Google announced mobile-first indexing in late 2016 and the search giant is still only half-way through the process of switching over to the mobile-centric initiative. As Google’s John Mueller said in December, “there’s still a lot of work to do” and roughly half of the web is still on the old desktop indexing protocol.”
So where does this leave you?
Google will have notified you
through a message in Search Console if your site has been moved over to
mobile-first indexing but you can confirm for yourself by using the URL inspection
tool to analyse any URL from your site.
The key thing to know about mobile-first indexing is it only really affects sites with separate desktop and mobile pages. If your site uses responsive design, then your desktop and mobile pages are the same thing – which means nothing should change after the switch.
If you are running separate desktop and mobile sites, here are some of the
latest tips from Google:
Not sure what mobile-first indexing is all about? Read our guide to find out everything you need to know.
Michelle joined Vertical Leap's Portsmouth office in 2011 as Marketing Manager, having spent the previous 15 years of her marketing career in the recruitment, leisure and printing industries. Her passions include dogs, yoga, walking, the beach, mountains and nice food.
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