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Lighthouse Chrome Extension: SEO Audits

     
4:56 pm on Feb 6, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Google has added an additional audit category to the Lighthouse Chrome Extension: SEO Audits. It runs locally in your browser either on pages in a staging environment or on live pages.
The SEO audit category within Lighthouse enables developers and webmasters to run a basic SEO health-check for any web page that identifies potential areas for improvement.
[webmasters.googleblog.com...]

It's a basic tool, but it should provide some of the most basic requirements. Don't be fooled by that being basic as some of the most basic mistakes can trip a site, and it might just be handy to run this before going live.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/IHRerx79iZHymUT-8hZpeP9GQfpwcRO6_2IetSd4P6KFSPSfI7zkPaFak2pnPGRXiwtJ3OO1Ht2EUc2ldHS3wl8KvZ598d-RDygz5xr-UOOGjNN8rPxQeKvi4lpIYanEaDa1mtrvFCHxOMMIpA
11:23 pm on Feb 6, 2018 (gmt 0)

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a basic SEO health-check
...as established by Google.

Well I guess whatever Google wants us to do, is by definition, SEO :)
6:25 am on Feb 7, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Most of the SEO commentary is familiar basics.

Except for one that was new to me:

Document doesn't use legible font sizes
91.07% of text is too small (based on 100% sample).


Font size as an SEO issue? Have I missed something?
7:22 am on Feb 7, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Font size as an SEO issue? Have I missed something?
Since we are now in the Mobile-First Index [webmasterworld.com] where a site is ranked by the mobile version, I can see that readable font size has become an SEO factor.
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Ah, that makes good sense.