Google is always working to keep its search engine updated and reflective its users’ needs. Today, mobile devices are used for the majority of online activities, so makes sense that Google is spending more time catering to those users. Google has released several updates designed to make the web a friendlier place for mobile device users, but now it’s starting a “mobile-first” version of its index, which could be a game changer for webmasters and SEO specialists.
What is the Mobile-First Index?
Google collects information on every web page in a massive catalog, known as an index, which it then uses to formulate and display search results for various queries. Until just recently, Google mostly viewed web pages through the eyes of a desktop user, treating mobile pages as important, but as a secondary. Now, the tables have turned. Google is treating the mobile versions of each page as the primary page to index, with desktop versions being secondary. The mobile-first index has already rolled out in 2017, but like with most of the search engine’s major updates, it is a gradual process. This why it’s important to have a mobile friendly website.