Google Extends Mobile-First Indexing Deadline To March 2021

 

Google revised mobile-first indexing deadline is coming near in the next few weeks. Google stated that it will be going 100% into mobile-first indexing. The company shifted the deadline from September 2020 to March 2021. Google’s John Mueller states today that March 2021 is an approximate deadline.

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So this might mean some may be moved over 100% prior to April 1, 2021, and some may running  behind and move over after April 1, 2021. If the site is moved to the mobile-indexing and it has the issues mentioned below then the site rankings in Google most likely will change. Here’s a list from Google that you should check between your desktop version and mobile version of your site:

  • Robots meta tags on the mobile version
  • Lazy-loading on the mobile version
  • Be aware of what you block
  • Make sure primary content is the same on desktop and mobile
  • Check your images and videos including
    • Image quality
    • Alt attributes for images
    • Different image URLs between desktop and mobile version
    • Video markup
    • Video and image placement

So be ready, which I believe most of you are and most of your sites are already moved over to mobile-first indexing. But if not, then be ready.

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