Is my website mobile friendly?
How to find out whether Google is happy that your website is responsive (mobile friendly)
In this rapidly changing world of super-smart handheld devices, surfing the web has very quickly gone from being an activity that you'd enjoy on your desktop PC or laptop to a predominently smartphone activity.
Latest polls suggest that at least 60% of all online browsing and searches are now performed via smartphone.
As a result, Google and the other major search engines have tightened up their demands for how your website performs (from the user's viewpoint) to give your visitors the best online experience possible.
Put simply, if your website is not seen by Google as being mobile-friendly (or responsive, to give it it's official Geek term), then you can expect to see a decline in your websites performance on the Search Engine Results Pages (SERPS).
If fact, Google's recent "Mobile First" announcement suggests that their first port of call when calculating your website's SEO performance is the mobile version of your website - regardless of whether your visitor is viewing via smartphone or desktop computer.
Here's the problem. You may have had your current website since before smartphones were invented (which only seems like a few short years ago), so the mobile optimised technology may not even have existed. Pretty harsh, you may feel, if you're likely to be penalised for such a thing.
So, how do you know for sure if your website is mobile optimised?
The most simple way is to view it on a smartphone. It should be easily readable without having to perform that pinching and pulling action to zoom into the text.
Also, any navigation bars (lines of clickable links at the top or side of page) should be replaced with a condensed, drop-down version. Often, you'll see the common 3 horizontal lines that many mobile sites seem to have adopted and the universal sign for a mobile-friendly navigation menu.
If you're still not sure, feel free to give Danny a call on 07901 870345 and he'll confirm whether you should have any concerns or not.
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