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.
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.
|Blog||Main Author||URL||Alexa Score||Performance||Accessibiity||Best Practices||SEO||PWA|
|All My Foreparents||Israel Pickholtz||http://allmyforeparents.blogspot.com/||11712499||96||66||71||91||No|
|Annette Kapple’s genealogy research blog||Annette Kapple||http://annettekapple.blogspot.com/||11144932||97||63||79||91||No|
|Bernard Secher’s blog (in French)||Bernard Secher||http://secher.bernard.free.fr/blog/||839061||31||86||71||67||No|
|Counting Chromosomes||Edison Williams||https://casestone.com/threlkeld/blog||–||5||63||71||90||No|
|Cruwys News||Debbie Kennett||https://cruwys.blogspot.com/||2764600||88||43||86||91||No|
|Data mining DNA||http://dataminingdna.com/||–||41||100||79||89||No|
|Deb’s Delvings in Genealogy||Debbie Parker Wayne||http://debsdelvings.blogspot.com/||5493095||94||78||79||91||No|
|Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog||Dienekes||http://dienekes.blogspot.com/||1815892||99||65||71||91||No|
|DNA and Family Tree Research||Maurice Gleeson||http://dnaandfamilytreeresearch.blogspot.com/||3099441||97||65||71||91||No|
|DNA Genealogy||Jason Lee||https://dnagenealogy.tumblr.com/||4955492||23||34||64||100||No|
|DNA Sleuth||Ann Raymont||https://dnasleuth.wordpress.com/||5735648||34||80||79||100||No|
|DNA Testing Advisor||Dick Hill||https://www.dna-testing-adviser.com/dna-testing-blog.html||1508945||77||49||79||100||No|
|Dr D Digs Up His Ancestors||Dave Dowell||http://blog.ddowell.com/||18559973||99||65||79||91||No|
|Evo and Proud||Peter Frost||http://evoandproud.blogspot.com/||3284888||98||63||79||91||No|
|Find lost Russian and Ukrainian Family||Vera Miller||https://lostrussianfamily.wordpress.com/||4310374||16||76||64||90||No|
|Gene Gest An English-language blog||Eryk Jan Grzeszkowiak||http://www.genegest.com/||–||43||71||79||90||No|
|Genealem’s Genetic Genealogy||Emily Aulicino||http://genealem-geneticgenealogy.blogspot.com/||–||95||78||79||91||No|
|Genealogia genetyczna (in Polish)||Eryk Jan Grzeszkowiak||http://www.genealogiagenetyczna.com/||5789159||14||56||57||91||No|
|Genomics Law Report||https://theprivacyreport.com/||8923423||47||58||79||100||No|
|Hartley DNA and Genealogy||Joel Hartley||http://www.jmhartley.com/HBlog/||5491123||21||85||79||90||No|
|Kitty Cooper’s blog||Kitty Cooper||http://blog.kittycooper.com/||285381||29||55||50||70||No|
|Le Gall of Lower Britanny||Joss Ar Gall||https://legall-bzh.blogspot.com/||–||97||53||93||100||No|
|Michael Cooley’s Genetic Genealogy blog||Michael Cooley||http://blog.ancestraldata.com/||14030828||91||37||64||67||No|
|On-line Journal of Genetics and Genealogy||Steven Perkins||http://jgg-online.blogspot.com/||–||59||59||71||91||No|
|Radiant Roots, Boricua Branches||Teresa Vega||http://radiantrootsboricuabranches.com/||7513645||3||43||64||80||No|
|Roots and Recombinant DNA||T L Dixon||http://www.rootsandrecombinantdna.com/||3184657||91||62||71||91||No|
|Segmentology blog||Jim Bartlett||https://segmentology.org/||3350030||85||63||93||80||No|
|The DNA Geek||Leah Larkin||https://thednageek.com/||538110||26||57||71||91||No|
|The Enthusiastic Genealogist||Dana Leeds||http://theenthusiasticgenealogist.blogspot.com/||7855705||37||57||64||82||No|
|The Genetic Genealogist||Blaine Bettinger||https://thegeneticgenealogist.com/archives/||491807||34||54||50||91||No|
|The Legal Genealogist||Judy Russell||https://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog/||1027954||53||51||86||91||No|
|The Lineal Arboretum||Jim Owston||http://linealarboretum.blogspot.com/||–||96||66||79||91||No|
|The Ultimate Family Historians||Linda Jonas||http://ultimatefamilyhistorians.blogspot.com/||11051423||92||73||79||91||No|
|Through the Trees||Shannon Christmas||http://throughthetreesblog.tumblr.com/||–||18||56||50||100||No|
|Tracing African Roots||https://tracingafricanroots.com/||8430673||20||60||71||100||No|
|Your Genetic Genealogist A genetic genealogy blog||CeCe Moore||http://www.yourgeneticgenealogist.com/||3689663||91||58||71||91||No|