Google’s existing method of crawling web pages with a spider was not just inefficient; however it was dependent on hyperlinks. Apps don’t use hyperlinks to attach content as Web pages do, so a much efficient way for Google to explore content in an app is through an API.
In 2015, Google has launched the capability to index app content through an API known the Mobile App Indexing API. It is quite different, in 2012, it seemed like Google will request the brands for the access of content API in a way mobile apps use APIs to settle content within the app through a web server. But, Google’s Mobile App Indexing API performs differently, here developers notify Google about where the content stays within their app and which content URL relates to their website. Then Google has the option of diverting users to check the content on a Web page or inside the app.
How It Performs?
The App Indexing API offers a way for developers to alert Google about deep links in their built in apps. This allows the Google app, version 3.6 and above to boost re-engagement via Google Search query auto completions, serving easy and fast access to the inner pages in apps.
The very first thing developers have to do is, allow deep linking for their app, from the Developers Console. Then connect your app to the website. After that, make sure the app is set up to function with Google Play services. Your developers will have to set up actions known ‘intent filters’ that convey Google when a user is checking the section of content, what is the title of content, and if there is a web page on the site that has the similar content.
When a user reads a piece of content in your app, Google will be informed through their app indexing API through the content that occurs in the app.
Google’s Mobile App Indexing API is lot more about helping users to navigate the content, it already knows about deep inside an app. As different to Google using the API to find and observe new content it did not exist.
Signals Major Shift In Search
This indicates the start of a major shift in search: mobile apps will start contending with traditional websites for traffic and rankings. That surely means that brands have to understand how to optimize their own app content to stand on top position in Google’s search results.
Currently, app SEO is more about optimizing and less about SEO, and more about optimizing the web-based form of the content and connecting that content to the matching content within the app. Then Google can finalize which form of content to display in the search, based on device and behavior of the person searching.
New Generation SEO –
Google’s App Indexing API will moderate the conversation of what true app SEO is and how it will grow. In spite of just optimizing the description and title of an app’s listing in the app store, in fact now you can talk about optimizing the content inside the app.