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Google: The Mobile-first Index is Rolling out

Google released a blog post on March 26th, with the sole purpose of announcing that they’re moving beyond testing and are shifting to a slow roll out of the Mobile-first index. The post was vague on specifics but had this to say:

Today we’re announcing that after a year and a half of careful experimentation and testing, we’ve started migrating sites that follow the best practices for mobile-first indexing

We continue to have one single index that we use for serving search results. We do not have a “mobile-first index” that’s separate from our main index. Historically, the desktop version was indexed, but increasingly, we will be using the mobile versions of content.

We are notifying sites that are migrating to mobile-first indexing via Search Console. Site owners will see significantly increased crawl rate from the Smartphone Googlebot. Additionally, Google will show the mobile version of pages in Search results and Google cached pages.

 

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