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Mobile Website

Discussion in 'Search Engine Optimization' started by Rahul Pandit, Sep 26, 2014.

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    Is it okay if google caches your mobile website in its database?
    My website has a different version for mobile users
    domainname.com/m/
    SEMrush
     
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    Rahul Pandit, Sep 26, 2014 IP
    SEMrush
  2. behnamy

    behnamy Greenhorn

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    It's not a good idea to have a different URL for mobile users, You should use responsive design
     
    behnamy, Sep 26, 2014 IP
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    @rahul: Excellent question. There are three popular ways to serve a mobile website:

    1. Responsive design
    2. Redirecting mobile users to m.domain.com or domain.com/mobile (I prefer the first one)
    3. Serving dynamic content based on user agent.

    I personally prefer #2 because #1 doesn't 'really' work so well and #3 requires a Vary: User-Agent header that reduces efficiency of any reverse proxy caching mechanism (Varnish / Squid / Cloudflare etc.)

    If you choose option #2, Google should be allowed to cache results.
     
    jitendraag, Sep 26, 2014 IP
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    samuel bursnel Peon

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    The URL looks like a webpage on your website. You should have a sub-domain for mobile website. Responsive web design is the best option right now. User can access it from any mobile device, and you don't have to manage two different websites.
     
    samuel bursnel, Sep 26, 2014 IP
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    behnamy Greenhorn

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    Yes responsive Design is the best solution and google recommended it, but when you use subdomain for mobile users there is the danger of duplicate content!
     
    behnamy, Sep 26, 2014 IP
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    jitendraag Notable Member

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    Are you sure having a different URL for mobile website has danger of duplicate content? If it is so, I will remove it immediately.
     
    Rahul Pandit, Sep 30, 2014 IP
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    behnamy Greenhorn

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    Yes,but there are some Solution to prevent duplicate contents, one of them is using a meta tag for this related pages.
     
    behnamy, Oct 1, 2014 IP
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    What if just block mobile website from google using robots.txt ?
     
    Rahul Pandit, Oct 1, 2014 IP
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    behnamy Greenhorn

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    so you don't have anything that specially designed for mobile users and your rank will be reduced for people searching via their mobiles...
     
    behnamy, Oct 1, 2014 IP
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    patco Well-Known Member

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    A responsive design is the best way according to me as if it's good, it should work every time! ;)
     
    patco, Oct 1, 2014 IP
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    Great question and I agree with patco and stick to a responsive design because there are a lot of very easy themes especially if its WordPress.
     
    AndreLVaughn, Oct 1, 2014 IP