At SMX West last week, Gary Illyes was in the hot seat during Ask the Search Engines session. And as you can imagine, mobile was the hot topic of the day, thanks to Google’s recent announcement that mobile friendliness would be a ranking signal. Illyes covered a lot of it in the mobile session the day before, but there were additional questions that Danny Sullivan and the audience asked, particularly surrounding the new mobile rankings change.
Illyes revealed that the ranking boost for being mobile friendly will be stronger than the one they implemented for HTTPS. This is good news for webmasters who are busy making their sites mobile friendly once Google began sending out warning notices in Google Webmaster Tools and then made the ranking boost announcement.
After Google announced the HTTPS ranking signal, many webmasters switched their websites to be secured, thinking that simply changing to HTTPS would mean an instant jump in the search rankings. However the Google later clarified that the HTTPS would not visibly increase search rankings. Because of this, some webmasters were questioning just how noticeable a mobile friendly boost would actually be.
Since the ranking signal for mobile will be stronger than the one we saw for HTTPS, if you haven’t begun making the mobile friendly switch, you will probably want to get your sites changed over prior to April 21st.
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