Welcome to the world of content optimization. Here we would be talking about one of the basics of optimizing your website content available for the users of mobile devices and presenting an experience customized to their device.
But before that, a recap for all those who answer “no” to any or all of these questions…
Is your site optimized for mobile devices of all sizes?
Are you fully aware of the importance of mobile optimization?
Do you know what mobile optimization refers to?
Mobile optimization is the method of modifying the content of your website in such a way that users can access the website from mobile devices with experience tailored to their individual devices. If content is well designed, it appears to float seamlessly between desktop and mobile devices. This results in excellent user experience
How is mobile optimization different?
Mobile devices have small screens and users are often on-the-go. The mode of communication can be anywhere – on a bus, coffee shop or anywhere else. Optimized content is exclusively created for mobile users and easily adjusts to fit on smaller screens. The fonts are also adjusted according to the screen size not affecting the readability. Same goes with emails which tend to load faster post scanning on mobile devices.
Things to keep in mind for mobile optimization
a) Create a seamless user experience on mobile
This is the most important thing to consider and great user experience on smaller screens is a great deal as far as mobile optimization is concerned. This begins with a responsive website design – letting your site getting adapted to the user’s device irrespective of the screen size and operating system, automatically. Not only these, but elements like the menu design and call to action (CTA) also contribute well to the overall user experience.
b) Mobile content shouldn’t be hidden.
The risk of hidden contents from mobile users can prove in penalties, as far as Google’ rules of optimization are concerned. It is strictly advised not to hide contents as the practice has been a forbidden practice on websites mainly due to its past abuses. And Google updates the algorithm to penalize sites that are abusing it as the search engine wants you to show the same content from your desktop on your mobile site.
What’s that? Well, it is exactly what it sounds like – meaning that the mobile version of your website becomes the starting point for what Google includes in their index and the baseline of how the rankings are determined. Googlebot should be allowed to crawl and index all content formats – texts, images and videos, on mobile devices. In other words, you should be using image alt tags and meta tags to their full potential.
The process is called mobile-first because it is not a mobile-only index. Additionally, the term refers to the fact that the mobile version will be considered the primary version of your website.
d) Voice-search optimization
Have you ever tried to look for something online when you are multitasking and couldn’t type the text? Isn’t it challenging? It is exactly when a voice search optimization comes into under the spotlight. Among the most innovative technology in recent times search optimization is voice search. Studies say that more than 71% of respondents would rather use their
voice assistants to search for something than physically typing their queries
directly on their screen. And the percentage is going to be higher in the
People perform voice search from their mobile devices, and since the practice is on the uphill, optimizing your mobile-friendly site for voice search is extremely crucial. This simply alludes to rethinking your keyword strategy to increase focus on long-form keywords and questions.
e) Loading speed should be fast
One of the major ranking factors for mobile sites is their page speed. The speed has already been a major factor for desktop sites, and mobile devices play the same role now. The faster the page loads, the better the user experience is resulted. Best sites are those that get downloaded under 3 seconds.
f) All internal links and redirects are working fine.
Make sure that the website is crawlable and creates a user-friendly experience. It is one of the major aspects of mobile SEO ensuring that your links and redirects are all top notches.
g) Interstitials must not b present
What are interstitials? Well, these are features like pop-ups and other interruptive advertising which seem to be annoying for mobile users. These tend to disrupt the user experience resulting in visitors to exit without converting into leads. As a matter of fact, Google has declared in its official announcement that any content would be less accessible to the user if it contains popups covering the main content, displays a standalone interstitial that needs to be dismissed every time before accessing the content or uses a layout where the original content gets inlined underneath the fold of the page.
Tools to make a mobile SEO friendly website: