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Old 11th June 2011, 03:56 AM   #1
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Wink Why Do You Need A Mobile Version Of Your Website?

I found some posts online from a few guys blogs talking about mobile websites. I never even consider having a mobile version of my website and thought they were "apps" for the iphone. Anyways after reading the various blog I learned a lot and thought I would share with you all some of the highlights -

1. Google has a seperate index for mobile sites, and it hasnt been overloaded with sites yet so its much easier for you to get listed at the top of results with your mobile site by mobile users.

2. Mobile sites dont have to be "apps" they can just be loaded like a regular site but they are condensed down and made easier to read text, click to call, click to text ect on mobile phones which wont discourage your mobile users.

3. Mobile sites can be developed to work inconjunction with your existing site so you dont need another hosting plan, another domain ect and getting a professional mobile site is a TON less expensive than a regular site. I used http://www.fetchmobi.com - its only $7.49/mo and covers litterly everything you need. including the design plus edit capabilities.

So in summary for a few bucks a month you can expand your business to be both desktop and mobile phone friendly but watch out I had to do my shopping because a lot of those sites similiar to fetchmobi.com charge upwards of $200/month lol so do your homework!

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Old 11th June 2011, 02:53 PM   #2
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Honestly, I don't really see the need for a mobile version of my sites. With internet plans becoming cheaper, mobile phones becoming more like computers...people will opt to surf the normal websites instead of their mobile versions.

And those with simpler phones will probably stick to doing simple tasks like checking their emails or getting on Facebook instead of surfing.

It would be a lot more efficient to keep the websites' design simple to allow all browsers and all devices to access them without any problem. That way, the website can register more visitors instead of dividing visitors between domains and working on separate SEO for both domains.

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Old 11th June 2011, 03:32 PM   #3
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Facebook the #2 company online has a mobile version so what does that say to you?

Last time I checked when I went to facebook on my phone it said m.facebook.com not facebook.com. With millions of smartphones being sold every single day all im saying is I think if your not mobile your going to miss out on a lot of leads. My personal experience is if I google search for something and I click and link it angers me that I have to sit there and zoom in, zoom out, scroll up and down left and right to see the website.

I dont have the answers but I think business owners cant afford not to spend like $7 bucks a month to have it, it cant hurt (except the $7 financial perspective). Just sharing my thoughts

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Old 11th June 2011, 04:39 PM   #4
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I'm just sharing my thoughts too.

I think I've mentioned Facebook on my previous post? That's something people with all kinds of phones will do: they will most likely check their email and then go on Facebook. So there's clearly a reason why Facebook would want to invest in a mobile version...because there is clearly a demand for it.

But I just believe it's not relevant for websites that are "trying to expand" their business. Nobody visits the website on their computer, why would they visit the website on their mobile phones?

Anyway, I hadn't realized that you were promoting your own business site until now. I was just sharing my opinions on mobile sites because I too have weighed out the pros and cons of having a mobile version of my websites.

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Old 11th June 2011, 05:20 PM   #5
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You said nobody visits websites on their computer so why would they visit it on their mobile phones... You are correct, if your website doesnt get any hits on a computer your probably in the same boat on the mobile side too but thats not really a con to mobile expansion thats just saying nobody is interested or cant find your service/product due to no promotion or poor seo and also because your probably so negative against improving yourself or your business. Why wouldn't you take advantage of future technology when its so readily available?

I guess to prove my point look at this post done on what google says about going mobile - if there wrong then we all are.

http://searchengineland.com/google-m...-than-pc-38203

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Old 13th June 2011, 05:25 AM   #6
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It's senseless idea to have a mobile version of a website. I don't see the point of this and to my opinion it won't increase amount of visitors. People who use mobile for the net usually read there news, social media and so on, but don't really surf in the net. So the probability and quality of visiting is lower. But as a new idea in web developing mobile versions of websites are rather interesting event.

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Old 13th June 2011, 08:15 AM   #7
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hey thank for explaining the importance mobile versions of websites in detail.

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Old 16th June 2011, 09:23 PM   #8
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Thank you "brithany" I believe it was. Mobile sites wont increase your traffic, its not a form of "advertising" unless you use SMS. However it is a form of capturing attention. Domino's, Wells Fargo Bank, Facebook, ect all use mobile websites for one reason, to capture attention. If your on a mobile phone you will HATE websites not optimized to capture their attention. So if you can setup a free mobile site (yes I found out now its free) why in the world wouldnt you? It literally takes 5 minutes of your day to improve your business.... fetchmobi.com

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If your on a mobile phone you will HATE websites not optimized to capture their attention. So if you can setup a free mobile site (yes I found out now its free) why in the world wouldnt you? It literally takes 5 minutes of your day to improve your business.... fetchmobi.com
Good point, Joshua.

With the rapid increase of smartphones etc, QR codes on direct mail are sure to generate additional responses, linking offline to online. However, it is crucial that the landing page is mobile friendly.

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Old 17th June 2011, 06:06 PM   #10
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I'm not pessimistic about developing/improving my business, that's a low hit coming from you. I'm just being realistic. The only examples you have are sites that are already big enough to develop mobile versions of their websites. They have mobile versions because there is already a demand for these websites. These companies have people working for them; analyzing their visitor stats.

It also depends on the type of website it is. For example, if you have an online shop selling antiques. If you've got a small mobile phone and you are the type who hates to zoom, you won't get to see the intricate details of these antique pieces unless you are on your computer. Would it be wise for these people to make a purchase from a mobile when they can't even see the images properly?

That said, you're only here to advertise your business. I get that...but where's the mobile version of your website? Yeah, I didn't think so.

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You said nobody visits websites on their computer so why would they visit it on their mobile phones... You are correct, if your website doesnt get any hits on a computer your probably in the same boat on the mobile side too but thats not really a con to mobile expansion thats just saying nobody is interested or cant find your service/product due to no promotion or poor seo and also because your probably so negative against improving yourself or your business. Why wouldn't you take advantage of future technology when its so readily available?

I guess to prove my point look at this post done on what google says about going mobile - if there wrong then we all are.

http://searchengineland.com/google-m...-than-pc-38203


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