Google Finally Rolls Out Mobile-First Indexing


Google Finally Rolls Out Mobile-First Indexing


Google has finally announced that they have begun the process of rolling out the mobile-first indexing after a year and a half of testing.

Google have confirmed that they are rolling out mobile-first indexing to a large number of websites for the first time.

Back in October 2017, Google did announce that they had rolled out the new mobile-first indexing to a limited number of websites but it looks like Google are now ready to roll this out on a larger scale.

Google said “our crawling, indexing, and ranking systems have typically used the desktop version of a page's content, which may cause issues for mobile searchers when that version is vastly different from the mobile version. Mobile-first indexing means that we'll use the mobile version of the page for indexing and ranking, to better help our – primarily mobile – users find what they're looking for.”

Google have always indexed the desktop version of a website but from now on Google will only index the mobile version of a website in order to deliver search results.

Google stated that they would notify website owners that their websites are migrating to the mobile-first indexing (via Google Search Console).

But if your website hasn’t migrated over to the mobile-first indexing yet don’t panic, it will likely take Google a few weeks to fully roll out this update.

Luke Stanley