Google announced on its Webmaster Central Blog that it postponed the departure of the mobile-first indexing due to the emergency of the period: there is now a little more time to prepare, but it is better to start.
Mobile-first indexing, mobile-first indexing, is a theme on which Google has been a constant work in recent years.
Mountain View has enabled mobile-first indexing for most sites currently being scanned by the search engine crawler: the new indexing is enabled by default for all new sites.
The initial plan of Big G was to enable mobile-first indexing for all sites, within Google Search, in September 2020. The Mountain View company has now announced to realize that, in these uncertain times, it is not always easy to focus on work as usual, and has therefore decided to extend the timeframe until the end of March 2021.
That will be the time for which the transition from traditional indexation to mobile-first indexation is now planned.
For sites that are not yet ready for mobile-first indexing, Google has already mentioned some problems that block such websites, in previous blog posts. In addition, Google has had time to carry out further tests and evaluations, and has stated that it has encountered some additional problems, which it mentioned to allow webmasters to better prepare their websites for mobile-first indexing, which is only postponed,
First, webmasters should make sure that Googlebot can see the content of their site. In mobile-first indexing, Google will only acquire information from the mobile version of the site, so webmasters must make sure that Googlebot can find all resources there.
Web developers should then use the same robot meta tags on the mobile version as on the desktop version. Using a different one on the mobile version (such as noindex or nofollow), Google may not be able to index or follow links to pages after the rating of the mobile-first indexing.
Lazy loading, lazy loading, is more common on mobile devices than on desktops, especially in images and videos, Google explains, which advises webmasters to follow the best practices of this technique
In particular, Google recommends avoiding lazy loading of main content based on user interactions (such as scroll, click or type), because Googlebot will not activate such user interactions.
For example, if the web page has ten primary images on the desktop version and the mobile version only has two, with the other eight images uploaded from the server only when the user clicks on the
Additional tips on mobile-first indexing are available on Google’s Webmaster Central Blog.