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Too much difference between mobile positions and desktop

     
3:51 pm on Mar 14, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Hi,

I'm seeing in GSC my positions in mobile and desktop and I have very much difference between it, I don't know if this is normal or I have I problem.

The average positions for mobile devices is 7.1 Nevertheless for desktop is 13.1.

Both version has the same content including the right column, the website is responsive.

Also I've been revising my logs and I have more accesses from Googlebot than from googlebot mobile, I've read that if you have 80% or more access from googlebot mobile you are affected for the new mobile first index but this is not the case.

Thank you,
Carlos
7:09 pm on Mar 14, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Googlebot-mobile just checks for comparability, AFAIK it is not an indexer, so there will be a significant difference in frequency.

Desktop is slowly declining for all of us. Most people are on mobile (depending on audience) and sites are now ranked on the merits of your mobile site... see: Mobile-First Index [webmasterworld.com]

Another reason for lower desktop traffic is competition. It is possible other sites in your niche have a nich better desktop presence.
8:55 pm on Mar 14, 2018 (gmt 0)

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I've read that if you have 80% or more access from googlebot mobile you are affected for the new mobile first index
It depends on the site. If a site is fully responsive--which should not take Google long to figure out--there's actually no reason for the mobile bot* to crawl at all, since it will receive exactly the same content as the default Googlebot.

:: detour to check something ::

In the past year, less than 1% of Googlebot requests for css have come from the Android--none more recent than last summer. Some sites didn't get any css requests from the Android Googlebot at all. The ratio is less spectacular for page requests, but still massively skewed toward plain Googlebot.


* That is, Googlebot in its mobile version, currently some form of Android. The “Googlebot-Mobile” designation was discontinued a few years ago.