Mobile Friendly Website? Google Algorithm Deadline April, 21st
UPDATE: As of August 2016 Google will no longer display the “Mobilie-Friendly” tag in search results. The removal of the tag does not mean that they are removing the criteria from their algorithm, they are just trying to clean-up their search results.
Most business owners are already aware of the importance of having a mobile friendly website. However not every business has taken the steps necessary to ensure their website appeals to a mobile audience. Well now there is actually a real deadline for brands and businesses to convert.
Google recently announced on their blog, a new algorithm change that will start on April 21st which will effect large and small businesses alike.
Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results. Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results that are optimized for their devices.
Google has been talking about their preference for mobile friendly and responsive websites for some time now – you may not have noticed, but they have even been telling mobile users which sites are responsive in their search results (see image to the left), so that users can chose results that provide a more positive user experience.
What you need to know.
The algorithm will be real-time. This means that after the algorithm change goes live, you will benefit from having a mobile-friendly site as soon as Google detects the change.
The ranking factor will be evaluated on a page-by-page basis. So passing some pages, or even most pages, as mobile friendly will not mean your entire site passes the check. All pages must be mobile friendly.
Is your site mobile-friendly?
If you are unsure or even if you believe you site is mobile-friendly, it would be a good idea to double check. Google has provided tools to help businesses out as the April 21st deadline approaches. From the Google blog:
To get help with making a mobile-friendly site, check out our guide to mobile-friendly sites. If you’re a webmaster, you can get ready for this change by using the following tools to see how Googlebot views your pages:
If you want to test a few pages, you can use the Mobile-Friendly Test.
If you have a site, you can use your Webmaster Tools account to get a full list of mobile usability issues across your site using the Mobile Usability Report.
Not sure where to go from here?
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