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So, you’re finally ready to optimize your web site for mobile. Here are three easy steps you can take that will lead your web site on the road to becoming more mobile friendly.

1. Install The WordPress Mobile Plugin

If your web site or blog is WordPress powered, then you want the WordPress Mobile Plugin.  It’s Free.  What does this plugin do?  It makes your site more user friendly for mobile devices.

2. Use The Phone Attribute

It seems a lot of businesses are overlooking this very simple attribute.  What the attribute does is allow visitors to directly dial your phone number.  While this attribute might not be very useful for businesses like bicycle shops or McDonalds, it has some value to local businesses like restaurants & dry cleaners.

<a href=”#” tel=”3104214844”>(310) 421-4844</a>

Let’s try it live.  If you are viewing our blog from a mobile device, you should be able to directly dial from clicking on (310) 421-4844.

*note this does not work with all phones.

3. Create A Mobile XML Sitemap

Mobile XML Sitemaps are very similar to standard XML sitemaps.  For formatting tips, see Google’s article on Mobile Sitemaps.

After you create your sitemap, you will want to submit it to Google.

More resources:

Mobile SitemapsGoogle.com
Mobile Internet Growth – Business-Standard.com

Photo credit: KB35


2 thoughts on “Optimizing Your Web Site for Mobile: 3 Easy Tips
  1. Chris Laub says:

    Mobile phone optimization! How far we’ve come.

  2. KRONiS says:

    This is a great move as many companies haven’t hired the most ‘savviest’ of webmasters who often don’t even know how to make a proper XML sitemap and submit that to the three search engines. Going mobile will get you more traffic, perhaps create some content geared at mobile users on your website if applicable – namely the maps to getting to your area when people are most likely to use the mobile features of your site while perhaps looking for your business, or better yet looking for ‘a’ business that you can dominate the results for if they happen to be nearby.

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