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What are you expecting from the "Mobile-First Index" ?I'm expecting what Google has announced... that ranking/indexing will be done on the merits of the Mobile version of your site for both Mobile & Desktop (instead of from the Desktop version like it has been.) What that will look like will be determined in the several months following the update.
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The only thing different is image size
Why on earth should there be only be a SERPS for one type of device?I think you may be misunderstanding what the Mobile-First Index [webmasterworld.com] is.
Once this update rolls out, the opposite of that will happen. Google will begin looking at your mobile site and from that, will rank the desktop site.
The Mobile-First Index should clean out the abandoned amateur & hobby sites and those that have not kept up with web changes, but not at first I probably.
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If those old sites with "evergreen" content don't display for the user's device, I doubt they'll remain, given the fact that Google insists on user-first pages more and more.
But "user first" means giving the best search results, and Google is more than capable of telling if a searcher is using a phone, a tablet, or a computer.I was referencing user-first as far as page layout, which in turn will now play a primary role in the index change.
I find it very hard to believe that Google would ignore desktop and laptop users for a "one size fits all" mobile approach.Google isn't ignoring any users, that's why they strongly recommend a responsive layout. That's not a "one size fits all" it's a one layout accommodates all.
The days of arguing against a mobile-responsive layout are gone. Google has said what it wants.
Why should Google let other search engines siphon off desktop/laptop/tablet traffic when, by delivering the best results for any given device, it can continue to maintain its dominance across the board?It's a good question. It makes very little sense.
If that was the case, why bother with a new index?Semantics... it's not a *new* index, it's a change in the way sites are indexed... a change in the way they're ranked:
What is the Mobile-First Index? The mobile-first index is a change in the way Google is going to index content.[webmasterworld.com...]
Currently, Google looks at the desktop version of a site and then bases how it will rank the mobile site according to that information. Once this update rolls out, the opposite of that will happen. Google will begin looking at your mobile site and from that, will rank the desktop site.
If that was the case, why bother with a new index?Semantics... it's not a *new* index, it's a change in the way sites are indexed... a change in the way they're ranked
Why announce a change to the way things are indexed? If the new indexation methodology can return Desktop results for Desktop (per EG's contention), then the current one can return Mobile for Mobile.
That's probably a question that only Google can answer...Either the assertion that the mobile-first index will not affect Desktop results is true and only Google can explain why, or it is untrue and desktop results will be affected.