How can Lighthouse improve my website rankings?

Use Lighthouse to test and correct coding errors that might be hindering you from better rankings which will improve your user experience.

 

 

 

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We guarantee that we will improve your website's Lighthouse audit and get your overall Performance, SEO, Accessibility and Best Practices between the 90-100 range.

 

Step #8: Using Lighthouse

How to code and update your website audits for Lighthouse to improve your user experience.

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Coding for Lighthouse

After you have split your CSS code for Critical CSS, you will want to run your website through a tool called Lighthouse to improve the overall speed of your website and correct any coding errors. Lighthouse is a very sophisticated software that will analyze each single page on your website for improvements you can make to your website’s code in the optimization categories of Performance, Best Practices, Accessibility and SEO for mobile and desktop devices. Fixing issues found by your Lighthouse audit may take some time to update and can be complicated at times, but it will be worth the effort to improve your website’s organic rankings and boost the quality score of your website in paid advertising networks such as Google and Microsoft Bing.

 

 View one of our clients who had website loading and ranking issues: Before and After Lighouse Fixes

 

Below is a screenshot of the top half of the Lighthouse audit for the website OrganicRankings.com showing 100% across all sections. If you correct all of the coding errors in Lighthouse and reach 100% on all of the optimization categories you will see a visual animated fireworks display on the Lighthouse testing tool indicating that you have fully completed the corrections:

 

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The 4 Categories of Lighthouse

Lighthouse gives a score for each category ranked from 0-100. If you reach 100% on all the categories you will see an animated fireworks display on your browser congratulating you. Below are the 4 categories Lighthouse is testing for:

 

Performance

This tool is designed to improve your website's overall performance or how fast your browser can render a webpage. Performance is one of the 6 metrics with 40 audits that your website has to pass. Lighthouse tracks and analyzes the First Contentful Paint, Speed Index, Largest Contentful Paint, Time to Interactive, Total Blocking Time and Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS) which you will need to update on your website.

 

Best Practices

The tool for Best Practices displays a list of 14 audits that you need to fix errors and pass in the development of your code.

 

Accessibility

The tool for Accessibility is designed to show you how to improve your web page’s overall quality which you will have to pass 54 audits to complete.

 

SEO

The SEO category of Lighthouse shows users the usability of the web pages for improving your rankings that has 15 audits that you will need to pass to complete.

 

 To better understand what code you will need to update on your website you can view Lighthouse audit updates.

 

How to use Lighthouse in Chrome DevTools

Install the Lighthouse tool on your Chrome browser with the following links below. You will want to load the web page you need to update and then run the software to generate a report of the page. This will help you quickly identify and correct issues that are hindering your website's performance, accessibility, user experience, and SEO.

 

Using the Lighthouse Online Testing Tool

Another way to test your web pages on Lighthouse is to use the online testing tool. It will give you quick results on the pages it analyzes. Use the following links below to find the online tool. Once you are there you enter the URL of the web page you want to fix and click on RUN AUDIT. Once completed you will be able to view which areas of the page that you need to fix.

 

The above information is a brief explanation of how to use Lighthouse. Learn more on how our team can help improve your Lighthouse to rank higher in the SERPs.