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BM_EGBy Elvire Gosnold, Director – Blabbermouth

Our friends at Google have changed the rules again: In their continuing fight to ensure website rankings prioritise genuine, informative websites that enrich the visitor’s experience, Google has added to its requirements. Now it is web responsiveness that will gain you Brownie points in your SEO endeavours.

I’m sure you all agree that we are using our mobiles and tablets at an increasing rate for business activity, as well as in our leisure time, so it makes sense that Google is prioritising mobile friendliness as a ranking mechanism in search results.

A responsive website means that you can easily view all site content regardless of what device you are viewing it on. A quick check is to simply reduce the screen size of your site when viewed on your PC screen to see what happens. Do the images move in an organised manner? Are the menus easily viewed?

The big question is whether your site is optimised. And what about the sites of your closest competitors? Have a look at Google’s guide on mobile friendly websites to ascertain the impact the new algorithm will have on your site, and decide whether a new website needs to move up your to-do-list.

It is always a good idea to have your site optimised. It future proofs your shop window as more prospects will be accessing your site via their tablet and mobile. With this new Google rankings requirement it is a perfect reason to launch a new site that is responsive and easy to view.