Today Google officially announced their new SEO audit feature to their existing Lighthouse tool for Google Chrome. Lighthouse SEO audit tool helps developers and webmasters analyse their website’s SEO performance.
Lighthouse is an open-source, automated auditing tool used for enhancing the quality of website pages. It gives a sufficiently brighter way of enhancing the quality of web pages by enabling developers and webmasters to run audits for progressive web apps’ compatibility, performance, accessibility and much more. It is unlike other SEO audit tools where you need to enter the whole website URL to generate audit report and it is free to use.
Lighthouse SEO audit tool enables the webmaster to check the SEO health report and to optimize the webpages that show potential areas which need improvement. From there you can easily optimize and make improvements to your webpages.
The past Lighthouse version has only performance, progressive, and accessibility features. The new features added today help webmasters around the globe execute the fundamental SEO check-up for any site.
How to Execute the Lighthouse SEO Tool on Your Google Chrome
Lighthouse SEO audit tool can easily run on chrome. There are two ways to run the tool:-
- Using Google Chrome Extension
- Using Chrome Canary
Using Google Chrome Extension
Anyone can easily perform SEO audit through Google Chrome extension by following the given steps –
- Download and install Lighthouse from Chrome web store
- Click the Lighthouse icon from the extension tool bar
- Click on ‘Options’ and select the audit features which you want to perform
- After selecting all appropriate features click ‘Ok’
- Finally, click ‘Generate Report’
- Once Lighthouse completes the audit , it will generate a report in a new tab/window
Using Google Chrome Canary
- Open Google Developer tool (ctrl+shift+i)
- Go to ‘Audit’
- Click ‘Perform An Audit’
- Tick the ‘SEO features’ checkbox and click ‘Run Audit’
An SEO audit report will be generated in the developer tool panel.
The lighthouse tool has basic SEO checks. Utilizing the instrument doesn’t make any certifications for SEO changes in Google web crawler or any other web looks. However, it offers all the underlying arrangements for SEO reviews which can be utilized by a wide range of developers, SEOs, and webmasters. Google is likely to introduce more highlights, inside and out reviews, and guidance to the Lighthouse tool in the future.