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5 Important Things to Know About Google's Mobile-First Index

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Mobile usability has been a Google ranking factor for years, but the algorithm was primarily focused on desktop versions of sites when indexing. Now, however, the mobile-first index is officially rolling out following a promise by Google in 2016.

Put simply, this means that Google's algorithm will now view the mobile version of your site before anything else when making indexing and ranking choices. For sites that (wisely) use responsive design instead of a separate mobile version, Google will view your site through the lens of a mobile device, at least initially. Here's what you need to know:

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How to Improve Content Readability: Grammar, Design and Testing

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Content readability should always be in the back of your mind whenever you're creating a blog post, website copy, product description, email newsletter or any other type of content that's meant to attract or appeal to a wide audience. Writers, editors and publishers should constantly be asking themselves if their content is clearly presented and easily understood. Otherwise, all of your efforts to market your business using that content are doomed to fail.

Luckily, readability is easily analyzed and improved by taking a look at your grammar and design choices.

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AdWords Users - It's Time to Implement AMP on Your Landing Pages

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With Google's mobile-first index on its way, SEO-minded webmasters are more focused on mobile load speed than ever before. Simply put, the AMP format allows content to load extremely fast on mobile. In turn, AMP content often sees a lower bounce rate, potentially better search rankings, and even improved engagement.

Now, Google has announced that AdWords search ads will fully support links to AMP landing pages. While it's not known if Google will show preferential treatment to ads that link to AMP pages, one thing is clear: users will be much more likely to engage with your landing page if it loads quickly.

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Study: Google's AMP Increases Content Engagement by 35%

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Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), launched just over a year ago, has already become an extremely popular mobile SEO tool. It's being used by over 2 billion pages across 900,000 different domains, and it's likely that these numbers will continue to grow throughout this year.

The reason why is simple: AMP is an open-source publishing format that uses a special type of HTML, allowing pages clicked on in Google's search results to load rapidly on mobile devices. According to a new study from web analytics firm Chartbeat, this increase in speed also leads to an increase in content engagement.

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Study Says Review Sites Get More Conversions Than Search or Social

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When it comes to local SEO and marketing, many small businesses simply don't have the time or resources to devote to every potential strategy. A company concentrating on content production and social media promotion, for example, may not be able to devote the time needed run an AdWords campaign in an effective way.

Any business that's trying to weigh the potential ROI of search engine marketing, social media, email marketing and other local marketing tactics may want to consider the results of a new study and focus their efforts on review sites instead.

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