Google Mobile First Index and How It Impacts SEO

Google Mobile First Index and How It Impacts SEO

Everyone’s been hearing a lot about Google’s Mobile First Indexing and how it has impacted the search results – all in order to provide better experiences for mobile users. It was also done as a result of consumer behavior trends as they continue to flock to mobile devices to learn about or buy just about anything. As for business owners, there has been lots of confusion and even frustration as to what this means. In sum, if a website is not mobile-friendly, its rankings will suffer the most. But this does not mean that mobile-friendly websites’ rankings will improve. So what needs to be done? Or if the site is already mobile-friendly, what else needs to be done? This blog will cover the basics of Google’s Mobile First Index and how it impacts SEO. It will also provide the answers to common questions regarding the new index and what can be done to improve or maintain your rankings on Google. Find below the answers to all of the following questions about Google’s mobile-first index. What is mobile-first indexing? What needs to be done about mobile-first indexing? Is mobile-first indexing adding mobile pages to another mobile index? Is the mobile-first indexing happening everywhere? Will Google only use my mobile site to determine rankings? When will Google use the desktop site to determine rankings rather than the mobile site? What if I don’t have a mobile version of my site? What will happen if I have a large desktop site and a large mobile site? Will that content still be indexed and appear on mobile searches? How does this affect my...
Google Hummingbird Update

Google Hummingbird Update

Google has recently updated its search algorithm to respond to longer, more complex search phrases and questions that people enter through their smartphones and mobile devices. What this means is that the traditional keyword-based system has been changed to handle questions and more complex phrases to adapt to the increased use of mobile devices for searches. Studies have shown that up to 46% of Americans search Google exclusively with mobile devices and with the Hummingbird update, Google can better handle the more complex search queries and questions that people speak into their smartphones. The mobile-first approach of the Hummingbird update is causing businesses to focus more on their mobile presence in their content marketing and SEO strategies. One of the main reasons for the Hummingbird update is that people have been speaking searches into their smartphones and mobile devices in a more natural way which is more complex than simply typing in keywords. The new algorithm uses formulas that can respond better to these types of searches and recognize the context of the terms being used within the search phrases or question to yield better results. Scott Huffman, a key engineering director at Google, explains that the ultimate goal of Hummingbird is “to get to a natural conversation” between people and Google search on their mobile devices. So what does this mean for SEO and content marketing strategies? The Hummingbird update shifts the focus of Google searches to mobile devices so businesses must begin taking a mobile-first approach to their SEO and content marketing. This update is also more focused on ranking sites based on their relevance as opposed...