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Is Your Blog Mobile Friendly?

is your blog mobile friendly

Is your blog mobile friendly? Does it matter if it’s not? According to this post on the Official Google Webmaster blog, it definitely matters – especially from April 21st.  Google says:

Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results.

What does that mean?

It means that if your blog is not mobile friendly, it won’t show when someone does a Google search on their mobile. So all of your clever SEO for getting your posts to the top of the search engine rankings will effectively go out of the window!

You can use this free Google Webmaster Tool to check whether your blog or website is mobile friendly.

If it is, phew! No need to worry.

If it’s not? Panic stations!

No, I’m kidding. You just need to fiddle about with the design a bit. If you’re on Blogger, select “Template” on the left-hand menu and you should be able to see an example of what your blog looks like on a mobile. If you click the Settings cog underneath, you can change the mobile template. You can set it to show either the desktop template or mobile template on a mobile. If you switch to Mobile, you shouldn’t have a problem.

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With WordPress sites, it’s a little more tricky. You should ideally be using a responsive theme to ensure it will work on a mobile – but even then, it might not be perfect. I’m not going to pretend to be a WordPress guru – the basic design of my blog would soon show me up as the great pretender! Instead, I will share this link to a fabulous tutorial that should help.

 

The important thing is to check whether your site is mobile friendly using the Google tool – so that you know for sure you won’t suddenly be dropping off the end of their mobile search engine come the end of April.

Vicky is a single mother, a blogger, a podcaster and a social media trainer. You can find her blogging, business and social media tips at VickyCharles.com.

11 Comments
  • Kimmie

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    Oh, you're wonderful.. I've wondered if mine is mobile friendly..and now, thanks to you..and an incredibly simple test..I know it is :) Thanks Vicky! x Kimmie recently posted...Feigning Control ........ #MicroPoetryMy Profile

  • carla

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    Luckily mine is! I've never really seen mine on the phone before despite doing most of my blogging via my phone but that's normally just through wordpress. Although my page is looking a tad pink at the minute haha x carla recently posted...Mr Nutcase Phone Case ReviewMy Profile

  • Candace

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    Happy to save all my blogs & my website are mobile friendly. Thanks for the link to check as I hadn't seen this anywhere before Candace recently posted...Wordless Wednesday (18 March 2015)My Profile

  • Kim Carberry

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    Mine is! Phew! Thanks for the info x Kim Carberry recently posted...Silent Sunday...My Profile

  • Mari

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    Thanks for this great information ! Mari recently posted...Time to get rid of that PacifierMy Profile

  • You Baby Me Mummy

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    Such a useful post and website huni. Thanks for sharing x You Baby Me Mummy recently posted...Develop a Killer Social Media StrategyMy Profile

  • Ally Messed Up Mum

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    Phew, mine is! Thanks for this post, I hadn't realised x Ally Messed Up Mum recently posted...The latest blipMy Profile

  • Sharon Powell

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    Great tips! I didn't realise my site wasn't mobile friendly, it is now though :) x Sharon Powell recently posted...Win Tickets to the Baby and Toddler Show- Sandown ParkMy Profile

  • Julia Whitmore

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    Cool. Mine passed. Thanks for the link. Visiting from Sunday Blog Share & will retweet. Happy Sunday. Julia Whitmore recently posted...AfloatMy Profile

  • Dunia Kanwal

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    You're Superb! I read google update recently but thank God my free wp themes are responsive which will rescue me from Big G :D Dunia Kanwal recently posted...Gabbar Is Back Box Office Collection – Akshay Starrer Highest Opener of 2015My Profile

    1. Vicky Charles

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      Ah, that's a relief.

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