Tips To Optimize Your Blog For The iPad Visitors

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For those who have been blogging for awhile now, more than likely have addressed their mobile/tablet users needs. However, for those just starting out, you need to consider how you will optimize your blog for iPad users.

Why Optimize For iPads?

One only needs to hit any coffee shop and see the amount of people using iPads or Google tablets to understand the reasons for tablet optimization. We can not deny the that soon laptops and Pc’s will be more like spotting the Lochness monster.

iPhone and iPad sales for the fourth quarter of 2010 were astronomical. iPhone sales alone were up 92% from last year and the revenue generated by iPad sales topped 2.7 billion…yes billion! You can check out all Apple Q4 2010 results if you like.

With so many people grabbing these devices, it is clearly obvious that a lot of visitors to our blogs will be on one of these devices.

Tips To Optimize

In my opinion, iPads are still relatively a new toy, so things will change as the technology progresses. For now though, I have come up with a few tips to optimize your blog for mobile devices, specifically the iPad/G tablet.

  1. Device Detection Plugin:  I installed WPtouch which recognizes tons of mobile devices. You have the option to insert iPad and any other device you would like to be recognized as well. This will allow all users to see a special theme designed specifically for said devices. iPad users can also toggle between iPad view and desktop view.  Additional option to add your Google Analytics code and track visitors.
  2. Larger fonts: are more tablet/mobile friendly. I think larger fonts are more desktop friendly anyways!
  3. Flash media:  Just don’t use it at all. On desktops it’s annoying and slows down your site…on mobile devices and iPads it shows up as a big blank box. If you insist, then in order to optimize for these devices, you need to convert to Apple’s HTML5 format. And oh yes, there is a plug in for that too.
  4. Special Offers: Now here is one I am trying to implement into my theme. Imagine an iPad user or mobile user directed to or presented with a “special offer for iPad users” page. Makes em feel all happy and bouncy! If someone has suggestions on exactly how to accomplish this, please let us know in the comments. I included this because if it’s done, I can imagine links coming back to the site that provides this, as people will share that feature. Just a theory though.
  5. List Your Site:  Apple has a iPad ready website page.   You will be able to see sites like CNN, MSNBC, etc and scroll to the bottom where you can submit your site. Doesn’t hurt to let Apple know you got em covered!

Another quick tip, according to Apple, many websites have their width set incorrectly for tablets, even after optimizing. There is a specific code you will want to check out and you can get Apple’s recommendation on how to adjust your viewport settings.

The Bottom Line

Whether you are an old pro or a beginner blogger, you should consider how to best optimize your blog for the iPad.

I know many of you will have great seo ideas for tablet and mobile users and I look forward to hearing them.

How have you optimized your site for this purpose? As always, thanks for sharing.

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27 Responses to “Tips To Optimize Your Blog For The iPad Visitors”

  1. January 8, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    To detailed Tips to Optimize and tricks Apple iPad, you can go through the below link and here you will get the all information of tips and tricks:
    http://forums.techarena.in/tips-tweaks/1448437.htm

  2. January 23, 2011 at 6:19 am #

    Yours is one of the small handful of sites that runs well on my new Ipad. Bravo :)

    • Lisa Drubec
      January 23, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

      Excellent Marsha! Im glad it worked.

      All the best,
      Lisa

  3. January 19, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    Great article. Waiting for more.

  4. January 17, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    Great article and helpful tips. It’s nice to see that people still take the time to teach others by offering free advice and information. That’s what keeps `em coming back!

    • Lisa Drubec
      January 17, 2011 at 9:43 am #

      Thank you and Im glad to help!!

      All the best,

      Lisa

  5. markperterson
    January 17, 2011 at 12:51 am #

    It is very difficult to optimize blog for ipad users
    SEO

  6. January 13, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    Very Nice website. I built mine and i was looking for some design ideas and your website gave me some. May i ask you whether you developed the website by youself?

    Thanks

    • Lisa Drubec
      January 13, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

      Oh no! I am so techie challenged. It’s the WP cover theme and then minor tweaks here and there.

      Thanks for stopping by,
      Lisa

  7. January 12, 2011 at 3:50 am #

    Howa about creating an iPad application for our blog Lisa!?

    • Lisa Drubec
      January 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

      Pradeep:

      That would be sweet except if I was in charge of that you might end up with an empty page of doodles!!! I think there are others way more advanced then myself!!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Lisa

  8. January 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    Ok, now that is cool. When I first chose a Theme, I did see an option specifically designed for mobile devices and I thought hmmm, should consider for the future, but I went ahead with another choice instead. I just now uploaded the WPTouch, made a couple of changes in the settings, (SUPER easy!) and then went ahead and submitted my site to Apple…:)
    Thanks for another great tip!…:) Sure am glad to know that was available.

    • Lisa Drubec
      January 8, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

      Dan:

      So glad you checked it out! It seriously was super easy I know. I am hoping also by submitting our sites to Apple we get a nice little link love too. :)
      Did you see my response over on Ana’s blog about your Google Analytics code? Let me know and if not, contatc me thru the form up top here and I can help you out with that.

      have a great day,
      Lisa

  9. January 8, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    Wow, it never even crossed my mind to optimize my site for iPad visitors. Thanks!

    • Lisa Drubec
      January 8, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

      Edwin:

      Glad to help!

      Lisa

  10. January 6, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    Hello Lisa.

    You’ve listed some really important points here. Every blogger needs to be thinking toward the future and how to support the multitude of mobile devices that are in circulation today and those yet to come online.

    There was an entire keynote speech on this in last year’s BlogWorld Expo. If we fail to prepare we will have lots of one-time visitors. I believe that a tipping point will soon arrive where content will be consumed in a much greater percentage via mobile devices.

    Good stuff!

    • Lisa Drubec
      January 6, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

      Hi Jimi:

      Pleasure to see you here! And I agree 100% that more content will be consumed via tablet/mobile devices. With the anticipation that businesses will have tablets on the wall and libraries will lease out these items, it’s the wave of the future in usability!

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Lisa

  11. January 5, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

    A very helpful post Thank you for sharing this information

    • Lisa Drubec
      January 6, 2011 at 4:24 am #

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Lisa

  12. January 5, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    Great info and advice! Definitely the direction things are headed and what bloggers need to be thinking of, including this one.. ;-)

    • Lisa Drubec
      January 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

      Nice to see you here Kathleen!

      It is definitely the wave of the future…and it’s always fun to be prepared! I’m sure as things change though, we can determine even more seo strategies.

      Thanks for your comment,

      Lisa

  13. Lisa Drubec
    January 6, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    Thank you!

  14. Lisa Drubec
    January 6, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    Thank you for the RT!

    All the best,

    Lisa

  15. Lisa Drubec
    January 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    Thanks Dr Ron!

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