Make Sure Google has Indexed Your Mobile Site

As mobile phones are becoming increasingly popular for accessing the Internet, webmasters are finding it almost mandatory to make sure their mobile site has been indexed by search engines like Google. In fact, most of the mobile sites are designed keeping in mind users’ interests, they hardly ever think of being search engine friendly, thus, losing out on the mobile search audience.

If your website doesn’t show in Google mobile search results or even when you use the “site:” operator then it could mean either or both of two things:

  1. Googlebot is unable to find your site – Googlebot is Google’s crawler that should first crawl your site before it can be indexed by Google. It takes some time to crawl a newly created site. So, first create a Mobile Sitemap and submit it using Google Webmaster tools, just like a regular Sitemap.
  2. Google is unable to access your website – Some mobile sites become unsearchable by search engines like Google as they only allow access to mobile phones, not search engines. Webmasters who want their mobile site to be accessed by Google should allow all User-agents including “Googlebot-Mobile” to access their site. The User-agent string should contain the “Googlebot-Mobile” string (this may, however, change later on). DNS lookups can also be used to verify Googlebot.

How to ensure Google recognises you mobile URLs

After the Googlebot-Mobile has crawled your mobile site’s URL, Google checks whether it is viewable on a mobile device or not. Google will not include it in its mobile site index if can’t be viewed on a mobile phone. However, the site will be included in its web index.

Another factor that determines whether your mobile site will be indexed in Google’s mobile index is the “DTD (Doc Type Definition)” declaration of your mobile friendly URL. Compact HTML and XHTML Mobile are the appropriate mobile formats for this declaration.


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