Beginning in September 2020, Google will be switching to mobile-first indexing for all websites. Currently, 70% the sites appearing in Google SERPs are already mobile-friendly. Is your site ready for mobile-first indexing?
What is mobile SEO?
Mobile SEO is the practice of optimizing your site to perform well in mobile search and on mobile devices including smartphones and tablets. Mobile optimization is also making your mobile site accessible to search engine crawlers and optimizing your site to load quickly.
As Google uses mobile-first indexing to evaluate your site, leveraging mobile SEO will create an opportunity for your site to rank higher in the SERPs.
What is mobile-first indexing?
52.6% of global site traffic came from smartphones. At the same time in 2018, mobile users only made up 47% of global site traffic.
Google has been experimenting with mobile-first indexing since 2016 and since then, they have continued to increase the importance of site’s being mobile-friendly. The primary reason for mobile-first indexing is to better a user’s experience. Because more users are searching via smartphones and tablets, a responsive web design is a priority in order to keep users exploring other pages on your site as well as coming back in the future.
How do I optimize for a mobile-friendly site?
- Write with shorter sentences that are easily digested on a small screen
- Make sure the font on your mobile site is large enough to be legible
- Test whether or not your site is mobile-friendly using Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test
- Compress images and use next gen formats in order to decrease page load time and keep users on your site
What about AMP?
There are three main parts of AMP – AMP HTML, AMP JS, and AMP CDN. These frameworks will allow you to successfully install AMP on your site and bring your pages up to speed.
- Adding AMP HTML is simpler when you have experience with regular HTML. If you don’t have experience in HTML, here is the AMP HTML markup you should use on your site.
- AMP CDN (Content Delivery Network) that will cache your AMP pages and make immediate performance optimization.
AMP can definitely make an impact on news and content sites. Because of the speedy page load times, users can load AMP-enabled news articles to get their information quickly.
What is the smartphone Googlebot and how do I optimize for it?
one of 17 crawlers used by Google to inspect websites. For Googlebot to successfully crawl your site, you need to make sure it can render your mobile content as this is how Googlebot sees your pages. In order to do so, Google recommends three things:
- Use the same content and meta robots tag on both mobile and desktop pages
- Don’t lazy-load primary content so Googlebot can load all important content
- Let Google crawl your resources and avoid blocking with disallow directives
By making your site mobile-friendly and implementing mobile SEO, Google should have no issues crawling and indexing your site. Take the time to optimize your site for mobile-first indexing, especially before Google primarily uses mobile-first indexing and you fall too far behind.
As more and more users come from smartphones and tablets, it is a good use of time to optimize for mobile as you want to drive as much traffic to your site to increase leads and conversions.