Good Core Web Vitals scores will not improve indexing

Having good Core Web Vitals scores won’t necessarily lead to your web pages getting better indexed in Google’s search results.

So said John Mueller, Google’s Search Advocate, during a recent Google Search Central SEO Hangout during office hours.

A question is asked regarding Core Web Vitals and whether the scores can impact site quality, thereby affecting the number of pages a site gets indexed.

Site quality is directly related to indexing, as Google aims to index high-quality content that adds value to the web.

If your site does not meet a certain quality threshold, your pages may be indexed slowly, or even not indexed at all.

However, the Core Web Vitals scores are ranking factors, not quality factors. Increasing the scores will therefore have no direct impact on indexing.

Here is Mueller’s response.

Can Core Web Vitals scores impact Google indexing?

Mueller notes that this question is difficult to answer without consulting a specific website.

Generally speaking, since Core Web Vitals and Page Experience aren’t quality factors, they probably won’t have much of an impact on indexing.

Muller says:

” I do not think so. It’s really hard to watch this without going to a specific website. But, essentially, the type of Core Web Vitals plays into the Page Experience ranking factor – and that’s more of a ranking factor. It is not a quality factor.

And in particular, it doesn’t play with the amount of data we actually crawl and index from the website. In some cases, there is a small relationship between page speed and the speed at which we can crawl it, but it doesn’t have to be. So it’s something where those sides are generally less connected and not completely linked.

Mueller goes on to say that good Core Web Vitals scores won’t always lead to faster crawling either.

In addition to the Core Web Vitals and Page Experience factors, there are so many other elements that go into page load speed.

“So especially in terms of the page experience, because the time it takes for a page to load depends on a lot of factors – more than a single request to the server, you might have fonts on that page or maybe you have large images pulled from other sites All of these things are things that play into the page load speed for a user but don’t actually match the speed at which we can crawl a page.

Obviously if your server is so slow that any request made to the server kind of takes a few sections then that’s something where I’d say your page will be slow and Google’s crawl will be slow simply because we can’t not crawl as much as we would like. But, for the most part, if you’re talking about good pages and reasonably fast crawling, I wouldn’t expect to see a relationship between Core Web Vitals scores and a website’s crawling and indexing .

Listen to Mueller’s full response in the video below:

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