30-second summary: With several Google algorithm updates in 2021 its easy to fall into a dangerous trap of misconceptions One factor that still remains constant is the value Google places on great content Core Web Vitals aren’t the end-all of ranking factors but a tiebreaker Read this before you create your SEO strategy for 2022! The year 2021 was a relatively busy one for Google and SEOs across the world. The search engine behemoth is improving itself all the time, but in this past year, we saw a number of pretty significant updates that gave digital marketers cause for paying attention
30-second summary: The Mobile Experience is critical for all categories when looking at Core Web Vitals (CWV) Image compression seems to be a leading challenge for leading brands Pages doing well for CWV tend to be informational in nature Retail, in particular, could see significant disruption if second-tier retailers receive a boost Across all sectors, there is opportunity and time for improvement and preparation as long as issues are addressed as a business priority Enterprise Search and Digital Marketers need to prescribe the right course of action to meet core vital benchmarks They must also convince the rest of the organization that the efforts will be worth the results The long-awaited implementation of mobile-first indexing is now upon us, meaning that content visible only on desktop will be ignored from this point on by the world’s largest search engine. Mobile-first has been a priority of Google’s for years as the beat of the user experience drum has grown to a crescendo. A few short months from now, the Page Experience update as a whole will roll out, too.