Recent AMP Updates
Posted on October 24, 2016
If you have been paying attention, you might remember us posting about the AMP Project back in May.
As you may remember, AMP stands for 'Accelerated Mobile Pages', a Google-backed project designed as an open standard for any publisher to have pages load quickly on mobile devices.
AMP is specifically designed to enhance the mobile user experience of website visitors, by offering lightweight versions of web pages that load immediately, have minimal navigation, are uncluttered with ads (for now) and require very little network resources to download.
Since then it has been gaining a ton of momentum and there have been a few big updates which we will cover off here.
AMP Results are live!
At the time of our initial post, there were only a select few who were actually seeing AMP results in their search queries.
As of mid-September, Google have rolled out AMP results to the larger population and there are now 600 million AMP pages over 700,000 domains!
So start looking out for that little AMP icon and trying it out!
New AMP Testing Tool
Google has launched a more simplified version of their testing tool over at: https://search.google.com/search-console/amp.
Just plug in your URL, prove you're not a robot, and it will show you a nicely formatted list of errors that you need to fix to pass the AMP validation.
If you pass all of the tests, Google even give you a neat little URL to preview how your AMP results would be returned in their search!
Will users be attracted to AMP results?
Just as many online searchers are drawn towards search results that are tagged "mobile-friendly," it is highly likely that mobile searchers, particularly those on slower connections, those in rural areas, or mobile users worried about their data usage, will gravitate to search engine results that are in AMP format.
Furthermore, due to the fact AMP pages tend to be less ad-heavy when compared to their mobile counterparts, many website visitors will prefer AMP for this reason alone.
The Optimising Opinion
If your current website includes a form of latest industry news, and you can easily add an AMP output to your current website, you should do so. If it requires a lot of effort or recoding, then put it on the nice to have features list for your next website revamp.