This post is not about how to perform a technical SEO audit but what tool to use.
So, before going into the setup, let’s see what is Google Canary and why that is important to use it instead of your everyday browser.
What is Google Canary and what’s it used for?
Google Canary is a version Google Chrome, designed for developers. It allow you to try out new features before they are officially released to the general public. Although Google Canary give you access to the latest and most cutting-edge features it is also quite unstable. Not recommeded for day-to-day browsing.
Why use it instead of you default browser?
This will not only save you time but also prevent unwanted setting.
How to download Chrome Canary
You can download and install it in the same way as any browser. Here’s the download link => https://www.google.com/chrome/canary/.
How to set it up
My personal set up is:
- Cache: Disable cache. We don’t want to served cached pages.
- Network throttling: Slow or Fast 3G. I want to emulate pagespeed conditions as if I were a user, on mobile, without ideal network conditions.
- User agent: Googlebot. How is Googlebot seeing our page and whether we serve the same or different content based on User agent.
What I’ve noticed is that on browser restart, the User agent goes back to default.
One way to deal with that is using a Chrome extension.
I use User-Agent Switcher