Google has announced that by September 2020 all sites will be crawled and indexed by Google using mobile-first indexing.
Google has stated that “To simplify, we’ll be switching to mobile-first indexing for all websites starting September 2020.”
70% of websites shown on Google searches have already been switched over to mobile first indexing.
“From our analysis, most sites shown in search results are good to go for mobile-first indexing, and 70% of those shown in our search results have already shifted over,” Google said.
Google first began the mobile-first indexing process almost four years ago in 2016. Most Web Masters have had sufficient time to get mobile ready for this change and it should come as no surprise. However if your site has not moved over yet, you may have received a notice from Google with more information. You can also check if your site has moved over by logging into your websites Google Search Console.
Below is a screen shot of a notice that Google sent out to users where mobile first indexing issues were detected in a site:
Why you should care?
If you get the above notice from Google Search Console, you should take action on it immediately. For many businesses their search ranking on google is critical to their business. If Google has issues accessing your site with mobile first indexing, then it will impact your search engine ranking of your web pages and in turn may impact your business and website enquiries resulting from a drop in rankings.
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