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dolcevita - that article is close to a year old. Things are moving forward. Yes, it's true. If you have no responsive version, your desktop site will be used for ranking, even after the Mobile-first Index goes into affect.So yes, for now your're OK. Of course things are changing fast.
All indication is desktop only sites will not get the ranking boost that responsive sites will get.
But know that you'll need a responsive layout to be included in the index at some point. No one really knows how long, but why wait? Be proactive and get it done
But my main takeaway since this was announced 9 months ago was that anything non-responsive was going to be second-class at best.
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but those who built minified versions of their content using AMP might choose to rethink that.
In other words, if you're serving up skimpy mobile-only versions of your desktop pages, you might be at a disadvantage
if google just serves up these mobile sites for everyone then i don't see how they'll be delivering the best results.That's not what the algo update is about. Of course users will be given the correct viewport per device. It's already "personalised." That won't change.
a lot of websites these days seem to be overly tailored towards mobile. when you visit on a desktop monitor all you get is acres of space, and huge gigantic pictures that are obviously meant to be seen on a smaller screen.
huge gigantic pictures that are obviously meant to be seen on a smaller screenThat may end up working against a site if, as so often happens, the same vast image file is sent out to everyone, and it's then resized in html and/or css. Download time--and bandwidth--tend to be bigger issues for mobiles than desktops.
Not just gigan[t]ic pictures, but gigantic type, tooShow me a site using gigantic type by default, and I'll show you a site that hasn't grasped the purpose of the "viewport" meta. I believe it's the very first thing on Google's instructions.
At what screen size does google mobile first look at?AFAIK "screen size" is a common term, but it really comes down to how many pixels does the viewport render on the device:
some elements are left out in responsive design on small screen sizes (ie a mega menu)Hence the advent of the mobile hamburger. Google seems to just want the main topic pages nowadays anyway. Many here report they've been losing indexed pages, and this may be why... in preparation for the Mobile-first Index.
Google seems to just want the main topic pages nowadays anyway. Many here report they've been losing indexed pages, and this may be why... in preparation for the Mobile-first Index.
is there a definitive size that Google considers mobile?That's the same question that was answered.
Then we can all work to that sizeA couple years ago the Google mobile bot would check for 640 width since that was the common screen width if most phones.
Make your pages responsive so your content fits *all* screen sizes.
But that isn't the same as implying that "anything non-responsive" is going to be "second-class at best."