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Published 14/04/15

Are You Ready For 21st April?

Get your website mobile-friendly for Google's Mobilegeddon

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Search engines rarely give information about their indexing habits or algorithms they use, so when Google recently announced the date and the focus of their algorithm changes we can sort of guess it's going to be a serious update to the extent that some bloggers are referring to it as 'Mobilegeddon'.

Google stated ''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.''

So, it is time to make sure that you have a mobile friendly website. Google have made it easy to test things by creating a tool where you can enter your web address and get an instant result on how mobile friendly you are. You should try it out just Google 'Mobile-Friendly Test'.

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Act now while you still have time to make sure that you are not going to be negatively affected by this change.

All websites built on theimagefile system automatically have a mobile friendly site included; with mobile-friendly client galleries, shopping cart, cropping tools and payment options. The mobile version is lean, showing no logos or background images by design, to make your site fast for visitors.

So what should you do Check your website using the Google mobile-friendly test tool to make sure that you haven't added any content, widget or table that will not display properly.

If you experience any issues in the first instance you should contact your web designer for assistance. Try to hide unnecessary content in the mobile version, and avoid lots of text links bunched together on pages which makes things tricky for finger navigation. Ensure all photos in your web pages are optimised so they load quickly on the page. Set widths in percentages rather than pixels where possible. Try to get the most important information ''above the fold'' near the top of the page without needing to scroll down; especially on your home page. Make sure your contact page forms and purchase buttons work properly on a mobile and try to display a telephone number to help visitors that might need assistance.

Remember...if you are doing things right this change will benefit your ranking and your business All websites built on theimagefile system automatically have a mobile friendly site included; with mobile friendly client galleries, shopping cart, cropping tools and payment.


1st Published 14 April 2015 09:16 Posted by Colin Jones
last update 11/10/2018 11:31:20



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