Google Says Lighthouse Scores Do Not Affect Google Search

Google’s John Mueller, with a tad of annoyance, posted on Twitter that “lighthouse scores do not affect Google Search.” He then shares a tweet about people cloaking and cheating their lighthouse scores as a scam to trick Google.

Here is John’s tweet:

John wrote, as you can see, “Doing this kind of user-agent cloaking is a terrible idea – you’re just deceiving yourself. It makes absolutely no sense, and prevents you from finding real issues. If you run across a plugin that does this, report it to the CMS.”

Colin Bendell, a Performance Engineering at Shopify wrote:

Google has often downplayed Lighthouse metrics for SEO over the years.

This thread on Twitter is super interesting, here are some responses that caught my eye:

Malte Ubl is a Googler:

So stop fooling yourself.

Forum discussion at Twitter.

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