Gary Illyes of Google was asked about sticky footers, if Google has an issue with them. Gary responded on Twitter saying “nah, I wouldn’t worry about that.” Meaning, Google doesn’t necessarily penalize or demote sites that deploy sticky footers.
Gary did add “but do try to make them as less obtrusive as possible.” “You really don’t want to annoy your users,” he added.
Here is the tweet:
Nah, I wouldn’t worry about that, but do try to make them as less obtrusive as possible. You really don’t want to annoy your users
— Gary “é¯¨ç” Illyes (@methode) July 28, 2017
A sticky footer is a footer that sticks to the bottom of the browser’s viewport as you scroll, no matter how much you scroll up or down, the footer remains at the bottom of the screen of the browser window.
Here is a picture that might help describe it:
These are currently okay with Google.
Forum discussion at Twitter.