The big news coming out of Google’s AMP Conf in New York is that the mobile framework is set to roll out to a billion more people in Asia. Chinese search engines Baidu and Sogou are adopting AMP, so is Yahoo Japan.
Google’s VP of Search and AMP lead David Besbris gave the morning keynote address and made the announcement. The addition of these Asian search engines will mean a billion more people potentially using AMP.
AMP launched in October 2015 and since that time has seen significant publisher and developer adoption. There are hundreds of millions of AMP-enabled documents across multiple geographies around the world. More than 10,000 developers have contributed code to the project.
Baidu, Yahoo Japan and Sogou join a growing list of content publishers and e-commerce companies using AMP. They include Bing, eBay, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Tumblr, WordPress, The Weather Company, Eventbrite, Shopify, Fandango, TripAdvisor, Disney, Food Network and numerous others.
Adobe reported last month that top US publishers are now seeing 7 percent of their traffic through AMP pages. Publishers report more time on site and user engagement for AMP pages. They also say they’re seeing higher CTRs and even better monetization with AMP.
According to Google research, 70 of conventional mobile pages take 7 to 10 seconds for visual page content to load. By comparison, AMP pages load in less than one second on average.
Google has said AMP is not a ranking factor, however page speed is. Besbris has said in the past that AMP pages don’t receive a ranking boost. However when there are two identical pages, one AMP and one conventional mobile page, Google serves the AMP page.