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FAQs about the April 21st mobile-friendly Google Algorithm update

Google’s Webmaster Blog’s answered these important questions about Google’s “Mobilegeddon” algorithm change

General FAQs:

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  1. Will desktop and/or tablet ranking also be affected by this change? Is it a page-level or site-level mobile ranking boost?
  2. How do I know if Google thinks a page on my site is mobile-friendly? Mobile-Friendly Test
  3. Unfortunately, my mobile-friendly pages won’t be ready until after April 21st. How long before they can be considered mobile-friendly in ranking?
  4. Since the mobile ranking change rolls out on April 21st, if I see no drop in traffic on April 22nd, does that mean that my site’s rankings aren’t impacted?
  5. I have a great mobile site, but the Mobile-Friendly Test tells me that my pages aren’t mobile-friendly. Why?
  6. What if I link to a site that’s not mobile-friendly?
  7. Does Google give a stronger mobile-friendly ranking to pages using Responsive Web Design (which uses the same URL and the same HTML for the desktop and mobile versions) vs. hosting a separate mobile site (like www for desktop and for mobile)?
  8. Will my site / page disappear on mobile search results if it’s not mobile-friendly?


Specialized FAQs

  1. What if my audience is desktop only? Then there’s no reason to have a mobile site, right?
  2. I have pages showing mobile usability errors because they embed a YouTube video. What can I do?
  3. Is there a clear standard for sizing tap targets?
  4. To become mobile-friendly quickly, we’re thinking of creating a very stripped down version of our site (separate mobile pages) until our new responsive site is complete. Do you foresee any problems with this?n.

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