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Why does my IP address become Google's IP address when using Chrome on the mobile?

You have Data Saver turned on in the settings of Google Chrome. It proxies all your HTTP (not HTTPS or incognito) traffic through an optimisation server at Google to make the pages smaller.
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Is there any way to see how Google ranks my websites 'mobile friendliness'?

There is a tool available from google that can measure your site's compliance with the new mobile requirements: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/
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Is there any way to see how Google ranks my websites 'mobile friendliness'?

If you’re referring to whether or not your site is mobile friendly according to Google then use the mobile-friendly tool. You can verify whether it has kicked in by searching for your domain on a ...
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What is the use case for Fax links in a webpage?

Computers, mobiles and tablets can send fax's with software, its just like sending an email, it was added to rfc2086 15 years ago but it never took off and as far as I know no major browsers support ...
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Is it true that Google will effectively penalise mobile-unfriendly sites from April 21, 2015?

The important thing to know is that (as stated here) the change only applies to mobile searches: This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant ...
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Is it true that Google will effectively penalise mobile-unfriendly sites from April 21, 2015?

Panic not! From: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2015/02/finding-more-mobile-friendly-search.html Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking ...
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Webmaster Tools: Mobile Usability Warnings - How to deal with adverts?

A responsive layout will also benefit your advertisers so they should be behind you on this. the largest being 728x90 This should obviously be 100% width on a small screen (and possibly the same ...
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Is it true that Google will effectively penalise mobile-unfriendly sites from April 21, 2015?

Google announced that they will start penalizing pages that are not mobile friendly in the mobile search results: Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking ...
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Is google penalizing SEO of websites with non device-width viewports?

Yes and no. I have a website that has two versions of the site. One for desktop, one for mobile. The mobile website has a fixed viewport of 380 and according to Google's Mobile Ready Test my website ...
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Fixing "Page is not mobile friendly" report from Google test

In my experience the Google tool is just not smart enough to figure out clever CSS or other techniques you may have used to make your screen mobile-friendly. For example, I have had tables which ...
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Why does Google mobile site test say my site is not compressed when it uses content-encoding:br?

Compress resources with GZIP This is another one of those things where new technology is being shoved into our faces and some companies and/or tools aren't setup to handle it (such as the Google page ...
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Google Mobile Usability says "Content wider than screen" even though I can't reproduce that locally and X overflow is set to hidden

I have remove all "position: absolute" from classes. But that classes were assigned to hidden content what fit fine on smallest smartphone screen, also most of them were not connected to any page ...
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Are "m dot" sites a valid solution to Google's new "mobile-friendly" ranking algorithm?

Google allows three different mobile configurations: Responsive web design Dynamic serving Separate URLs Although there are many advantages to responsive, Google allows any of the three. If Google ...
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One website for desktops and one for mobile in the same domain

It's called adaptive web development. You need to detect the user-agent and serve different markup based on the device. In PHP, you can use $_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT']. You'll want to include this ...
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Universal shortened doctype for all mobile devices

The XHTML doctype is for XHTML web pages and, unless you are serving your page as application/xhtml+xml, it ain't XHTML. I'm betting you're not doing that. Writing HTML as XHTML is called "tag soup" ...
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Comprehensive guide for Mobile Display / Resolution

For responsive purposes, you can use the devices resolution conventions: By using these dimensions, you cover a maximum of devices.
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Are there downsides to redirecting of mobile pages to desktop for desktop browsers?

Bidirectional redirects are good user experience I would go ahead and implement the redirects, it seems like good user experience to me. I suspect that it isn't always done because: Mobile sites ...
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How to define an URL in Article schema on mobile domain

You say: when you're on site XYZ, the URL most probably should point to XYZ. However this is not quite accurate, as it misunderstands the semantic meaning of the url property in Schema.org ...
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Could a specific website be blocked or throttled for all users by Verizon

It is definitely possible for Verizon to do this. The rest if this answer can only be speculation - Especially if you are using HTTPS , and your site is "not dodgy" look at your hosting ...
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Google wrongly marks my mobile friendly site as not-friendly

As you know the major problem here is that you tables are causing the lower part of the page to overflow. While this may only seem a problem until you get to the bottom it actually becomes a problem ...
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Webmaster Tools: Mobile Usability Warnings - How to deal with adverts?

Google allows three different mobile configurations: Responsive web design Dynamic serving Separate URLs Although there are many advantages to responsive, Google allows any of the three. You have ...
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Should i disallow my mobile url's via robots.txt?

The canonical tag is enough, as it lets Google know which page should be indexed. It is basically a way of saying "Hey, these pages are extremely similar. Here is the page that should take precedence."...
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Desktop ↔ mobile site redirection logic

There's a script called MobileDetect, if checks if the visitor is a user via the browser headers. Requires updating from time to time, but other than that is works very easy: $detect = new ...
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Getting mobile site warnings from Google despite having a separate mobile site

Google supports a separate mobile site. From their mobile webmaster guidelines: There are 3 ways to go mobile: responsive web design, dynamic serving, and separate URLs. ... Separate URLs: Serves ...
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Does every page HAVE to be mobile friendly even if its almost unimportant?

Googlebot crawls your website with a mobile user agent: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 6_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/536.26 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/6.0 Mobile/10A5376e Safari/8536.25 (...
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Google trimming first few words on mobile

Looks like this was because of Google experimenting something. Today when searching with the same keyword Google displays the description as expected, everything shown from beginning and trimming last ...
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Does mobile site need SEO while desktop site already does it?

There are a few different answers to your question so I'm going to answer it assuming 2 things are true: You're talking about non-visible SEO (i.e. description tags, open graph tags, Twitter card ...
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Is there a benefit to using AMP on already fast mobile sites?

AMP's biggest performance improvement is its ability to lazy load images and ads. From https://github.com/ampproject/amphtml/blob/master/spec/amp-html-format.md: HTTP requests necessary to ...
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Compare mobile vs. desktop traffic statistics for other websites

ANY: No. You need to have control on the website. Having said that, tools like semrush, can give you some insight on competition but not quite exact data about mobile vs desktop.
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Google unable to load all page resources which is causing script errors and may be hurting our SEO

When you use this test, note that many ad tracking pixels/scripts (even Google's pixels and Doubleclick's pixels (Google owns Doubleclick)) may be blocked by their own robots.txt file that you cannot ...
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