This week we are showing you the 10 most popular posts of 2014 on State of Digital. The top 10 is based on a combination of reading numbers, shares and comments.
This is number 5, by Aleyda Solis, about Mobile SEO.
Originally posted: October 7, 2014, 11:30
No SEO analysis is complete nowadays without taking into consideration its Mobile (or multi-device) organic search behaviour: Which pages are receiving more mobile search visibility? How optimized for mobile and popular are these pages? Which keywords are providing visibility from the mobile search results to these pages?…. and what about its competitors?
The good news is that many tools have not only started to support and add mobile filters and functionality, but new tools that facilitate this analysis have recently been launched. Let’s see which steps to take, what these tools are, and how to easily combine their data to analyze a site mobile SEO performance.
Start by downloading the top mobile pages from Google Webmaster Tools “Search Queries” area, “Top Pages” tab, by selecting the “Mobile” filter in the “Search” section, which will give you a list of the pages that have received the highest amount of impressions, clicks and best average position in mobile search results:
With this information you can create a new Excel document only with the list of these top mobile URLs, and crawl them by selecting Screaming Frog list mode and set the crawler’s user-agent to ‘GoogleBot for smartphones’, in order to see the most important on page information – from HTTP status, title, meta description, canonical tags, meta robots, headings, word count, page size, etc.- about them, just as Google’s mobile crawler sees them.
Once you have the Screaming Frog on-page data, you can import it to URL Profiler and combine it with the additional data sources the tool supports: From Majestic link metrics (the basic ones are free and you don’t need a Majestic account or configuration), Mozscape authority & link related data (basic data is also free), social share data and the option to connect with Google Analytics to import traffic data for a specific period of a specified site.
This allows you to select a segment, such as the mobile traffic one that I select in this case, to specifically see the mobile traffic behavior in these pages (especially important if the site is using responsive of dynamic serving for its mobile presence).
After you’ve ran this analysis with URL profiler you will get the a combined file (2) for the URLs, including their Screaming Frog mobile crawled data, their Google Analytics Mobile traffic data, Majestic & Mozscape link related metrics and their social shares; which you will then need to combine (manually in this case, sorry) with the Google Webmaster Tools mobile search visibility data that you initially obtained for these same URLs, as it can be seen here:
Once you integrate these two files’ information (and prune the data, so you leave only the meaningful one in your case) by analysing it you will be able to easily and quickly answer the most important questions asked at the beginning about the mobile search performance of your site:
I did tell you that now we had tools that made this analysis much more easy, right? Additionally, you might have seen that we still haven’t included the keyword related information for the analysed pages. We still need to answer questions such as: For which keywords are these pages ranking in mobile search results? How can you also identify your competitors mobile related performance?
You can gather the query information for your top pages manually through Google Webmaster Tools, but this can be a crazily time-consuming task if you’re looking to analyze the performance of a large amount of keywords for a large amount of pages. And even if they’re not so many!
There are workarounds though: You can download directly the mobile query related data by selecting the “Mobile” filter again but this time from the “Top Queries” tab in the Google Webmaster Tools “Search Queries” area and use the SEMrush mobile position tracking feature, which allows you to track your mobile or tablet rankings (besides the desktop one).
As you can see in the next screenshots, you can import the queries from Google Webmaster Tools to SEMrush position tracking (whether with a file or directly connecting the service) and also add the domains of your competitors – besides yours, of course – to track their mobile search rankings for the desired keywords (you might also want to identify new potential keyword opportunities for which you might not have any type of visibility, by using the Google Keyword Planner which nows provides a Mobile breakdown for search volume information).
SEMrush will provide you the mobile rankings for your domain and your competitors pages for the specified keywords, which you will be able to export as a CSV or Excel file, that you can then use again to start with the mobile SEO performance analysis in order to better understand the reason behind those rankings… and this time, also have the mobile keyword data included.
I hope this is as useful for you as it is for me. 🙂 Do you have any question? Drop them in the comments area!