7 Ways To Make Your Blog More Mobile Friendly

by Daniel Cassady · 17 comments

This is a guest post by Daniel Cassady who is a freelance writer and has written for many top marketing, technology and social media-focused blogs. Today, you are going to learn in this post how easily you can make a mobile friendly version of your blog by keeping few important points in mind. So continue reading and make your blog mobile friendly if you want to.

There’s no doubt about it: the world has gone mobile. More smartphones are being bought than ever, and the same goes for mobile internet plans. This means that great blog content, while important, isn’t enough anymore.

The most successful blogs are going to be the ones who are packed with interesting content and are easily viewable on mobile devices. If you’re a blogger and you’re not sure how to make your blog mobile friendly, here are 7 ways to do that…

1. Create a Mobile Site

Let your mobile audience know that you have their interests at heart by creating a URL specifically for a mobile version of your blog.  Consider this mobile version a “light” version of your main blog.

To set up a mobile domain, all you’ll need to do is add a sub-domain to your existing site. For instance, if your blog URL is “joekellydesigns.com”, your mobile domain can be m.joekellydesigns.com. You should also consider getting a .mobi domain for all your mobile-ready content.

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2. Center Your Content To Avoid Scrolling

The first thing you have to consider if you want to make your blog more mobile-friendly is the size of the screen on most mobile phones. Not very big, are they? Since you want your site to be easy to read on any mobile device, keep all the content, including images, centered. This will make sure your audience can enjoy all of the content on your site without the hassle of having to constantly scroll to the right or left to read entire sentences or view images.

3. Shrink Your Page Size

The maximum page size for a mobile device is 20kb. This means you have to keep each page small, preferably fewer than 10kb to ensure that your site loads quickly. While many people have unlimited data plans, those who don’t will appreciate this gesture.

4. Cut Back On The Images

Here is another rule to keep in mind when optimizing your blog for mobile viewing: keep images to a minimum. Images typically do not look as good on small mobile screen as they do on desktops, laptops and tablets. Images also increase load time, which can turn some less patient mobile internet users away. If you can’t live without the images on your blog, make sure you upload them as .gif, .png, or .jpeg files, which take less time to load on mobile browsers.

5. Keep Your Content Focused

If someone is browsing a blog on their mobile device, odds are they are on the move and want to find the information they are looking for as quickly and easily as possible. Your mobile home page should be clean and organized. Keep your content clear and easy to read. The most important information, like new posts or popular topics, should be on the top of the page, and always use easy to read, dark colored fonts on light colored backgrounds.

6. Make Navigation A Snap

Not all smart phones have back buttons, and this makes it difficult to navigate through mobile sites that have multiple pages. Make things easy by adding back buttons to each page. Also, try to link each page on your site to another page. The easier it is to navigate your mobile site, the more time users will spend there, and the more great content they’ll see.

7. Test On Every Platform

The only true way to make sure your blog is actually mobile friendly is to test it on every platform available to you. Ask your friends to check out your mobile site before it goes live and have them point out any criticisms. If you are having trouble finding a variety of mobile devises for to test you sight on, you can search for Web-based emulators online that will give you an idea of what your new mobile site will look like.

Final Words…

Thanks to huge changes in the mobile and computing markets, bloggers must take special care in catering to the mobile crowd.

Instead of assuming your readers are sitting at a desk while they absorb your content, assume that they’re out and about, short on time, and want the smoothest experience possible when exploring your blog.

Let us know whether you have made your blog mobile friendly or not. If not then do consider these tips while building a mobile version of your blog. And if you have already developed a mobile version of your blog then do give us tips if you want to that will helps us in any way.

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About Daniel Cassady

I am an experienced freelance writer and frequent contributor to an email servicesblog, hosted by Benchmark Email.

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Gerri May 3, 2011 at 12:05 pm

okay, that is all well and good but what about just installing a plugin that does it for you. I would like to see a post that outlines the best plugins (both free and paid) to make a blog mobile friendly.

Khan May 13, 2011 at 1:08 am

Small images increase the load time of the site.With reference of SEO it will be very useful.

Cheolsu June 7, 2011 at 12:05 am

I had used a WP mobile theme for the mobile version on phones. Adsense provides adsense for such mobile devices. Combining both mobile theme and mobile ads can bring more revenue.

Pete Austin @marketingXD June 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Use Tumblr for your blog. This automatically provides a mobile version. Job done!

malagala August 2, 2011 at 9:01 pm

In human nature we like friendly things. So the same principle applies for the blogs as well. If a blog has a friendly appearance and qualities the people will feel like dropping back to the site. But we have to make sure that those do not affect the speed of the site

Sarah23 October 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm

There is no doubt about the fact that mobile market is currently booming at an aggravating growth and more device like ipad, smartphones are hitting the market every now and then. AS users are browsing the internet using those mobile devices, it is important for webmasters to provide them the suitable theme. Hence mobile compatible website theme are becoming quite popular these days. And this blog post really brings all tweaks to make a website mobile friendly.

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