Google officially completes switch to mobile-first indexing after years-long transition.
- Mobile-first indexing means Google nowprioritizes mobile versions of sites when crawling and indexing.
- The change reflects Google's growing focus on mobile users in recent years.
- With the switch complete, Google will reduce desktop crawling to conserve resources.
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After years in the making, Google has fully transitioned to mobile-first indexing, the search engine giant announced Tuesday. This means Google prioritizes mobile versions when crawling pages and indexing content.
The shift reflects Google’s increased focus on mobile devices that began in 2015. At the time, Google updated its search algorithm to favor “mobile-friendly” sites.
The following year, the company started the process of mobile-first indexing by crawling mobile pages rather than desktop.
Google celebrates this milestone in an announcement:
“Over the years, mobile web traffic has continued to grow; in some regions, people almost exclusively use their phone to access the internet. Thank you – site owners, SEOs, web developers, designers, and everyone who works on websites – for helping to make the mobile...
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