Today’s post is just a reminder for other bloggers out there – you need a mobile friendly website!
Why you NEED a Mobile Friendly Blog or Website
Google is about to change their algorithm starting tomorrow to rank mobile friendly websites higher than those that aren’t mobile friendly. If your blog doesn’t have the tag “Mobile-friendly” in the search results then you are going to lose out on visitors searching on phones and tablets.
Mobile friendly sites aren’t just great for the search engines, but they offer a better experience for your visitors. The links are easily clickable and text and images resize to fit the screen for users – all things that make browsing your site more user-friendly.
Most sites have large amounts of traffic coming in from mobile devices. Here on Figuring Money Out I usually have 30-40% of traffic visiting from mobile devices. That is a significant part of my traffic overall.
Google has planned this change for a while and says it won’t be a subtle switch. We should see results and changes immediately, so get yourself a mobile friendly website!
Mobile Friendly WordPress Themes
If you don’t already have a mobile-friendly blog then you should immediately rectify the situation. I personally used the Genesis Framework from Studio Press for my blog. It offers a mobile responsive framework that lots of designers and developers use. That means it easy to find themes you like or find someone that can make you something custom for you.
I’ve recently been somewhat obsessed with pretty designs by Restored 316 Designs. They create pretty, feminine and mobile-responsive designs that you can use to make your site look great. I haven’t decided yet which theme I’ll be using because I love them all. There are also tons of other designers out there that create mobile-friendly designs in case you don’t have that skill set. No matter what, make sure you are picking a mobile-responsive theme.
Google has provided users with a guide to creating mobile friendly websites in case you need more help. They also have a test to see whether or not pages pass its mobile-friendly bar so you can get the designation next to your site in the search results.