Mobile SEO best Practices
Today at SMX Advanced during the iSEO panel, Pierre Far, Google Webmaster Trends Analyst, announced clear guidelines and recommendations on mobile SEO. In short, Google recommends you go with a responsive design when possible, otherwise you can use device-specific HTML but Google asks you to take certain steps to communicate when you are using device-specific HTML.
Google has been known to offer contradictory advice on mobile SEO thus far and Google wanted to take a watch and listen approach to see how webmasters were implementing their mobile web sites. Now Google has come out with their official recommendations on how to build mobile web sites that work best for users and at the same time work well for Google.
Three Methods of Smartphone Mobile Site Design
Google says there are three basic configurations when going mobile, however they do seem to strongly recommend going with the responsive design approach.
- Sites that use responsive web design, i.e. sites that serve all devices on the same set of URLs, with each URL serving the same HTML to all devices and using just CSS to change how the page is rendered on the device. This is Google’s recommended configuration.
- Sites that dynamically serve all devices on the same set of URLs, but each URL serves different HTML (and CSS) depending on whether the user agent is a desktop or a mobile device.
- Sites that have a separate mobile and desktop sites.
Responsive Design Approach
Google says if possible, they recommend you go with the responsive design approach. This is where you use CSS3 media queries to alter the way the page renders on mobile devices. In this case, there is one URL, one content, one HTML code but CSS media queries to specify which CSS rules apply for the browser displaying the page. Google says the advantages of this method include having one URL making it easier for your users to interact with the page and enable Google’s “algorithms to assign the indexing properties to your content.” It is also more efficient when Google is crawling your content because Google doesn’t have to crawl multiple pages.
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What SEO best practices do you apply to your own business online?
SEO best practices that I apply: :) !
1. Create unique, accurate page titles
2. Make use of the "description" meta tag
3. Improve the structure of your URLs
4. Make your site easier to navigate
5. Offer quality content and services
6. Write better anchor text
7. Use heading tags appropriately
8. Optimize your use of images
9. Make effective use of robots.txt
10. Be aware of rel="nofollow" for links
11. Promote your website in the right ways