The Mobile Plateau | Local SEO Guide

For years, there has been a relatively deafening klaxon in SEO:


This is not hyperbole. Here are some choice examples.

First up, the top of this mobile SEO guide:

And here is just one of the myriad of examples of it showing up on industry news sites like Search Engine Land.

These sites all use numbers provided by organizations that have a lot to benefit from people investing in Mobile (like Google), and they are all generally based on models that were created during a period of rapid mobile growth.

Personally, I know that lots of industry analysts (including Greg Sterling, author of the linked Search Engine Land piece) have been looking for updated numbers specifically from Google. But I’m not content to just hold my breath and wait for that to happen.

Well, Google just recently launched its Data Set Search (praise be to the Schwartz). I decided to give it a whirl, and my fingers just started searching for mobile user data.

The most recent piece of “big data” that I could find on mobile user rates in the US is from Statista, and it tells a radically different story. They get their data from StatsCounter, which you can see here:

This is specifically for US traffic, which you can see in full glory here. This seems to say that desktop and mobile traffic have reached an equilibrium and the period of explosive mobile growth and desktop decline is over.


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