Mobile Friendly blog/website design?
What does this mean for you?
If your blog is not mobile friendly, Google has said this update will have a significant impact on search rankings. Sites that are mobilefriendly will be given ranking preference over those that are not. Theupdate will affect search results across all platforms, not just mobile. So it is important that your blog is mobile ready before this update.
If your blog is not mobile friendly by the deadline of April 21st you could see a major drop in your rankings and traffic from Google.
Making sure your blog is mobile friendly isn’t just important forGoogle. Your readers will also thank you. So much of our blog reading is being done on mobile devices these days, and mobile friendly sites make consuming your content so much easier.
Why Mobile Friendly Site is Important for SEO?
Google is prioritizing mobile-optimized websites in search results onsmartphones, boosting sites that are mobile-friendly (e.g., loadsquickly on devices, has responsive design, etc.) and demoting those that aren’t. Sites that may have been on the front page of a search word may be pushed several links down on the page—if not pushed off the frontpage entirely.
(Google Love User Friendly Site) It might not have been possible to make a mobile site and give theuser a good enough experience because of the low bandwidth and serverspeeds. However, in recent times, this has changed and you can beassured that using a good mobile site will be an enriching experiencefor a user.
Within a span of three years, the number of people accessing theinternet via mobile will be more than those accessing it via a PC. This, more than anything else, should be a clear indication for you to startworking on the mobile version of your site. Apart from that, the biggest draw on the internet today are social networking websites. Many peopleaccess these websites through there mobile devices. If they come across a link to your site, they would want to view it on their mobile screens.
How do I know if my blog is mobile friendly?
Google recently started identifying mobile friendly sites in mobile search,
Use Google’s mobile friendly testing tool to quickly check if your blog is mobile ready.
Don’t panic if your blog does not pass. If you are using Blogger orWordPress we have some tips to easily get your blog mobile friendly andbe safe from “mobilegeddon”
How to make your blog mobile friendly on wordpress
WordPress and Blogger responsive themes – Responsive means that the theme will adapt to different browser and device sizes.The content will resize and rearrange to fit smaller screens without the need for a separate mobile theme or plugin. Most new themes are nowbeing made responsive. Some developers may have updated their olderthemes to be responsive. If you are in the market for a new theme, be on the look out for one that is responsive.
WordPress plugins – If your theme is notresponsiveness there are a number of WordPress plugins that will show amobile version of your site to mobile traffic.
If you use Jetpack there is a mobile option built into the plugin. Just activate and configure.
Another good mobile WordPress plugin is WPTouch
How to make your blog mobile friendly on Blogspot Blog
Blogger mobile templates – Blogger has 8built in mobile templates. All you need to do is pick a theme, activateit and all mobile traffic will now see your mobile theme.
To make sure your mobile theme is activated, go to your blogger dashboard > Template.
Click the gear icon under mobile.
Then select “Yes. Show mobile template on mobile devices.” and choose your theme.
You can test your mobile site on your desktop by adding ?m=1 to theend of your URL eg http://onlinelivingblog.com/?m=1
Double check that your site is now mobile friendly after making any changes with the mobile friendly testing tool.