Have you heard? If your website is not mobile friendly, Google will start to penalize your website by not showing it on its search results. It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of websites will soon disappear from Google’s mobile searches, especially small businesses. The new algorithm is nicknamed “Mobilegeddon.”.
Google has been preaching the importance of mobile friendly and responsive design for a while now. It predicted that the number of search queries performed on mobile devices will soon outnumber those on the desktops. About two months ago, it officially announced that it is including “mobile-friendly” as one of its ranking factors. This means if your website is not mobile friendly, your site is likely to lose its high ranking on Google, which mean tons of traffic from Google as well.
Am I affected?
- To see if your site is affected by this update, head over to Google’s “Mobile-Friendly Test” to see if your site meets Google’s standard of being mobile optimized.
- Go to Google’s Page Speed Test page, to see how you can speed up your site. This is also a major ranking factor as mobile is increasingly becoming critical.
How do I fix these problems?
If your site did not pass the “Mobile-Friendly test” or “Page Speed Test” above, you need to fix them as soon as possible with the help of a professional developer. You can contact Siteber.com/services. If you tech savvy yourself, you can definitely fix the problems yourself. If you are using a WordPress template, make sure to switch to a responsive template. To speed up your website loading time, consider hosting images, videos elsewhere instead of your own site. Also make sure these images are compressed to load fast.
So long as you adhere to the new requirements, “Mobilegeddon” can be easily defeated. Your website will continue to rank high on Google! If you have any questions or if your website has been affected by the new update from Google, leave a comment below or you can contact us directly.