Google will now use the mobile version of a site to determine its ranking for a mobile search
While currently Google ranks sites by their desktop layouts, the search giant will now rely on the content available from the mobile version of websites first when deciding which sites will appear on top of a specific Google Search. Google says that its search team is going through websites to see which ones are ready for "mobile-first indexing." That is the term for Google's new method of prioritizing mobile content first when ranking sites for mobile Search results. Snippets from web pages that traditionally show up in Google Search results will now come from the mobile version of a website as will info seen on Google cache pages.
To make sure that a website is ready for mobile first indexing, Google recommends that:
- The mobile version of a website should have the same high quality content as the desktop version.
- Structured data and Metadata should be on both versions of the site.
- No changes are required if a separate URL is used for the mobile version of a site.
Google will roll out this new focus change slowly so that website owners have time to make the necessary changes. After everything that needs to be done is completed, mobile search users will get pointed to the site that is the most mobile friendly.