Google has released the desktop version of its page experience report in Google Search Console, as promised.
The desktop version of the report is similar to the mobile version, as you’d expect, and allows you to find out how users are experiencing your site on the desktop from both search and display in Google Search results and across other devices that are not mobile. It also tells you what actions users took on your site and their top click-through destinations.
“To assist the impending desktop rollout of page experience ranking, Search Console now has a dedicated desktop section in its Page Experience report to help site owners understand Google’s ‘excellent page experience’ criterion,” Google noted on Twitter.
What do I need to know about the Page Experiences Report?
As with Google’s mobile page experience report, you’ll want to pay attention to your overall Mobile Speed score, along with your Page Loading and Page Render scores.
Now, Google has published a new page experience report for desktop in Google Search Console, in anticipation of the future Google page experience change for desktop.
“To help site owners understand Google’s ‘excellent page experience’ criterion, Search Console now has a dedicated desktop part in its Page Experience report to support the planned deployment of page experience ranking to desktop,” Google stated.
Where can I find these reports?
If you haven’t already enabled the page experience report in Google Search Console, you can find it under Search Appearance > Page Experience. If you have it enabled, it’ll be found under Mobile usability and desktop usability.
How long does it take for a Page Experience Report to show up?
The report may take a day or two to become available. If you want to speed up the process, send a rel=canonical link from your desktop version of your page to its mobile equivalent. Google will then know that those two pages are identical and report just one of them. Here’s how you can set up and use rel=canonical tags on your own site.
What does it look like on desktops?
You can see a screenshot of it here. Like with mobile, you’ll get two pages of data: one that looks at how users on different browsers are viewing your site and one that shows how Googlebot sees your site.
The former helps you troubleshoot issues on a particular browser, while the latter focuses on crawling and indexing issues. Both types of data will help you diagnose website performance issues.
More information is available:
Prior to the deployment of the page experience update in April 2021, Google released the page experience report.
This is the chart that Google Desktop Page Experience follows:
The new Google Page Experience report includes indicators like the percentage of URLs with a positive page experience and searches impressions over time, allowing you to assess performance quickly. You can also go down into certain pages to identify what needs to be improved.
Why should we be concerned?
Before Google rolls out the desktop version of the page experience upgrade, you can use this report to make the appropriate improvements to your pages’ desktop versions.
As a reminder, we do not expect this modification to have a significant impact on rankings, but it may have a greater impact on sites whose stories appear in the top stories section, as a high page experience score is required to appear in the top stories carousel.