If your company website is still not mobile-ready, more than likely you’ve been missing out on potential customers or even driving them away. When mobile users try to access websites that are not mobile responsive, it’s a truly frustrating experience for them. And - since many customers today are judging a business on the appearance of their website - it is more important than ever to have one that is responsive and mobile-friendly.
Most of these searchers move on to your competitors’ websites and never return to yours. So as you can guess, these are lost leads and missed opportunities to show potential clients what you offer.
Plus, there’s another crucial reason to mobilize your website; Google has made changes that will negatively impact any website that is not mobile-ready.
Mobile-friendliness has been a factor in Google search for several years now; but no one knows exactly to what degree. However, since February 26, 2015 Google has stated that mobile-friendliness will now be heavily weighed as a ranking signal when people search online. Google wrote this statement on their Webmaster Tools blog: “This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results.
Commonly referred to as, “Mobilegeddon” this change has resulted in many businesses that were ranking high in search results began to see their positions slip down and down.
Why the change?
More than 60% of all Google searches are now performed on mobile devices. So Google’s overall goal with this update is to provide a faster, smoother experience for mobile searchers.
When mobile users try to access websites that are not mobile-ready, it’s pretty much a waste of time. In order to match mobile users with the most beneficial websites based on their searches, this algorithm update will ensure that mobile-friendly websites get the most search engine attention.
What does this mean for your business?
Basically, if your site is still not mobile-ready your business suffers lower rankings on Google when users search for your type of products and services on their mobile devices.
On the flip side, if your website is mobile-friendly, you may experience an increase in rankings; especially in cases where most of your competitors haven’t optimized their websites for mobile.
What should you do?
1. Make sure your website is mobile-ready. This may sound like a no-brainer, but just because your website looks fine on a desktop or laptop does not mean that it is the same for mobile devices. It must view properly, scale, and links must be easily used without pinching or scrolling to resize.
Google has provided a free “Mobile Friendliness” tool where you can test your website for mobile. Here’s the link: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/
Just follow the link and type in your business website URL. You can tell within a few minutes whether or not your site meets the basic standards for mobile optimization.
2. If your website is not mobile-ready, it’s time to change that. Immediately. Whether you go with a complete mobile-responsive website re-design or a stand-alone mobile website, take measures as soon as possible to ensure your business is not negatively impacted by this major update.
Having a website that is optimized for mobile viewing is critical. Not only is it important for providing convenience to your mobile customers and prospects; it’s now a major factor in how well these mobile consumers can find your website when searching online for your type of products and services. You have made an investment in your online presence and making sure your business can be found online so protect this valuable business asset and get back up in the rankings and search results again.