Have you heard about that Google will be switching to a mobile-first index in the upcoming future, but if you’re not certain what this means or how it will work on your site, don’t get worried? With a modest research, you won’t have to be panic about Google turning your rankings upside down. Here in this write up you will get the complete explanation about the basics of the update and can take steps to get ready.
Right now, as you know Google crawls as a desktop user’s point of view and thus catalogs websites according to the desktop version. But with this latest update now the genuine content of a mobile site doesn’t have an effect on the desktop site’s ranking in SERPs presently.
This update from Google was introduced back in November of 2016, more than ten months ago. Some people are calling this update an ‘experiment,’ but in reality, it’s really the primary move in Google’s intended move to looking mainly at mobile content, somewhat than desktop, when deciding how to grade results.
Now to your concern its good to mention that, if you’re using a responsive design, you should be well with this latest update. Technically, mobile and desktop version has similar content being easily reached on mobile and desktop. But if you’re using different mobile URLs, or using different content on your mobile URLs by means of dynamic serving, then you have to be very cautious. This update somehow can potentially cause colossal problems including a fall in rankings across URLs on both mobile and desktop versions. To make sure whether you require taking any action for with this issue, website owners can test their site in Google’s Page Speed Insights Tool. This tool will help you in checking all the important aspects of your website.
Mobile-first indexing is the new search norms, where users are using mobiles for search on mobile devices. Because the greater part of web users now use mobile devices, so Google is shifting the technique it indexes content. Historically, even after the mobile-first update, Google will uphold its reliance on a solitary index of apps and pages.
Google has in fact been experimenting with this update for at least 10 months now, but the question here arises why haven’t we seen this change yet now? Back in March, an expert from Google claimed that Google wants to start on mobile-first indexing this year, there’s no official timeline for this process to start, and it may take quite a few more months to get started. In the meantime, I extremely suggest all sites review their current mobile system for Smartphone’s and use understand how Google is seeing your mobile content. Don’t wait for search engines to act… the time to take action is now.