Mobile Alternates & Other Report Improvements

Sam Marsden
Sam Marsden

On 21st July 2017 • 5 min read


How Can Our Mobile Alternates Reports Benefit You?

Mobile-first indexing is becoming an increasingly hot topic amongst SEO practitioners. For evidence of this, you need look no further than this recent Google Webmaster Central Hangout which was filled with Mobile-first related questions from inquisitive SEOs, including our very own DeepCrawl CAB member Dawn Anderson.

Announcing the Mobile Alternates Reports

With mobile on our mind we, at DeepCrawl, are focusing our efforts on innovating our website crawler to help ensure the transition to Mobile-first indexing is a smooth one.

With that, we are excited to announce the launch of the latest report to be added to our mobile SEO arsenal: the Mobile Alternates Reports.

The main Mobile Alternates Report is located in the Indexation category and will benefit DeepCrawl users running projects on websites which have a separate mobile site.

Further Mobile Alternates reports can be found under the Links and Mobile categories: Mobile Alternates with Backlinks, Mobile Alternates in Sitemaps and Noindexed Mobile Alternates.

Mobile Alternates report

What Are the Benefits?

Previously, separate mobile URLs were reported as non-indexable in the main pages breakdown. While this is technically correct (they are stored as alternates to the desktop page), we’ve recognised that including separate mobile URLs in this category might be a tad confusing. So, in order to make our tool as straightforward as possible, we have given separate mobile pages their own dedicated report.

Not only do our new reports make DeepCrawl more intuitive, it also makes it far easier to identify the indexability problems on your separate mobile website.

An example of where the Mobile Alternates Report can come into play is in the flagging of separate mobile URLs which may be non-indexable due to noindex meta tags or faulty redirects. These checks are critical for SEOs in preparation for Mobile-first indexing and was highlighted as such in a recent tweet by Gary Illyes.


But That’s Not All Folks…

Our latest update doesn’t stop with Mobile Alternates, we’ve been busy making a number of other report improvements which we’re sure you’ll appreciate:

Max Fetch Time Report

If you have any thoughts, opinions or suggestions on features that you’d like us to build into DeepCrawl, why not drop us a message?


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Sam Marsden
Sam Marsden

Sam Marsden is Deepcrawl's Former SEO & Content Manager. Sam speaks regularly at marketing conferences, like SMX and BrightonSEO, and is a contributor to industry publications such as Search Engine Journal and State of Digital.



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