The massive increase in the use of mobile and hand-held devices in recent years has meant changes in the ways virtually every offline or online business operates. That applies every bit as much to Google and search engine companies as it does to other industries, and as they amend their algorithms and ranking criteria to take account of the growth of mobile use, it also has huge implications for SEO.
Google has already started changing its results index as the numbers of desktop searches declines, and the number of searches coming from mobile devices increases. These changes mean that Google is giving ever-increasing prominence to mobile-friendly websites versus those sites that can only be viewed properly on desktop devices.
If you own a website you need to be aware of this switch, and more importantly, get your web designer to take appropriate actions to ensure that your website doesn’t get pushed down the ranking because it is not compatible with Google’s mobile-index. The steps required are not as difficult or as complicated as you might imagine, but they do need some time, and more importantly, some thought in terms of how your website operates.
It may be the case that your website is already on Google’s mobile index, and if you have installed Google’s Search Console, you will have been notified about this. If your website uses WordPress, then the theme you are using should have a mobile-friendly format. Using the search console, you can also access data relating to how Google’s spiders and bots are seeing your website and the degree to which your website ranks well for mobile against its desktop version.
Where your mobile-index ranking is struggling against your competitors, there are some of the ways you can introduce some simple SEO principles to steer your website towards being more mobile user-friendly.