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How To Optimize Your Blog For Mobile Phones

June 16, 2011 | By Adrienne Smith

How To Optimize Your Blog For Mobile PhonesAs I was blog hopping this week I ran across several posts that had to do with mobile marketing.  A few shared statistics for mobile usage while a few others reminded me that I’m so far behind the times when it comes to this topic.

I’m the first to admit that I’m just not a huge cell phone user so a lot of things I run across I just ignore.  I have my Mom on a family plan so we are allotted just so many minutes each month.  No internet access, no texting, no nothing to be honest with you.  I know, I’m pretty pitiful!

I work at home which is where I am the majority of the time.  I will only answer my cell if it’s an emergency or I’m trying to meet up with someone so you can see why this has never really been on my radar.

At the same time, I’m not totally ignorant to the fact that EVERYONE else is way past me on this.  They access the internet, do all their online chatting via their phone, they’re always texting and that’s the device they use 98% of the time.  Just because I’m behind the times doesn’t mean everyone is.

Here are a few statistics I ran across while blog hopping this week (a big shout out to FamousBloggers.net for bringing this to my attention) on how powerful mobile devices are.

How To Optimize Your Blog For Mobile Phones
Source: The Growth of Mobile Marketing and Tagging

So since mobile devices will soon take over the world (hopefully I’m kidding), you may want to think about how your site looks when someone brings it up on their mobile device.  I never even thought about it until I read a post by my friend Mouh titled, “Check How Ugly Your Blog Looks On A Mobile Phone”.

So I took the test and was not at all surprised actually.  It was horrible.  Shame on me for not having even considered this before.  So here is a big old THANK YOU to Mouh for pointing this out.  He saved the day once again.  He always has so many cool things he shared over at his place which is why I enjoy visiting often.

What he shared in this post were two services you can use to see how your site looks on a mobile device.   They don’t do the best job, but you’ll get a pretty good idea how your blog looks.  Those tools are:

TestiPhone
iPhoneTester

Is there an easy solution for solving this problem you might ask?  Well absolutely my friends. We can’t be having a horrible looking site showing up on mobile phones and no solution to resolve this problem.

Once again Mouh to the rescue.  He’s done the research for us and found that the majority of blog users prefer the:

WPTouch Plug-in

Mouh has explained some of the settings you may need when implementing this plug-in on your blog.  He also made it clear that even though you install this plug-in, if you go back to the two sites mentioned above and check to see how it looks, it still may not look the best.  Just try it out on your phone or a friends and you’ll get a better idea.

So I’m not going to reinvent the wheel again since it was done so well the first time around.  If you need to review those settings, hop on over to Mouh’s post, “Check How Ugly Your Blog Looks On A Mobile Phone” and he explains that so much better than I probably could.

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I hope you found this helpful.  I sure hope I’m the only one way behind the times here and you guys are going to make me really look bad with all your comments.  But that’s okay, I deserve it.  As I always love to say, better late than never right!

So when did you update your blog for mobile viewing and were you aware of these types of statistics?   Be really curious to hear what you have to say about this.

Okay, I’m ready!!!  Lay it on me!!!

{ 84 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Steve Rice June 16, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Adrienne,

Thanks for writing this article. Your statistics are great and the visuals you use really pull the reader in.

I recently switched to a smart phone, and within a month, I’ve noticed that probably 80% of the computing I do is through my phone. If there’s something I absolutely can’t do on the phone (like write a long blog post), then I resort to the old laptop!

This phenomena is becoming the “norm”…tho’ i’m a bit behind too. As more and more tablets are coming to market, it’s going to be a bigger issue.

I have the plugin you recommend already installed on my sites, and when I use my phone to navigate my sites, it’s so much easier. Great info!

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2 Adrienne Smith
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June 16, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Hi Steve,

Thanks for commenting on this. I’m thrilled to hear that you are someone who does your their smart phone the majority of the time so see, I know this is very important which is why I wanted to share this information today. I’m also thrilled to hear that this plug-in does work really well for those accessing our blogs through your phone.

I know this is becoming the norm and you are SO ahead of me on this. I need to catch up quick, that’s for sure.

Thanks again for sharing this with us. I really appreciate it and hope you’ll stop back by again and visit. Have a wonderful day!

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3 Carolyn
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June 16, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Hi Adrienne, Great post on a very relevant topic! I read Mouh’s excellent post earlier this week and couldn’t agree more with both of you. Seeing how your site looks on mobile phones is essential.

I use my iPhone and iPad constantly to surf the net and often find sites that don’t work very well. Mostly, though, the sites are corporate websites where they will have vital information on their home page using Flash.

I checked this site on my iPad and it looks great! You are setting a great example for others who need to update their sites. Well done!

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4 Adrienne Smith
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June 16, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Hi Carolyn,

Now I KNEW you would be up on this Miss Tech Lady!!! Mouh did really bring up some great points that I just never thought about. Since I don’t have internet access on my phone I just thought they all looked the same. See, what do I know!

I did install that plug-in immediately and at least wanted all my sites set up correctly. So thanks for sharing that with me. I appreciate you letting me know.

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5 Bill Dorman
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June 18, 2011 at 8:17 AM

You use gadgets?

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6 Carolyn
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June 18, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Only on days that end in a “y”.

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7 Mouh
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June 16, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Once again, you left me speechless. Thanks a lot for mentioning my post :D. You are lovely, aren’t you? Thank you so much!

I don’t miss your posts at all. I always try to be the first one to read and comment, but I sometimes don’t manage to do that.

The statistics and visuals are really great. I am curious how they were created… I’ll know how, for sure. :D

Adrienne, thank you sooo much again for this. You always make my day!

Have a lovely day!

Mouh

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8 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 16, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Hey Mouh,

You are so very welcome and it’s mainly because of you that this was brought to my attention. I’m not a big cell phone user but everyone I know is. How silly of me to not have even thought about what my site might look like to them. Once I found those statistics, I wasn’t really shocked. I know what direction everything is going, I’m just not there yet.

So thank you for pointing this out to me and again, I need to give credit where credit is due. And that’s to you young man. So thank you for creating your post and for helping us all. You rock!

I will definitely have a lovely day and you do the same.

Adrienne

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9 Eugene June 16, 2011 at 12:33 PM

I like the WP Mobile Pack plugin. It works right away when you activate it and has a mobile switcher to switch formats when someone visits you on a phone. The sites you mentioned above don’t really do a great job of showing you the actual format though, I’ve visited my blog from an actual iphone and the switch is automatic. On the sites above you actually have to click “switch to mobile site” on my blog.

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10 Adrienne Smith
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June 16, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Thanks for sharing that Eugene… Since I’m not yet familiar with all these different gadgets, this will be another learning experience for me as well. So you are saying that the WP Mobile Pack plugin is much better than the one mentioned in this post? That’s interesting and will have to look into that one further.

Thank you again for your comment. This is what I need to hear and learn as I go.

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11 Dia June 16, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Wow, this is some serious statistics. I’m like you, seldom use my cell phone. I guess we are the exceptional. ;) I am installing this plugin now. This is a valuable post Adrienne, I’m tweeting it right now. ;) Thanks for sharing

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12 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 16, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Hey Dia,

Ah another behind the times guy. So glad I’m not totally alone here. Yeah, this was all news to me too but we don’t know what we don’t know right!

Thanks for sharing this post and now you’re blog will be ready for mobile viewing. Guess we are ahead of a few more people right! :-)

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13 Graham Lutz June 16, 2011 at 1:19 PM

I’ll tell you what I hate – is when I am going to a site on my iPhone and it pulls up that stupid mobile version of a blog with nothing but boxes with the names of the posts in them.

I have an iPhone, it’s badass, and it can view real webpages! Am I the only was who dislikes the mobile version of a site? If I am, I’ll probably go ahead and instill one of these plugins…’cause let’s face it, I’m not trying to attract me to my site!

Anyone else out there who would rather see the real version of a site?

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14 Adrienne Smith
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June 16, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Is that what this plug-in does Graham? It just pulls up lists of the posts? See, I don’t even have a phone to check and see what it looks like but Carolyn had mentioned after viewing it on hers that it looked good. See how behind the times I am? Another lesson learned my friend… Thanks for sharing your comment on this subject. I have a lot to learn.

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15 Graham Lutz June 16, 2011 at 2:28 PM

I don’t know about this specific plugin and how it displays on the phone, but most of the “mobile versions” of sites look pretty much like that.

I may be wrong…I have been before…I think it was sometime in 2001.

There is a lot of talk about “mobilizting” your website, so I really may be the only one who hates these things.

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16 Adrienne Smith
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June 16, 2011 at 2:46 PM

I guess I’m just going to have to check this out for myself. Maybe go over to my neighbors later and check out my site from his phone. Put it to the test so to speak.

You aren’t the only one who hates these Graham. I’m right there with you which is why I pray I’m wrong about these predictions. I don’t like spending my time looking at something that is so small personally. It might be compact and convenient to carry around but I don’t want to do my work via the cell phone. :-(

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17 Thomas
Twitter:
June 16, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Hi Adrienne
Great topic you bring up in this post. The Smartphones technology is moving so fast so why should we turn down that traffic for our blogs. I have an old (2 years) Nokia E72 phone that is not that great for browsing, but I still visit my blog on it from time to time when I am away. The build in browser is not that great but after I downloaded Opera for my phone it looked a lot better. I will check out the WPTouch Plug-in. It sounds great. Smartphone are welcome on my blog :-)

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18 Adrienne Smith
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June 16, 2011 at 2:45 PM

If he majority of people are now surfing the web via their cell phones, why not make our blogs easier for them to view. I mean if they land on my blog after following a link and then they can’t see the site easily, heck I’d leave too. Sounds like you have a lot of this in place over at your site too Thomas. I would expect no less from you my friend. Thanks for sharing this.

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19 Paul June 16, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Thanks for writing such a useful post Adrienne. I actually thought there was an special protocol on most mobile browsers to resize blogs. My site always looked pretty good to me on my cell phone. (I’m just using the default android browser)

Hopefully they’ll standardize a mobile web browser that can automatically view blogs and retain normal template aesthetics.

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20 Adrienne Smith
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June 16, 2011 at 6:00 PM

I had no idea either Paul which is why I felt so bad when I learned about this. Yikes!!! What in the world has my site looked like all this time. It probably has to do with how updated the phones and services are. For those of us who are still in prehistoric times, ours would look horrible. Glad you haven’t had any problems accessing sites from your phone. That’s a darn good thing.

Thanks for sharing this with me. See, I’m learning a lot about this subject just from the comments. I appreciate that!

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21 Marianne Worley
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June 16, 2011 at 4:43 PM

I am a fellow cell phone dinosaur. I have a prepaid plan and a 3-year-old phone. The phone does have a slide out keyboard, so I do send text messages. But that’s as advanced as I’ll get until someone gives me a smartphone and pays for the service. (My annual cell phone budget is about $100, btw.) Like you, I just don’t go online when I’m away from my laptop. For me, I just don’t see the value.

But, I do know the stats about mobile web browsing. I’ve been trying to convince my former employer that they need to re-design their email templates for the mobile user. I tested my site in the two tools, so maybe I should try out the plugin. Not sure how many of my 5 readers view my blog through their smartphones, but I might as well give it a try!

Thanks for sharing Adrienne. When are you going to post another how-to video? I love those!

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22 Carolyn
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June 16, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Marianne, The cheapest smartphone plan I have found is the Virgin Mobile Beyond Talk plan which give you unlimited texts, data (that’s internet access) and 300 minutes of talk time for $25 a month. I know that doesn’t meet your $100 per year budget, but it’s the cheapest plan you will find. Virgin Mobile offers two different Android phone models if you decide to take the plunge and get a smartphone!

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23 Adrienne Smith
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June 16, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Thanks for letting Marianne know about that Carolyn. I know when my contract is up this summer, I’m going to go searching for another one. That ain’t half bad and might have to look into that myself. I would at least like to get texting because some things you have to verify through text messaging which of course, I don’t have.

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24 Carolyn
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June 16, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Adrienne, you should definitely check out the Virgin Mobile Beyond Talk plan. Even if you don’t access the internet with your phone, it’s a great deal. I had my daughter on a T-Mobile plan that didn’t have data but was $40 a month (she needed the unlimited texting). I switched her to the Virgin Mobile plan and saved $15 a month plus got her data (internet access). She is thrilled with her Android phone and I am thrilled saving money. Everybody wins!

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25 Adrienne Smith
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June 16, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Thank you for that Carolyn and I am keeping this information for sure. Will be sure to check them out when our contract expires. I want a better plan for my Mom as well. Right now, she won’t call her brother or sisters until after 9:00 or weekends because she knows it’s free minutes. I keep telling her we have minutes during the day but she just doesn’t want to use them. If I got a better plan she can talk whenever she wants and not worry. Plus, I get receive texting and possibly internet access so I at least won’t be so behind the times. But I will check into that so again, thank you for sharing that with me. I really appreciate it.

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26 Adrienne Smith
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June 16, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Ah, another prehistoric user. Glad I’m not alone Marianne… I didn’t like the prepaid plan because I didn’t like having to change my number all the time because I don’t use the minutes. I’ve been with Verizon since before they were Verizon plus I wanted my Mom on my plan because I worry about her phone going out. But I agree with you, I don’t see the value of always accessing the internet when I’m away from home. Heck, I’m busy doing other things which is why I’m away from my desk. Imagine that!!!

Your 5 readers, funny Marianne!!! I love your sense of humor young lady! Too funny…

Ah, you like my how to videos do ya? I’ve been needing to do another one for awhile, just been so darn busy. Anything in particular you want to know? If I know how to do it, I’ll shoot a video just for you and make it a post. How’s that!

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27 Marianne Worley
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June 16, 2011 at 6:18 PM

I’ve been with T-Mobile for about 5 years. As long as I buy $100 worth of minutes at a time, they don’t expire for a year. They give me a 15% “bonus” so I get about 1150 minutes, which usually lasts all year. (2 text messages=1 minute.) So this is what works for me, and it’s easy on the budget.

I’ll have to think about the how-to video. There are just so many things I don’t know!

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28 Adrienne Smith
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June 16, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Now that’s a great deal Marianne, especially for those of us who don’t talk on the cell a lot. Do they have good range? I’ve heard a lot of bad things about their service. Like a lot of dropped calls, that type of stuff. I really wouldn’t have any idea.

Be sure and think about that video now. Don’t hurt yourself though! :-) Have a wonderful night!

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29 Jeffrey Morgan
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June 16, 2011 at 4:54 PM

I decided to make the rounds of all of the Version stores in my area and pitch myself as one of the locals using an iPhone and iPad and I’m an Internet Marketer to boot.

I had the perfect site to do this with. http://blueridgehoneybees.com/ I couldn’t have hit it any better if I had aimed it. The site was drop-dead beautiful, had plenty of color and was a nature site. Perfect!

I told the Manager of the first store that I stopped at that I would display their personal store ad as a banner ad on my Website if they would display my site on all of their apple devices in his store. I get traffic and he gets a perfect site with which to demo all the apple gadgets.

I was going to blow this dude away……… I grabed an iPad and said check this out!!! I called the site and to my horror, and I do mean true horror, the site look like S*%t. I couldn’t even tell what it was. I had text and graphics all over the screen and I couldn’t even make out the lines of my template. Most of the site was down one side of the page!

After being shown the door by the manager, I decide to return home and immediately optimize all of my sites for mobile. I return to the store under cover of night with a fedora and shades, to take a look at my work. Perfect!

However, too little too late I’m afraid. Oh well, live and learn I guess. It was a good idea though don’t you think ?

Yoda of WordPress strikes again!!!

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30 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 16, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Ouch Jeffrey, that had to hurt my friend. Dang, that did sound like an excellent plan though.. I just thought that when you brought up a website that it was just smaller. I didn’t realize that it might be all over the place. Since I don’t have internet access on my cell I would have no idea what they look like.

Like you said, live and learn… Ah, but a horrible lesson to learn at that particular time. Dang!!!

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31 Carolyn
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June 16, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Jeffrey, that is a brilliant idea! Way to think out of the box for an innovative marketing plan. Sorry your site wasn’t up to where it should have been, but it sounds like you rectified the situation immediately and rebounded. Well done! Even if you didn’t go back at midnight with your fedora, shades and fake mustache, you could have tried your brilliant idea at another AT&T or Verizon store in your area.

Very impressive! Have you received any hits from your marketing at the Verizon store?

Thanks for sharing your idea with us.

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32 Jeffrey Morgan
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June 16, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Hi Carolyn,
I never really got to put the plan into action at my local Verizon store. I thought I had it licked the first time I went in as we only have one Verizon and one AT&T store in my area. Once I made a horses ass out of myself the first time, I lost my nerve.

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33 Carolyn
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June 16, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Jeff, Can you give it a go at your local AT&T store? Your idea is too good to abandon. :-)

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34 Jeffrey Morgan
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June 17, 2011 at 12:22 AM

Anything for you Carolyn ……… let us both look at it this way. It ought to make for a killer guest post over at “The Wonder Of Tech” !!!

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35 Mrinmay Bhattacharjee June 17, 2011 at 3:18 AM

I’ve heard that Mobile Theme hurts SEO! Any views on this?

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36 Adrienne Smith
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June 17, 2011 at 10:43 AM

If you read my post you’ll know that I’m NO pro on this subject. So I can’t answer your question honestly. I have absolutely no idea. Maybe one of my other commenters will have that answer for you. But thanks for participating. Always appreciate your comments.

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37 Alexis
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June 17, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Hey Adrienne,
Truly mobile industry is the next big thing.Your article and stats are spot on.
Adrienne I’m impressed by your alexa ranking by the way. That shows the hard work you’ve doing.I hope you’re building a list.

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38 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 17, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Hi Alexis,

Thank you for your comment, I appreciate that. I do believe mobile is going to explode so whether we like it or not, we best not be left behind. I may be a little slow on the draw, but when I get it, I’m in. :-)

I’m pretty impressed by my Alexis ranking as well. This blog is my baby and I do my best to live up to who I am and what I believe. It just goes to show that others appreciate the effort as well. And to answer your question, absolutely. I’m definitely building a list and I’ve got some awesome people on it too!

Hope you enjoy your day and have a fun weekend too. Thanks again for visiting.

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39 Beth Grant June 17, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Hi Adrienne. Great post! I keep hearing how email marketing accessed through PCs will become obsolete. This really confirms the rumors. You’re always such a great resource for online marketing info. Thanks.

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40 Adrienne Smith
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June 17, 2011 at 10:56 AM

I hope that isn’t true Beth.. I think there are still some of us old schoolers that will continue to access the majority of our things through PC’s. Even if they are just laptops. I really in truly can’t see myself going totally mobile. But I guess only time will tell.

Glad you find that I’m able to provide great resources. I appreciate you saying that. Thank you so much for your comment and please, stop back by anytime.

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41 Justin
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June 17, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Hi Adrienne,
Thanks for the heads up here, I didn’t realize how many people are using their cell phones to get online.

I had been using a $19 pre-paid cell phone from 7-11 for five years. My wife couldn’t take it any more because she was embarrassed when I used it in public.

Needless to say she bought me an iphone for my birthday which is really cool and I do use it when I am away from home to tweet something or check the web.

I will check out the plugins that you suggested in your post . Thank You Adrienne.

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42 Adrienne Smith
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June 18, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Hey Justin,

I was shocked too although I knew a lot of people did. I just didn’t realize that they prefer accessing almost everything through their phones.

That’s too funny about your “old” phone. Hey, I still know people that use pre-paid phones. But I’m sure the iphone is much cooler. I wouldn’t know! :-(

Let me know how the plug-in works for your site. You’ve got the phone to check it out.

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43 Bill Dorman
Twitter:
June 18, 2011 at 8:20 AM

Good info; I checked and my site is still invisible…………

We are revamping our corporate site but it will be interesting to see how it looks via mobile phone. Yes, there is an incredible amount of mobile phone usage and you can do just about anything with it these days.

You might be clunking along with your phone, but at least you know about this..:)

Hope you have a great weekend.

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44 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 18, 2011 at 4:54 PM

You are right about that Bill. I might be behind with an older phone but at least I know about this information and am doing something to resolve this issue. At least with my site. Hope your corporate site looks great after it’s remodel.

Thanks for saying that, I appreciate it… I am having a good weekend and hope you are doing the same.

Adrienne

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45 Franziska San Pedro
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June 18, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Hi Adrienne,

To check how my website and blog look on my smartphone was one of the first things I did once they were up and running!
I have an iPhone since a year now and I don’t know how my life looked like before. It’s such a wonderful tool. I use it 5-10x per day and phone calls isn’t really on the list. I look up stuff, use the maps, track things, compare and the apps are just great.

This week I watched “101 gadgets that changed the world” on TV, here’s the link to it on Popular Mechanics:
popularmechanics.com/technology/gadgets/reviews/101-gadgets-that-changed-the-world#fbIndex1

..and guess who won?! The smartphone!
If my house was burning and there was one thing I would grab, it wouldn’t be my wallet, it would be my iPhone, lol

Great post,

Franziska San Pedro

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46 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 18, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Now that’s interesting Franziska. Sounds like you are the smart phone girl so if I ever have a questions about it I now know who to come to. Wow, you are really up on that woman. Even watching TV. Dang!!! I am SO behind the times. Shame on me. But don’t worry, I’ll catch up some day. May not be soon, but some day.

Thanks for this info. I’ve now learned more things about you. :-)

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47 Jens P. Berget
Twitter:
June 19, 2011 at 7:11 AM

Hey Adrienne,

I am using WP-Touch on my blog. I installed it after I realized how bad my blog looked without it :)

I’m usually not visiting blogs via my iPhone, but I do once in a while, and looking at my stats, it seems that more and more people are doing it as well. So, since WP-Touch is free, I thought why not?

I have no doubt that mobile phones (smart phones) and iPads (and similar devices) will be used a lot more in the months to come. Everywhere I look, people are using their mobile phones to surf the web, and that’s just the beginning :)

This is an important topic that I hope to read a lot more about.

Jens

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48 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 19, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Hi Jens,

Can I ask you a question? When you access your blog via your phone, what does it look like? Is it just lists blog posts or do you see the layout of your blog? Someone had mentioned they didn’t like the way most blogs looked being accessed through their phones. I was just curious since I’m so far behind the times with this one.

I went to a meeting yesterday and there were more people filming the speaker via an iPad then their cell phones. I was surprised at that. Man I want one of those bad. I think they are really neat little inventions but I know they aren’t a phone.

Thanks for sharing this with me and will look forward to hearing more from you about this.

Enjoy your weekend.

Adrienne

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49 Jens P. Berget
Twitter:
June 19, 2011 at 12:45 PM

You’re right. It looks like a list of posts. You see the headlines, and how many comments there are on each post. So, all blogs looks the same when you use WP-Touch, it’s all about the content.

I think it’s brilliant, because on a mobile phone, the screen is too small anyway for us to look at the design (the sidebar and large images). To me, this plugin is perfect for mobile phones.

I want the iPad as well. I have been testing it lately, and the more I test it, the more I want it :)

By the way, let me know your thoughts on my new blog design. I just uploaded it…

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50 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 19, 2011 at 3:11 PM

I would think that’s kind of how it would have to be too since a mobile device is so small. Not quite sure how else they would set that up for viewing. Thanks for letting me know that Jens. At least now I know how to answer that question.

I’m sure you’ll brake down and get one soon. Let me know how you like it. Or maybe not, that will just make me want one even more. I don’t spend money on things I don’t need. And that my friend, I don’t need. I just want one.

Oh, you have a new blog design? I can’t wait to check it out. Okay wait one minute, I’ll be right back! OH, I like it! Much darker but really nice. I liked the other theme but I know you can get tired of the same old thing. I really like it. And what’s with that FB Like Viral popping up in the middle. You don’t want us to miss sharing your posts? That my friend will NOT happen. Good job Jens, very nice. :-)

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51 Jens P. Berget
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June 19, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Thanks a lot.

I’m not sure about using the FB Like Viral plugin, but I’m testing it. It sounds like a great idea, but it’s also a little aggressive don’t you think?

Jens

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52 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 19, 2011 at 4:23 PM

The plug-in reminds me of those pop-ups. Personally, I find them annoying but people swear they work. I just know from experience that when you have a great blogging community, you don’t have to worry about them not sharing your information. That plug-in keeps popping up reminding them. They might find that annoying too but I’d do a survey and ask them. No harm in that, right! Just a suggestion! :-) I’m going to keep coming over to your place anyway whether you keep it or not.

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53 Jens P. Berget
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June 19, 2011 at 11:12 PM

Thanks again. After reading your reply, I have sent an email to my community. I’m excited to see what they’re saying :)

Thanks again.

Jens

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54 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 20, 2011 at 7:29 AM

That’s great to hear Jens… Look forward to hearing the results.

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55 Ira June 19, 2011 at 9:55 AM

I think people usually use their mobile phones for entertainment and socialization. But I don’t think they depend on it for internet browsing. Though this is indeed a good opportunity to reach our target market more easily.

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56 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 19, 2011 at 12:31 PM

I think you are right Ira but I know they do browse the internet a lot with them. But for those that do, we don’t want to loose them.

Thanks for your input, it’s very much appreciated.

Adrienne

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57 Janet
Twitter:
June 19, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Adrienne, aloha. Thank heavens I am not the only one in the “dark ages” when it comes to cell phones. Like you, I work from home so rarely use my cell phone. In fact, I can go weeks without every picking it up. A dear friend of mine keeps bugging me to buy an iPhone. My response is that I have a perfectly good blackberry that i don’t use, why do I need an iPhone to not use?

Anyway, enough about that. Though I was aware, of course, in a vague sort of way, about mobile usage and blog appearance, my ostrich approach has worked well up until this post. Obviously, I am going to have to test how bad my blog looks and fix it.

Thx so much for making me look at the problem and giving me the solution. You’re the best, Adrienne.

Best wishes for a terrific day. Until later, aloha. Janet

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58 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 19, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Yeah, another “behind the times” lady! I’m not alone! :-) Like you, why upgrade to something I’m not using much of anyway. When and if I ever get to that stage then I will but until then, everything’s fine. Now my service might be another thing all together.

Since so many people are accessing things online through their phones, we need our sites looking good. We don’t want them running the other way because they can’t access them easily. Glad you learned something from this post Miss Janet.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you are enjoying your weekend. Will be seeing you soon.

Adrienne

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59 Samantha Bangayan
Twitter:
June 21, 2011 at 1:01 AM

Adrienne, what an informative infographic! Infographics are really powerful pieces of work! I’m such a visual learner, so they really help bring the point home. =)

A friend recently sent me Mouh’s post, but I had yet to implement any of his useful information. But now that I’ve seen it here, I trotted off to try things out right away! I’m surprised that my website doesn’t look too bad. It’s just squished! =P How cool to be able to easily visualize how my website my look though! Like you, I do not have Internet access on my phone. In fact, I rarely use my cell phone at all — my partner usually phones me! =P So this was a helpful exercise!

I’m got the WPTouch plugin ready to be installed and will head over to do that right now! Thanks for this info, Adrienne, and for your ever gentle push in the right direction! =)

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60 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 21, 2011 at 10:18 AM

That is a great infographic isn’t it Samantha? I’m a rather visual person too and it’s much better than typing it all out.

Mouh has such wonderful information over at his place. I call him the graphic’s guy… I know his blog is about eBooks but he shares so much more really cool stuff. The guy is amazing and we’ve now become really good friends. I love learning from him and had it not been for him, I would have never known this either. I’m just as behind the times as you are my friend.

My friend Jens checked out the blog on his phone and told me what it looked like. I keep forgetting to ask my neighbor about it when I’m over there. I usually have other things on my mind. I don’t want to be left behind or have my site look horrible when people try to access it via their phone.

Glad you found this helpful and are implementing this as well. I appreciate your comment young lady and thanks for visiting. Hope you enjoy your day!

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61 Barry
Twitter:
June 24, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Hi Adrienne, another great post. I was pleasently surprised to see that my blog looked ok on both test sites, yeeeehaaa I’ve no idea how that happend ha ha.

I’ll make a point of checking out mouh’s site, thanks for the heads up.

Catch up again soon, Barry

PS don’t you just love RSS feeds, since signing up i’ve got a list of your posts to visit. I’ll get through them all if you just slow down a little :lol:

Only joking :lol:

Barry

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62 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 24, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Hey Barry,

I’ve heard from some people that their browser through their phone service is set up in a way that their sites look okay. Maybe it’s some of the older phones where this may come into play. Like I’ve said numerous time, I’m certainly no expert on this subject but I’m learning.

Mouh has some wonderful information he shares over there as well as he’s always giving away free stuff. He’s the best!

I love love RSS feeds and I know what you mean. Don’t feel guilty if you can’t get through them. I still love you anyway. Just glad you pop on over every once in awhile. I feel so very blessed.

Have a fabulous weekend Barry.

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63 Michael
Twitter:
July 3, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Hey Adrienne – another great post.

This is something I’ve meant to setup on my blog a long time ago but never got around to it. Now I’ve finally installed a plugin on my blog today after being away on vacation for the last 3 weeks. Feels good to be back and productive again :).

I’ve tried the plugin you suggested but ended up going with MobilePress plugin. I’ve seen other websites using it as well and it seemed to work pretty well for me when I tested it on my iPhone.

Glad to see your post in my Twitter account otherwise I’d have forgot to make this update to my blog again.

Keep up the great work!

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64 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 3, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Hi Michael,

Welcome back, you’ve been missed. Hope you had a fun vacation. Where in the world could you go that’s better than where you live? Wherever it was, hope you had a good time and we’re glad to have you back safely.

Glad you found this one helpful. I just went with the advice of Mouh and others have told me that my site looks fine so that’s all that matters. Just didn’t want it not accessible via mobile units or I might loose some of my readers. Sure wouldn’t want that. Glad yours is up and running now and hopefully my post was a happy reminder.

I’ll be seeing you more on Twitter now that you’re back. Thank again for stopping by.

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65 Zaman July 6, 2011 at 6:06 AM

Must say, the entire content is simply superb, a lot worthy to read. In entire content loved the most the researched pictures you have uploaded, it is too appealing yet informative. Anyone can get a clear glance whats really going on in mobile industry. However, coming towards mobile marketing, seems need to switch off from SEO. Kidding. would know more about it. Thanks.

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66 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Thanks for your comment Zaman, I appreciate that. Mobile is definitely on the rise and we need to pay attention or we will be left behind. Yikes!

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67 Zaman July 8, 2011 at 8:04 AM

Pleasure is all mine Ma’am Adrienne as you have gifted us with such as amazing content, though once again, thanks a lot and keep it up. Would agree with you at the point, no matter if you have nothing to wear, nothing to wear, but you must own a mobile set else making survival is just super impossible, quite weird fact but true. Yikes!

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68 Adrienne Smith
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July 8, 2011 at 8:59 AM

Yep, we will all be left behind eventually if this world turns mostly mobile. Yikes is right!

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69 Martin Cooney July 26, 2011 at 7:03 AM

I know I need to do get the whole mobile experience happening on my site – it’s a matter of time in getting the additional stuff plugged in, tested and working properly :)

Thanks for the great post, Adrienne. Love the detail too
Martin

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70 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 26, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Hi Martin,

Don’t feel bad, I was behind the times as well. As long as you get it in place, that’s all that matters. On your blog you just install the plug-in and that’s it. You don’t have to do anything else. That’s the beautiful of these things. Awesome invention, wouldn’t you agree? :-)

Thanks for stopping by, appreciate your comment.

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71 ibyang July 27, 2011 at 12:29 AM

Hello,
The stats are really helpful especially to those who are new to mobile marketing. More people are using cellphones than internet and it is a good way to optimize a certain blog. Venturing on new things and possibilities is necessary to cope up with the fast phasing of technology.
regards,
Ibyang

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72 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 27, 2011 at 11:20 AM

You are SO right Ibyang, I found these stats to be very helpful for me as well. I mean I know that modern technology has just exploded but without these particular stats, I had no idea how much time people spent on their phones. It blew my mind so we all better catch up right! At least get our blogs so that people can view them much easier on a cell phone. So now that we know we just have to implement.

Thanks for your input, appreciate it!

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73 Samantha August 3, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Because of the advancements of mobile phones, everything becomes possible now. Actually, we have our wifi in our house so it can handle all devices we have, from our desktop to our laptops and as well as our mobile phones. My attitude since then is to check my emails even I’m still in bed (every morning) to see any updates in my email. Otherwise, I’ll be online late or do some other of my offline activities.

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74 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 3, 2011 at 9:38 PM

So you’re always on your cell Samantha? See, I’m not that advanced yet but it’s good to know. You are one of those who has easy access via WiFi connection for your cell so that makes things really easy. Thanks for sharing that.

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75 Samantha August 9, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Yeah! Even if I’m in the middle of my sleep during night time lol So long as find myself awake again, I’ll try to check my emails thru my mobile phone. Really useful to me especially when I’m a bit lazy working with my laptop lol

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76 DJ Trinity August 21, 2011 at 4:48 AM

With so many WP Bloggers out there, this is an excellent piece to understand the value of having a mobile version for your WP blog. Local Search Marketing is also an area that WP bloggers need to stay on top of.

I thought about using a couple of these tools to convert my WP Blog, but opted instead to build a “companion” version v. the MoFuse or plug-in approach and thus far, its doing ok.

BTW , thanks for the Great post and timely. I just installed WP Touch this week for one of my blogs. I am now creating a custom icon for it and then I will be installing it on all of my blogs!

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77 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 21, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Thank you, I appreciate that. I was unaware that your blogs are viewed the same on a mobile device since I’m not up to date on all that technology. But once I realized it, I had to spread the word with my readers because I now know I’m not the only one who didn’t realize this.

I’m glad to hear you have some other things going with some of your sites but have installed this plug-in on a few of yours as well. I bet the custom icon will look really great too.

Appreciate you sharing this with us and stopping by today!

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78 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 22, 2011 at 10:26 AM

You are so right about that. Web pages are viewed differently on a mobile phone since you can’t see the entire web page anyway and who wants to scroll back and forth to read a post. So glad they have made it easy for everyone and come up with a plug-in for this. :-)

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79 Olov Forsgren September 14, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Don’t worry Adrienne, I’m far more behind than you are talking about cell phones. The one I use is more than ten years old. It can handle SMS but I’m not sure how to do it. Never the less, this is very important information you share in this post and we really need to make our blogs look nice in the modern cell phones. I noticed when I tested that some themes look better than other.

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80 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
September 14, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Hey Olov,

We are probably somewhere along the same lines I bet. Mine is capable for SMS of course, I just don’t pay for that service.

Because I don’t use it that much and I don’t have internet access, I never even gave this much thought. So glad I paid more attention to it because I don’t want people turning away from my blog because it’s not easily accessible through their phones.

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81 geraldine November 11, 2011 at 5:28 AM

Wonderful info graphic and very informative!

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82 Adrienne Smith
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November 11, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Thank you Geraldine, glad you enjoyed it!

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83 Eddie Gear
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 1:02 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I was reviewing some of your post in your archives and wanted to comment on how response themes have taken the web by storm. Its becoming easier for bloggers and businesses now as the optimized site can feature the ads from the blog and not having to have a new set of ads.

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84 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Hey Eddie,

That’s great that some themes are making this much easier as I would hope with time they all will. I’m a Thesis lover though so for the time being I have to have this plug-in as I’m sure many still do. Maybe they’ll all catch up soon. :-)

Leave it to you to share the latest and greatest with us. Thanks Eddie…

Always a pleasure to see you. Enjoy your week!~

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