AMP, Accelerated Mobile Pages, is an open-source program rolled out by Google in 2015 for publishers to facilitate their content and have web pages load quickly on mobile devices. AMP is aimed to effectively improve user experience and content readability, offering a mobile-friendly responsive web design.
AMP strips away all the elements that can cause the content on the web page to load slowly on mobile browsers. The web page created with AMP HTML is thus stripped down to basic text and images, making the content load around 15-85% faster as compared to the formatted content developed using other scripts.
Wondering if Google AMP is really important and would impact your online business, in any or every possible way?
Let’s take a look at 6 ways Google AMP can influence your online business.
1) A Big SEO Boost
Google’s core search algorithm factors in page speed and mobile-responsive website design to determine the placement of the website’s link in the search engine results pages (SERPs). The faster your page loads on mobile, the more likely it will be seen and clicked on by Google search users, resulting in a higher ranking on SERPs.
Adding to this, now all AMP enabled articles appear in swipe able carousel format even above the paid ads in the search result as shown below. A paid placement option may also be available in the future.
2) A Better User-Experience
Visitors love the fancy and creative designs on your website but they care even more about the loading speed than all the fancy motifs that adorn your website. Page loading time contributes greatly to website user’s experience.
A Kissmetrics study states that 40% of people abandon a website that takes more than 3 seconds to load.
It’s abundantly clear to see that when one can’t wait for more than a couple of seconds for a website to load, speeding up the web page by 15-85% can only have a positive impact on user experience.
3) Increased Profits for your Business
There are umpteen marketing advantages of a website that utilizes AMP, but are there any advantages that directly contribute to sales or conversions?
Consider this, Kissmetrics, again, states that
A 1-second delay in page response can result in a 7% reduction in conversions.
This can be a huge issue for business owners whose target customer base largely exists on a mobile platform. The faster loading speed can lead to a reduction in bounce rates and increase the probability of conversion. Since the target customer stays on the web page for a longer duration, business owners can use advertising banners and offers that require a click-through to convert a visitor into a lead or a lead into a customer, thereby contributing to generating revenue.
4) Domain Authority Suffers
One of the biggest disadvantages of using AMP-backed content is how it negatively affects domain authority. AMP ties your website to Google and not to your domain name.
For instance, let’s have a look at the screenshot below:
As you can see the URL, https://www.google.com/amp/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/35800232#, begins with “www.google.com/amp/” and then takes on the article’s originating domain. When browsing through the article, visitors will still be on Google.com and not on the publisher’s website.
5) AMP doesn’t work for non-publisher sites
AMP only covers articles and blogs that are in long-form content and doesn’t really work for e-commerce or brand sites. An e-commerce site can find the design constraints of AMP too restrictive and will prefer to stick to traditional HTML.
6) Poorly constructed HTML pages will be found out
A blessing in disguise, really. Each and every page has to be free of errors before Google can set it up in its AMPs caches. Business owners and publishers need to spend ample time and money to further debug every web page.
To summarize, considering the cons above, if your website deals in the long form content and you want to stay ahead of the curve, in sync with the emerging trend that is, mobile-optimized content, then you are an ideal candidate for the AMP overhaul.
If you want to move into AMP, make sure your website is developed right from the start.Contact Potenza Global Solutions for Responsive Website Development today.