El_Matador - 10:45 am on Apr 26, 2012 (gmt 0)
i know this thread is a little old now, but as far as i can see, still no concrete answers on this. Apologies if it all seems a bit wishy washy, trying to get my head around this....
I've recently launched a mobile-friendly site. When I say mobile-friendly, i mean smartphone friendly - i'm not targetting older phones, i.e wap, just iphone and android for now.
its been set up as a subdomain off the main site, and serves completely different content to the main site. Ideally I would have liked to go down the repsonsive design route and serve 1 url for everything, but technically and creatively it would have been a nightmare.
anyway, my first question is regards to html syntax. I submitted a mobile sitemap, had it validated, and submitted it to google. Now as i mentioned, im only targetting smartphones, so im using html5 and everything renders well on the devices.
However, does this html markup mean Google does not see this as a mobile site? I ask because after submitting my mobile sitemap, the site has been crawled and indexed by the standard web bot, but yet to be indexed by the mobilebot and added to the index.
As Google mentions on this page the examples of valid mobile markup...
And now since the introduction of the smartphone bot, I assume standard HTML will not mean a page/site is not a valid mobile site and consequently, Google not treating it as one?
I'm not using any redirects for humans or bots at the moment based on device/user-agent, so essentially at this stage im treating the two sites as two different entities, and trying to tell Google and the other bots, this is a pure mobile/smartphone site.
Any thoughts advice appreciated.