Google Mandates Mobile-Friendly Websites by April 21 #bloggingtips

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There are changes being made to Google Search that might affect your website if it is not mobile-friendly by April 21, 2015.

What are these changes? And Why should you care?

The Changes Google is Making

Recently announced on TheSEMPost, according to Google’s Gary Illyes, “Google is working on a mobile only version of the search index, which would see desktop and mobile have completely separate search indexes.”

Why You Should Care

You should care for several reasons!

1. It’s a good idea to stay current.

2. It’s a good idea to stay on Google’s good side.

3. You don’t want your high rankings to change.

A dozen questions and answers are provided in this post that pertain to the impending changes, which will be implemented on April 21, 2015.

Changing to a Mobile-Friendly Theme

If your site is already mobile-friendly, you have nothing to worry about.

However, if it’s not, you should consider changing your theme to a responsive one.

A responsive theme is a theme that can be viewed on any device — whether desktop computer, tablet, iPad, or a smartphone.

There are a few different ways that you can check to see if your current site is mobile-friendly.

You can use:

  • Google’s own mobile-friendly tester
  • Matt Kersley’s Tool
  • Responsive Test
  • The Responsinator

Google’s Mobile-Friendly Tester

Google’s mobile-friendly tester will analyze whatever URL you enter into it. The one thing you need to be aware of, however, is that it will not analyze each individual blog post. If your home page is a static page, only that page is analyzed. If your home page contains a list of your most recent blog posts, only that page is analyzed. Read More

Three More Liebster Awards? I’m Not A Newbie Anymore!

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I am pleased to announce three more Liebster Awards have been given to me. It’s been a while since I have received an Award of any kind, and so I’m grateful to Jeri Walker-Bickett (a writer friend) for bestowing this award upon me. Funny, crazy, quirky Cee Lee also gave me this award. Connor Rickett, another freelance writer I know, also gave me this award – damn him! I shouldn’t have accepted it, but he’s one of a kind. (Aren’t we all?) 😉 Read this post to see what I mean. You’ll die laughing. 😀 Read More

Google+ Circles: The Unanswered Questions, Answered!

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It seems that I am becoming somewhat of an expert (ha!) regarding certain things in social media.

How do I know this? Google said so.

I heard Google speak her voice (yes, Google is female!) when I viewed my blog stats and took a look at the search terms used to send people to my blog posts – in particular, my post about Managing Google+ Circles.

She said, “Hey, Lorraine, I think you should write a post and inform these people of what they want to know regarding Google+ circles!”

Okay, so maybe I’m exaggerating. But, it seems that Google loves me. . . even though I don’t know much about SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Why else would she send these people to my site?

I think it’s because I’m helpful, and talk to both a specific reader and the general masses. 

When people are continually asking for information and are being sent to ME, the proud non-techie (yes, I am now proud of this fact), I feel like it is my duty to respond to them. I can see that there is an obvious need for a post to be written about this topic.

You see, when people talk, I pay attention. This quality has made me many friends and a great teacher. When I taught high school, most of my students loved me. I spoke on their level. I imparted my wisdom to them. Now I am going to continue this trend on my blog. I have to.I cannot disappoint my new buddy, Google. 

I think I might even call her “Googs” for short. 😉

The Many Questions We Have

As someone who had to learn many things on her own, I gotta figure that there are tons of others out there who are just like me — filled with questions.

The questions people have about Google+ circles include the ones listed below, which have been copied directly (spelling errors and all!) from my stats page on my blog. I will answer them to the best of my ability.

(Note that I have included my ranking for each, too. Yes, I had to check each one out individually.)

  1. how to tell what google+ circle someone has added u in (ranking is #1)
  2. how do i know who in google+ has put me in there circles (ranking is #2)
  3. what is different between in her circle and have her in circle (ranking is #2)
  4. when someone puts you in their circle how do you get yourself out (ranking is #2)
  5. what does it mean when someone adds you to a circle on google+ (ranking is #3)
  6. why can’t i add people to my circle on google+ (ranking is #5)
  7. can someone just add you to their circles on google plus (ranking is #5)
  8. google plus added you back vs added to circles (ranking is #7)

The Answers

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Google+ Circles: What You Need To Know About How To Manage Them

What are Google+ circles?

What is the best way to manage them?

This article shares my strategy (which you can adopt) and some vital information about Google+.

If you have questions about Google+, please take a moment at the end of this article to read Google+ Circles: The Unanswered Questions, Answered!

And if you want to learn how to use Google+ for business, read the post called A Mini-Guide To Use Google Plus For Business.

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Google+ is a rapidly growing social network. It is not quite like any of the hundreds of other social networks in existence, although it is most similar to Facebook.

One of the main differences between Facebook and Google+ is that Google+ helps you to meet new people and grow your existing network of people and share content with them, while Facebook allows you to share content with your existing friends.

Definition: Circles Read More