Mobile SEO: Websites are More Important Than You Think For SEO

Mobile SEO Breaking News

This past Friday Google posted on it’s Official Google Webmaster Central Blog site some information that is important for us all to know. Get your site mobile friendly now! If you do not have a mobile-friendly site, you are not going to be showing up in the first 2 pages of results on mobile phones. You will lose traffic.

It also means that if you have moved along with the times and have a site that has been optimized for mobile, than you may be rewarded with more traffic after April 20th.

“…users should get the most relevant and timely results, no matter if the information lives on mobile-friendly web pages or apps”

In order to get what they feel is the most relevant results they are including more mobile-friendly websites in their search results. It also means that they will be replacing older non-mobile-friendly websites to make room in the results for mobile friendly sites & apps.

You’ve been warned. Make your site mobile friendly because by 4/20/15 they are making a change that will significantly affect search results!

The original article can be seen here. For your convenience, we have reprinted the content of their blog post.

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Official Google Webmaster Central Blog

Finding more mobile-friendly search results

When it comes to search on mobile devices, users should get the most relevant and timely results, no matter if the information lives on mobile-friendly web pages or apps. As more people use mobile devices to access the internet, our algorithms have to adapt to these usage patterns. In the past, we’ve made updates to ensure a site is configured properly and viewable on modern devices. We’ve made it easier for users to find mobile-friendly web pages and we’ve introduced App Indexing to surface useful content from apps. Today, we’re announcing two important changes to help users discover more mobile-friendly content:

1. More mobile-friendly websites in search results

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.

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.

2. More relevant app content in search results

Starting today, we will begin to use information from indexed apps as a factor in ranking for signed-in users who have the app installed. As a result, we may now surface content from indexed apps more prominently in search. To find out how to implement App Indexing, which allows us to surface this information in search results, have a look at our step-by-step guide on the developer site.

If you have questions about either mobile-friendly websites or app indexing, we’re always happy to chat in our Webmaster Help Forum.
Posted by Takaki Makino, Chaesang Jung, and Doantam Phan

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