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If you are still on an old school fixed pixel width website and haven't as yet upgraded to a responsive template and become mobile friendly, you will want to know that Google is migrating to mobile-first indexing for its search engine.
(see Rolling out mobile-first indexing on the Official Google Webmaster blog) .
Mobile-first indexing means that Google will use the mobile version of the page for indexing and ranking.
This in part reflects that most people using search are now on a mobile device.
In addition, starting in July 2018, web content that is slow-loading may perform less well for both desktop and mobile searchers.
You'll find out if your site is affected via the Google Search Console (new name for Google Webmaster)
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I've been trying to work out for ages what was happening to my traffic stats on Google's Search Console (which used to be called Webmaster Tools)
The traffic was still there in Google Analytics and my other stats software - so why had it fallen off a cliff in Search Console?
This week Google has been rolling out the new version of Search Console to my websites and blogs this week and the problem had become even very perplexing.
Until I finally worked out what was happening.
IF you have moved your blog and/or website from "http" to "https" - as required by Google if you still want your pages to be indexed - then you have to reverify your site WITH THE HTTPS PREFIX in Google Search Console.
In other words add in your site AGAIN, but this time with the https:// prefix
Otherwise Google ignores your site on the basis that all your pages are redirected i.e. to the https site!
For me it was a very concrete demonstration that Google is seriously not indexing pages which are insecure.
The clue to the explanation was the date when things started to go awry. October 2017 was the deadline to get sites transferred to the more secure https - and that's when Google started its sweeping and deindexing of sites which remain in http.
I'll be working out a "how to" for those who need handholding through the re-input of a site and verification within Search Console.
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Katherine Tyrrell writes about art, artists and the art business and has followers all over the world. She also delivers workshops for art organisations and reviews websites and career strategies for artists.
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