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"Now search IS becoming mobile - on phones and tablets. The challenge is that it is on a small screen, so it's hard to type. The opportunity is that it's got a really good microphone and a touch screen. See an earlier discussion here: [webmasterworld.com...]
Matt Cutts sounded a warning bell for mobile search, without a whole lot of guidance on how to prepare, or how mobile search will be treated for existing sites: [ "Mobile is going to be a key area in 2014, so pay attention to it" - [seroundtable.com...] ].
Ben Gomes, had spoken of not knowing where technology will be in several years time, which indicates to me that Google is in reactive territory, whilst trying to anticipate the moves being brought about by fast emerging trends.
So what do you do to adapt, alongside your diminishing desktop search. Go :
>Ditch written content , maintain it
>Do nothing and wait
Will you be reactive, or take proactive steps to bridge the gap for maintained rankings? What should be considered, if you haven't already taken steps? Any tips to help those not confronting this next step?
We do not consider tablets as mobile devices because, among other reasons, they tend to have larger screens. Most tablet users expect to see tablet- or desktop-optimized pages when browsing the web. This means that, unless you offer tablet-optimized content, users expect to see your desktop site rather than your smartphone site.
Search on a phone is just not that practical.
So someone's using it.
I see tablet search as desktop search, just in a new way, be cause resolutions is still somewhat the same. Search on a phone is just not that practical.
As for smartphone users, I learned the importance of well-organized navigation area which provides easy access to other site's sections.