It seems everyone has resolutions for the New Year, and mobile SEOs should be no exception. Last year, I focused my first column of the year on predicting trends for the New Year, rather than making resolutions on mobile search. And while those minor predictions have stood up pretty well, this year I want to focus on something that all of us can more easily control: three resolutions for mobile search and SEO in 2013.
1. Give More Tactical Advice On How To Do Mobile SEO Well
OK, you get it: you should be doing something to account for mobile searchers. You’re not one of the misinformed masses who believe that mobile SEO is a myth, or that mobility doesn’t matter in a multiscreen world or that mobile search results and desktop search results are the same. I know I spent a lot of time in past columns dispelling these myths, but going forward, I’m going to focus on real actionable insights for improving organic search traffic from mobile searchers.
I’ve done this in the past a bit. Regular readers will know that I’m not completely theoretical or strategic here. Early last year, I dove in deep to uncover 7 common examples of duplicate content created by mobile sites, and gave specific advice on how to best optimize a mobile site.
Starting next month, I’ll continue this trend and explain a little about how we do keyword research for mobile searchers at Resolution Media. This should help you bring your keyword research into the 21st century, where not doing mobile keyword research could cost you insights into more than half of your audience, depending on your category.
As the percent of searchers using mobile devices continues to increase, mobile SEO might become redundant, as SEOs will need to account for mobility in order to do their jobs. When that happens, readers of this column will be ahead of the curve.
If you can’t wait until next month for new information, be sure to check out my recent guest post on the Stone Temple blog for two tips on how to do a simple mobile SEO audit.
What other mobile SEO topics do you want to see covered in detail this year? Please sound off in the comments.
2. Give More Case Studies To Demonstrate Mobile SEO Success
It can be easy to think that all of this is theoretical; as we do a lot of talk about how and why to do mobile SEO here but not much demonstration of it has worked for businesses. And, honestly, in the beginning, a lot of it was more abstract than client-based.
Yet today, I know more of our clients are asking for mobile SEO help, so we have case studies about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to app store optimization and mobile SEO for sites.
n 2013, you can expect to hear more concrete examples about how some of the techniques that we talk about here have worked for real businesses like yours. Keep in mind that some of them may be anonymous, as I’m sometimes limited in terms of what data I can provide.
Still, all of the case studies should give you a better sense that mobile SEO isn’t a theoretical exercise that we will all be doing sometime in the distant future; but a real process that businesses use to their advantage today.
To this end, I’d love to hear from you all about what has worked for your business when it comes to mobile SEO. Have you had phenomenal success doing mobile specific keyword research or getting incremental links to your mobile site? If so, let me know and I’ll be happy to publish in a future column.
3. Leave The Responsive vs. Mobile Web Debate In 2012
Finally, though many of us mobile search columnists here have spilled a lot of ink about the pros and cons of responsive Web design versus some other mobile configuration in 2012, this year it’s time to move forward.
Though I respect and frequently agree with him, I would have to disagree with Michael Martin’s assertion that the single URL approach is best for SEO, as we all know that Google now has switchboard tags to consolidate link equity in the event of duplicated pages across URLs, and that mobile URLs are one of three supported options for mobile SEO.
Yet, in spite of the fact that this was announced last June, I’m still seeing many people claiming that the single URL approach is best because of its SEO value– consolidating link equity in the absence of duplicate URLs. We know now that this is false.
If you want to make your site mobile and do well in search results, you now have three supported options: dynamic serving, responsive design and mobile URLs.
Google and Bing prefer responsive design if it makes sense for your users and you’re targeting smartphone users; but if it doesn’t and you’re not they can still make it work.
Of my more than thirty published articles last year, more than half of them were about when responsive Web design is appropriate for SEO and when it’s not. I don’t plan on talking about this much more in 2013, and I hope that others like me who write about mobile SEO leave it in the past as well.