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Mobile web searches have overtaken desktop. The world’s gone mobile, with smartphones and tablets become king as the share of desktop web browsing traffic shrinks to 48.7%, according to data.

Mobile devices are used more than traditional computers for web browsing, as smartphone and tablet use overtook desktop for the first time, October figures show.

Mobile web browsing has been steadily growing since 2009, while the desktop’s share of web traffic has steadily decreased. In October, the two crossed over, with global mobile and tablet browsing accounting for 51.3% versus the desktop’s 48.7%, according to the latest data from web analytics firm StatCounter.

Aodhan Cullen, chief executive of StatCounter, said: “This should be a wake up call especially for small businesses, sole traders and professionals to make sure that their websites are mobile friendly. Many older websites are not.

“Mobile compatibility is increasingly important not just because of growing traffic but because Google favours mobile-friendly websites for its mobile search results.”

And I suspect that’s why Google is now offering you a free report on how mobile friendly your site is. All you have to do is enter your URL and submit your email address.

And, as you can see below, even this WordPress.com site will need some more improvements to get a top score.

Needless to say, if you do need some help with your website, do get in touch!

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