How Google’s Mobile Update Is Affecting Your Business

By Frederique Bros
on 2 June 2015

If you haven’t updated your business website to mobile friendly then you better to read this article and see how Google’s mobile update will affect or already affecting your business online.

The first study analyzing the impact of Google’s mobile update has revealed confusion and concern amongst many businesses at the inconsistent and unpredictable impact the update had caused. 

How Google’s Mobile Update Is Affecting Your Business

The study of 800 SMEs across Australia, released today by Koozai, a leading digital marketing agency, found businesses had experienced a drop in organic rankings and traffic even though they had optimized their websites for mobile.

Predicted as resulting in mobilegeddon for many companies with websites that weren’t mobile compliant, the latest Google update had been predicted to have a big impact on SMEs for their failure to optimize quickly enough. 

Websites would disappear completely from mobile search results

Yet the survey found that 64% of businesses responded that the suggestion the update would cause mobilegeddon was overhyped, incorrect and unhelpful. 

“However, 43% of businesses still claimed they had experienced changes to their rankings or traffic as a result of the Google update. “

Of these 35% were concerned that they had seen a drop in rankings by at least three places and had noticed a drop in traffic as a result, some as much as 50%

A worrying 23% of these respondents had seen a drop in rankings even though they had optimized for mobile. 

Of the businesses responding, 36% were said to be concerned that the update might have an impact on sales, while 41% were not worried as they said most of their sales came from desktops.

About 17% of respondents said they didn’t know whether their websites were optimized for mobile or not.

A significant number of SMEs in the survey were unsure about the relationship between mobile and desktop searches, with 61% revealing they didn’t know if sales on their desktops sites had initially come from visitors viewing their products or services on mobile.

One SME owner leaving a comment on the survey summed up the general mood of business owners: “I had my website optimized for mobile months before this update. Before the update I was at the top of Google for some keywords on mobile search. Now I’m three or four, below websites which aren’t showing the ‘mobile-friendly’ tag!”

Ben Norman, CEO of Koozai, said: “The hype that the Google mobile update would cause carnage in the search engine rankings missed the larger picture. Exaggerating the impact meant that businesses didn’t anticipate that even small changes in their ranking can have an big impact on their organic mobile search results. 

“The survey reveals inconsistent effects are being felt by businesses that has resulted in confusion and concern. When a business has optimized for mobile then drops three places, it is understandable that they feel angry that they have acted on Google’s warnings and yet have still experienced a negative impact.”

“With more than 200 Google ranking factors, many businesses may have dropped in the organic search results when a competitor optimized for mobile because they were better optimized for some of these other ranking factors. “

“The survey also uncovered a worrying lack of understanding in the SME community of ecommerce analytics. Many consumers today will research on mobile than go onto purchase on desktop. Many SMEs are missing out on these lead creation opportunities if they don’t know if their ecommerce sites aren’t giving their potential customers a good experience on mobile.”

About Koozai

Started by Ben Norman in 2006, Koozai has grown to become one of the most respected and trusted digital marketing agencies in the UK. Specialising in SEO, PPC and Content Marketing they have built their reputation helping SMEs increase their sales and online visibility. Website:

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