The AMP Project is an open-source initiative with the goal of creating websites and ads that are consistently fast, beautiful and high-performing across devices and distribution platforms. Speed is an integral part of designing web pages. In a nutshell, pages that are AMP-optimized rank better and faster and they most certainly convert more mobile page visitors into customers. Faster mobile pages + readable content = better user experience
AMP Tech Talk Summary
In essence, Accelerated Mobile Page (AMP) is an extremely lightweight HTML/CSS page designed to load in a fraction of the time standard HTML pages do. Only the minimum (essential) HTML/CSS required for pure readability and maximum speed. Images don't load until they're scrolled into view and all of this is designed to be cached so no fetch from a site is required. In the website source code, an AMP version is identified by a rel AMP HTML link, which points to your, "hosted AMP page" or a "Google-hosted cached version." An AMP Cache is a proxy-based Content Delivery Network (CDN) for serving valid AMP documents.
Impact on the SERPs
A 1-second delay in mobile browser load time can lower conversion rate by 3.50%, reduce pageviews by 9.40% and increase bounce rate by up to 8.30%. Therefore AMP especially for eCommerce = better conversions.
- 20% increase in sales conversions
- 10% increase in website traffic
- 2x increase in time spent on page
- 10,500 developers using AMP
- 4 Billion+ AMP pages published
- 25 Million domains are using AMP pages
AMP is truly powerful and is an upgrade to mobile-friendly pages with several benefits. Mobile traffic will keep growing, as will the demand for fast-loading mobile pages, including competition to offer the best possible experience for, and conversions from, customers. Time will tell how this technical structure develops — So don't rush in thinking you need to retool your site today. However, that time may be coming soon, especially if your site is in need of some fresh updating, SEO and general optimization.
See Also: PageSpeed = Revenue