Now You Can Easily Create Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) For Your Website


• By Zubair Abbas •

 

AMP pages or Accelerated Mobile Pages are ruling the mobile search results lately. But what are they? How to distinguish an AMP page from standard ones on search result pages?

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In the above image I have market the AMP results although there’s already a bolt sign and AMP written on them. Many would have seen external posts on social networks which opens real quickly. They are nothing but AMPs. So, yeah, AMP pages are really fast and meant to serve mobile users. The main idea behind AMP was to eliminate the slow page loading speed experienced by the users having slow mobile internet. AMP pages loads in blink of an eye. Here’s a concise definition of AMP as mentioned on its website:

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The Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Project is an open source initiative that embodies the vision that publishers can create mobile optimized content once and have it load instantly everywhere. 

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AMP pages can be implemented on post type content e.g. blog articles, news etc. If you have a blog or news section on your website then you must implement AMP without wasting any more time.

Now that you have understood the importance of AMP pages you must be willing to implement them on your website. Well you should do so! And it is absolutely easy too!

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I am going to tell you how to implement AMP pages easily step by step:

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Note: Your blog/news should have been built on WordPress.

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There can be following scenarios:

1. Your blog is on blogger – Then you have no need to switch to WordPress. Just follow these simple steps for implementing AMP on blogger.

2. Your blog is on free WorPress – Again, you just need to install a free plugin in order to have accelerated mobile pages.

3. Your blog is on Weebly – Now you gotta worry! Weebly is yet to come up with AMP upgrades. So what you can do is switch to a WordPress blog. Here’s how you can migrate from Weebly to WordPress.

4. Your blog is on Tumblr – Migrate to WordPress first.

5. You have a custom PHP blog – Do you know that it is much easier to manage a blog type portal on WordPress? Thousands of plugins, user friendly interface, human readable URLs which are easy to edit, great post editor, widgets and more. So, if you are pretty sure that your existing non-WP blog is better then you can simply take help of a developer. If you are ready to switch to WP then continue reading.

6. You don’t have a blog – Create one on WordPress. It is simple. Watch this video to know how to create a beautiful blog on WordPress.

7. I have a custom website on PHP but no blog – Nothing to worry. All you need to do is create a sub-folder by the name of blog and install WordPress there (domain is your website’s name). Just go to public_html and locate your website’s index file and create a folder by the name of blog or whatever name you want in the same directory. Or just simply watch this video on How to install WP in a sub-directory.

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So by now you have a WordPress blog with you. What next?

1. Go to plugins

2. Add new plugin

3. Search for “AMP”

4. Install the plugin

5. Sit back and relax

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How to know whether your blog has accelerated mobile pages now or not?

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1. Open any of your article e.g. www.domian.com/sample-article and simply write /amp/ at the end of the URL. It will look like this www.domain.com/sample-article/amp/

2. Do the same on mobile phone and see how it looks.

3. Use this tool to validate your accelerated mobile pages (AMP). It will let you know about the issues in your AMP pages if there will be any.

4. Link the blog to Google Webmaster and Analytics. It will also keep you informed whether your AMP pages are working fine or not. It will notify you about the errors or warnings if there will be any.

5. You can also see the index status of your AMP pages. Refer to the images below:

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And this:

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Remember, Google takes its own time to show your AMP pages on its search results. Be patient! Unless it is all clear on Search Console i.e. no critical errors then all you have to do is wait. And if you are expecting that your AMP link will rank above the non-AMP ones then let me tell you, NO! THAT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. But if your AMP and a standard page has equally valuable information then surely you will be given a higher preference by Google.

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Possible issues expected while implementing AMP:

1. Issue in migrating: You can let me know. I will try me level best to help you out. Or else you can contact a freelancer on Fiverr. It will cost you as much as $10 to migrate to WordPress.

2. Issue in solving the errors and warnings: Again you can put your query in comments and I will help you out.

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If you are facing any other issue, comment below. I’ll help!

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Guest author: Zubair Abbas, Digital Marketing Consultant, Trainer and WordPress Designer

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