Googleannounced that on April 21, 2015, the company will enact a new algorithm update that will emphasize mobile-friendly websites. They have declared that on this date, “mobile-friendliness” will be a more powerful ranking signal than ever before. This means that mobile-friendly sites will move the top rankings, pushing non-mobile sites further down in mobile search results.
If you’re not sure if this will affect you, you can check your site’s status by using the Mobile-Friendly Test tool. Is your dental practice website is already mobile-friendly? That’s wonderful! You’re all set and should have nothing to worry about come April 21.
But if it’s not mobile-friendly, you need to contact your webmaster/website company and ask about upgrading your website to a responsive web design. If they cannot do this, it is in your practice’s best interest to find a company that can help.
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What is a responsive design?
Responsive websites are becoming the norm as more people browse the Internet on their smartphones, tablets, and computers. Responsive means that the website automatically adjusts to the device that the website is being viewed on, and this leads to an ideal user experience. You want to make sure visitors can easily navigate your website and read your content on any device. Older sites that are not mobile-friendly can lead to frustrating experiences by those using smartphones or tablets because the text will be too small or the site too hard to navigate.
Now, with the approaching deadline for Google’s mobile-friendlines, a responsive website is the best idea.
The good news
Before you panic, it’s important to note that if your site does experience a drop in rankings on April 21, you can make your way back up the search results page once you’ve made your site mobile-friendly. Your site will not be penalized in any way. But remember that the longer you wait to update, the longer your site will be hard to find in mobile searches.