When a user visits your website, it is important for the page that they land on to load as quickly and efficiently as possible to provide your user the best experience possible. This can have great benefits for user experience, SEO, advertising efforts, and conversion rates. According to a Google Web.dev post on the importance of page speed, sites such as Pinterest have seen search engine traffic increases of 15% by reducing page wait times. While this case study may be from 2017, all of their major points still hold true today. Based on the above statistics, as well as our own experience, speeding your website up by even just a couple of seconds could mean the difference between a positive user experience, and a negative one.
Google recently announced a new set of ranking signals that are going to be combined with existing signals they use to measure user experience. There are three new signals that will be added to become one new combined ranking signal called Page Experience.
Since COVID-19 has affected many organizations and businesses, Google and Bing have developed methods that can be used to let them know if your organization has any special announcement that relates to COVID-19. However, please note that all of their guidance has been provided rapidly, and is still undergoing changes. Therefore, additional changes and updates may be required, and the new functionality may encounter bugs.