There are a few reasons why Google decides to tag website to be mobile friendly or not. Nowadays, smart phone, phablet , tab and iPad are getting faster and have so many apps. So, user love to search any information on their smart phone or tab.
Unfortunately, a lot of user have to scroll wide to see the content and links are too close to each other with websites that are not mobile friendly. So Google decided to punish website that are not mobile friendly. Punish is a quite a harsh word, but Google now started to value more website that is more mobile friendly. So website that is not friendly with mobile display will be demoted.
Plus, by being mobile friendly, Adsense links can be displayed more properly and can boost site owner and Google Income. That is might be second reason.
I believe this is a Win-Win situation for site owner and Google. We just have to please the user.
My website initially failed Google Mobile Test due to :
Content wider than screen
Links so close together
Uses incompatible plugins
Fail Mobile Test Google
So I did some research on how to ensure my site is Google Mobile friendly.
3 Tips to Ensure Your Site is Google Mobile Friendly
1 – First, you can follow what Google tell you to do. This to make sure GoogleBot will detect your site as mobile friendly.
Avoids software that is not common on mobile devices, like Flash
Uses text that is readable without zooming
Sizes content to the screen so users don’t have to scroll horizontally or zoom
Places links far enough apart so that the correct one can be easily tapped
After all steps are taken , please check and follow below steps.
See the Mobile usability report in Google Webmaster Tools, which highlights major mobile usability issues across your entire site, not just one page
Check our how-to guide for third-party software like WordPress or Joomla, in order to migrate your website hosted on a CMS (Content Management System) to use a mobile-friendly template.
2. Use responsive layout. If you use blogspot , here is a lot of responsive layout that you cab use to ensure your site is mobile friendly. You can check here for Free Responsive Blogger Template.
My blogspot, lankapo79.com is mobile friendly with responsive blogger template.
For WordPress, you can find a lot of free responsive themes on WordPress Theme browser.
3. Use WPtouch Mobile Plugin that will create a slick mobile WordPress website with just a few clicks.
Having said that, some plugin as Jetpack is not compatible for Google Mobile test. That is why my site lankapo.com failed the test even though i use responsive theme.
WPtouch is a mobile plugin for WordPress that automatically enables a simple and elegant mobile theme for mobile visitors of your WordPress website.
The administration panel allows you to customize many aspects of its appearance, and deliver a fast, user-friendly and stylish version of your site to your mobile visitors, without modifying a single bit of code (or affecting) your regular desktop theme.
By using WPTouch Mobile Plugin, it will ensure your website pass the Google Mobile Test. Below is how my site look like when using Wp Touch Mobile plugin on Samsung Note 2.
2012 is just around the corner. Time fly so fast. Are you ready for 2012 ? Be organize and plan your holidays by updating your Google Calendar with Malaysia’s Public Holiday for 2012.
Image via CrunchBase
With Google Calendar not only you can update Malaysia’s Public Holiday, but also from other country like Europe and Asia. You also can get weather update, Islamic Holidays and your favorite football team fixture and result.
You also can get notification thru sms and email for your wife birthday and anniversary. This is important because sometime you will tend to miss it. So better be prepared. Plus you can make it annually, just set the date to notify you annually, so easy.
During this year’s F8, Timeline was announced by Mark Zuckerberg. This new interface is said to be an easy way to rediscover the things you shared, and collect your most important moments. It also lets you share new expereinces, like the music you listen to the miles you run.
Other than Google Adsense, Infolinks is another method that I use to make money online. I did Kontera before, but the earning is not that much. A study was published online saying that Infolinks is 50 times faster than other In-Text Ads Network. This is great news. As we all know, earlier this year Google announced that website load time impacts Google Page Rank. In simple words, if your site load very slow, you will get lower rank from Google. You can check your site load time with Google’s Page Speed Tool. Test yours now!
Personally, I don’t really bother about this Page Rank issue. The main thing is to write better content on your blog. Increase traffic and related ad will make your traffic click. If your site load fast but with no real issues, then it will be so bad. However, fast load still important to maintain your traffic.
The Infographic below examines 3 popular site elements, Toolbars, In-Text Ads and Social Buttons and how they are affecting your speedy ways. Read on for some practical tips to keep your site in the fast lane.
Keep in mind the following points before reviewing the Google Page Rank Race Infographic below to improve your overall speed and search ranking for your own websites and blogs:
The longer it takes to your page to load, the lower rank your page receives
Higher Page Rank = More Google Traffic
More Concise Code = Faster and more pleasant browsing experience