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Is Your Site Mobile Friendly?

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

mobile friendly 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

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

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

mobile friendly load of bullshit

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.

How FlexSqueeze2 Makes Mobile Friendly Sites Easy

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?

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  1. Twitter:
    This is very important and mandatory to use Responsive themes for your website. Every individual have smart phones with internet connection. Having mobile friendly website is very important. I liked video at the end and tips that you have given.
    I would like to use it for my website.

    Thanks for sharing this useful post.
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  2. Twitter:
    Hey Peter,

    Well thanks for using my blog as an example. I kind of like just the posts showing myself because for the most part that’s what I would be accessing if I were to read it online but I know some people don’t like the mobile views because they do want them to have access to their opt-ins, etc. Now if I had one below my post then they would but since I don’t then of course they wouldn’t be able to opt-in.

    As per the example of John’s site, I wouldn’t continue scrolling myself. I prefer easy but different strokes for different folks right! All I care about right now is that Google sees mine as passing because there is no way I’ll get a new theme in place before this update.

    Also just wanted to mention that one of my best friends is in MOBE and she’s one of their trainers. I know it’s legit, she loves it and is helping so many people. I personally know nothing about it but just wanted to add that.

    Thanks for the info and I hope everyone is gearing up for this update.


    1. Twitter:
      Always a pleasure linking to you when I can Adrienne.

      As to MOBE, its my opinion that just because someone is doing well at an online program doesn’t necessarily legitimise it. There are a few things about it that rang alarm bells for me.

      1. Money back guarantee but with conditions, one of which is you had to complete 21 steps in a given amount of time. Does not telly you though that on the 5th step you had to pay $1997 to continue. Don’t know too many people who will do that so those who don’t forfeit the money. those who do provide a good income for those promoting it. They in turn can promote it to others. I have never loved that sort of scheme.

      2.Some say once you pay the $49 you can promote the scheme but do not have access to the big ticket items as you have to pay the big bucks to get that. I suppose some will try to recoup their money that way because they never completed the 21 steps.

      3. In a way your actually paying to become an affiliate. I would never do that.

      4. I saw a post in my research that listed some of the products you get to promote and some of them looked like schemes I would have nothing to do with.

      Also the fact that you can make money at promoting something doesn’t legitimise it either,

      But all that is off the importance of this post which is making sure that bloggers are aware of the deadline for becoming mobile aware.
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  3. Twitter:
    I’ve made all my blogs user friendly but have no idea how to make my sites the same. I’m going to have to research it though, to see if there’s code I can add that will get it done. It would be great if one could add it to CSS so we don’t have to put it on every single page.

    However, on my phone two of the blogs don’t show it as mobile friendly, but I went to a site and confirmed that it is. I can’t even think about adding some kind of header, which I might have to pay for anyway, until I can see them differently.
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  4. Twitter:
    I am a D-Minus lister. Will you link to me?
    Say, how do my two main sites look to you as far as mobile goes? troyswezey dot com and 1ksmiles dot com
    Eager to hear your critique.

    1. Twitter:
      Hey Troy, I checked both your blogs and they look great on my mobile. Did you have mobile ready headers made up for them?

      1. Twitter:
        Thank you. I simply chose responsive theme templates from WordPress. Changed the theme and off I went.
        Seems I did not type enough words in the comment above so here are some filler words. LOL

  5. Hello Peter,

    Thanks for the heads up about the Google mobile friendliness factor.
    Since this is obviously a major Google SEO issue now, can you please clear up my confusion about this Google announcement.

    In the announcement they say:
    “This change will affect mobile searches in all languages etc…”

    So this change will only affect mobile searches ?? for better rankings when Googling on mobile devices and not the entire ranking algorithm for desktop rankings?
    Somehow I can’t imagine a new website out-ranking a major publishing platform for example CNN, just because CNN website is not mobile friendly. ( just an example )
    It might out-rank it on mobile searches yes, it makes sense that way but not in the general search engine results on Desktops.
    Don’t you think ??

    Thank you.
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    1. Twitter:
      Hey Mitch,

      my understanding is that it will affect all mobile searches. Considering the ever growing amount of mobile searches I would say that is a very growing concern for most businesses.

      I can’t see why it would affect desktop users.

      Thanks for the Tweet!
      Peter Pelliccia recently posted…FlexSqueeze2 How Good Is It ReallyMy Profile

  6. Twitter:
    My site isn’t mobile friendly, but I’m working on getting there. I wanted to work on the main site first. Mobile friendly is key though. Case in Point: Huffington Post. I’m not a big fan of the Huffington Post, and if I had my choice I’d prefer the NYT or something, but I do most of my reading on my phone and The Huffington Post is the easiest to browse I can just look at all the pics and headlines, see what I want to read, and off I go. Analytics shows about 20% of my traffic is off phone and/or tablets. For a larger tablet are there the same issues that a mobile user might find for a site that’s not mobile friendly?
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  7. Twitter:
    Hey Michael,

    I think the larger tablets may be OK as their screen size is larger than mobile phones, I suppose that’s why FlexSqueeze has all the different navigation triggers. You can set the width for when the your menu collapses into a single menu, when the widgets are removes as well as a whole lot of other selections.

    I’m pretty sure one of my commenters in another post mentioned a plugin she uses to make her site mobile friendly. Not sure if it will work on yours. You can check out that post in the Commentluv link below.

    Naturally I prefer my FlexSqueeze2 theme. The developer is currently offering a $30 discount so you may want to check it out.
    Peter Pelliccia recently posted…FlexSqueeze2 How Good Is It ReallyMy Profile

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