Google’s John Mueller said this week in a Google Hangout at the 25:05 mark into the video that Google may decide to release the mobile first index in batches. As you know, it seems like the mobile-first index isn’t rollout out any time soon and SEOs keep asking about it.
John said it’s “possible that we’ll say well this batch of sites works perfectly fine on mobile first indexing so we’ll just switch that over.” John said:
My guess is what will happen is, we will provide you with more information about the type of issues that we’ve run across so far in our tests. And based on that we’ll give you more guidance on when we expect some things to happen.
It’s also possible that we’ll say well this batch of sites works perfectly fine on mobile first indexing so we’ll just switch that over and wait with the next batch until we’re certain that they’ve been able to solve the these problems.
But that’s something where we’ll have more information kind of as time goes by.
Of course, if Google rolls this out in batches, it will confuse the heck out of SEOs and webmasters in terms of when this roll out is happening, which pages it impacts and how much of an impact it has. But it will make for writing and covering the roll out a heck of a lot more fun for me.
Here is the video embedded at the start time:
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— Glenn Gabe (@glenngabe) May 4, 2017
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