According to UXPin, Mobile-first design strategy is designing for the smallest screen first and working your way up to bigger screens. Google announced its indexing strategy The various ways in which people have been accessing the internet have changed drastically over the years. Statistics suggest that around 68 million around the world come from mobile devices every hour.
In an update, Google announced majority of the sites are ready to go for mobile-first indexing. Google says, 70% of the sites shown in Google’s search results have already shifted over.
What is a mobile-first website?
Mobile-first is a strategy which goes in favour of the staggering statistics which suggest that people prefer accessing sites through mobile browsers. According to this, they design a website for the smallest mobile device possible first.
The developers then scale upwards to adapt the website to relatively larger dimensions like a desktop.
Why mobile-first strategy is important for SEO?
Google mobile-first indexing means that its algorithms will look for the mobile version of the website for indexing and ranking. This will help their primary user group – mobile users.
What may interest you is that a mobile-first design is basically a content-first approach. A mobile screen crams you up for space. Attracting audience attention within these parameters is a challenge. Hence you need to focus on content a lot
How to achieve Mobile-first design?
First, you have to create a content inventory – a basic excel sheet map of all the things you would want on your final layout.
Second, you got to figure out compatibility. A uniform and seamless experience needs to be provided from each element on the page (for both desktop and mobile version)
Then, go with the smallest possible dimension you can work with. Orient your layout to those specifications and upscale thereon.
Carry out steps like validating robots.txt, checking the server log files, and keeping track of the indexation status. Also, avoid the use of mobile interstitials and too much animation