Thank You, Google Overlords. People want mobile Web! Google delivers!!
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Mobile Web!
Running a website not optimized for smartphones? Guess what, you’ve been put on notice. Google is using its influence and the power of its algorithm to finally force web publishers to fix their mobile website configuration issues, or risk getting downranked in Google Search. Directing smartphone users to 404′s? You lose. Sending smartphone users looking for specific content to some generic mobile homepage? See ya. Using Flash for your video embeds on mobile? Farewell.
Thank you, Google overlords.
Now normally, a Google SEO change is worth taking a critical eye to, to make sure that Google isn’t somehow penalizing websites unfairly or favoring its own web properties as a result, for example. But this particular change will greatly impact me, as a heavy mobile user who surfs the web constantly on smartphones so…um…well… screw you guys who didn’t get on board with this whole mobile “trend” thing, OK?
The company disclosed its plans in more detail earlier this week, noting that it will “roll out several ranking changes in the near future” that would affect sites not optimized for smartphones, while explaining “smartphone users are a significant and fast growing segment,” and Google wants them to “experience the full richness of the web.”
(Translation: people actually want to use the web on their smartphones, dummies.)
Google just made the Mobile Web awesome.
Yeah, well as a heavily mobile users, I'd still prefer a PW app over a mobile web site. If I had my choice, I'd never launch the mobile browser on my phone at all. I hate that apps or games do it too. Google rewarding content incentives to use the mobile browser more might not actually be a good thing.
One day we shall build that PW app. But not yet. There's no time. Our servers are on fire, yo!
These changes have been VERY helpful to PandaWhale.
We're on track to have our first week of 2 million people consuming PandaWhale content.
Thank you Google!!
2 million IN THE LAST WEEK.
We're currently on track to serve 5 million consumers in June.
Yessir! I'm as amazed as you are.
damn.. I guess I should spend more time composing treatises...... or kittehz
Yes! <arm pump>
Did you ever have the feeling you were being watched?
The nice thing about PandaWhale's many readers is that they're on our side.
They're just like us, but silent.
Indeed the quality of convos here is pretty amazing. Would be interesting to know ratio of readers, occasional posters, frequent posters. Fabulous job Adam! Let me know if you want to make pandawhale into a mobile app