Google has officially started rolling out their mobile friendly update on a global level. They are boosting the ranking of mobile-friendly pages on mobile search results. Now searches will be able to access high quality and relevant results where text is readable without tapping or zooming. Where tap targets are spaced properly and the page avoids unplayable content or horizontal scrolling.
This update affects only search rankings on mobile devices, search results in all languages on a global level and applies to individual pages and not entire websites.
Google said on their official blog, “While the mobile-friendly change is important, we still use a variety of signals to rank search results. The intent of the search query is still a very strong signal — so even if a page with high quality content is not mobile-friendly, it could still rank high if it has great content for the query.”
To check whether your site is mobile-friendly, you can examine individual pages through Mobile-Friendly Test or check the status of your entire site through the Mobile Usability report in Webmaster Tools. If your site’s pages aren’t mobile-friendly, there may be a significant decrease in mobile traffic from Google Search.
Google announced that, “Once your site becomes mobile-friendly, we will automatically re-process (i.e., crawl and index) your pages. You can also expedite the process by using Fetch as Google with Submit to Index, and then your pages can be treated as mobile-friendly in ranking.”The Mobile-Friendly Algorithm Is Finally Here!,