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Mobile ranked results in Google. What if responsive doesn't work?

     
7:41 am on Mar 21, 2014 (gmt 0)

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With Google set to launch mobile friendly results versus desktop, in 2014, there seems to be a bit of a puzzle.

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Some verticals have just not coped at all with mobile responsive designs. They're there, but they look lousy - I'm talking very well resourced companies, but the vertical is just too hard to translate onto mobile.

Really, it's not as good as messing around with a desktop version which is well designed.

How do you suppose Google will handle this from a ranking viewpoint? Have you seen similar experiences in your vertical that you anticipate won't translate properly.
10:12 am on Mar 21, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Some verticals have just not coped at all with mobile responsive designs. They're there, but they look lousy - I'm talking very well resourced companies, but the vertical is just too hard to translate onto mobile.


I agree that a lot of responsive sites are absolutely awful from a usability perspective. Some developers seem to think responsive design = good usability, rather than responsive design with good usability = good usability. On many responsive designs, no more pinch and zoom is replaced with all the content being shoved far down the page.
12:32 pm on Mar 21, 2014 (gmt 0)

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On many responsive designs, no more pinch and zoom is replaced with all the content being shoved far down the page.


Well and that's part of the problem, because I for one (with my aging eyes) would much rather scroll down than pinch and zoom. I might not be the only one.
 

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