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I am a web developer, blogger, semi-pro poker player, darts hustler, beer drinker, recreational gold miner, writer, product developer, graphic artist, internet marketer... and so much more.

I have been making my living, full-time, on the internet for the past 14+ years. Before that I owned a computer store where approximately one-third of our $2m+ yearly sales were from online marketing. I guess you could say that I know a thing or two about making money online.

I split my time between my hometown of Henryetta, OK and my adopted home town of South Park... ummm... I mean Salida, CO

Check out my list of sites... Why can I only list ten??? I guess I could do another list... LOL

Gary Calvert | gwcalvert

Why You Need Mobile Friendly Websites

Sep 2nd 2010 at 4:07 PM

I have been blogging about mobile blogs and websites quite a bit recently and the more that I looked into it, the more that I knew that my sites needed to be mobile ready. There are 4 times as many cell phone users on this planet than computer users! And...

Google recently paid $750 million dollars for Admob, a content ad business for mobile devices! Still don't think mobile is that big?

I started a small experiment a couple of months ago tracking the number of visitors that I am getting to my websites via mobile devices like smartphones (iPhone, Android), internet tablets (iPad, Asus E-series), PDAs, etc. I added the Wordpress Mobile Pack plugin to ten of my sites (Its since been added to all of them) to make them mobile compatible without doing too much else.

After the first month I was receiving around 4% of my traffic from mobile devices. Not a huge amount but it did add up to almost 16K hits over the ten sites I was tracking.

I'm not sure how you feel, but 16 thousand hits per month is more than reason enough to have a mobile friendly site. But it gets better!

I just recently checked my second months stats and was totally blown away! Between the ten sites, I averaged just over 10% of the traffic from mobile devices or about 42,000 website hits. This equates to a 250%+ increase in the mobile traffic in just 30 days!

The smallest amount of mobile traffic for one site was 5% and the highest 13%. Only one other site had less than 10% mobile traffic. Out of ten sites, eight had 10% or greater mobile traffic! Your websites need to be mobile ready or you are going to miss out on a lot of potential customers.

If you are using Wordpress for a blog site or as a Content Management System for another type of site, adding the totally free Wordpress Mobile Pack plugin is easy and will work as soon as you activate it without any configuration on your part. There are some options to choose from if you wish, but if you are just trying to meet the needs of your mobile visitors, there really is nothing to do but install and activate it.

There are plugins and add-ons for other CMS platforms like Joomla out there too, so upgrading your site to be mobile friendly shouldn't be that hard. If you are not using a CMS or have a custom built site, there are scripts and services available to redirect visitors to a mobile ready version of your site... But that topic is best saved for another day.

You can check out my new blog, Mobile Friendly, or download my new free report "Why You Need Mobile Ready Websites" for more information if you don't want to wait for another article. ;-)

BTW, I am giving away an iPod Touch to someone who downloads the free report.

 

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Apr 22nd 2011 at 9:27 PM by ianb1970
Excellent Post Gary, very curious how to convert other blogs and standard websites to mobile ready platforms as well, time to download your report :-) have a great day.
   
Nov 21st 2010 at 11:30 AM by gerardoantonio
thnaks...
   
Nov 20th 2010 at 4:01 PM by gerardoantonio
thnaks...gwcalvert..good information and on time. www.esocialthis.tk
   
Oct 15th 2010 at 8:40 AM by gwcalvert
The iPod Touch is being given away to one of the people who have downloaded the report. The actual drawing will be tonight (October 15th). I give away a lot of stuff to members of my mailing lists that are not just your normal ebooks and videos. Everyone likes cool gadgets, so I tend to try to give away something in that vein. The next item I'm thinking about giving away is an HD Camcorder. I have a new report that I am working on right now that should be ready by sometime next week... I'll post an article here with the details when its ready.
   
Oct 14th 2010 at 11:47 AM by Siamak
Hey, great and inspiring article! Are you really doing what you said you are doing on the last sentence?
   

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