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SEO 411: When will Google mobile-first index my site?

When Google made mobile-first indexing official earlier this summer, I was a little excited at getting confirmation that my blog was crawled and passed the mobile-first ranking signal.

So, I waited.

And kept waiting. Not a peep from Google about it.

Then I figured, OK, I guess it just takes a while.

You may be in the same boat yourself, excited to know for sure that your site received the green light from Google and the validation that you’re on track with your SEO and User Experience efforts.

If you’re still waiting, don’t worry.

In a recent Google Webmaster Central hangout, they reassure us not to be concerned, that it will happen and it’s only a matter of time.

If you watch the video, you’ll also hear about how mobile-first indexing actually works as well as the difference between mobile-first indexing and mobile friendliness.

Phew! That’s a relief!

How to find out if your site’s been mobile-indexed yet

All you need to do is to access your Google Search Console dashboard.

If Google has identified your site as mobile-first-approved, you should see an alert appear on your screen that will look like the following:

google search console mobile-first indexing confirmation message screenshot

As you can see in the image, my own blog was only mobile-first indexed last week even though it’s been eligible since well before the indexing became official.

Patience, grasshopper. It’ll happen.

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