What Mobilegeddon By Google Is All About
I know some of you might have heard about Mobilegeddon or what some Digital Marketers love to refer to as Mobile-first. Sometimes in 2019, Google came up with this sledge-hammer called Mobilegeddon. They announced that websites that are not mobile-friendly will not show up in mobile search. In this article, I want to look at the concept of Mobilegeddon and what you should do as a Digital Marketer or content creator.
Here are the highlights…
- Understand the impact of “mobilegeddon”: this was an announcement from Google that announced that websites that are not mobile-friendly (meaning they are not easy to use and read on mobile devices) may not be shown to users in mobile search results. This led to a greater push for designers, developers, and SEOs to create responsive websites that are easy to use on any device.
- Google’s move to a mobile-first index announcement and how it affects SEO and website usability: mobile is now more of a priority than desktop, as there is more mobile internet traffic than desktop. This means that it’s more important than your website is easy to use on mobile than desktop. It also means that Google is going to prioritize mobile search results.
- Mobile-Friendly versus Responsive
- Mobile friendly is a different version of a website that is shown to mobile users. Responsive means the website design is formatted to its ideal fit for the screen it’s on. Responsive is ideal and Google recognizes both as being optimized for the mobile user. Think of mobile-friendly as a step between nothing at all and a responsive site.
How Website Optimization affects SEO
- Create a mobile-first experience through responsive design
- CTAs focused on mobile users (e.g. location and contact information)– what a user is looking for on mobile is different than what they are likely looking for on desktop. It also affects there checkout time availability.
- Content that is based on what a mobile user would be looking for. For instance, they may not want to view blog posts first if it’s an informative website about a local business– they are more likely to be looking for a phone number, address, reviews, and other info that allows them to make a decision “on the go” about the business (e.g. whether or not to go there versus its competitors).
The basics of the effective copy are:
- Clear: the purpose of the copy should instantly be understandable. For instance, “We offer air conditioning units to restaurants and hotels” is clear, versus “Our top-of-the-line-system offers the highest possible AC performance for your hospitality business.”
- Enticing: the copy should pique the user’s interest. It should make them curious to complete the CTA or learn more about the offering. For instance, “We offer award-winning, certified air conditioning units to restaurants and hotels. No other competitors offer our same 10-year warranty.” is much more interesting, versus “Our top-of-the-line air conditioners are perfect for your restaurant or hotel.” You must explain why in an intriguing way to get your point across.
- Unique: be sure to point out how your products, services, and what you offer is different than your competitors. Be specific. How does what you offer to stand out from everyone else? For instance, “We stand behind our restaurant and hotel air conditioning units. No other competitors offer our same 10-year warranty.” versus “We outperform our competitors with our air conditioning units.”
Rules for website contents
Each website page should:
- Be easy to read through proper website design and layout: the layout should be intuitive and not make it difficult to read the content and interact with the website. The design and layout should have the sole focus of making the experience easy and seamless for the user.
- Be easy to find through proper website architecture and optimization: the user should immediately be able to find what they are looking for in a few clicks. Some designers and developers follow the three-click rule, which means a user should be able to find whatever they are looking for on a website within three taps or clicks (essentially 3 pages). This is disputed though– see references below for more insight.
- Be easy to understand through proper website content and layout: as mentioned in the previous slides, a copy needs to be easy to understand but keep up the user’s interest at the same time. Be specific and don’t overwhelm the user with too much information that users aren’t actually interested in. Most users only care about what is directly important to them, so cater to their needs.
- Include a call-to-action on each page: on every blog post and content, the page includes a call-to-action that is directing the user to complete a conversion or go to a related page with more information. For instance, if there was a landing page that was about a specific air conditioning model for pizza restaurants, your conversion could be completing an appointment form for a sales call or a contact form to request a pricing estimate for a specific business.
- Pages work together: pages with similar content should link together in a logical way to be as effective as possible.
Always include CTA
- Use a clear, concise command to tell the user to do something, using phrases like “Click here,” “Buy now,” or “Email us”. These give directive which users are more likely to follow than a suggestion.
- Highlight how the offer benefits the user, e.g. “Buy now and get 50% off.”– this makes it harder to object to the request or offer because you are “fighting” off there excuses to say no.
- Show social proof, e.g. “Joint 100,000 other subscribers by joining our mailing list”– this is another way to break down objections to completing the conversion. If several others of your peers are doing something, it’s hard to be the one person that doesn’t (social pressure).
- Show a sense of urgency, e.g. “This offer is only available for 48 hours. Buy now to lock in this low rate.” By showing that something is only temporary, you are putting more pressure on them that is time-sensitive. This enables less waffling between deciding to take the next step or not.
You must create a cohesive experience
Website copy across multiple pages should work together to create a cohesive experience. This means that the wording of the site, as well as the information, is the same no matter what page the user is on. It is OK to have different offers based on different campaigns or promotions, but the tone, company voice, and key messages should always be the same. The reason for this is because if users are getting different messages on separate pages on your site, then they may become confused or frustrated and leave the site or not complete a conversion.
Examples of this include:
- A product offer that is portrayed on the home page is carried through to the product page
- The company tagline/mission statement/main selling points are the same across all pages
- Tutorial pages link to one another with applicable references
- Conference or event agendas are different
- Sponsors or offerings aren’t the same on all applicable pages.
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