Is Mobile SEO different from desktop SEO?

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Is Mobile SEO different from desktop SEO?

Postby milinmaru » Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:59 am

Today Internet users use mobile search more than the search on desktops and laptops. This is not surprising, since the number of mobile Internet users is constantly increasing and will continue to increase due to the popularity of gadgets, tablets and the ease of access to the Internet at any time and from anywhere.

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Re: Is Mobile SEO different from desktop SEO?

Postby bhavitratech » Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:21 am

Today, as an SEO, you must keep an eye on both desktop and mobile SEO if you are to maintain ranking success on both fronts. Why is this important? According to BrightEdge, 79% of search listings have different rankings on desktop and mobile.This means the top-ranked listing on desktop is unlikely to also be the top listing on mobile. This is mostly because Google has established two indices, one for mobile results and the other for desktop results. As such, your approach to SEO must also have a dual-pronged approach to be successful. To get this right, let us start with what this difference in SEO strategies looks like.

What is the difference?

When Google launched its push for mobile-first indexing, it did so based on search and general web consumption trends amongst web users. With so many web users accessing the internet via a smart device, mostly with smaller screens than desktop devices, the architecture of the web had to follow suit.Websites had to be adapted to this new reality to cater to the unique needs of mobile users. As it also became apparent that users have different browsing behaviors when on desktop vs mobile, it also became important to adapt how search results appeared on both platforms. This is the reason why SEO must also be different across both platforms, as the underlying guidelines have become different.

What factors affect this difference?

With this new set of standards, a couple of factors have risen to affect how SEO works for mobile and for desktop. While desktop continues to remain as it was, mobile SEO requires a different approach occasioned by guidelines published by Google. Factors that influence the difference between mobile and desktop SEO include:

- Screen size: Different screen sizes mean users have different browsing habits.

- User intent: In general, users on desktop will tend to spend more time on search results digging for information. On mobile, users tend to focus on one task, like getting a phone number, or price.

- Micro-moments: A term coined by Google, this refers to Google’s effort at identifying a web user’s most probable intent when searching on mobile/desktop.

How do you differentiate your approaches?

As these differences are largely driven by Google’s push to create a better experience for web users, it is important to toe the line and get your website compliant. To do so, here are some ways you can differentiate your SEO efforts for mobile and desktop:

- Create separate SEO strategies for desktop and mobile.

- Track each campaign separately and using different success factors.

- Integrate voice search for mobile-first searches.

- Track page speeds for both desktop and mobile. (HINT: Mobile loading must be faster so try and exclude some site elements from the mobile version of your site.)

- Update your Google Analytics filters to track mobile visitors and try and understand their behavior on your site.

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Re: Is Mobile SEO different from desktop SEO?

Postby tomdeep » Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:31 am

Yes, it is entirely different from desktop SEO. For mobile, we need to optimize the mobile page and speed for particular mobile websites.

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Re: Is Mobile SEO different from desktop SEO?

Postby slidefirstseo » Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:19 am

Yea it is different. I get different search results on my phone than on my desktop but I don't think there is a difference when it comes to how you should approach doing SEO for your site. The only difference I think are that sites that are more mobile friendly can have an edge but I only think it comes into play as a negative factor if you have a site that is really bad when it comes to the mobile experience of it. Like if it takes long to load or it doesn't look right on the front end it can affect your rankings and definitely your bounce rate which is a factor as well.

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Re: Is Mobile SEO different from desktop SEO?

Postby mallikarjuna » Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:20 am

Yeah Mobile SEO is Different from Desktop SEO. Most of people are using smartphones
The main differences is
1. Search Behaviour
3. Ranking Algorithms

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