We knew it was coming! Starting in November 2014, Google has begun labeling mobile friendly website in the search engine rankings for mobile devices.
Google wants you to have the best mobile experience when searching from mobile devices such as iPhones, Android, Tablets, and more. Here’s what you need to know to increase your mobile rankings and make sure your mobile friendly website is ranking high when mobile users are searching for your products and services.
What makes up a “Mobile-Friendly” website?
According to Google’s official website, a page is eligible for the “mobile-friendly” label if it meets the following criteria:
- Avoids conflicting software that is not available on mobile devices. (I’m looking at you Flash users!)
- Places links far enough apart so that the correct one can be easily tapped.
- Sizes the content to the screen so users don’t have to scroll horizontally or zoom.
- Uses text that is readable without zooming.
How do I test if my website is “Mobile-Friendly”?
When I found out that Google has a FREE Mobile-Friendly Testing Tool, it was like Christmas morning! Yes!
This mobile responsive tool not only provides you with a visual representation of what your website looks like on a mobile device, but also offers feedback on ways to improve the mobile version of your website.
That’s a tool worth bookmarking!
What else can I do to make sure my website is Google “Mobile-Friendly”?
Google has provided a number of other resources to help your website get found on mobile devices:
- Read Google’s updated Webmaster’s Mobile Guide on how to create and improve your mobile website.
- See the Mobile Usability Report in your Google Webmaster Tools, which highlights major mobile usability issues across your entire website.
- Check out Google’s how-to-guide for third-party software such as WordPress and Joomla, in order to migrate your website hosted on a Content Management System (CMS) to use a mobile-friendly theme or template.
Looking for further Mobile-Friendly website help? I’d be happy to help you work through your responsive website design or work with your team to migrate your old website to a mobile-friendly design that Stands Out and Gets Found on mobile devices. Let’s talk!