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Posted 17 August 2011 - 11:10 AM
This is not a practical problem since browser detection/redirection automatically sends the user to the mobile version. I'm just wondering if we should be doing anything special for the mobile versions. Currently, we're setting up the mobile sites as either subdirectories (url/mobile) or subdomains (m.url) of the main site and include the "handheld-friendly" meta tag. We're more or less duplicated the SEO from the desktop version since the text is basically the same, just shorter.
I would appreciate any pointers, links to articles, etc.
Posted 17 August 2011 - 01:38 PM
Posted 17 August 2011 - 03:42 PM
I know that's the ideal — the same content formatted for two different types of browsers. But without redesigning the existing desktop version, that's not feasable in our case.
Here's what I'm wrestling with — since the SEs are apparently indexing only the primary (desktop) site, should I simply forget SEO for the nearly identical mobile version?
Posted 17 August 2011 - 08:11 PM
Maybe someone else can share a more confident, definitive opinion with you but I think ultimately you just have to make or recommendation a business decision, not an SEO decision.
Posted 18 August 2011 - 06:49 AM
I do absolutely NOTHING AT ALL specially for mobiles on the pages, yet the same pages work in all browsers and get shown for SE queries by all manner of devices.
Posted 19 August 2011 - 08:21 AM
Posted 19 August 2011 - 04:30 PM
As I mentioned in the original post, we do use browser detection/redirection.
Perhaps I didn't explain it well, but I was just curious if Google spidered and indexed a site's mobile version differently, perhaps favoring the mobile version in its mobile app results. And if they did, did that suggest a different approach to optimization? But it now seems clear that everything is keyed off the main desktop version, and that a site's mobile version is nothing more than an accommodation for smartphone users.
Posted 19 August 2011 - 06:48 PM
It's something to consider.
Posted 19 August 2011 - 10:32 PM
How would google find the mobile version then?
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