However much you try and educate people and inform them of the importance of having a mobile friendly website there are still plenty who fail to move with the times. Acceler8 Media only ever build mobile optimised websites and our customers throughout Lancashire have been reaping the rewards in their Google rankings.

Have a look at some of the stats in this wonderful infographic and see how important mobile device usage has become for internet users. Don’t miss the boat. Make sure your website is benefiting from the burgeoning amounts of mobile traffic.

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Google has just released their annual ‘consumer barometer’ showing how people throughout the World are using the internet and how usage habits have been changing over time. There are some fantastic insights within the data and it only serves to reinforce the justification for the recent mobile friendly algorithm update, dubbed ‘mobilegeddon’.

You can have a look at UK specific stats here and as I am sure you know these will be as applicable in Lancashire as they are in London.

We all know that smartphone and tablet usage has been growing steadily each year. Making sure that your website is mobile and tablet compatible has never been more important than it is now, and it will only continue to become more important every year.

WHAT IS RESPONSIVE WEB DESIGN?

Responsive Web Design is a recent way of approaching web design. What it aims to do is to make your website respond to the size of the screen it is being displayed on, changing the layout of the site to suit the device.

Put simply, responsive web design makes sure that your website looks great no matter what.

WHY CHOOSE RESPONSIVE DESIGN?

Put simply, having a responsive website design ensures that you don’t miss out on the large amount of mobile users who may wish to visit your site. A website that is not mobile compatible will be losing a lot of views (or customers in the case of eCommerce sites) that you would otherwise be getting.

WHAT ABOUT M. OR MOBILE. SUBDOMAINS?

Although have a mobile version of your website in an m. subdomain (example m.facebook.com) can certainly fill the need for a mobile website, these seperate mobile websites come with their share of problems.

Essentially, these sorts of mobile websites are basically a seperate website. As a result, they’re more costly to create than simply making your existing website responsive. They also double the time to maintain than a responsive website, due to being a seperate site.

There is also the possibility of being penalized for duplicate content if it’s not set up correctly, which can drastically hurt your SEO efforts.

Ultimately, if you are based in Blackburn with Darwen or maybe Burnley or Preston, there is no better solution for making your website responsive than contacting Acceler8 Media.

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Unless you have been living in a cave for the past couple of months you will be fully aware that Google made a significant change to it’s ranking algorithm on the 21st April. The change was based on a websites ability to render correctly on a smart phone or other mobile device and was subtly nicknamed Mobilegeddon. Although there seemed to be very little impact on rankings initially we are starting to see sites fall foul of the new algorithm and drift down the page for important searches.

None of our customers have seen a negative impact on their positioning as a result of the changes and to the contrary some are even benefiting from the competition not being mobile friendly. We have seen some of our recent web design projects for businesses in Blackburn and Darwen shoot up the rankings quicker than expected, purely on the basis that many of the competitor sites were non responsive.

Mobilegeddon by the Numbers

  • There was an overall decrease in the number of non-mobile-friendly websites in the first three search engine results pages (SERPs) of 21 percent.
  • There was a decrease of 17.3 percent in non-mobile-friendly sites on the first page of search results.
  • Non-mobile-friendly sites decreased by 20.7 percent and 25.2 percent on pages two and three of search results.
  • What you need to know: websites that do not pass the “mobile-friendly” test are dropping fast out of the first three pages of search results.

Before the update, Google was already taking mobile responsiveness into account as a ranking factor. This update was said to only impact mobile searches, but you can bet that all searches are being affected in some way, or will be soon

As the web continues to be viewed and consumed on all kinds and sizes of devices, web development companies and webmasters will need to keep up with mobile web trends to ensure their websites can be viewed on multiple platforms.

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