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    Question Do your sites qualify for Google's new "mobile friendly" icon?

    Hi All,

    Use this link to find out if your site qualifies for Google's new "mobile friendly" icon at: https://www.google.com/webmasters/to...bile-friendly/

    Here are the qualifications your site needs to meet:

    1. Avoid software that is not common on mobile devices, like Flash
    2. Use text that is readable without zooming
    3. Size content to the screen so users don't have to scroll horizontally or zoom
    4. Place links far enough apart so that the correct one can be easily tapped

    A lot of the information I get is from http://www.searchenginenews.com. There is a small monthly fee and they're a fantastic company (PS - I'm not an affiliate for the company).

    In Google Webmaster Tools, you'll also see what pages of your site need to be fixed to become more mobile friendly.

    I mention this because right now, our mobile traffic is around 30% consistently.

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    looks like google is crawling css and js now.
    Disallowing crawling of Javascript or CSS files in your site’s robots.txt directly harms how well our algorithms render and index your content and can result in suboptimal rankings.
    Official 10/27/14:
    http://googlewebmastercentral.blogsp...webmaster.html

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    CCJ, thanks for the post. I liked the question, so I added a poll, and moved it to our forum for polls, and we will make this the question of the week.

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    I check my sites. Most of them mobile friendly.

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    Most of my sites are mobile friendly. have to avoid some flash files on few pages.
    All that fancy sites that are made in flash, etc. have hard times now!
    Simplicity is the mother of beatuty
    However, tablets are getting better and better so traditional web-sites of around 1000px wide are well displayed, even on 7' or 8' tablets.
    Good!!!!

    By the way. Smart TV are getting popular.
    How your sites are displayed at Smart TV?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelCorfman View Post
    CCJ, thanks for the post. I liked the question, so I added a poll, and moved it to our forum for polls, and we will make this the question of the week.

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    Great idea Michael - thanks!
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    CCJ, thanks for the google mobile friendly test link. I've bookmarked it. Around 50% of my sites are mobile friendly.
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    Failed , but it must be read by affiliate programs , that makes script or flash banners , we want mobile friendly!

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    My vote goes to "Yes, but for some only"
    A great heads up from Google though.
    I think this should be my goal before the end of the year, to make my sites mobile friendly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sampendleton View Post
    My vote goes to "Yes, but for some only"
    A great heads up from Google though.
    I think this should be my goal before the end of the year, to make my sites mobile friendly.
    I had the same exact thought yesterday. I plan on making all my sites mobile friendly in the coming year.
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    No - but I learnt about "viewport" today and Googles desire for 16pt fonts after reading those guidelines...
    Another non-standard and meaningless directive but it explains the "dumbing down" of recent mobile friendly site layouts.

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    Second option for us. There's usually no problem with our more recent, WordPress sites since they have been created taking mobile into consideration. But our older sites, which are on Joomla, do not pass the test and since Joomla can be such a pain, making them mobile friendly will sometimes require quite a bit of work.

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    Hi All,

    From reading the SEO newsletters we receive (from the company I mentioned at the beginning of this post):

    Google has just started testing new icons in their mobile search results, which are meant to tell your potential site visitors if your site is mobile friendly.
    If your site is not mobile friendly, there will be a tiny image of mobile phone with a slash through it.

    I wanted to post an image however I'm not sure how to! I've tried several times however a blank page appears in the upload area.
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    My used wordpress themes seem to be mobile friendly.

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    While many sites are now mobile friendly many forget the tables, even big sites like ESPN still serve up tables in Desktop format Don forget to collapse the containers or add scrolling, I find 10px Arial works best font wise, banners I can still use regualr size which ahrink down according to the device resolution

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    Quote Originally Posted by wonderpunter View Post
    I find 10px Arial works best font wise
    IF you are not using 16pt fonts then google will not consider your site mobile friendly - your fonts will be considered "small".

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGooner View Post
    IF you are not using 16pt fonts then google will not consider your site mobile friendly - your fonts will be considered "small".
    Do you have a Link? Cant find anything on Google about font size, I use 10px and they look exactly the same as what Google uses, besides most fonts are usually optimized by the browser, seems like a strange requirement in the age of hd what size fonts are you using on your sites?

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    Yep. Go to the original link - and test your page
    https://www.google.com/webmasters/to...bile-friendly/

    When it fails - the resulting page provides the reasons and explanations of what the Google mobile standard is ... I agree 16pt font is crazy - but then much of what google expects is mad. We MIGHT have 16pt on a headline - but not on general text.

    As for me - I'm not changing my sizes and layouts to support this half-arsed standard. Our existing page layouts work fine for desktop / laptop / tablet and generate 1000s of customers a month.

    I may put in a viewport command to tell mobile devices to go full width - but that seems to be their default position anyway - but it appears that google will give use "brownie points" for explicitly telling them that.


    Here is a link to a good blog post about it ...
    http://www.portent.com/blog/seo/dont...endly-test.htm
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