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Advice from Google: How to Get Ready for Mobile-First Index

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If you’re seeing an increase in your log files for Smartphone Googlebot activity, it might mean that your website is now officially in Google’s mobile-first index.
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Back in 2016, we knew Google was preparing for a new mobile-first index. Industry news over the following year has projected that full rollout to be in 2018. With only a few days left in 2017, it’s hard to believe this rollout is almost here. Google will not give a specific date or timeframe on when their mobile-first index will officially launch. However, signs in Google Search Console and other website tracking tools are showing new activity that is possibly telling us they’re almost ready.

If you look on Google’s Webmaster Blog, you’ll see more and more advice about how sites can get ready for the mobile-first index. In the blog, Google did confirm that they have rolled out the index to a handful of sites for testing purposes. Once this testing phase is complete, we should see it roll out completely shortly after.

When will your site be moved over?

You will know for sure when you start to see a significant increase in the crawl rate by the Smartphone Googlebot. In addition to this, SERP snippets and content on Google cache pages will be drawn from your website’s mobile version. For now, only a small amount of websites have been migrated over but it is only a matter of time…

Google’s Gary Illyes posted various tips and suggestions in order to best prepare for the mobile-first index:

For more information, check out Google’s mobile-first index FAQs.

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