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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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Should I redirect desktop users visiting mobile page to desktop version?

Mobile to desktop version should be a choice the user initiates. Sometimes the user may want the mobile version due to: 1) A focused and less cluttered experience 2) Faster browsing for low-...
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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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Screen resolution of Googlebot mobile?

The current GoogleBot Smartphone agent, as tested with the 'Fetch as Google' Tool is essentially a fake iPhone using a headless Webkit Engine, running on a Linux x86_64 desktop machine. The default ...
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What is Google's policy about separate content on same URLs in mobile and desktop versions?

The best course of action is to use canonical URLs. This avoids a situation where you are penalized for duplicate content. When it comes to desktop vs mobile websites, most sites will have something ...
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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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What is Google's policy about separate content on same URLs in mobile and desktop versions?

In my experience, mobile visitors want the same content as your desktop visitors do. I worked for a travel website with lots of information about hotels and restaurants. The site is generally known ...
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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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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 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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How to make content load faster for mobile on a responsive design site?

If a block of content is hidden with CSS, the browser still needs to download the HTML inside that element. All browsers except Opera download the images, too. (In fact, since Opera has switched to ...
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Should I redirect desktop users visiting mobile page to desktop version?

Let the user choose. Few things are more frustrating than being forced to use a lacking mobile site. Consider allowing desktop users to choose mobile as well -- perhaps they're tethering their ...
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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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Mobile Browsers! Do they ignore `<noscript><img>` (Responsive Design with Framework Zurb Foundation (Interchange/Noscript))

My own tests on noscript using firebug's net tab don't actually load any image contained within the noscript tags unless javascript is off. Likewise, the first poster here has no such problems and ...
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Should I redirect desktop users visiting mobile page to desktop version?

I don't see why not. The question here is whether you think it will benefit your users or not. Personally speaking, I find it a tad bit annoying whenever I'm brought to the mobile version of a website,...
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Canonical and hreflang implementation for international desktop and mobile site versions

This looks pretty spot on to me, apart from on the Spanish desktop site set, where there are quite a few errors. You are referencing the mobile version with the three rel="alternate" hreflang= tags, ...
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SEO Impact of using Responsive Design and the serving of different content on the same URL

If you're actually serving different content, what you're doing is adaptive rather than (or as well as) responsive. If it's purely responsive, the content sent from the server is always the same, but ...
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SEO Impact of using Responsive Design and the serving of different content on the same URL

Responsive design actually improves your SEO for several reasons mostly because of the in bound links help all versions of the page. Google even highly recommends Responsive Design and Content We ...
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