Does Google Rank “Mobile Responsive” And “Stand Alone Mobile Specific” Sites Differently?

By April

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In episode 205 of our weekly Hump Day Hangouts, one viewer asked if Google ranks “mobile responsive” and stand-alone mobile specific” sites differently.

The exact question was:

2) For ranking purposes, does Google look differently at a “”mobile responsive”” site and a “”stand alone mobile specific site””, and if you're targeting mobile searches only, can you rank a “”stand alone mobile specific site”” without a forwarding desktop site?

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