How Concerned Should I Be About Core Web Vitals?

Google have implemented three new ranking variables known as Core Web Vitals together (or already has, depending on when you’re reading this). Through the summer and into August, their weight—the extent of their impact—will gradually increase. Of course, you might be wondering how much you should worry about these factors.


Let’s look to the search engine industry leader for the response.


Even if some aspects of the page experience are subpar, our systems will still give the highest priority to pages with the most comprehensive information. Having excellent, pertinent content is still important, despite a good page experience.


Therefore, “great, relevant content” continues to rule digital marketing. Despite the fact that this makes us less worried about Core Web Vitals, keep in mind that as adoption rises, its significance could grow, which is why we’re having this discussion in the first place. Let’s look at what they are now that we understand the backdrop of their impact.


Basic Web Vitals

The indicators for the on-page user experience that Google has compiled as ranking factors are supplemented by all three of the Core Web Vitals. We needed more acronyms in digital marketing, so here they are: Largest Contentful Paint (LCP), Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS), and First Input Delay (FID).


What are these saying?


Page Speed Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS): Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) Website Stability

Page Interactivity: First Input Delay (FID)

The length of time it takes for a page to load in the user’s view is measured by the largest contentful paint.


The cumulative layout shift calculates how frequently page elements move. For instance, if a picture loads slowly and causes the entire page’s content to move around when it does.


How quickly a user can do an action on the website, like clicking a button, is gauged by the First Input Delay.


Who can work with your dealership to make sure you’re satisfying these ranking variables if they can be optimized? Since your website provider will be the main gatekeeper for Core Web Vitals, it’s critical that you communicate openly with them to understand their strategy. Your digital marketing partner, like SimpSocial, should have a plan in place to stop new pages they develop from negatively impacting these metrics. This plan should include keeping an eye on page speed, reducing the size of images, and auditing conversion metrics.


As you work with your CMS and partners going forward, keep in mind that while meeting these metrics can boost rankings, Google will not penalize you for subpar performance.


Vital Web Core Flash Facts

Your Core Web Vitals scores can be viewed using Google Search Console.


You can use Google’s PageSpeed Insights tool if, for some reason, your agency partner or internal team hasn’t set up Search Console (quick tip: run!).


Yes, some OEM-mandated tools, like chat providers, third-party scripts, Google Analytics codes, and GTM codes, will slow down your website.


Google does have benchmark scores for “good” content:


Layout shift in total: 0.1 seconds

2.5 seconds for the largest contentful paint.

First Input Delay: greater than 100 ms

No, you aren’t significantly behind in meeting Core Web Vitals. Only 12% of mobile sites and 13% of desktop sites received a passing grade, according to a Screaming Frog study from August 2020.


Your digital marketing partner should continue to concentrate on generating high-quality organic traffic, improving rankings, and tracking user behavior on the site to increase conversions. You don’t need to change your SEO strategy because of Core Web Vitals.


If you have any questions concerning Core Web Vitals that you feel weren’t answered here, we are delighted to help. Contact the SimpSocial team at, and one of our representatives will get in touch to address your inquiries.

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