Checking for Mobile Usability Issues Across a Large Site
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With desktop-only content being dropped from Google’s index by March 2021, and the fact that web core vitals will be a ranking factor in 2021, the SEO community is working hard to benchmark their site’s mobile usability and performance and create a plan for improvement.
Now you can check your site’s mobile usability issues inside Google Search Console in the mobile usability report and there are plenty of tools on the market that will let you check mobile site speed, including tools like the new site speed comparison tool at Sandbox Web. It allows you to view the top results for a given query to see if you can see any patterns with page load speed for top ranking URLs. Super handy!
However, I’m interested in tools that can check sites for mobile usability issues in bulk. I’ve found a set that will let you check 50 – a couple hundred URLs or so, and that shortlist I’ve created includes:
So how about larger sites?
You can also look at the mobile rendered version of your site if you turn on JS rendering in Screaming Frog prior to your crawl, but it doesn’ export any sort of report that is helpful.
You can use Deepcrawl, which will check to see if a mobile viewport is set, and that will find *some* of the issues, but I’ve seen clients just re-size their desktop into a mobile viewport and the text is still set for desktop – so too small to see and *not* clickable via a thumb.
So IF you know of a tool that addresses this issue, please let me know.
However, your tip for today is to make sure that you don’t have any mobile usability issues – check inside Google Search Console and spot check using some of the tools above.
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