New delay for the move to mobile-first indexing for all content on the Google search engine: it should have taken place this October, but Google has decided to grant another six months of grace to allow all web developers to concentrate their resources on the management of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new scheduled date is March 2021.
Google announced this important move in 2016, began distribution in 2017, and expanded it in 2018. In summer 2019, it became the default for all new websites, while the move for existing ones was expected to take place in September. 2020.
This change in indexing reflects a major change in the habits of Internet users. Until a few years ago the vast majority of searches on Google were carried out from computers, laptops or desktops; in the last period, however, due to the spread of the smartphone like wildfire, the vast majority of searches come from mobile.
In concrete terms, this means that Google's crawlers will only surf the internet on smartphones; if a site is not optimized or does not work on mobile, it risks not being well indexed, or even ignored by Google. Result: will not appear in the search results.
For Web developers who still haven't conformed to the new standard, we recommend following the SOURCE link below for a series of tips on how to fix common errors and problems directly from Google developers.
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