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I have 2 websites: let's call them A and B.

  • A is a Desktop optimized website.
  • B is a mobile version of A, but it's not on the same domain. It also has a smaller amount of content/pages than A

How do I tell Google, and other search engines, that I would prefer to have only mobile users on B (no desktop users) and that B is a mobile version of A.

I already have user agent detection and BIG BIG messages inviting users to switch platforms when convenient for them, but I want Google to send them directly to the appropriate site.

I use Google Analytics and Webmaster tools on both.

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Sorry, there is no method to do this currently. Google results on mobile are largely the same as on desktop.

However, Google has a special mobile user agent, Googlebot-Mobile, so you could detect this (if you don't already) and make sure there is a link to the mobile version.

I've also seen a few sources that list this meta tag, but I don't know if it's actually used by any search engines:

<link rel="alternate" media="handheld" href="mobile-version.html">
  • Here's the video from Matt Cutts: youtube.com/watch?v=mY9h3G8Lv4k – Osvaldo Oct 2 '11 at 15:39
  • Yep. In essence all you need to do is treat Googlebot-Mobile as if it's any other mobile user. So if you currently redirect iPhone users to the mobile version then redirect Googlebot-Mobile. If you just display a link to the mobile version, do the same for Googlebot-Mobile. – DisgruntledGoat Oct 2 '11 at 20:24
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Have a look at Google's tips on Mobile Sites for Webmasters:

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