Wow, tons to reply to here, but not much time. We'll see how far I get.
No. Via netbook computer using Verizon's wireless service.
A netbook is reported as a computer. You're using a full browser, right? I don't have the Verizon wireless, but I do have an XP netbook on my own wifi that I run FF and IE on. That's why you saw my regular ads.
To add to the above question, is there a standard definition of what constitutes a "mobile version" of a site?
Well, sort of. At least, what there is seems to be all over the place, and all pieces of the puzzle not in one. I'm still tracking that down. I put up the site in XHTML. There are a couple of other formats that are acceptable (that I know nothing about) @pageoneresults found me the mobile site validator at the W3, and was of great assistance to me trying to get this set up. There's a different DOCTYPE statement, for example. And there are some "best practices" that are (I think) way off - like pages under 10k, certain scripts and codes. I like to validate stuff because I'm not a genius coder and it's the fastest and best way for me to know I don't have mistakes in the code. But I don't know that I'll be able to get this thing to validate 100% with the mobile site validator without severely alterating my existing DB codes, and I don't have time to do that right now. I'm at 90%. Heck, Google's mobile page is only at 58%.
I think if you start with building your page in good error-free fast loading XHTML, that takes you a long way into it, but I'm still figuring out the last part.
Wait, I got off track a bit from the post a bit because I do not do adsense or ad serving.
That's fine, it's still part of the conversation. I entered this post here because I spend more time here and AdSense was the impetus for my experiment, but I could have just as easily entered it in the mobile/phone forum. Too bad we can't link.
Could not decide on how to implement giving users the choice of defaulting out of the mobile version.
that's a refinement I hadn't even thought of yet. Next phase. Thanks.
I just visited the site via my Nokia e71 - no ads there neither in phone's native browser nor in Opera.
No I'm not seeing them yet either. Dunno why. It's been more than 48 hours, so either my site isn't formatted correctly yet, or it's not been approved, or they don't have any ads, or they haven't gotten around to turning it on. No way to know, and there's no way to ask - you can't ask support a question about this. So like most things with Google - if it's works, it works, and if it doesn't, move on.
I want to try the ads, but if they don't show up, it's still probably a good experiment.
Which then begs the question as to what G would classify an I-Pad as? Is it a mobile device?
I don't have one so I can't test the user agent. I thought it ran the iPhone OS, but I could be wrong. I'll have to snag someone who has one to do some tests.
Oddly, my new Blackberry's native browser goes right to my mobile page with the redirect. But my old Blackberry's native browser shows the ads and stays on the normal page. I have to look up that user agent too.
'kay, gotta run. Still running around 10% of pageviews. By next week that'll be 10k a day.