Google has started to roll out the mobile-first indexing of the web, as per the latest reports. After more than a year and half of testing and experimentation, Google has finally announced that it has started rolling out its mobile-first indexing to more sites.
Google said that this latest rollout is only for sites that follow the best practices for mobile-first indexing. This is for the first time that the tech giant has confirmed about moving to a large number of sites to enable mobile first indexing. In 2016, Google had announced about its plans to change the way its search index works and indicated about shifting its algorithms so that the mobile version of the content of a website could be used to index its pages.
In December 2017, Google informed that it had started transforming a hand full of sites to mobile-first indexing. But now, the Google has finally rolled out the mobile-first indexing to a larger number of sites. Google has informed that it will notify the site owners via messages about their sites being migrated to mobile-first indexing process.
After the mobile first indexing is being enabled, the sites will see more traffic from the Googlebot Smartphone. “You may also see that the snippets in the Google Search results are now generated from the mobile version of your content, Google wrote in the blog post. Through its blog post, Google gave a proper definition of Mobile-first Indexing. The Search Giant wrote, “Mobile-first indexing means Google will now use the mobile version of a web page for indexing and ranking, to better help our primarily mobile users find what they’re looking for.
Google said that its crawling, indexing and raking systems mainly use the desktop version of a website’s content and that created problem for the mobile searchers. But now, with mobile-first indexing, the mobile version of the page will be used by Google for indexing and ranking and this will benefit the mobile searchers. Google said that it will have only one index for search results not separating the mobile-first index from the main index. That means, it will index and rank the mobile web pages for the web but not the desktop version.