Might this have a negative effect on Googlebot when it comes to crawling and indexing?
Mueller observed that it’s probably fine but also suggested things to do to make sure that both Google and users have no problems with the site.
This is the question:
Most of the images are not loaded. Out flyout menu can’t be opened.
However the Chrome Inspect feature, in there all menu links are there in the source code.
What the person means about the “Chrome Inspect feature” is probably the View Page Source code inspection tool built into Chrome.
Mueller Recommends Site Testing
Mueller’s answer acknowledged that Google could probably handle the site.
Mueller acknowledged that everything would probably be fine.
“And, from my point of view …I would test it.
So probably everything will be okay.
Test To See How Site Performs
Mueller next encouraged the person to run tests in order to be sure the site is functioning optimally and mentioned that “we” have tools but he didn’t mention specific tools.
Presumably he’s speaking of tools available on Google Search Console that can provide feedback on whether Google is able to crawl pages and images.
Mueller continued his answer:
“But you’re much better off not just believing me, but rather using a testing tool to try it out.
And the testing tools that we have available are quite well documented.
There are lots of …variations on things that we recommend with regards to improving things if you run into problems.
User Friendly Site Experiences
Mueller continued his answer:
It doesn’t primarily care about user-friendliness.
But of course your users care about user-friendliness.
And that’s something where maybe it makes sense to do a little bit more so that your users are really for sure having a good experience on your pages.
And this is often something that isn’t just a matter of a simple testing tool.
But rather something where maybe you have to do a small user study or kind of interview some users or at least do a survey on your website to understand where do they get stuck, what kind of problems are they facing.
Is it because of these …you mentioned the fly-out menus. Or is it something maybe completely different where they’re seeing problems, that maybe the text is too small, or they can’t click the buttons properly, those kinds of things which don’t really align with technical problems but are more, kind of, user-side things that if you can improve those and if you can make your users happier, they’ll stick around and they’ll come back and they’ll invite more people to visit your website as well.”
Test For Users And Google
Mueller didn’t explicitly reference any tools for carrying out any of the recommended tests. It’s fairly obvious that Search Console is the best tool to diagnose crawling issues with Google. Search Console alerts publishers of how many URLs are discovered, for example.
As for user experience tools, one of the best is the free Microsoft Clarity user experience analytics tool. This GDPR compliant analytics tool provides insights into how users experience your site and can signal when they’re having a bad user experience.
So it can be very useful for diagnosing possible site issues that John Mueller discussed.
Watch John Mueller at the 10:23 minute mark:
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