Mobile Friendly Or Bust
Does your website look as good and work as well on a mobile device as it does on a computer? It should–especially if you want a higher ranking on Google’s search pages.
As of April 21, 2015, Google’s search algorithm now ranks sites based on how mobile friendly they are. In other words, if you site is not mobile optimized, it will show up farther down in the search page results.
Passing The Test
According to industry experts, the new algorithm will look for sites with responsive design and best practices for mobile devices. This includes:
- Text that can be read without zooming
- Content that doesn’t require scrolling or zooming
- Links that are sized and spaced to allow for easy selection on smaller screens
- Eliminating the use of Flash since mobile devices don’t generally support it
- Requiring fewer clicks to perform a specific task
The evaluation is done for each individual page on a site, not the entire site as a whole, so you can start by optimizing the most critical page on your site and going on from there. At the moment, tablets are not part of this new search process, but that’s coming soon.
If you’re not sure how you stand, Google has created a site where you can check your mobile friendliness.
Besides Google Rank, Why This Matters
Perhaps the biggest reason to have a mobile-friendly site is that it will help you keep up with or move ahead of your competition.
Over 60 percent of all web searches are now done on mobile devices, so you stand to lose current and potential customers if they can’t effectively navigate your site on a smart phone or tablet. The better the experience, the more likely they’ll come back to you again and again.
If you’ve been procrastinating on creating a mobile friendly website, it’s now more important than ever that you step up and make the change.