It’s of the utmost importance that Google sees your site as being ‘Mobile Friendly’ before April 21st. Here is what Google has to say.
Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results. Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results that are optimized for their devices.
Knowing how important it is was the main reason for finally converting my Load Of Bullshit blog to FlexSqueeze2, as I wrote about in this post. I’ve produced a video that shows exactly how FlexSqueeze2 makes my blogs so mobile friendly. But before I do that I thought I would compare my BS blog with three other blogs. You can test your site using Google’s Mobile Friendly Test.
How Mobile Friendly Is Problogger
According to Google Darren Rowse’s blog is mobile friendly. The image on the left is how Google sees it using their test site. the one on the right is how I saw it using my iPhone, They say you’ve only got a limited amount of time to catch your readers attention. That’s why your heading and the first paragraph is so important. Darren’s blog theme (Genesis) only shows the post heading. Being who he is people will probably click on the heading to read further but I’m not sure that is the same for the rest of us.
Also I found the pop-up, which you can see at the bottom of the image, most annoying.
Mobile Friendly Adrienne Smith
Adrienne’s blog shows up well in both images. Once again though all we see is the posts headings. Adrienne who uses Thesis has a plugin that makes her blog mobile friendly. It was Adrienne’s post on 3 ways to learn what WordPress Theme is being used that divulged the info on what theme was being used.
Mobile Friendly John Chow
While in the process of researching this post I got the inspiration for one of my Load Of Bullshit post. The post is called MOBE, Scam or Not. MOBE is something that Chow is promoting but as far as my research on it goes it has the stink of scam all over it.
As for Chows blog it is mobile friendly but all you see is a whole lot of adverts. You need to scroll down before you get any content. Don’t know how many people will scroll down to see what he has to offer.
Mobile Friendly Load Of BS
Finally we have my Load of Bullshit blog. As you can see using FlexSqueeze2 the mobile friendly version is actually a scaled down version of the actual blog. The theme strips the sidebars and puts them below the post. The headers look different because they were taken on different days, as you can probably tell by the blog posts.
That video will show you how easy it is to make my blogs not only mobile friendly, but to look just like the original. All I had to do was to make a header with the Logo Creator, upload it to my site and fill in the required field. For those of you who are interested I went for a header that was 460 pixels wide.
You may have noticed that I didn’t link to Darren Rowse or John Chow. The reason for that is because I don’t link to A Listers.
If you have any questions just leave a comment. I’ll try my best to answer it for you. How friendly is your blog?
I’ve written about internal links before but I’ve never really explained what internal links are. This was stupid of me because there could be a lot of newbies out there who have no idea what I’m taking about. Simply put an internal link connects one page of your blog or website to a different page on the same site. The image below shows internal linking in its most simplified form.
Why you should do this will become evident as you read this post.
5 Reasons For Internal Linking
Makes Google happy: Internal linking makes Google happy. Google likes internal linking when it’s done properly. This means you don’t just link to other pages within your blog/website for the sake of it. All internal links must add to the readers experience by enhancing the informative value of the post. Sending them to a completely unrelated article will only upset them losing you a possible follower.
SEO or Search Engine Optimisation. This would be one of the most important reasons because getting your SEO right increases your traffic which in turn increased your potential for making money.
Decreases your bounce rate. The bounce rate of a site is the percentage of people who leave your site after viewing only one page. Supplying relevant internal links will encourage your readers to explore more of your site decreasing your bounce rate.
Increasing the time on your site. The longer a person spends on your site the better.The message sent to Google by people ‘bouncing’ straight away is that it hold little or no interesting relevant information. I’m sure this is used in Google’s algorithms which will hurt a sites SEO.
It enhances a users experience while visiting a site. The more relevant information you can supply a reader the better. Linking to relevant information within your site will fulfil this important requirement.
So, internal linking is more than just SEO. It also gives the readers the best experience while visiting your site. And isn’t that the most important factor?
A while back I wrote a post about a new plugin I’m trialling on my Online Sports Betting site. That post was called How To Get Google To Send You More Traffic. That plugin is the One Click Video Ranker plugin. The reason I bought the plugin was because it was supposed to generate all this extra traffic. Apparently I didn’t even have to write any extra posts either. I just had to have videos existing within my posts and the One Click Video Ranker would do the rest.
Make 10 times your investment back within 60 days, or get a full refund. No questions asked.
Why am I making this offer? Because I know you will LOVE it, and come back for more. You can be downloading the plugin and bonuses in less than 30 seconds from now.
I wrote that post on July 9th so it’s only been about 6 weeks. So far there hasn’t been much of a traffic increase. The One Click Video Ranker has brought a few visits but it certainly hasn’t created any revenue. I didn’t think it would though. Bring any revenue I mean. I always thought that was a silly promise to make because even if it increased the traffic tenfold there’s absolutely no way that would increase your revenue by that amount.
I’m not at all fussed about the revenue side of it though. Like I said I never believed that the statement would prove to be true. I believe I mentioned in that post that even if I didn’t “Make 10 times your investment back within 60 days” I wasn’t going to ask for my money back because I liked what the One Click Video Ranker provided for me. A greater SEO ability to improve my sites ranking. I also discovered something else about the One Click Video Ranker.
We all know how Google dislikes broken links. I think its safe to say that your visitors detest broken links even more because they don’t like being directed to sites that no longer exist. I believe the same to be true when it comes to videos. How many videos do you have on your blog that no longer exist or work? How would you know without physically checking every post that had a video in it?
One Click Video Ranker Finds Broken Video
Yep, and I don’t even think that the developer knows the One Click Video Ranker has that added feature. If he does I don’t think he’s promoting it. I only discovered it today when I was checking the Sports Betting Video Sitemap.
The above screen capture shows there seems to be a problem with two of my videos. After checking the first video got this error message.
The second video simply said This video does not exist! Because of the 1-click Video ranker plugin I was able to easily find those nasty ‘broken video’ so I could resolve what could have been an annoying problem for my readers.
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