Mobile-First Index by Google FAQ
All that is known about mobile-first the Google index
Google began testing mobile-first index.
What will change after the launch of mobile-first index?
Google will scan the Internet from two points of view: by desktop and by mobile browser.
What if I don't have a mobile website?
In the mobile results, the site will be located at lower positions.
In the mobile version less content than the desktop. Do I need to worry?
Google will assess only the relevance of the mobile version of the site. An effective solution is to use responsive design for content pages in the desktop and mobile versions.
What about content that is hidden below the tabs?
After you start mobile-first index for mobile sites the content below the tabs will get full weight.
The launch of the new index will affect the ranking of Google?
The launch of mobile-first index should affect the ranking.
When mobile-first index will be launched?
Now mobile-first index is tested on a limited sample of users. It is assumed that testing will take several months.
Will mobile-friendly content advantage in ranking?
Yes. Now the desktop content is indexed and is used to display the search results on both mobile and desktop users. Algorithm a mobile-friendly increases in the results of the content optimized for mobile devices. Content that is not optimized for mobile browsing gets a lower position in the search results.
How to understand if Google recognizes the mobile page?
Use the tool "fetch as Google" for sites in the Search Console.
Signals ranking of the mobile version of the site will be taken into account by the algorithm itself?
Google ranks mobile sites on the basis of many desktop signals. After you start mobile-first index will change.
Whether the index is pided into mobile and desktop?
The index will remain the same.
As the launch of the new index will affect the links and positions?
There is no information.
Do I need to change the canonical URL?
Google state that canonical URLs do not need to change.
What changes are already visible in the search results?
According to representatives of Google, at this stage, no changes should not be.