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    Mobile First Index question


    We currently have a separate mobile site to our desktop site which is terrible. It looks nothing like the desktop site and has a lot less content. We are planning to launch a new website that has a responsive mobile site but the launch keeps getting delayed and is now not going to happen for a few more months.

    Do you think I need to worry about the mobile first index? So far this hasn't affected us but is it likely to start affecting us soon?

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    No mobile first index not affecting your website much. Because mobile and desktop ranking both are different. So don't worry about a responsive website.

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    • KnowOneSpecial : Bad advice see my post below
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    You do not need to worry about Mobile-First as switching to it does not give you a better ranking in searches. While being mobile-friendly is a ranking factor on mobile, it is unrelated to being in the mobile-first index.Furthermore, neither mobile-friendliness nor a mobile-responsive layout is required for mobile-first indexing. Pages without mobile versions still work on mobile and are usable for indexing.

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    3rd post doesn't seem quite right according to the official info by Google.

    "Background:Mobile-first indexing means that Googlebot will now use the mobile version of your site for indexing and ranking, to better help our (primarily mobile) users find what they're looking for. Google’s crawling, indexing, and ranking systems have historically used the desktop version of your site's content, which can cause issues for mobile searchers when the desktop version differs from the mobile version.""

    This indicates that the Mobile version DOES play an important role for ranking and indexing and therefore, someone needs to have an optimised mobile version, if he would like to have his website well indexed.

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    Wow, never noticed this thread actually, but it is full of bad advice except from rastaviper.

    Originally Posted by Pinder325
    Do you think I need to worry about the mobile first index? So far this hasn't affected us but is it likely to start affecting us soon?
    Yes, by all means you should worry about it and resolve it as soon as you can. Google even recommends a responsive site.

    Last edited by KnowOneSpecial; Jan 17th, 2019 at 08:08 PM. Reason: Clarity
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    Hi,
    as
    rastaviper
    said, you have to worry about your mobile version. we all knew mobile searchers are increasing compared to desktop searches, then how can you think it won't affect your website performance. fix the issue as soon as possible. check this Search engine journal article for details information

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