About 2021 Google Algorithm Update

Note: Our digital marketing specialists said they expect more volatilities as further updates are slated for the coming months.

Core Web Vitals: The Fundamental Changes

The CWVs are a set of ranking signals focusing on user experience. In a nutshell, these metrics measure real-world user experience that includes overall page speed and page performance score. 

CWVs are composed of three metrics:

  1. Largest Contentful Paint or LCP

  2. First Input Delay or FID

  3. Cumulative Layout Shift or CLS

Largest Contentful Paint

LCP works like a “timer” as it takes into account how long the website loads “large” elements such as graphics and images. To pass this assessment, the site should have an LCP that is 2.5 seconds or shorter, or simply put, the “large” piece of content should load in less than 2.5 seconds. 

(Note: LCP only measures the elements that appear instantaneously without the users having to scroll down the page.)

Previous algorithm updates in LCP did not include offscreen elements. Furthermore, this metric can now pinpoint the largest element even if it is removed from the page later on.

According to Google, LCP accounts for 25% of the overall Performance Score.

First Input Delay

FID measures the responsiveness or lack thereof of a website every time the user makes an “action” like clicking and scrolling. To pass this metric, the site’s response time should be under 100 milliseconds. 

Just like LCP, FID also accounts for 25% of the Google Performance Score.

LOJO Digital Marketing Service

Cumulative Layout Shift

CLS measures the website’s stability–for instance, do any of the elements move out of place as the site loads and continuously adds new elements? To pass this metric, the web page must register a score under 1. 

CLS accounts for 5% of the overall Google Performance Score.

Other Equally Important Metrics

Google will add these metric changes to its previous page experience metrics such as safe browsing, HTTPS, mobile-friendliness, and absence of intrusive interstitials.  

Interstitials are “screen displays” that are shown before or after an expected content page; they are generally used to confirm the user’s age and display advertising. 

Safe browning metric, meanwhile, takes into account issues like malware, harmful downloads, deceptive pages, uncommon downloads. Google also provides tailored recommendations, including sample URLs, to help webmasters identify any weaknesses or loopholes in their security. 

Google advises webmasters to register their site in Search Console (even if they are not experiencing any security issue), which sends them notifications if there is any security concern. Meanwhile, HTTPS further complements safe-browsing programs, promoting secure data transfer between a web server and a web browser.

The New Core Web Vitals: How Will It Impact SEO?

While the content remains the KING, Google has now given user experience more importance when it comes to website ranking. 

User experience, or to be more exact, good experience, has been shown to improve bounce rates, conversation rates, and above all, sales. 

From an SEO standpoint, a responsive, fast-loading website with great content will rank better than the rest of the competition. Simply put, the two most important factors that will propel the website into the top rank are excellent content and mobile-friendliness. 

In contrast, excellent content that provides poor user experience–i.e., slow loading and lack of responsiveness and mobile-friendliness–will have a poor Google Search ranking. 

Google’s Recent Study on Mobile Speed

The search engine giant has recently published a study on how mobile speed directly affects conversion rates.

The researchers analyzed mobile sites of 37 retail, luxury, and travel companies from the US and Europe and found that a mere 0.1s improvement in the load time can have a positive influence on the user experience and journey. 

Below is the list of results with just a split-second improvement: 

  • The conversion rate increased by 8% for retail sites.

  • The conversion rate jumped 10% for travel companies. 

  • Retail consumers spent 10% more when purchasing products. 

  • Luxury consumers engaged more, resulting in page views increasing by 8%. 

With the findings, Google reiterates the importance of mobile-friendliness in improving customer experience, engagement, and ultimately, sales across different channels.

Final Words About 2021 Google Algorithm Update

At LOJO Marketing, our staff is closely monitoring Google algorithm updates and the ever-changing consumer sentiment and behavior and business landscape to help our clients maintain a good ranking and ultimately remain competitive amidst this fiercely competitive “new normal.”

blog author image

Nemi Despuez

Hi, I’m Nemi. I’m passionate about language learning, subsistence farming, a minimalist lifestyle, and gory Japanese anime.

Back to Blog

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Our team has been curated through the years for individual skills, personalities, and capabilities. Our clients put their trust in us to help them grow. We are here to do just that.

Growing Businesses Since 2008

We have helped hundreds of businesses just like yours. Working for or along-side of business owner, managers, staff, or even board of directors, LOJO is ready to be an asset to your business.

Our team has been curated through the years for individual skills, personalities, and capabilities. Our clients put their trust in us to help them grow. We are here to do just that.

Matthew Rogers, President

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After spending several months reviewing multiple proposals from several different companies we engaged LOJO to develop a new website that represents our company effectively. We worked initially with Stephen Platte who helped create the scope of the project. Stephen was knowledgeable and always followed up with me on time and as promised.

He "closed the deal" for LOJO with his professionalism, service orientation and easy going approach. Once we signed the contract we were introduced to Jay Kelly who would be the creative lead for LOJO. This was the most challenging part of the project for my company, as there was no shortage of ideas from our side. Jay managed the project flawlessly, and once we had all agreed to the design, Jay introduced us to Eric.

Eric Lay is one of the founders of LOJO. Eric took the design we had developed and brought it to life. We delivered content as quickly as he requested it. Eric kept the project on task and we responded by exceeding every deadline for content. In turn, once provided, literally not a day went by that Eric didn't add the content and take the next step. In just a few weeks we launched our new website. Eric is a pleasure to work with.

His positive attitude and consultative approach really enhanced the experience and made a big difference for us in the outcome of our project. We would welcome you to visit our website to take a look at the quality work of LOJO. We are very pleased with LOJO and look forward to working with them in the future as we pursue an aggressive SEO strategy."

After spending several months reviewing multiple proposals from several different companies we engaged LOJO to develop a new website that represents our company effectively. We worked initially with Stephen Platte who helped create the scope of the project. Stephen was knowledgeable and always followed up with me on time and as promised.

He "closed the deal" for LOJO with his professionalism, service orientation and easy going approach. Once we signed the contract we were introduced to Jay Kelly who would be the creative lead for LOJO. This was the most challenging part of the project for my company, as there was no shortage of ideas from our side. Jay managed the project flawlessly, and once we had all agreed to the design, Jay introduced us to Eric.

Eric Lay is one of the founders of LOJO. Eric took the design we had developed and brought it to life. We delivered content as quickly as he requested it. Eric kept the project on task and we responded by exceeding every deadline for content. In turn, once provided, literally not a day went by that Eric didn't add the content and take the next step. In just a few weeks we launched our new website. Eric is a pleasure to work with.

His positive attitude and consultative approach really enhanced the experience and made a big difference for us in the outcome of our project. We would welcome you to visit our website to take a look at the quality work of LOJO. We are very pleased with LOJO and look forward to working with them in the future as we pursue an aggressive SEO strategy."

Matthew Rogers, President

iProspect Check

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