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Your Visitors are Begging for a Mobile-Friendly Website

Your Visitors are Begging for a Mobile-Friendly Website

When the Internet was first introduced, the aesthetics associated with websites were primitive at best. This is because accessing the Internet usually required a dial-up connection, which meant the transferring of information was often slow. As such, you would normally find that the websites relied more on the information that was contained within, rather than the presentation.

The introduction of broadband saw an array of websites improve when it came to both the loading time and presentation as a whole and soon mobile devices were given a basic portal that allowed them to browse the website to at least some degree. Soon the mobile sector caught up with and even surpassed, the desktop generation. This was due to touchscreen smartphone technology becoming commonplace, allowing for mobile users to browse the Internet with ease.

Their demand was so high that it wasn’t long before a mobile signal was offered that could even compete with the speed of fibre optic broadband in some instances. This meant that in essence, pretty much any site could be interacted with on mobile, including video platforms.

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As such, more and more businesses soon recognised that the world of technology was becoming more and more prevalent in society and soon embraced the concept of a mobile-friendly website. Many would assume that if the website can be viewed on mobile devices, then it is fit for the purpose. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. Here, we look at some important factors that reinforce the importance of mobile-friendly websites.

Mobile Online Shopping Dominates

Having a site that conforms to the mobile user means that more and more turnover can be expected. However, when shopping on a site, customers expect a seamless experience. This means that they often want to be able to complete a transaction in a few simple swipes.

If they continuously have to pinch in and out of the screen to the see the information, then it’s likely that they will be forced to visit a competitor. As such, a mobile friendly website is a necessity for those operating an e-commerce store. Especially when you consider that 30% of all online shopping purchases now happen on mobile phones.

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Being Mobile Friendly Can Improve Search Rankings

Of course, there are over 200 factors to consider when trying to make it among the top results on various search engines, but having a website that is mobile friendly, certainly won’t do you any harm.

Google has released a number of updates that look to ensure that the results it delivers are the best tailored for users. As such, bots will determine as to whether your website offers a mobile-friendly experience. As the mobile user base has surpassed that of the desktop, then those that aren’t mobile-friendly are likely to appear much lower, when it comes to mobile search results.

Engage with Your Customers

One of the many perks associated with the mobile generation is that companies are able to communicate with them effortlessly. A number of social plugins can be used to guide people to your website once you have unleashed a marketing campaign via social networks.

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Similarly, a number of online tools also means that people are able to register for websites simply by using their social network credentials. As such, having a mobile friendly website puts in a prime position for serious engagement.

Achieve a Reduced Bounce Rate

Anyone who has had to deal with improving website statistics and performance will be aware that improving the bounce rate can be something of a hindrance. There are many reasons as to why a person may choose to abort a site, but if your website isn’t optimised for the mobile generation, then you can be sure that your bounce rate rises as a result.

Evidently, this should be one of the most important aspects of improving your bounce rate, as the longer you have a website that isn’t mobile-friendly, the longer you will have an excessive bounce rate.

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Speed Is Also Important

Having a website that is mobile optimised is a step in the right direction, but is it performing in the way it should? Although a mobile website may be in place, if it takes some time to load, then it could still create some detrimental effects.

For example, the research has shown that more than 40% of people will choose to abort your website if they find it loads slowly. You may be asking yourself what is considered a slow loading time and you’d be surprised to learn that it is over a mere 3 seconds. Anything beyond this could see visitors move on and in the worst-case scenario, abandon a purchase.

Check Your Website As Soon as Possible

If we have a number of tasks to undertake, then the checking of our website can be something that seems unimportant. Unfortunately, the opposite is true and having a website that underperforms in any way can have a detrimental effect on any proposed turnover and customer engagement. As such, you should look to visit your website via a mobile device and consider the following when viewing it:

  • Does the website take a long time to load? If so, what can be done to change this? Follow the best practises to improve the speed of your site.
  • Is the site tailored for easy navigation? This often means ensuring that website can be navigated by using a few simple swipes.
  • Are there clear to call-to-action prompts in place? Offering a clear navigation with a prompt, but a friendly call to action is a perfect partnership for success.

This will allow you to address any issues immediately and it doesn’t have to be as time-consuming as you would first assume. Determining whether you need to update your website can often be done within a matter of minutes.

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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