Smart Education in Ireland : Google Changes Its Search Rules (Again)

Digital marketing trends change as much as the Irish weather - particularly Google SEO rules. The tech giant announced earlier this year that it was making a change to its search algorithms which would begin to factor in a website’s “mobile-friendliness” as a ranking signal. This means that those sites which weren’t optimised for smartphones’ smaller screens would see their ranks downgraded as a result.

In order for a site to be considered mobile-friendly, its text has to be readable without tapping or zooming. Tap targets also need to be spaced out appropriately, and the page needs to avoid unplayable content.

In other words, the site simply needs to be easily usable from a mobile device, and not be clunky or inaccurate. Most corporate websites are designed for large computer screens and fast internet connections – even though half the population browses the web through smartphones such as the iPhone.

Google is also tidying up its search results, removing URLs from the results page and replacing them with a ‘breadcrumbs’ structure that will show where on a site a result is coming from. Google will no longer display web addresses in mobile search results, instead showing the constituent parts of the URL broken apart into a “breadcrumbs” format.

The advantages to making a site mobile-friendly aren’t just good for Google and consumers – they’re good for site owners, too. For sites that are mobile-optimised, search sends a number of visitors to smartphone sites and contributes to a significant portion of a website’s revenue.

According to a study of 100 top mobile properties by Branding Brand, search accounted for nearly half of all smartphone traffic (43 percent) in Q1 2015, up 5 percent from the prior quarter. In addition, organic search produced 25 percent of all revenue on smartphone-optimised sites.

"Ireland is emerging the best place to study nowadays...many students are selecting Ireland because the country offers many good reasons which no other country till now offers", says Mr. Deepak, Education Manager, Career XL Services..


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