Google Offers Tips For A Search Engine Friendly Tablet Experience (Not Recommendations)

Google posted some tips for building a search engine friendly mobile tablet experience for users and search engines.

Google is clear to point out these tips are NOT specific “recommendations for building search engine friendly tablet-optimized websites.” Google does not have guidelines or official recommendations for tablet-optimized web sites but they did want to offer some tips based off their official smart phone recommendations.

The tablet-optimized tips include:

(1) Unless you offer tablet-optimized content, users expect to see your desktop site rather than your site’s smartphone site.

(2) When offering tablet-optimized content, use responsive design and test the design on many tablet devices.

(3) If you are doing redirection, be careful not to inadvertently redirect tablet users to the smartphone-optimized site too.

(4) Then Google lists on the blog post how you can tell Android phones and tablet devices apart using user-agents.

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  • http://twitter.com/sharithurow sharithurow

    Hi all-

    I hate to be the bearer of “bad” news, but responsive design (aka the “one-size-fits-all” solution) really isn’t a good recommendation.

    I found dynamic serving to be a much better solution in terms of task completion and conversions. There isn’t much difference between a desktop/notebook computer and tablets. You just have to adjust your style sheets for a finger, not a cursor. And remember that finger sizes vary. So your target audience’s age and gender are important to know.

    Google is constantly giving guidelines and recommendations that favor technology-centered design, not user-centered design. So you have to know when to take Google’s (and Bing’s) advice with the proverbial grain of salt.

  • http://twitter.com/bjankord Brett Jankord

    @twitter-12971792:disqus – Google seem’s to know a thing or two about how the web works and what’s good for it, so when they recommend something, you can be pretty sure they have a good reason for it.

    Dynamic serving is not a maintainable solution, with each new device that comes out, you have to make sure your device detection solution accurately accounts for it. Dynamic serving is a very fragile technique and is one I think people should move away from.

    As more and more web capable devices become available, users will look for content parity across their devices.

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