Google has once again emphasized its preference of mobile-friendly sites with its most recent update, which webmasters have coined "Mobilegeddon." Google mobile search update has had an impact on websites that are not responsive to mobile visitors. The only way to maintain competitive Google rankings and stay ahead of competitors is to use a design that complements multiple devices.
This year, for the first time ever, mobile users are surpassing desktop users in search queries by as many as 200 million. Simply having a business website is not enough to attract and engage Internet users. Browsers expect a responsive design that is easy to navigate on tablets, smartphones and other devices.
Google's biggest changes include:
Google's Mobile-Friendly Test tool will allow you to see how all of your pages perform.
To ensure you're getting the most out of your business website, follow these five steps:
1. Implement a Responsive Design
Instead of retrofitting HTML-built sites or apps for responsiveness, move your site to a compatible content management system, such as Drupal, Joomla or WordPress.
2. Deep Link Android Apps
If an Android app links to your site, deep link it and get it indexed. You can use Google's App Indexing for Google Search tool to deep link apps.
3. Reconsider Your Hosting Plan
If necessary, upgrade your site's hosting plan. Google penalizes slow-loading pages, and because cheap plans are notoriously slow, you will suffer with lower rankings.
4. Learn Google's Webmaster Tools
Google's Webmaster Tools are available to help webmasters manage their sites and identify indexing errors. These data are invaluable for complying with Google mobile update and generating maximum traffic.
5. Use Analytics
Google Analytics and similar tools offer insights into a site's performance, online traffic, bounce rates and more. These data can help you develop optimal key performance indicators and improve your content – both of which will boost search rankings.
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