It’s been ages since Google initiated making mobile-first indexing the default behavior of its search engine. The corporate, in November 2016, announced that it started experimenting to form its index mobile-first and therefore the initial plan was to enable mobile-first indexing for all sites in Search by September 2020.
The initiative gained momentum when it was absolutely realized that the quantity of users who accessed the internet through mobile phones exceeded that of desktop or notebooks. 51.3% of internet usage worldwide came from mobile devices compared to 48.7% by desktop (StatCounter) in November 2016.
Has Google started the Mobile-First Indexing?
Last year, the corporate started using mobile-first indexing for over half the online pages it showed in its search results. According with the latest Google’s Webmaster Central Blog, it enabled mobile-first indexing for many currently crawled sites, and enabled it by default for all the new sites. The schedule for completely switching to mobile-first indexing is now revised and it’s decided that the time-frame be extended to the end of March 2021.
Is your Site ready for Mobile-First Indexing?
As per Google, “Mobile-first indexing means Google will predominantly use the mobile version of your website content for indexing and ranking.” Though Google occasionally crawls the desktop site with its traditional Googlebot, it’ll completely switch to mobile-first indexing by the end of March 2021.
To prepare your site for this transformation, the corporate suggested some issues that need to be addressed:
- Ensure Googlebot can see your Content
- Confirm primary Content is that the same on Desktop and Mobile
- Check your images and videos
– Image Best Practices
– Video Best Practices
You can check for mobile friendliness on your site using Google’s mobile-friendly tool. If need be, take a look at Google’s mobile guidelines.
To view full blog post published on July 21st, 2020 on Google’s mobile-first indexing, click here.