Mobile-first indexing is coming to Google very soon!

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Mobile-first indexing is coming to Google – Are you ready, is your website ready?   It could be a disaster for many businesses, who will not get views to their website now.

Is your website mobile friendly?  It’s never been more important for websites to be mobile-friendly so that it will be found on Google.

Mobile-first indexing was actually supposed to be happening in September this year but due to the uncertain times, and many people not even working during the lockdown Google was kind to us and moved the time frame to March 2021 to give people more time.

Google has been talking about mobile-first indexing since 2016 so it should be no surprise to you.  Most people are searching on Google using a mobile device, in fact, 60 out of 100 searches are on mobile compared to only 40 on desktop PCs.  And this will only increase as time goes on and Google wants to be prepared to give its users what it wants.

What is mobile-first indexing?

This is really bad news for your business if website isn’t mobile-friendly. Mobile-first indexing just means that Google will only get the information of your site from the mobile version, so you need to make sure that Googlebot can see all of your content and resources or your website may not be indexed or ranked.

Luckily Google has a site so that you can test if your website is mobile-friendly – Mobile-Friendly Test 

Mobile-first indexing is coming to Google

Mobile-first indexing is coming to Google!

Business owners and entrepreneurs cannot take this action lightly – it’s not just about usability for mobile but about indexing for Google.  Google has given us plenty of time to prepare for this.  Adjustments to make websites mobile-friendly need to be made now.

If you don’t have your own website guy then let me know I have a great one.  if not Google has created this page with some advice.

Mobile-first indexing best practices

  • Make sure that Googlebot can access and render your content
  • Use the same meta robots tags on the mobile and desktop site. 
  • Don’t lazy-load primary content upon user interaction. 
  • Let Google crawl your resources. 
  • Make sure that content is the same on desktop and mobile
  • Check the placement of your ads
  • Provide high-quality images
  • Don’t use URLs that change every time the page loads for images.
  • Make sure that the mobile site has the same alt text for images as the desktop site.
  • Don’t use URLs that change every time the page loads for your videos.

That’s not all so check it out.

Also on that site, it has some troubleshooting common errors that can stop sites from being enabled for mobile-first indexing or could cause a drop in ranking after a site is enabled for mobile-first indexing.and how to fix them. > Troubleshooting

It’s never been more important for websites to be mobile-friendly.   You have a few months to sort it out or be left behind.