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How do I get my site enabled for Mobiles/PDA's

 12:35 pm on Apr 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

Is there something I need to do for getting my site indexed by Search Engines for Mobile/PDA searches. What changes are required to be done in the site for making it PDA/Mobile friendly



 1:43 pm on Apr 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

Do a query on your favorite search engine for [mobile search optimization].

Basically there are two ways to be mobile-friendly:

1) If your site is valid XHTML, you can have instructions in your CSS that are specific to mobile devices using @mobile and/or @handheld. This sends the entire page to the mobile device and then instructs the device on how to rework the page in a mobile friendly manner (proper page layout is critical - there are best practices I won't go into here). The advantage of this approach is you only maintain once document. The disadvantage is that the mobile device may have to download more than they need (which is a real issue given their limited bandwidth).

2) Or you can insert a <link rel="alternate" media="handheld"...> in the header of your regular page to the mobile-optimized page. In this case you're saying "the content on this page is the same as this other page - mobile devices should see the other page". Again, the mobile page needs to conform to certain standards - XHTML and/or WAP/WML. The advantages/disadvantages are the opposite of the first option.

Once you have mobile-friendly pages it's a good idea to come up with a mobile sitemap and submit it to Google, Yahoo! and other services that are mobile-focused.

Good luck.


 4:33 am on Apr 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

Thanks Jay for the briefing.

Would also be interested to know if there are actually any advantages to go through th changes on the site, I mean traffic point of view.


 8:38 pm on Apr 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

I think the majority of sites are not designed to be reformatted for mobile/PDA.

It's like trying to watch t.v. on a radio.

I'd design a site specifically for mobile market using appropriate navigation and content.


 5:40 pm on May 2, 2007 (gmt 0)

Look into WAP. It has a higher bandwidth but it is set up to work on all PDAs

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