Google: PDFs Are Not Mobile Friendly

May 30, 2018 • 7:59 am | comments (9) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

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Well, this is one of those no-brainer posts, but hey - I'll say it anyway, PDF documents are simply not mobile-friendly. They require you to pinch and zoom to really see the content and images in the PDF and thus, are not optimized for mobile devices. So thus, Google does not mark PDF documents in their search results as mobile friendly.

Michael Stebbins shared a screen shot on Twitter of Google marking a PDF on his site as not being mobile-friendly and asked John Mueller of Google why. Here is that screen shot:

Pdf Not Mobile Friendly

John said because PDFs are not mobile friendly. He said he will double check for sure, but he doesn't think Google labels any PDFs as being mobile friendly.

Forum discussion at Twitter.

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