I found this site from Google that analyses your HP account and lets you know if it is mobile friendly. So far mine seems OK. Enter your profile's url address and click on "analyse"
https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools … -friendly/
I checked my hubpages and my own website pages with this tool. Thank Luis for sharing this link. I noticed a friend who owns a website that needs to get his mobile-friendly!
This is a very easy to use tool, and now I know both my sites are mobile friendly. Haven't checked HP on it though!
Luis, All hubs will pass this test because HubPages already did as much as they could to make hubs mobile friendly. But there is more that Hubbers need to do. For example, if you used capsules in two columns they may not display as you intended on a mobile device, since HubPages moves everything into a single column for the small screen size.
I recommend doing something more important than running the Google test that you mentioned. Go into edit mode on any hub and select preview, then select mobile preview. You'll quickly see what you need to fix. I found this helps increase traffic.
I discuss this further in a hub I wrote about How I'm Editing My Hubs to be Mobile Friendly. You can find it in this week's HubPages Weekly email, or on my profile page.
Glenn, I read your Hub and it was very informative. I am in the process of checking each Hub to see how it looks on mobile. I've only done six out of 120, but so far they look good. This is certainly time consuming, but well worth the work, I think.
Hi Mary, Thanks for checking out my methods. I started by checking and updating the highest traffic hubs first. I found that they have the best chance of improved traffic with the changes. The low traffic hubs don't get any better with the mobile friendly changes. At least not in the short term. So work your way from top down like that and it should be easier to handle.
I have over 300 hubs. I'm not going to go through and check each one! I'll worry about it if and when any get edited.
From what I have seen, it doesn't much matter what we do or don't do, so far as our earnings are concerned; they've taken a huge nosedive in the last year or so, and unless The Big G stops being a royal P.I.T.A., I don't see any change happening on that front.
Since no one can make a guarantee that my earnings would skyrocket from doing this, (and I know they cannot--there are no such warranties!), I don't believe it is worth the time and effort it would take.
Lizzy, it's not fair to blame Google. They are just being responsive to the fact that most people use their smart phones these days to search for information.
As for you having over 300 hubs to update, see my prior posts in this thread about how to deal with that.
As for your capsules being out of sequence, this is why you need to preview your hubs as they appear on mobile. When I updated my hubs I simply repositioned some side capsules to work both ways, two columns and one column. It's not as difficult as you think. Most of the time the merge falls into the proper place anyway without any repositioning. It usually is just a matter of making sure that the subtitles are over the merged capsules and not under. If the subtitles are part of the left column text capsule, and you have a related right capsule, then that subtitle may end up under the merged right capsule. Easy to fix.
I guess I'm just turning into that "crabby old lady," a la Lucy of the Peanuts comic strip.
One reason I can't understand the obsession with "smart phones" is simply a fact of life of aging: even with my reading glasses on, I don't want to try and peruse a site such as HP or Face Book on such a tiny screen! Instant eyestrain headache!
Not everyone is young--in fact, my generation--the Post WWII Baby Boomers, outnumbers the younger generations by a large number, yet all the marketing caters to youth. Bitter much? You betcha!
Maybe it's just time for me to hang it up.
It looks as though it only checks your actual profile page, and not any of your individual hubs. Mine passed, with "awesome," but I suspect that is HP's formatting of our profile pages.
I have not yet edited any of my hubs with an eye to being 'mobile-friendly,' and I do know that I have a good number with a right-shifted first photo, and several other capsules right-shifted to be next to each other, as I don't like the look of a big, blank gap, nor do I like the look of something like a poll taking up the entire width of the column. A poll is an aside, as is a 'sidebar' bit of text, and IMO, they should not be included in-line with the body text.
Lizzy, The thing is that everything is in-line on a smart phone. All the right column capsules get placed just above the left-handed capsule they were next to. That may not be the ordered result that you may want. This is why it's important to preview your hubs in mobile view as I discussed above and in my hub on the topic.
So, even if I've separated it by coloring the sidebar text with a blue background, that gets removed, as well, so people think the side bar is all part and parcel of the body text? If so, that is extremely annoying, as it would have the effect of fouling up the sequence and structure of the article, and could cause some things to be out of order and not make any sense.
It saddens me that suddenly everyone thinks they cannot live without their 'smart phone.' I think they're pretty dumb phones, myself; if they can't handle proper translation of format, and sheesh..the auto-screw-up so-called "spell checker" mistakes I seen constantly....
I, for one, have no use for these devices. My "cell phone" is just a simple, flip-open TracFone. It makes and receives calls, that is all. It's for emergencies, or so my husband can reach me if he has a problem (he's a heart patient) while I'm out running errands.
I am also a cave woman. The only thing that makes me slightly envious about not having one is the camera function.
Hi, Muttface! Welcome to the dinosaur club! LOL Mine actually does take photos, but there is no uplink cable to get them into my computer; I can supposedly e-mail the photos to myself, but it's one of those "press each key umpteen times to get the letter/character you want" deals, and far too easy to make errors, so it never actually sends or arrives, so I don't bother to use that function...ditto for 'texting.'
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