Google will soon launch a new mobile index, that will be separate to its desktop index.
Announced by Google’s Gary Illyes at Pubcon, the webmaster trends analyst said Google was building a separate mobile index that would act as its primary index.
Search Engine Land said the desktop index would still remain active, but wouldn’t be updated as regularly.
And in a follow-up, Illyes said the change would happen in months rather than years.
This is something that Google and Illyes have been working on for at least a year, having mentioned the tech giant was working on a mobile search index last March.
The change also means sites and publishers will have to ensure their sites are mobile friendly if they want to be properly indexed by Google.
Google has introduced a set of updates designed to improve mobile searches, including notifying which pages load fastest, by marking the Accelerated Mobile Pages with a little icon next to the search results.
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