By now I’m sure you must have heard the news that all SEOs had been expecting for quite some time. As of April 21st of this year, Google will formally recognize mobile-readiness as a permanent ranking signal by rolling this item into its algorithm.
According to Google’s announcement, the change will affect mobile searches in all languages, prompting speedy attention from Webmasters on a worldwide scale. So what can you do to prepare for the change with the time you have left? After all, you wouldn’t want to be left empty handed against competitors who may be preparing as we speak.
Know where you stand
Knowing how you will be impacted by this update is dependent on the role that mobile traffic plays on your page as of today. Roll up your sleeves and take a dive into your mobile data.
Sift through your analytics account and answer these key questions:
- How much of my total traffic is mobile?
- How much organic traffic is mobile?
- How many of my conversions are assisted by organic traffic?
- How does mobile impact my goal completions and/or monthly revenue?
- What landing pages do my visitors land on from mobile devices?
With this information, you will begin to form a clearer picture of the impact that mobile traffic has on your site as a whole. This will leave you better informed on how you want to roll out your mobile strategy if you haven’t already. Ask key questions you don’t have the answers to when you can.
Understand the nature of the update
At SMX West, Google’s Webmaster Trends Analyst Gary Illyes confirmed that the mobile algorithm update will run on a page-by-page basis in real time as opposed to running site-wide like Penguin does. This has substantial implications for your mobile strategy since you may want to scale mobile development by beginning with your most important, traffic driving landing pages before moving on to development on deep sub-pages of the site.
Read Up & Get Help
Google has already released a mobile-friendly guide and Mobile-Friendly Test page that you can run your site through if you need direction on where to get started before you start considering how you will make changes to the site.
Maintain Mobile Mindedness
With recent changes such as the addition of “mobile friendly” labeling on results pages and redesigns to mobile knowledge graph results, it is clearer than ever that Google is striving for a seamless mobile experience. It is important to always keep this in mind as you move forward on new web projects.