How do you browse the web using your iPhone or iPod touch? Do you go directly to a main site? Or, do you get redirected to a mobile version of the site? Eric Jacobsen’s iBusted on how bad the links are to sites with mobile versions:
When the iPhone debuted nearly three years ago, everyone in the computer industry asked themselves, “What can I do to get on this bandwagon?” The obvious answer for digital publishers was to build iPhone-optimized versions of their websites. By offering an optimized site, a content site could offer a superior experience for the end user and enjoy a little sexiness-by-association from the Jesus Phone. Somehow these efforts were horribly botched, and two years later we’re still suffering them.
Why? Some sites automatically redirect mobile phone visitors to the mobile optimized version of their site, but don’t manage to keep the links in sync with the main site. For PixoBebo I created a CSS version for the iPhone and iPod touch. Click the Mobile link above to view the site on your iPhone. It’s faster, easier on your iPhone eyes, and has fewer ads. Regardless, the choice to go to a mobile site vs. the main site should be the user’s choice.