View Poll Results: Has Google enabled mobile-first indexing for any of your sites?

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    Question Has Google enabled mobile-first indexing for any of your sites?

    On 26 March 2018 Google made an announcement in the Google Webmaster Central Blog: stating they would be rolling out mobile-first indexing here:

    webmasters.googleblog.com/2018/03/rolling-out-mobile-first-indexing.html.

    Quoting from that announcement:

    Quote Originally Posted by Google Webmaster Central Blog
    Today we’re announcing that after a year and a half of careful experimentation and testing, we’ve started migrating sites that follow the best practices for mobile-first indexing.

    To recap, our crawling, indexing, and ranking systems have typically used the desktop version of a page's content, which may cause issues for mobile searchers when that version is vastly different from the mobile version. Mobile-first indexing means that we'll use the mobile version of the page for indexing and ranking, to better help our – primarily mobile – users find what they're looking for.

    We continue to have one single index that we use for serving search results. We do not have a “mobile-first index” that’s separate from our main index. Historically, the desktop version was indexed, but increasingly, we will be using the mobile versions of content.

    We are notifying sites that are migrating to mobile-first indexing via Search Console. Site owners will see significantly increased crawl rate from the Smartphone Googlebot. Additionally, Google will show the mobile version of pages in Search results and Google cached pages.
    Since that initial announcement, Google has been notifying webmasters as they migrate sites from being indexed on the site's desktop contents to its mobile contents. I've gotten four such notices in the past two weeks. The notices I received read as follows:

    Quote Originally Posted by Google Search Console
    Mobile-first indexing enabled for <website>

    To owner of <website>,

    This means that you may see more traffic in your logs from Googlebot Smartphone. You may also see that snippets in Google Search results are now generated from the mobile version of your content.

    Background: Mobile-first indexing means that Googlebot will now use the mobile version of your site for indexing and ranking, to better help our (primarily mobile) users find what they're looking for. Google’s crawling, indexing, and ranking systems have historically used the desktop version of your site's content, which can cause issues for mobile searchers when the desktop version differs from the mobile version. Our analysis indicates that the mobile and desktop versions of your site are comparable.
    So, for this week's poll I thought is was timely to ask if folks have had any of their sites converted to mobile-first indexing. If you have, please share how many of your sites have and have not been converted, and whether the change had made a difference - either positive or negative - for you.

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    Google has only enabled mobile-friendly indexing for some of my websites. About 30-35 percent of them only.

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    I have not received any of these to my knowledge. Where exactly did you receive these notices? In GSC notifications perhaps? or an email associated with WMT? GSC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PROFRBcom View Post
    I have not received any of these to my knowledge. Where exactly did you receive these notices? In GSC notifications perhaps? or an email associated with WMT? GSC?
    notification was by email. i have received a couple of them for some old ****** sites..

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeahfree View Post
    notification was by email. i have received a couple of them for some old ****** sites..

    Thanks for the info. Did you notice any material changes in rankings for those websites which have been shifted over to mobile ranking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PROFRBcom View Post
    Thanks for the info. Did you notice any material changes in rankings for those websites which have been shifted over to mobile ranking?
    for me they were too small and old to even take a look at it. i'm more looking forward to the indexing of my bigger sites. they are all mobile friendly and loading fast, so that would be more interesting. i'll keep an eye on it.

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