Well, um, this is embarrassing. Especially at a time when Google is pushing the mobile version of websites, wanting all of us to make sure that our websites are mobile friendly by April 21st. A recent search this morning revealed that the mobile version of Google.com is ranking well in Google’s own search results. I searched for the title of a blog post I wrote on Saturday night about a lawsuit. And, low and behold, Google’s mobile version (of Google Plus) is ranking #3 for that search query. Take a look:
The search query for “Laureate Education Sues Domain Name Proxy Service” (without quotes) shows my article, then a tweet about the article, and then Google’s own mobile search results from Google Plus. What’s interesting, is that I tagged a Google Plus post with the hashtag #lawsuit when I posted about that lawsuit.
What I didn’t expect, though, was Google to show that post in their “related” mobile version, and that mobile version to actually show up (rank well) in Google’s search results. I am searching from the desktop, NOT from a mobile device.
So, since I’m on my laptop, why is Google ranking their MOBILE search results from Google Plus in the desktop version of Google.com?
Looking at the actual URL that’s ranking, I see the following from the URL:
m.google.com (their mobile version showing up on desktop)
partner id &partnerid=operamini1104 (looks like they’re indexing the Opera Mini 1104??)
Title Tag: Google+
Here’s a screen capture of the actual page that’s ranking in Google. Keep in mind that it’s the MOBILE version of a page, which I really don’t think is appropriate to show when you’re using the desktop version of Google.com:
I have a few questions for Google:
If I have a mobile version of my site, will the mobile version of the site rank well in Google when people are searching on a desktop? Frankly, what I’m showing is a bad user experience. Google should be showing the desktop version of Google Plus (if that’s appropriate to show) rather than the mobile version.
Why and how did a “related” page on Google Plus get indexed and why is it appropriate for a “related” page on Google plus to show in the search results?
Why is the Opera Mini 1104 version getting indexed?
Here’s the really long URL that is ranking in Google’s search results: