“Prepare for mobile-first indexing” says Google
Google has announced that starting July 1, 2019, all new websites would be analysed and ranked on Google Search on the basis of “mobile-first indexing”.
Primarily desktop version of website was used for indexing and ranking the site, now the play has changed.
What is “mobile-first indexing”?
As it sounds, mobile-first indexing means the mobile version of your website is used for indexing and ranking primarily. Google use mobile version of the web-page for indexing and ranking for better efficiency. The major google search is happening on mobile, and so this can help mobile visitors to find what they are looking for in a better way. There will be an increase in smartphone Googlebot traffic to your website.
Google Mobile-First Indexing
Starting July 1, 2019, mobile-first indexing is enabled by default for all new websites. For older or existing websites, Google continue to monitor and evaluate pages based on the best practices. Google will notify the webmasters via Search Console once they’re seen as being ready. Since the default state for new sites is mobile-first indexing, there’s no need to send a notification to new sites.
Don’t hide anything on your mobile version, some webmasters have two versions of web pages one for desktop and other for mobile. They have different structures and content some time and they hide some content from mobile versions. From now the primary indexing is mobile version so its better to not hide anything (text & links).
How to enable Mobile-first indexing?
You can’t enable it manually, let wait and Google do the job. Mobile first indexing is enabled automatically and you can check this in Google Search Console.
How to check mobile first indexing is enabled for your website?
- Google will send a notification. Check message tab in Google Search Console.
- You can manually check in Google Search Console Inspection Tool:
Is your web page mobile friendly?
You can useGoogle’s Mobile-Friendly Test to gauge the quality of your mobile site.
Just enter your URL to get started with the test.