Google today, introduced one extra tab for Smartphone Crawl Errors in Google Webmaster Tools, the purpose of this option to make webmasters aware of Smartphone specific errors which bots or users face while surfing website via Smartphones.
Few months back, Google cautioned webmasters that in future the rankings on Smartphone may change due to these errors. More and more people are using phones in these days to retrieve the information from websites as compared to desktop due to the ease of availability and feasibility of using it anywhere any time, So Google given specific instructions on how to avoid usability, technical and browsing errors in Smartphones.
The new option will show all the errors which Google bot detected with smartphones like unwanted redirection or error pages while comparing same pages with desktop crawls where information was available for users. Google assumes this as mis-configuration for smartphones, while same information is available for desktop users, and there is error or redirection when accessed from smartphones.
Following errors are shown in this tab
- Server Errors: When error code was returned by HTTP protocol
- 404 Error Pages: A Soft or Hard 404 pages
- Faulty Redirects: When desktop pages redirect users to 404 or any unwanted pages like home page
- Blocked URL’s: Pages which are blocked by robots file for smartphones
Fixing this type of problems will get you better ranking on smartphones so that you do no miss traffic from mobile users.0