Google has been warning website owners about the importance of having mobile-friendly websites for some time. Now they’ve confirmed an algorithm change will take place on the 21st April 2015 which will favour mobile-friendly websites in Google’s mobile search results.
In a recent post on their Webmaster Central Blog, Google officially announced that the next major update to its search ranking algorithm will directly affect non-mobile friendly websites:
“Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal… Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results that are optimised for their devices,” Google said.
A Mobile Website Helps Your Business (Not Just Your Rankings)
Mobile usage for websites has been increasing exponentially in recent years so it comes as no surprise that Google has had “mobile-friendliness” in its sights.
At e-CBD we’ve seen this change occurring and have been encouraging our clients to make their website mobile friendly so they remain competitive in their industry by catering to mobile users.
Now the decision to be mobile friendly will directly affect your rankings in Google’s mobile search results.
Has Google Told You To Fix Your Site?
Some of you may have already received an email from Google Webmaster Tools regarding your website not being mobile friendly. These emails have been alerting site owners to “critical usability errors,” often stating that;
“The errors on these XX pages severely affect how mobile users are able to experience your website.”
If you have received this email Google is alerting you to your website’s lack of mobile-friendliness and that this may directly affect your website’s positioning in mobile search results following the update in April.
If your site is already mobile-friendly, that’s great! Your ranking in mobile search results may even improve after next month’s change.
If you haven’t received an email from Google Webmaster Tools your site still might not meet Google’s guidelines for mobile-friendliness. If you’re concerned or unsure and would like to know how your site performs on mobile devices, you can try the Mobile Friendly Tool by Google, or call the experienced team at e-CBD today and we’ll help you get set for the change on April 21st.