What Is the Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Project?
It makes sense, then, that the SEO industry was buzzing when they first announced their Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project in October 2015. And when AMP officially integrated into search results in February 2016, many marketers rushed to use this new style of page on their site.
But much like any other marketing trend, it’s essential to fully understand AMP and how it can benefit your business before rushing to spend your budget and time on it. So what are accelerated mobile pages, and how can your company use them to improve your marketing strategy?
What are accelerated mobile pages?
Accelerated mobile pages are essentially stripped-down pages with minimized HTML. They can be stored in Google’s AMP cache, which allows users to access them almost instantly on smartphones and other mobile devices.
The project was designed to speed up the process of loading and reading online content on mobile devices, which is why AMP pages are not a part of desktop search results. But considering that there are now more Google searches on mobile devices than desktop computers, that isn’t a reason to overlook the value of these pages.
How can your company benefit from AMP?
One of the first things that many SEOs and online publishers wanted to know after the launch of AMP is whether or not it was a ranking signal in Google’s algorithm. It is not.
However, they still have plenty of other benefits for companies and publishers, including:
- Faster load times for visitors
- Less data usage for visitors
- Improved visibility in search results
Faster load times for visitors
The first obvious advantage to using AMP is that it provides faster load times for your visitors. The faster your pages load, the more likely your visitors will be to stay on them – instead of becoming frustrated by long wait times and returning to search results for a faster alternative.
Less data usage for visitors
Along with their fast load times, AMP pages require much less cellular data to be accessed on mobile devices – in some cases, eight times less!
This may not seem important to your company, but it’s a huge advantage for mobile users who don’t want to rack up extra charges on their monthly data bills. And as AMP pages become a more common option, users will be more inclined to click on them than standard, data-hogging HTML pages.
Improved visibility in search results
Although having AMP pages on your site isn’t a ranking factor, individual AMP pages display in the “Top stories” box at the top of results pages for certain queries. This space is typically for time-sensitive or newsworthy content, and the articles included in it do not necessarily retain a position in search results after it disappears.
That being said, if you added an AMP-friendly page to your site about a topic in the news and were able to becoming a top story, the traffic and visibility you’d earn would be well worth the effort.
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Want to start using AMP for your site?
If you want to provide site experience for mobile users, accelerated mobile pages may be an option for your business. And if you want to learn more, WebFX can help!
Our designers and developers have years of experience working with our clients to provide great online experiences for their customers, and we’ll do the same for you.
Contact us today to speak with a strategist about how WebFX can use AMP and other Internet marketing strategies to help your business grow.