Your site has been switched to Mobile First Indexing

Notification from Google Webmaster Dashboard

When i open Google Webmaster dashboard to see my blog statistic, i saw this notification appears. This is a new thing I've never heard of. I believe this is will make a big impact to our blog or websites if our blog or websites is not responsive toward mobile devices. About this notification, you don't need to do anything, it's is just an information that you can just accepted it, there's no disagree button, so all you need to do is to optimize your blog or website to much more mobile friendly.

Mobile first indexing means Google bot which crawls your website contents, it will crawl your blog or website on mobile appearances first, desktop version later, because these days the number of people searching on Google is majority come from searching using their mobile phone. It means how your blog performances on mobile device will contribute significant points to you to compete with other people's blogs on Google search results.

Just read the learn more button and you will see the detailed explanation, or you can read here Mobile-first Indexing Google Blog.

Here's some statements from official Google Blog about this Mobile First Indexing notification:

  • If your blog already have a responsive site, or a dynamic serving site where the primary content and markup (html markup) is equivalent across mobile and desktop, you shouldn’t have to worry about this.
  • If you have a site configuration where the primary content and markup is different across mobile and desktop, you should consider making some changes to your site to make at least desktop and mobile looks similar.
  • Make sure to have bot markup for both the desktop and mobile version, not only just desktop version but you must have mobile markup version, which is one column layout only.
  • Use the robots.txt testing tool to verify that your mobile version is accessible to Googlebot.
  • Sites do not have to make changes to their canonical links; Google will continue to use these links as guides to serve the appropriate results to a user searching on desktop or mobile.
  • If you are a site owner who has only verified their desktop site in Search Console, please add and verify your mobile version.
  • If you only have a desktop site, we'll continue to index your desktop site just fine, even if we're using a mobile user agent to view your site.
  • If you are building a mobile version of your site, keep in mind that a functional desktop-oriented site can be better than a broken or incomplete mobile version of the site. It's better for you to build up your mobile site and launch it when ready. 
  • If you have any questions, feel free to contact us via the Webmaster forums or our public events. We anticipate this change will take some time and we’ll update you as we make progress on migrating our systems.
  • Using the responsive mobile and desktop template for your blog
That's it, in this modern website template, usually a website template already rendered for both version desktop and mobile version, but if you are still using old template that has only desktop version, you need to make so many changes to that template, it's just to make your blog readable, visitor don't have to zoom in or zoom out to read your content or navigate to your website.

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