Google Offers SMB Mobile Site Free For One Year
Yesterday, I asked you what smartphone users would see when they accessed your website through their phone. Does it deliver or does it fall short?
If you chose the second answer, have I got a deal for you. Google Mobile (aka GoMo) has teamed up with DudaMobile to help small businesses set up mobile-friendly websites.
The step-by-step system automatically converts your current website to mobile. Then it allows you to add important touches such as click-to-call, mobile maps and Adsense.
Obviously, this only works with sites that are light on the bells and whistles. Flash and e-commerce won’t translate but it’s an excellent opportunity for the small business owner who needs to get the basics to customers. To add to the incentive, they’re even going to host your mobile site for free for one year.
Okay, so that probably sounds like a commercial, but it’s not. I haven’t used the program so I can’t vouch for the effectiveness. I also don’t usually recommend businesses using a free hosting service but in this case I’ll make an exception. Just remember that a year from now, they’ll come knocking for server fees in order to keep the site live.
If you run any kind of a local business, mobile isn’t an option anymore, it’s a requirement. So give GoMo a shot and let us know what you think of it.