Using the site search, we recently found out that both our desktop and our mobile URLs are indexed in search results despite all the tags working nicely, mobile, alternate, and canonical.Is there any reason this might be?Is this an issue?”

Using the site search, we recently found out that both our desktop and our mobile URLs are indexed in search results despite all the tags working nicely, mobile, alternate, and canonical.Is there any reason this might be?Is this an issue?”

Webmaster Guru Asked on November 28, 2016 in Indexing.
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JOHN MEULLER (Webmaster Analyst from Google):

So this is something that we occasionally see, especially if you have separate mobile URLs. But for the most part, that doesn’t indicate that there’s any problem with the configuration that you have there. So what might be happening is that we recognize that you have separate mobile URLs, and we recognize that on the mdot sub-domain, for example, if you’re using that, you have these pages indexed. But if you look at the cached page, then chances are you’ll see the URL and the contents of the canonical page that we actually picked. So that’s a kind of a rough and dirty quick way to double check what we’re actually indexing compared to the URLs that we’re showing you in the search results, because what we’re trying to do there is probably just trying to give you the information that you’re looking for, and you’re saying I really want URLs from this website. And we say, oh, well, we don’t really have them indexed here. But we know that this is connected to the other one. Therefore, we’ll show that to you so that you’re happy and you find kind of what you’re looking for.

Webmaster Guru Answered on November 28, 2016.
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