The googlebot will grade if your site is mobile friendly or not under the following criteria:

  • Avoids software that is not common on mobile devices, like Flash
  • Uses text that is readable without zooming
  • Sizes content to the screen so users don’t have to scroll horizontally or zoom
  • Places links far enough apart so that the correct one can be easily tapped

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As mobile website traffic is growing across all industries at 3.5% per month and mobile search is expected to surpass desktop searches by 2015, having a mobile optimized site is essential for a achieving your website’s goals. And to test whether your site is mobile friendly or not is the first step in optimizing your site for mobile.

This new Webmaster tool is a boon for site owners, and it’s simple interface and quick analysis, makes it usable and understandable by almost anyone. One should expect that this tool be the go-to tool for anyone wishing to optimize their site for mobile. Really the only question one can ask is

What took Google so long to release this?

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