Is Your Website Mobile Friendly

is your website mobile friendly

Mobile Friendly Web Design

Google Prefers Mobile

In 2018, Google announced that they would begin to rank search results based on mobile, rather than desktop, sites. This decision was driven by the fact that most users are searching on mobile devices, and so Google wants to ensure that the results they’re displaying first are going to be high quality and really meet the needs of the majority of searchers.

If your site is not ranking well on Google, that is a serious concern. Google is the number one search engine, and if you’re not showing up on their first page of results, it’s likely you’re not being seen at all. A study from Moz indicated that 71 percent of users will click through to sites on the first page of search results. So if you’re on the second page, you’re only getting noticed by about 30 percent of the people who might need your goods or services.

How to Improve Your Site for Mobile

So now that you understand why mobile is so important, what can you do to make sure your site is hitting the right marks?

Take a Look for Yourself

The first step is to see where you stand right now. Pick up your phone and go to your business’s website. Does it take a long time to load? Once it’s up and running is everything laid out properly? Are there elements that don’t load? Are things overlapping? Is the type too small to read?

You can also ask a few of your friends to check out your site. What do they notice? Do they find it easy to learn what you do and how to contact you? If you or your friends find any issues with the site, then you’ve got work to do.

Check Your Site’s Loading Speed

Now that you’ve experienced your website from a mobile device, you’ll want to get a formal score for your page load speed. That’s where Google PageSpeed Insights comes in. Google will give you a separate score for both your mobile and desktop sites. If you’re not getting a green light on both, you need to contact a developer to work on increasing the speed.

Usually increasing load speed on mobile is a pretty easy fix for a professional developer. Sometimes it’s big, bulky files that are slowing you down. Other times, your site is designed on an old, out of date theme. Whatever the issue, a pro can usually diagnose and solve it quickly.

Eliminate Unfriendly Elements

Some things, like JavaScript and CSS images, do not load well on mobile. You should eliminate those elements from your website and instead replace them with simple images and blocks of text.

You’ll also want to think about using responsive design and selecting a font size that’s legible without zooming in. Not only are these elements important for user experience, they’ll affect how you rank on Google

Similarly, you’ll want to be sure that content is not hidden in images or other types of files that Google cannot crawl. When Google decides how to rank sites for certain search terms, they’re looking for those keywords on your site. If the keywords are tied up in images rather than simple text, Google isn’t able to see that your site has relevant information. For more on best practices for ranking on Google, check out this article.

Having a mobile friendly website is critical in terms of serving your audience and getting found on Google. If you haven’t thought about your mobile site in a while, or have been meaning to update in for years, now is the time to take action! A few simple changes can make a huge difference in your Google ranking and the experience for your users.

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