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I have a website with it's mobile redirection to http://m.example.com. They both are different website which share a same database and URL structure. Apart from couple of URLs, all redirect to the correct http://m. version

My main website has all the required meta tags along with publisher and verification snippets. Since, the mobile website is completely different, I have used all those meta tags, verification snippet and publisher on that too.

Is this the right practice or I should remove meta and other things from mobile website?

Also, in addition I want to know whether to apply rich data structuring to mobile pages too or it isn't required. As of now structured data remains only on the main website

  • What do you mean by "the mobile website is completely different"? Is the content different or just the elements on the pages are smaller since it is on a mobile site? Would you be able to identify a 1:1 mapping between content and elements on the m. and desktop versions of your website? – David Garcia May 22 '15 at 20:04
  • contents are similar with different design(adapting to mobile). it's just that both are different asp.net mvc projects. ExampleSite , ExampleMobileSite . Both having their own but similar controllers, actions, models etc. – Pankaj Upadhyay May 23 '15 at 5:56
  • Why don't you go for responsive website, you don't need to have different design, and everything is resolved. – Bes Nik May 25 '15 at 9:14
  • I am thinking on those lines but it might take more time as i need to study how to do that. So just wanted to know about meta tags for my current situation – Pankaj Upadhyay May 25 '15 at 12:47
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If you're using responsive design or dynamic serving, you don't need to do anything. If you're using separate mobile URLs, you'd have the rel=canonical set to the desktop version, so that would take care of it.

  • is this important to do this in the head tag or will the rel="canonical" work in body of the html too?? – Pankaj Upadhyay May 27 '15 at 18:58
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    Like all meta-tags that affect indexing, you need to use them in the head . – John Mueller May 29 '15 at 7:32
  • thanks for clearing the doubt. Since my website has a master layout, i was about to add the rel=canonical in the body of pages – Pankaj Upadhyay May 29 '15 at 8:08
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    Remember to add also the rel=alternate on the desktop version, as the Google guide on "separate mobile URLs" suggest. – lucgenti May 31 '15 at 18:53

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