Making your company website more SEO-friendly requires strategic effort. At the current rate of on-the-go users, it’s important not to neglect the mobile version of your site. More than 70% of marketers plan to spend more money on mobile in 2013, and Microsoft reports that 70% of PC search tasks are completed in one week, while 70% of mobile search tasks are completed in one hour. In short, mobile should be top of mind, because if people are searching, it’s because there’s an intent to do something.
“Mobile users are not tethered to a desktop. They need timely information to drive them into stores with positive purchase intent,” Scott Forshay, a mobile and emerging technology strategist for Acquity Group, told Mashable.
Mobile expert and MeritShare co-founder Kevin Nakao says the best place to start your mobile strategy is to determine whether you will use the same site for mobile and desktop.
“Assuming mobile is on-the-go only, the user’s experience needs be optimized,” says Nakao. “For example, are your results different when you search from the desktop or mobile?”
For the latter, Nakao says that you may want to find the closest location — so a home page optimized for mobile may be different than the desktop, and intuitive desktop features, like a dropdown menu, won’t translate on a smartphone.
The crawler may discover content specifically optimized to be browsed on smartphones, as well as smartphone-specific redirects.
Some websites block this feature because of the owner’s concern about being penalized for duplicate content, but Nakao says there’s no reason to worry.
Once you’ve considered the above, you then have three choices for delivering an optimized mobile web experience.