View Poll Results: Have you received a Google Webmaster Tools mobile usability issues notice?

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    Question Have you received a Google Webmaster Tools mobile usability issues notice?

    I received five notices from Google Webmaster Tools on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 regarding website mobile usability issues, and a few additional notices since that time.

    Here is an example of one of the messages I received:

    From: Google Webmaster Tools Team <wmx-noreply@google.com>
    Subject: Fix mobile usability issues found on http://connecticut.casinocity.com/

    Fix mobile usability issues found on http://connecticut.casinocity.com/

    To: webmaster of http://connecticut.casinocity.com/

    Google systems have tested 12 pages from your site and found that 100% of them have critical mobile usability errors. The errors on these 12 pages severely affect how mobile users are able to experience your website. These pages will not be seen as mobile-friendly by Google Search, and will therefore be displayed and ranked appropriately for smartphone users.

    Fix this now:

    1. Find problematic pages
    View a report of the non-mobile-friendly pages found on your site, and the issues discovered.

    2. Learn about mobile-friendly design
    There are a variety of techniques you can use to make your site mobile-friendly. Specifically, look for information about the issues brought up in Webmaster Tools.

    3. Fix mobile usability issues on your site
    Fix the issues preventing your site from being mobile-friendly.

    Not sure how to proceed?

    • If your site is built with software like Wordpress or Joomla (also known as "Content Management System” or CMS), read the easy steps to make a CMS mobile-friendly.

    • Read more about building mobile-friendly websites on our Developer site.

    • Ask more questions in our Webmaster Central Forum —mention message type [WNC-451500]
    Search Engine Land reports that huge number of such email messages are going out to webmasters. You can see their story here:

    Google Sending Mobile Usability Warnings To Huge Number Of Webmasters

    In addition to answering this week's poll about whether you have received such a message, be sure to post your thoughts.

    I know in my own case, I viewed making some of our sites mobile responsive was a priority even before receiving this message. But now I will view it as even more urgent, and will separately consider implementing changes that matter in Google's evaluation of whether a site is mobile friendly somewhat independently of how much I perceive they will matter to site visitors.

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    The worst thing about the Google mobile guidelines is the huge text size they want - 16px.

    It makes everything look like a "My First Book" for children.
    ESPN current football site is a prime example. http://www.espnfc.us/

    I note that the main ESPN site does not follow the rules.
    Last edited by TheGooner; 21 January 2015 at 4:42 pm. Reason: oops px not pt

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    yes I also received information about mobile issues but like said before itīs hard to reach their requirements.
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    I've started to notice that google are adding the words 'mobile-friendly' to the start of the description against some sites on the SERPs when you search from a mobile device. If that starts to impact CTRs then non mobile-friendly sites may start to drift down the rankings I guess.

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    I think it is importent these times to make your sites mobile friendly and I am sure that non mobile friendly sites will drop in the rankings. Maybe not immediately but on long term. Currently there are still many sites that are not mobile friendly with good rankings but when most of the sites are mobile friendly then the others will drop.
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    I haven't receive any notices in my Google Webmaster Tools. But not all the websites in my WMT are mobile friendly. But as long as they don't send me anything the bot doesn't see a problem in it, I hope.

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    Voted no and I should not, always making sure to stay inline with Google guidelines

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    Voted: "No, and I should not because all my webmaster tools registered sites meet Google's mobile friendly guidelines."
    Howver, it is not perfect mobile friendly but passes Google verification. I should improve this mobile versions deeper, in the future.

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    The warning go to blogger sites as well, so strange !

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    To be Mobile Friendly i have to change my site design, can i ignore that ?

    And how fast will new mobile device to add functions and features to facilitate browsing non-mobile friendly webpages? If it is fast, then this issue is just a short term basis.

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    These warnings still seem pretty indiscriminate to me, I've received a couple of messages so far but there are sites that definitely aren't mobile friendly in my list that haven't been notified yet. As always with google though, if they say jump it's a case of how high so time to bite the bullet I expect.

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    I received such a notification for one of my sites that was specifically intended to have a responsive design, i.e. be mobile-friendly. The issue was that my page width was extending beyond the screen width on some mobile devices. This results in the need for horizontal scrolling, which is a big usability no-no.

    Personally, I appreciated the notification. It caused me to look deeper into the root cause for the issue, find a solution, and implement the fix.

    P.S. I wish Google would send an analogous notification like "Your site is not ranking in the SERPs, and here's what you can do to fix it."

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    Gt one today for the one site I have that isn't mobile friendly. Maybe I'll sort it but it's gona involve a fair bit of work.

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    I got that message before, but after doing some tweeking it vanished. I think my webmaster changed the htags around a bit but I don't have the exact technical details as to what he did.

    However, I think that getting a mobile version of your site will be the correct fix.

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    I slowing starting receiving these for just about all my sites which were not mobile friendly. It seems they started with higher ranking sites then are moving down the line. I received my first warning over a month ago and just received another this week for a support site that I own.
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    I expect that G will send out more issue notices. I would be interested in how long G will wait until rankings will be effected. I think that I could see some changes yet but I am not 100% sure if this is related to a mobile issue.
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    Here is a tool that can be used to help track down mobile issues:
    https://developer.chrome.com/devtools/docs/device-mode

    I'm available for hire to review your sites. My "real" job is a User Experience Architect, and part of my job is to identify and suggest fixes for usability issues on mobile devices.
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/robertmedl

    PM if interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robertmedl View Post
    Here is a tool that can be used to help track down mobile issues:
    https://developer.chrome.com/devtools/docs/device-mode
    Good tool. But the guy rabbiting on about it on that page misses a basic step - how to get it.

    TO get it going on Chrome ...

    - GO to the Google menu on the right hand side of your chrome bar (the three horizontal lines)
    - Choose more tools - developer tools.

    For me this tool then popped into place - you can then pull down all sorts of phones and tablets.

    To get out of it ... repeat the menu - More Tools - Developer Tools choice
    and it should pop back into desktop view.


    Thanks Robert!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wettFORM.AT View Post
    I expect that G will send out more issue notices. I would be interested in how long G will wait until rankings will be effected. I think that I could see some changes yet but I am not 100% sure if this is related to a mobile issue.
    Read this yesterday, suggests that April 21st is the date that Google will start applying a mobile-friendly element to the algorithm: http://searchenginewatch.com/sew/opi...earch-what-now

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    Quote Originally Posted by golfbettingsystem View Post
    Read this yesterday, suggests that April 21st is the date that Google will start applying a mobile-friendly element to the algorithm: http://searchenginewatch.com/sew/opi...earch-what-now
    Indeed. This change is a must because from what we see on our stats the mobile users are almost reaching 55%!

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