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Google Will Stop Ranking Websites That Aren't Mobile-Friendly Starting July 5, 2024

Google Will Stop Ranking Websites That Aren’t Mobile-Friendly Starting July 5, 2024

July 5th, 2024 marks a significant change for website owners: Google will no longer rank websites that aren’t mobile-friendly. If your website is only accessible via desktop, it won’t perform or be visible in search results, even with regular content updates. This shift is part of Google’s ongoing commitment to prioritizing user experience.

Why the Change?

Google has been emphasizing mobile browsing for years, and with most internet traffic now coming from smartphones and tablets, this change is logical. A website that looks great on a desktop but poorly on mobile devices frustrates users. Google aims to deliver the best possible search results, which means sites must function well across all devices.

Mobile-First Means Mobile-Priority

Google’s search engine crawls and indexes websites to understand their content and rank them. Previously, they might have used a desktop version of their crawler for this process. Now, mobile takes center stage. If your website isn’t accessible or usable on a smartphone, Google won’t be able to index it effectively, causing your website to disappear from search results and potentially costing you valuable traffic.

Making Your Website Mobile-Friendly

Here’s the good news: there are several ways to ensure your website is mobile-friendly:

  • Responsive Design: This is the gold standard. A responsive website automatically adjusts its layout and content to fit the screen size of any device.
  • Mobile-Specific Version: You can create a separate mobile version of your website alongside your desktop version.
  • Mobile Testing Tools: Use Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test tool to see how your website performs on mobile devices.

Time to Update!

If you’re unsure about your website’s mobile-friendliness, now is the perfect time to check. Run a mobile-friendliness test, browse your website on your phone, and identify any areas that need improvement.

Need a Professional Touch?

Updating your website can feel daunting, but you don’t have to do it alone. Instant Web Tools, LLC can help! Our team of web design experts can transform your website into a mobile-friendly masterpiece that keeps you ranking high in search results.

Don’t wait until July 5th to get mobile-ready! Take action today and ensure your website remains visible and accessible to all.

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