If your web site isn't "mobile-friendly" yet, and you do any advertising on Facebook, well... you better make your site mobile-friendly very soon! Facebook said on Wednesday that websites will be penalized in Facebook's advertising network if they are NOT mobile-friendly. The Wall St. Journal covered this news as did a number of other sites.
I completely understand Facebook's logic here. As they say at the beginning:
Has this ever happened to you? You tap a link on your mobile device, only to have the website take so long to load, you leave before you even see it. You’re not the only one. As many as 40 percent of website visitors abandon a site at 3 seconds of delay.
People are spending more and more time on mobile—consuming content, interacting with businesses and making purchases. However, since it’s a relatively new channel, many businesses haven’t optimized their website for mobile yet and still have very slow loading times. This can lead to negative experiences for people, and problems for businesses such as site abandonment, missed business objectives and inaccurate measurement.
I agree. I abandon visiting sites on my mobile phone all the time because the sites take a long time to load.
Of course, for me, I'm following links from posts inside of Facebook, not ads, but the principal is the same.
If you haven't optimized your site for mobile yet, there are plenty of resources available. Here are a few:
- Facebook offers recommendations for mobile-friendly sites
- Google has an entire "Mobile Friendly Website" guide for web developers
- Google offers a "mobile-friendly" test site to check your site
Beyond Facebook ads, of course, Google announced way back in 2014 that they would be penalizing sites in search result ranking that were NOT mobile-friendly. This news this week is just another reason to get this done!
Have you made your sites mobile-friendly? If not, why not?
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