Are search engines recognizing your website as mobile friendly?
Minden, Ontario (PRWEB) January 29, 2015
“Are search engines recognizing your website as mobile friendly?” asks Mark Coles, Owner of First Page SEO (http://www.first-page-seo.com), a top Ontario SEO and web marketing firm. For several months, First Page SEO has been warning website owners that having a responsive, mobile friendly website will ensure that they get preferred placement on mobile search. “Google has been sending email notifications to some webmasters whose websites are not mobile friendly responsive. According to a post by Google on their Webmaster Central Blog (http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.ca/2014/11/helping-users-find-mobile-friendly-pages.html), they want to see websites that are made responsive using the viewport meta-tag, which prompts websites to automatically scale to various screen resolutions based on the viewing device. Stand-alone mobile sites are not considered by Google to be mobile friendly; the main website needs to be responsive. In addition, websites that are not mobile friendly responsive will not receive the Google mobile friendly icon that is shown on a mobile search. Google’s email message is a wake-up call to owners whose websites are not responsive that they will not rank well in mobile search. Mobile search is now close to 50% of the market and growing. The new, larger format iPhone market will further drive the mobile market share,” explains Coles.
“First Page SEO has been converting many old websites to new, mobile friendly HTML5 responsive layouts to satisfy Google’s mobile friendly preference. Most sites can be converted for $400 – $1000, avoiding a complete site rebuild. CMS (Content Management) sites, like WordPress, built with nonresponsive templates cannot be easily converted. Unfortunately, the solution there is to rebuild, either with HTML5/CSS3 or a new WordPress responsive theme,” says Stephen Roome, President of First Page SEO.
Google has a webmaster tool that helps to check a website for mobile friendliness. Websites that pass Google’s test are labeled with the mobile friendly icon on Google’s search result pages for mobile devices. The tool is here: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/. Just enter the URL of your website and click the “Analyze” button. If the testing tool says that your website is not mobile friendly, it will state the reasons why, including text is too small, mobile viewport not set and more. Roome suggested other reasons a site might fail the test:
1/ The site was never built to be responsive.
“If your site is not responsive, and you care about search engine placement on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, then you need to convert or rebuild your site to make it mobile friendly,” adds Roome.
About First Page SEO: First Page SEO has been a leading Canadian SEO consultant for search engine optimization, website marketing and site promotion since 2001. First Page SEO (http://www.first-page-seo.com) is ranked 5th of the top 30 companies in Canada for organic search engine optimization and best SEO services by Top SEOS. Offering a wide range of website consulting services at a reasonable price, First Page SEO specializes in placing websites on the first page through intensive site analysis/optimization, customized keyword bidding campaigns, and link building programs, including e-news media release and social network submissions. First Page SEO also builds attractive web sites that place ahead of the competition, reputation management services and offers rock solid hosting services. For more information about First Page SEO, call 705 286-3656 or visit http://www.first-page-seo.com.
Mark Coles, Owner
First Page SEO
PO Box 525
Minden ON K0M 2K0