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I don't think mobile traffic is as likely to read my articles, so it doesn't matter as much to meIt needs to matter, though, because everyone gets the same search results. It isn't determined by the device you're currently using; that's kinda the whole point.
What effect, if any, will the switch to the mobile-first index have on the results that people see on desktop and tablet devices?There will be only one index, the mobile-index. Actually, there is only one index now. The difference is, currently your site is ranked by the desktop quality. After the mobile-first index is fully in effect, that will switch and your site will be ranked by the mobile quality.
What effect, if any, will the switch to the mobile-first index have on the results that people see on desktop and tablet devices?
I ask this because I don't think mobile traffic is as likely to read my articles, so it doesn't matter as much to me.
I've read that ecommerce businesses get a lower conversion rate with mobile traffic,
As a ecom, it converts at approximately 0%Sorry to hear that. Many factors involved. Some products may do well converting on mobile, others may not.
The paradox was, until I supported mobile, I didn't see much mobile traffic. Once I redesigned to responsive, my traffic increased more than 50%, most of which was mobile... so it took being mobile to see how much mobile traffic I was missing.
A user may spend time while commuting researching a product, then once at home switch to desktop and make a purchase.
The current index is built from the documents served to desktops, and the new index will be built from documents served to mobile-like devices.(emphasis mine) That's an awfully good way of putting it. It exasperates me to no end when they say “mobile site”, because unless you out-and-out deny access to mobile UAs, everyone has a “mobile site”. The question is how it renders.
None of us has even the slightest inkling on how this will affect our ranking in the SERPS. How can we know, it's never happened before.
according to Google Search Console
joined:July 25, 2017
July 14 - onward
An incremental improvement in Google's logging system now provides better accounting for results in lower positions. This change might cause increase in impressions, but also a decrease in average positions. This change only affects Search Console reporting, not your actual performance on Google Search.
joined:May 3, 2017
Do you have to actually view page 2 to get the impression metric?I should think you have to. After all, there are rankings all the way down to--in theory--1000, but have you ever in your life seen a three-digit number in GSC?