Search engine optimization is an essential consideration in the set-up of any website, and mobile sites are no different. If you’re not preparing your mobile site for search, it means not only will your site struggle in the search rankings but your users won’t be getting the best possible mobile web experience from you. Make sure your mobile site is easy to find, and navigate, by following these simple steps to effective mobile SEO:
- Analyze your Current Mobile Audience
The first step in the SEO process is to take a look at how current mobile web users are using your site and how they are finding you via Google. Make a note of current volume and trend of mobile traffic. Does your website really have enough visitors on mobile to justify the development of a mobile version? What are the keywords currently being used on mobile devices to reach your site, and which sites are attracting the most mobile traffic? Google Analytics data will provide all the answers to these questions.
- Analyze the Behavior of your Existing Mobile Presence
Aside from understanding your audience, you need to understand how your existing mobile presence is functioning. Use a mobile device to actually search and examine Google’s results, how do your rankings compare to those listed on a desktop web browser? Again Google’s analytic tools will be extremely useful. Head to Google Webmaster Tools where you can take a closer look at Search Queries made on mobile. If you don’t have a smartphone to hand, use Mobile Emulators to get an idea of what your site and web search results will look like to a mobile user.
- Plan your Mobile Requirements
The main objective of a mobile website is to simplify a web users experience to make your web content more digestible on a mobile device. To ensure that you do this effectively, make a list of your mobile web requirements. Which content is it essential you display on your mobile site and what content can be reserved for purely desktop browsing? Don’t forget that some content will not work correctly on a mobile website; flash based animations and applications, for example, will not work on an Apple device.
- Optimize your Mobile Content
With a solid content plan in place, now it’s time to start considering the SEO placement of keywords within your content. Prioritize keywords which have highest relevancy to your business and have provided the highest search volume in the past. As with web based SEO, enhance your content popularity by building links from relevant and authorities sources these might include local news sites, social networks and blogs.
- Make it Responsive
Google co-operates best with responsive web design; desktop websites which adapt to correctly fit mobile interfaces via CSS media queries. SEO recommendations to follow when completing a responsive web design are: usea framework or CMS, beware of elements which will not display correctly on mobile devices and allow search engines to crawl page assets like JS, CSS and images.
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