Now, “mobile” is bigger than ever and the trend does not stop as more and more services come online which focus on a great mobile user experience. So it is not really a surprise that Google expresses a clear focus on web optimization for mobile access and mobile devices.
Gary Illyes announced at the Pubcon  conference in Las Vegas on Oct. 13, 2016 that Google is switching to mobile-first indexing. This means websites which are not mobile friendly in Google's eyes will be kicked out and moved to the secondary index. Furthermore the secondary index is not updated as frequently as the primary index is. This will be a huge disadvantage for those sites if they rely on search engine traffic from Google.
Responsive design or serving an optimized “mobile version” of a site to users on mobile devices has become the industry standard for “mobile friendliness.” However, that's not where Google wants the improvements to stop. Coping with small screens limited input capabilities is not nearly enough. Users want that sites load very quickly in under 2 seconds.
Therefore, Google has launched its Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) (↑) open source project in February 2016. This project tackles low Internet connections speeds as well.
At first, this seems counter-intuitive since mobile high speed LTE Internet connections with speeds of up to 150 Mbit/s become more widely available at affordable rates. In fact in many rural areas mobile connectivity is the only and in many cases best choice you can get. LTE/4G Internet access is nowadays available in 102 countries, … but with limited coverage. On a worldwide scale only 50% of mobile users are covered with at least 3G.  The remaining 50% of mobile users are stuck with low speeds: 56 kbit/s for 2G and 220 kbit/s for 2.5G like EDGE. Now the AMP project makes more sense.
It has never been more important to provide users with mobile devices the best user experience possible. Google will hold you accountable.
Adopting AMP does not need to create you a headache, at least, if your website is powered by popular software like WordPress which has 70% market share among content management systems (CMS) and powers more than 20% of all websites on the Internet. Just search for the appropriate plugin.
Gary Illyes also gave the impression the site-wide use of the secure HTTPS
protocol for all websites could be something Google has on its wishlist for the future. We will see.
John W. Furst
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A friend of mine runs a successful business and just has launched a new website with some great tips for lead generation. I wanted to read one of his articles again and typed-in his URL. Instead of his homepage I saw:
Error: Server not found
This was quite a surprise. He has one of those domains where you have a hard time to remember whether to add the “s” for plural or not. Like in
car.com or cars.com
The weird mess up on his part is that he even has a very beautiful logo with …labs, but his domain name is …lab.com.
I don’t think I am the only one making this mistake, but I am one of the few who actually try the other version as well. The average web surfer might just give up right away.
What a surprise — for the first time I got search results surfed by Microsoft's Bing search engine. And I did not even intend that. All I wanted to do was to find a particular project for a Wave client (software) I read about on the Web. I typed my query into the address bar, hit enter, and got these results below.
Not necessarily what I was looking for. But wait a second … Why didn't Firefox serve the result from Google as usually?
Search result from Bing! Why? (Click on the image to enlarge in new window.)
Well, I played around with Bing a tiny bit, right when Microsoft had launched their new search service but I did not stick with it for long. Honestly, Google is my most favorite search engine. Period. Google did not only catch me for search, but with a plethora of other great applications. From Gmail, to Google Docs, AdWords, … to their translation tool, and … Wave is the latest on the list. They hooked me up. Probably for life.
So I was quite surprised that I suddenly got Bing results displayed.
What has happened?
I remember that I had updated my Alexa Sparky add-on for Firefox this week. I also remember having seen a note about new features but I kind of ignored it. Now, it's obvious what had happened. Alexa Sparky is one of the FireFox Add-ons I use.
Do you have Google Toolbar With Sidewiki installed?
If yes, please, watch the navigation bar of your browser.
I am using Firefox and noticed a hashtag after the URL in many instances. Not always, so I am not sure about a pattern, yet. When I turn Sidewiki off in the toolbar this effect disappears. Here is the proof.
Google Toolbar Seems To Interfere With Other Browser Add-ons