Genetic Genealogy & The Lighthouse

The first part of my website updates began a little over a year ago when I changed web hosting providers. I was being pounded by traffic. Ordinarily, bloggers love visitors to their sites, but this was different. Much of it was coming from India, and I was pretty sure that it was not from real people.

Now, the bot traffic takeover of the internet is a known thing. Innocent search bots (Google type), hacker bots, bots for web scraping, and even plain old traffic generating bots are a good percentage of total web traffic. Why my site though? Why me?

It was causing me problems and costing me money. I moved hosting providers. Top criteria was server capacity and speed. My humble blog found itself on first a premium WordPress hosting platform and then on a dedicated server.

Of course, it was not enough. Hardware cannot fix all of the problems of speed and function on the web. After attempting to work through issues with other tools, I came to Google’s new Lighthouse test. It is their replacement for their old Page Speed test. It leaves other tools like Pingdom and GTMetrix in the dust.

It is much harder to score well with. At some points I thought impossible.

However, criteria added to it are already becoming part of the ranking metrics for Google page search. That means that if you want your web pages found by users in the Western world, you should follow the advice it gives you now.

How is it different? Well, rather than test you on how well your page loads on the browser of your choice, it simulates a smart phone (Nexus 5X) on a throttled 4G connection. This completely throws many of the standard fixes out the window. Lighthouse report
Example: Lighthouse report

You are graded on performance (speed), accessibility (for screen readers etc.), best practices (security issues), SEO (search engine friendliness), and Progressive Web App qualification.

Below are scores for the active blogs in genetic genealogy.

BlogMain AuthorURLAlexa ScorePerformanceAccessibiityBest PracticesSEOPWA
All My ForeparentsIsrael Pickholtz
Annette Kapple’s genealogy research blogAnnette Kapple
Bernard Secher’s blog (in French)Bernard Secher
Counting ChromosomesEdison Williams
Cruwys NewsDebbie Kennett
Data mining DNA
Deb’s Delvings in GenealogyDebbie Parker Wayne
Dienekes’ Anthropology BlogDienekes
DNA and Family Tree ResearchMaurice Gleeson
DNA GenealogyJason Lee
DNA SleuthAnn Raymont
DNA Testing AdvisorDick Hill
Dr D Digs Up His AncestorsDave Dowell
EntregenDidier Vernade
Evo and ProudPeter Frost
Find lost Russian and Ukrainian FamilyVera Miller
Gene Gest An English-language blogEryk Jan Grzeszkowiak
Genealem’s Genetic GenealogyEmily Aulicino
Genealogia genetyczna (in Polish)Eryk Jan Grzeszkowiak
GenGenAusCate Pearce
Genomics Law Report
HaplogroupRebekah Canadahttps://haplogroup.org677129895100100Yes
Hartley DNA and GenealogyJoel Hartley
Kitty Cooper’s blogKitty Cooper
Le Gall of Lower BritannyJoss Ar Gall
Michael Cooley’s Genetic Genealogy blogMichael Cooley
On-line Journal of Genetics and GenealogySteven Perkins
Radiant Roots, Boricua BranchesTeresa Vega
Roots and Recombinant DNAT L Dixon
Segmentology blogJim Bartlett
The DNA GeekLeah Larkin
The Enthusiastic GenealogistDana Leeds
The Genetic GenealogistBlaine Bettinger
The Legal GenealogistJudy Russell
The Lineal ArboretumJim Owston
The Ultimate Family HistoriansLinda Jonas
Through the TreesShannon Christmas
Tracing African Roots
Your Genetic Genealogist A genetic genealogy blogCeCe Moore
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7 thoughts on “Genetic Genealogy & The Lighthouse”

  1. Very Interesting!

    I checked the Irish Type III site:- and the report is as follows:-
    Performance 100
    Accessibility 79
    Best Practices 64
    SEO 70

    Seems to line up quite well with the other DNA sites, with performance 100 probably as the site is hand-coded in HTML and CSS and great that it shows areas where the site can be improved in accessibility, best practices and SEO. Well worth running on any website.

    Dennis Wright


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