When Google announced a major algorithm change related to mobile-friendliness that would take effect on April 21, it certainly piqued everyone’s interest. Google is not always publically forthcoming with algorithm changes or the specific nuances that will affect website ranking. Not only was this change publically known, Google also provided several tools to check a site’s mobile vitality. So what’s happened to site ranking since the change was implemented more than a month ago?
On April 21, Google will begin rolling out a big algorithm change that will decrease your site’s ranking if it’s not compatible with mobile devices. Is your site’s mobile experience ready, or will your search rankings decrease?
The reason behind this change makes sense: Google wants to provide the best possible experience when people search. Research shows that people are more likely to buy from a mobile-friendly site and less likely to immediately leave the site. Past algorithm changes have focused on ensuring the content on the search engine results page is the best available – this algorithm change focuses on making sure the site can be used easily via mobile devices.
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