Google Algorithm Change – 21 April 2015

Major Google Update launching worldwide on 21 April 2015

Google have been closely following the exponential growth in the use of smartphones to access the internet and announced in February 2015 that they will be releasing a major update to their search engine ranking algorithms to account for the significant and growing volume of mobile users searching the internet on their mobile devices.

Google have stated that…

google-search-magnifyWhen it comes to search on mobile devices, users should get the most relevant and timely results, no matter if the information lives on mobile-friendly web pages or apps. As more people use mobile devices to access the internet, our algorithms have to adapt to these usage patterns….  Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results. Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results that are optimized for their devices.

Source: The Google Webmaster Blog

Over the next few weeks, we can expect to see a significant change in the search engine results for mobile users, offering web search results that are easy to access and use on smartphone devices.  Those websites which are not considered ‘mobile friendly’ by Google will loose ground in the search engines, in favour of mobile friendly sites!  This could have a major impact on many businesses that have not adopted a mobile marketing strategy.

What does it mean to be ‘mobile friendly’?

Palm of handGoogle has it’s own criteria to define what it considers to be a “mobile-friendly” website.
They have listed these as :
• Avoids software that is not common on mobile devices, like Flash
• Uses text that is readable without zooming
• Sizes content to the screen so users don’t have to scroll horizontally or zoom
• Places links far enough apart so that the correct one can be easily tapped

In essence, if a website is specifically formatted to be readable and usable on the smaller screen of a smartphone device, it will be considered ‘mobile friendly’ by Google.

Test your website now!  Visit: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly   Google will tell you if your website ‘mobile friendly’ or not!

You will know then if your website will be affected by the imminent Google ranking changes, as you will see something similar to one of these two pages below:

Sorry!  Your website is NOT considered by Google to be Mobile Friendly

Sorry! Your website is NOT considered by Google to be Mobile Friendly

Awesome.  Your Website is considered by Google to be Mobile Friendly!

Awesome. Your Website is considered by Google to be Mobile Friendly!

 

 <  Not Mobile Friendly! 

 

 

Mobile Friendly :-)  >

 

 

If your website test shows says your website is not compliant to Google’s mobile friendly checks, it will probably lose ground in the search engine rankings soon.   Click here to find out what you should do now.

If your website is found to be ‘mobile friendly’ by Google, you will not be affected by the imminent changes that Google is making to the search engine results.  However, there may be more that you can do to maximise the powerful mobile marketing opportunities that currently exist.  Click here if you would like to find out more.

The Mobile Revolution has changed the buying and searching patterns of consumers and there are now effective and relatively low cost marketing strategies that businesses can access to rapidly grow and connect with new and existing customers.  Your business can be and should be literally at your customers fingertips… find out about these exciting mobile marketing opportunities now!