How To Make Your Blog Mobile Friendly
Most of the visitors you will receive on your blog will come from a mobile device. Either by smartphone or tablet.
For example my stats on “Barbie” over the last month show that 64% accessed my blog through a mobile phone, 14% through a tablet and only 21% through a desktop…interesting….and perhaps a little surprising.
Google is also getting into the mobile act. As of April 21st, mobile friendly sites will be given preference in search results.
As a result of this, it is essential that you do all you can, to get your blog mobile ready. After all you do not want your blog to be passed over in search results, leaving you wondering where all your lovely visitors went!
Whether you use Blogger or WordPress, there are ways to ensure that your blog is displaying correctly in a mobile version.
With WordPress many themes that are available for purchase already come pre-loaded with a mobile friendly version, thus making your blog mobile ready really easily. If you use the Genesis framework this is even easier.
If your blog is not built on the Genesis Framework, you don’t have a site developer or a theme that does not support a current mobile theme, you can always try one of these plugins to help you create a great looking mobile site.
- WP Touch Mobile Plugin. This plugin, automatically enables a simple mobile theme for your site.
- WP Mobile Detector Plugin. This plugin automatically detects a mobile device and displays a compatible theme.
- Mobile Press. This plugin creates a mobile friendly version of your site.
Use the Adsense plugin and select that you want ads displayed in a mobile version.
If you are on the Blogger platform, don’t worry you have not been left out.
Just go to Dashboard —–> Template ——> click the grey cog and click “Yes” show mobile template on mobile devices…easy!!
You can even pick a template to suit.
As a bonus if you have Adsense installed it will display your ads within the mobile template.
One important point to remember, is that any design tweaks you make on your computer to your template, or even little cosmetic changes that you do, don’t forget to see how they display on a mobile after you make the changes.
Some changes, even small ones, sometimes don’t translate well. They may look great on a desktop, but really messy on a mobile. Don’t forget to check the bottom of your site too.
Another thing I noticed after I tweaked my own mobile site, other than making it easier to navigate, easier to read and easier on the eyes. It also lowered my bounce rate and increased my page views. I guess people were happier to stick around, rather than taking one look, finding it too hard to navigate and leaving, never to be heard from again!
So there you go..I hope I have been able to offer a little bit of insight how you too can get your own blog mobile ready, before Google starts changing the algorithm..good luck!