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Google to Move Many More Sites to Mobile-First Index Very Soon

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Google to Move Many More Sites to Mobile-First Index Very Soon

Google’s Gary Illyes has confirmed that a significant number of sites will be migrated to the mobile-first index in the next month and a half.

Illyes announced Google’s upcoming plans for the mobile-first index while on stage at Pubcon in Austin, Texas.

The last official word we heard from Google regarding mobile-first indexing was this past summer, when Google’s John Mueller mentioned it was being rolled out to individual sites that are ready for it.

Since then, we have published a help article with Google’s advice on getting ready for the mobile-first index.

The company initially planned to have all sites migrated to the mobile-first index by early 2018, but it doesn’t look like that goal is going to be met. Moreover, Google has said it will not tell us when migration to the mobile-first index is complete.

However, following Illyes’ keynote at Pubcon, we have learned that the new index may never be fully rolled out to all sites.

Currently only a small number of sites have been added to the mobile-first index, and it’s not expected to have an impact on traffic.

Savvy site owners can check to see if their site has been added to the mobile-first index by checking server logs and see what is crawling the site most often. If Googlebot mobile is doing most of the crawling, chances are you’re on the mobile-first index.

Without manually checking server logs there is no other way to determine if your site has been migrated to the new index, as Google is not notifying webmasters individually. If you’re “ready” for mobile-first indexing, then perhaps your site will be selected in the coming weeks.

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Matt Southern

Lead News Writer at Search Engine Journal

Matt Southern has been the lead news writer at Search Engine Journal since 2013. With a degree in communications, Matt ... [Read full bio]

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