Make Your Blog Mobile Ready [Day 6 of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog from Problogger]

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Jonathan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he works for a contractor buying specialized tools, his passion is personal finance, frugal living, blogging, and stewardship.

Here’s my notes on Darren Rowse’s Problogger Free Podcast on 31 Days to Building a Better Blog. You can listen to Darren Rowse’s free podcast here Day 6 Make Your Blog Mobile Ready. The complete list can read here on Day 0 – Welcome and Introduction.

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In order for us all to get the full benefit of this series, I’m going to go at a slower pace posting on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week. I hope with this challenge we are all able to improve our blogs and websites. 

So lets do this together! Day 6 here we go! Subscribe and check back often! #31DBBB

Day 6: The challenge today is to make your blog mobile-friendly!

The doing part is the most important part of this challenge. This may take more time than just one day. Make decisions today. Research has shown that traffic from social media is coming more and more from mobile devices.

Recently, Google announced that if a site was mobile friendly it would factor in on their search engine and search results.

Translation: If you want to be found on Google it’s helpful to be mobile friendly.

I. Do Some Research 

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Load up your blog on your mobile phone and/or tablet. Ask these 11 questions as you try to surf around on your site on a mobile device.

1. What does your site look like on your mobile phone?
2. What looks good?
3. What would they like?
4. What would frustrate your readers?
5. Do readers have to scroll sideways?
6. Do they have to pinch and zoom to read the content?
7. Does it load fast?
8. How do the images and videos display?
9. How do menus display?
10. Are there broken links?
11. Are popups impossible to shut down?

Now do the same thing with a tablet.

II. Test Your Blog

On a personal note, I downloaded and installed WordPress Mobile Pack last week. It took only 2 minutes to do. And as you can see by the picture above I passed Google’s test. This challenge is awesome! I hope to continue to improve my blog in this area.

1. Google’s Make Your Website Work Across Multiple Devices Site Note: see the ‘tool’ on the right sidebar where you can add your URL to test your site.

2. Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test

This might help you define areas that need to improve.

Darren admits that his main blog Digital Photography School was designed with mobile in mind, Problogger is not so great on mobile at the moment. This is something they’re working on at Problogger as a team right now.

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If you don’t have a mobile friendly blog here’s what you can do:

View other blogs in your niche or target market. What are they doing? What are the current trends? What works well and doesn’t work well?

Once you do this you have a few options. Darren talks specifically to WordPress users although this could apply to others as well.

III. 3 Tips on Making Your Blog Mobile Friendly

1. Use a Plug In

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A. Install a simple Plug in. This is a simple option though not as customizable. Just do a search for “mobile theme”.

B. WPTouch – Free option and premium options. The free option is pretty good. Suitable for smaller blogs. You can put your logo in and change the colors to make it similar to the rest of your blog’s design.

C. JetPack – WordPress’s plugin which a lot of people use this plugin for the stats feature. It also has a very simple and clean mobile theme.

D. WPMobilePack – Claims to improve your theme.

Having a mobile friendly blog will help your viewers navigate and easily get the content of your blog. There’s different options out there. Be careful that plugins have good ratings and are secure. Keep your plugins up to date.

2. Get a Responsive Theme

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Another way to go about making your blog mobile friendly is to get a responsive theme. Most themes today come with a responhttp://www.eaglesoaringhigher.com/wp-admin/plugins.phpsive design. This means the content will resize to fit the screens of the user.

Darren recommends Studio Press which is with Copyblogger. Their themes and designs are fully responsive.

Perhaps it’s time to completely change the design of your whole blog? What do you think?

3. Hire A Designer To Do It For You

Another option is hire someone to have someone do it for you. This is the most expensive and time consuming option. However, you will get a more elegant solution and something that reflects your brand. You probably only want to do that if you’re making a living from your blog or on the way to doing so. This will likely cost quite a bit. WP Curve offers WordPress support if you need help. Of note there’s a monthly fee.

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What will you do today to make your blog mobile friendly?

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Jonathan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he works for a contractor buying specialized tools, his passion is personal finance, frugal living, blogging, and stewardship.

52 Comments

  1. With all the gadgets we have today, it’s important that we also consider readers that use their phones/tablets instead of a desktop or a laptop. Reaching out to them is just as important, so we really need to make sure that our site is mobile-friendly and ready.

    • So important Elizabeth I agree! I think Darren said half of his readers use a mobile device on both his websites. It’s going to become a bigger deal as time goes on. Thanks for commenting!

    • That’s the idea Pamela! I hope the information I share is easy to read and easy to implement. If that’s the case then I’ve reached my goal. Hope you check back soon. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Karen I know right? It’s something I hadn’t really thought of before doing this challenge. Yes, there’s resources out there for Blogger as well. See this Link .
      Try Mobify or Mofuse if you use Blogger. Thanks for stopping by!

    • I hope it will too Ay Lin! I’ve already seen tremendous improvements in my blog. I also love learning new things. It will be interesting to see where we all stand when we’re closer to day 30 or 31. Thanks for commenting!

  2. I have been intrigued by your posts to staRT my own journey through these podcasts. I’d like to work through your posts, as well. Do you have an email list I can sign up to receive these in order at a weekly pace to get all the ones you’ve already published plus the ones to come? Like a miniseries by email that starts from the beginning?

    • That sounds like something I need to look into Tami. A mini-series that starts at the beginning. What a cool idea. At the top of the page sign up for the blog emails. Thanks for commenting!

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