Google has officially moved the deadline for mobile-first indexing to March 2021. The original deadline was September 2020, but with many companies having to make changes because of COVID-19, Google has pushed out the deadline to alleviate the pressure. The search engine expressed an understanding that during this time of uncertainty, it can be challenging to give work as much focus as before.
This is good news for sites not ready for mobile-first indexing. However, it’s advisable to spend some time understanding what issues on your website create obstacles preventing Googlebots from crawling your pages. Google has addressed concerns that can block sites from mobile indexing in previous blog posts, but there are new issues that have come to the forefront recently. In Google’s post announcing the extended deadline, it also put forward some suggestions for preparing for the move next year.
Here are the top suggestions straight from the source:
You can find more information about these suggestions in Google’s announcement post on the Google Webmaster Central Blog.
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