18 Replies to “Is there a way to tell Google about a mobile version of a page?”

  1. Today’s #WebmasterSpotlight features our YouTube channel, which hosts a variety of videos from web best practices to recorded Hangouts to even Google’s opinion of the world ending back in 2012 (http://goo.gl/NGquxe). 🙂 A favorite feature is a regular series of Q&A videos in which +Matt Cutts, the head of webspam team at Google, answers questions that webmasters like you have asked. Take a look at today’s webmaster video on how to tell Google about your mobile website. We’ll let you know when we start taking more questions for videos; we’re still going through the last batch! We’ll be announcing new videos on this page, and you can also subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/GoogleWebmasterHelp. *Update:* When this video was recorded, we crawled smartphone sites as Googlebot-mobile. We now crawl these sites as Googlebot. Learn about this change here: googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2014/01/a-new-googlebot-user-agent-for-crawling.htmland view our current user-agents here: https://developers.google.com/webmasters/smartphone-sites/googlebot-mobile

  2. *Never Redirect!* So many websites screw this up. I search for something. The website realizes I am on mobile and redirects me to the mobile version of the website. The problem occurs when they redirect me to the home page of the website. It’s awesome that you are designing for mobile, but I really wanted that article. Now I have to search for it. So I have to go back, find the name of the page for which I was searching, then search for it on your website. That is if you have a search engine. That is if your search engine works. Listen, just get a responsive design or just give me the desktop site. I don’t have time for this amount of work. I didn’t care that much about your crappy article anyway. Is there a way to tell Google about a mobile version of a page?

  3. Use ‘rel=alternate’ tag to tell Google about mobile versions of sites… and never block java script and css if you are using responsive webdesigns.

  4. Uh! Matt made a *new video* about resources for mobile users and he made a mistake. 😛 This gives me the opportunity to do an *SEO Quiz* to you! *Quiz:* one of the things that Matt said is technically wrong. Tell me which of them and why. 😀 

  5. Apart from setting the vary https headers, is there anything that needs to be done when using the 3rd option – adaptive design? Neither of the mentioned actions are appropriate for adaptive design. 

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