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Google’s Move to Mobile-First Rankings Affects 2017 SEO Strategy

Mobile-friendliness is now part of Google’s complex SEO algorithm

It’s a mobile-first world now – whether you actually use your own phone for web searches or not – and your B2B website needs to adjust to today’s reality if you hope for SEO success in 2017.

When the Internet was new, there were only desktop computers, and so all the search engines viewed and ranked websites based on how they looked and operated on a desktop computer.

But now, with most Google searches being performed on mobile devices, Google has decided to begin viewing websites from a mobile perspective, meaning all searches, even those performed on desktop computers, will return results that prioritize sites built in responsive design. 

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The Time for Responsive Web Design is Now

You may delay,
but time will not.”
– Ben Franklin

Technology does not move in reverse. So, if you still haven’t made the transition to responsive web design, now is the time. Even if you are happy with your current website design, responsive design is imperative by today’s standards. You can stick with the same look and feel, but your site will have to be modified to work under a new grid structure.

Here are some reasons you shouldn’t wait any longer to make the transition:

  • Google prefers responsive design. Your SEO results could, and probably will, suffer without it. 
  • Mobile users are still continuing to grow in number. Device flexibility will give your site a much larger audience.
  • Mobile users have grown to expect responsive sites and can lose patience with sites that are not. They could give up and look to your competitors instead.
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Adapting to Responsive Design

Responsive web design is a great solution for creating a site that is adaptable to any device, large or small. However, since there is less real estate to work with on smaller devices, some additional measures have to be taken to in order to make your responsive design uncomplicated and user-friendly while still getting your message across.

Fortunately, there are some decisions that you can make about which website elements are visible and how information is arranged for the smaller devices. And, this can be accomplished without compromising the integrity of the site in large, or in small format.

A beneficial aspect
of responsive web design is that it allows you to decide on the sequence of your site content.

So, if you are ready to make the switch to responsive design, here are some of the things that you should consider as your site transitions from a large screen to a small screen.

Reducing navigation
Navigation bars and buttons are commonly duplicated on websites that are made to fit larger screen resolutions, but, for the responsive website, you will have the option of hiding redundant or unneeded navigational elements to conserve real estate on the smaller screens. You may also consider including collapsible navigation bars as another option for conserving space.

 

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