Msg#: 4363654 posted 4:34 am on Sep 17, 2011 (gmt 0)
When we upload an article on our website, it also gets posted on the mobile site of ours. Earlier google did not show mobile pages in web search results. We have done relevant settings in google webmaster tool to have the engine identify mobile site. But now I see that my mobile pages are ranking where normally my website pages used to rank in google results. Should we use canonical on mobile pages or is there something we are missing. Please suggest.
Msg#: 4363654 posted 5:09 am on Sep 17, 2011 (gmt 0)
From what I've read in the Google Webmaster Forums, a mobile xml sitemap is the best fix for this situation. Also, I'd say make sure that regular googlebot gets redirected to the main site like any regular browser would, but googlebot-mobile gets served the mobile page and is not redirected.
Msg#: 4363654 posted 5:18 am on Sep 17, 2011 (gmt 0)
Hi pankajj - John Mueller of Google recently did a Q&A session regarding mobile redirects and rankings, and in one answer addresses the issue of mobile pages outranking desktop pages for 3-4 word queries. He suggests the canonical as a possible fix....
Mobile Websites & Google's crawling, indexing and ranking June 3, 2011 https://plus.google.com/113006028898915385825/posts/38v3DayB75g [plus.google.com...]
Sometimes that can happen if the mobile pages are indexed on their own. In general, one solution to that could be to use the rel=canonical on the mobile pages, pointing to the desktop versions. When mobile users access the desktop pages, you could redirect them to the appropriate mobile version.
I just mentioned this Q&A session and another mobile discussion and Google mobile guidelines in this thread here....
Msg#: 4363654 posted 6:34 am on Sep 17, 2011 (gmt 0)
Thanks Tedster and Robert. To what I understood here is of using canonical tag on mobile pages. I reviewed our webmaster settings and mobile sitemaps as well. Using canonical tag will mean implementing the intelligent codes across the desktop version to re-direct mobile users to wap pages. Other way maybe in the sitemaps and web pages itself.
Is there a way in the mobile sitemap file, that I can say that these pages are only for mobile version for the searchbot and likewise is there a tag that can be used in every mobile page stating these pages are for mobile users and not desktop.