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Is non responsive theme bad for SEO?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Vanrithy, May 9, 2014.

  1. Vanrithy

    Vanrithy Power Member

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    I just wonder that is non-responsive site is bad for SEO?
     
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    I saw this site with like barely any backlinks like single digits, and it had all these colours and graphics mixed in like a magazine page, and it beat everyone else.

    I think google's algo catalogue's the latest templates for websites and probably considers that as positive serp movement if you use the latest one.
     
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    May be yes, but am not speaking in terms of seo, just read and get an idea. The search volume of mobile devices are rapidly increasing when compared to desktop search volume and the mobile search volume will over take the desktop search volume by the end of 2014, it was said by google chairman. People started to use smart phones and tablets all the time so having a responsive site will give your users an awesome user experience. If you don't have a responsive site, people don't love to visit your site again because of poor user experience. So having a responsive site can make it easy to access your site from almost all smart phone and tablet devices.
     
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    nothing like that also, responsive themes are just tablet/phone friendly and have no relation to SEO part or rankings. there are a lot of big sites that are still not optimized for tablets.
     
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    That's right about SEO & UX. I just only wonder if responsive & non-responsive themes having the affection to SEO or not.

    As, there are many myths out there about this concern but with no actual evidence about it.

    Therefore, if any of you have any experiment with this kind of myth, Non-Responsive theme affect SEO.

    Thank you all for opinion!
     
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    No, you can rank a site just fine without it being optimized for smaller screens. But having a responsive website sure does help convert that mobile traffic.
     
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    I see no difference. I have switched a few sites from non responsive to responsive, and did not gain any SEO benefits.

    If being responsive helped rank, I would have seen an increase.
     
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    What are you guys talking about, I'm nearly 100% sure that Google does, in fact, take website load times into account when it ranks. It only helps your on-site score, of course, but why have a slow site if you don't have to? I would suggest following all optimizations that they suggest as well. On site is the one thing you can really control without fear of being hammered. So do everything IMO.
     
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    So much lulz on this thread.

    Responsive design doesn't mean anything to Google when ranking your site. You could even argue that the added bloat of all extra css and media calls / work arounds (Responsive design is a complete coding clusterf^%k IMHO!!!) does more harm than good. (Not tested this theory just IMHO)

    Some of my easiest ranks have been solid, well formed static html sites. No Disneyland, SASS or that stupid Laravel Artisan nonsense just plain old html / css.

    Keep it simple, use analytics and only give em responsive if you get alot of mobile hits, otherwise keep it basic! In some industries like one I work in mobile traffic doesn't even convert so test the bottom line too, no point in giving people a nice user experience if they aren't even going to buy from you!

    No one ever made extra cash in IM by giving themselves more complicated work to do! Keep it simple, get it working and on to the next thing! Don't fall into the "web designer trap" of making everything pretty. Pretty doesn't pay the bills!
     
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    Its not bad for SEO but would be nice to have for mobile visitors
     
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    It is not bad for SEO, you can do SEO with no design at all, just plain text, however you will lose mobile audience with a non-responsive theme, and I'm sure you don't want that.
     
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    Responsive is not a Big factor but it's good to make your website user friendly
     
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    You should definitely take advantage of responsive template.
    More and more people are using smartphones and tablets
     
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    I think no, Theme Responsivity is not related to SEO. Its just make comfortable(user friendly) your site for all type of device.
     
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    I think there is no difference, Just the content should be unique and SEO-Friendly.

    Thanks
     
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    Not really but it might create a bit of issues for the visitors using mobile devices to access your website and purchase your product/service and hence its always better to get a responsive design to get target the maximum number of sales and keep the purchasing process simple.
     
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    I am a fan of plain old static pages. But I think responsiveness is something which has a close relation with your audience.
     
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    Yes, and no.

    Directly a responsive layout has no impact on SEO.

    However indirectly it does because it allows mobile and tablet users to interact more easily with the website and thus visit more pages throughout their duration of stay meaning they are more likely to find a piece of content they want to share, and obviously you know how content sharing goes with SEO :)

    Although currently I myself don't fully cater for all devices across my sites, it is highly recommended nowadays to try and optimize your websites for mobile & tablet users as well as desktop which I think to be honest comes without saying.
     
  19. I Make Dollars

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    I think your layout does effect SEO.

    We all know about googles quality algorithm, penguin.

    One of its "200 ranking factors" has to be responsive design.

    If you're willing to invest in a responsive design, you're a serious website owner.

    You're not there to F around and "play" - you're thinking about making your visitors experience better.
     
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    Guys, stop this bs.. Responsive design or web design at all has nothing to do with SEO.
    Responsive design and design itself has a lot to do with how people use your website.

    It's always good to have responsive design if you are targeting mobile or tablet users, but it has nothing to do with SEO.