When Google announced the major shakeup of its algorithm, the company began rewarding higher rankings to sites that use responsive design, effectively punishing sites that are not responsive. Responsive design is a method of building a website so that it will be fully functioning regardless if the user is on a computer, smartphone, or tablet. Google had long been recommending the use of responsive design, and with the latest update to their algorithm, they now have all but mandated it.
Why should this matter to dentists?
• 86% of mothers (the main health-care decision-makers in the household) rely on search engines, including Google, to find information online
• 97% of dental patients prefer to click rather than call the practice, so they need to be able to search for and access your website
• 61% of users who visit a website that isn’t mobile-friendly will leave to visit a competitor’s website
So what’s a dentist to do? First, check out this helpful tool from Google: google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/.
By simply entering your website’s URL, you can instantly determine whether or not Google views your site as responsive. What’s great about this is that if your site is not in compliance, Google provides a list of updates to make in order to get your site back in its good graces.
If your dental website is not responsive, contact your web designer to make the necessary updates. Just as you encourage your patients to keep a regular maintenance schedule, your website needs regular attention to keep working effectively.
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