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Google Officially Debuts "Mobile-Friendly" Labels

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by M4XW3LL, Nov 19, 2014.

  1. M4XW3LL

    M4XW3LL Senior Member

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    After testing a number of "mobile-friendly" and "not mobile-friendly" icons in the past few months, Google has finally decided to officially release "mobile-friendly" labels within its search results that notify users if a website is well-designed for mobile devices.
    [​IMG]These labels are the first step in helping mobile users have a better mobile Web experience, says Google. In order to be eligible for the "mobile-friendly" label, a page must meet the following criteria as detected by Googlebot:

    • Avoids software that is not common on mobile devices, like Flash
    • Uses text that is readable without zooming
    • Sizes content to the screen so users don't have to scroll horizontally or zoom
    • Places links far enough apart so that the correct one can be easily tapped
    Google notes that it will gradually use these mobile-friendly criteria to decide a website's ranking in Google's search results.
    To make sure your pages meet the above criteria, you can run the mobile-friendly test, read the Google Webmasters mobile guide, get your mobile usability report in Google Webmaster Tools, or check Google's how-to guide for third-party software like WordPress to get a mobile-friendly template.
    The "mobile-friendly" feature will be rolling out globally in the following few weeks.
     
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  2. Aty

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    M4XW3LL Senior Member

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    I agree. But still, I think this will make people create more mobile friendly sites. All folks will go mad optimizing their sites for mobile after this sentence: "Google notes that it will gradually use these mobile-friendly criteria to decide a website's ranking in Google's search results."
     
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    I believe people are already aware of the fact that they need to make their websites mobile-friendly, and don't get me wrong, I am by far not against spreading the word a bit more about the importance of the mobile-friendly thing, however visitors might find this label annoying or not interesting at some point. I for example already tend to do so. Anyway, perhaps it is just me...
     
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    derekx140 Junior Member

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    doesnt really sound like a major concern
     
  6. thezeebase

    thezeebase Junior Member

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    I agree with you, but as per my knowledge everyone is aware of this :) anyway nice share