View Full Version : Are there any successful .mobi commerce sites?

05-05-2010, 05:32 AM
Hello everyone.

I was wondering if there are any successful .mobi commerce sites? Particularly just a .mobi site without a sister .com site. Also, if any owned by individuals rather than a large corporation.

Just wanted to know if there are any other sites or persons who have created a successful .mobi commerce site. Hopefully they would like to share their story. The dos and do nots.

I have one .mobi I recently acquired. I do not have a sister .com site. Just a nice .mobi name. Do you think it will work? How best to advertise it spending little to no money? And if one has to spend money to advertise it, where is the best place to do so and about how much can one expect to pay each month.

I want to launch my .mobi and not sit on it.

Thank you so much for all your kind inputs.

05-05-2010, 04:57 PM
I run a .com and .mobi for one of my sites. I know that's not the scenario you asked for but I noted nobody else has chipped in....

The .mobi makes more money than the .com - they both use PayForIt http://payforit.mobi/ the .com with the web version that requires pin authentication and the mobile version uses carrier based connections to authentice hence it has a better conversion rate.

I just ran some stats to highlight the difference:

.com = 4,175.13
.mobi = 5,849.00


make it easy to buy - i know this sounds like a no brainer but too many e-commerce sites suck and make it hard for the user to do what you want
fulfill a need that is neglected or better what someone else is doing
make a site with great content. unique content not found elsewhere online would be a bonus.
make a site with sound navigational structure
follow best practices
utlise mobile billing systems (not Bango see below for why)
use analytics and tracking to make informed decisions


use Bango, I don't trust them - they sit in the middle of people giving them money and the merchants who should be getting the outpayment but in my experience with them I placed an order as a customer but got nothing as a merchant. I am not alone in having had this happen.

write your site in crappy markup
use flash, javascript (unless you know the handset supports it) or uncompressed images

There's a lot more I could come up with but really the laws and rules of e-commerce apply as much to mobile as they do to web.

05-06-2010, 05:59 AM
Thank you for these tips Andy. I can tell you are a very smart person. Don't know what Bango is. But I will stay away from it. That is the business name - Bango? What is markup? Sorry for not knowing these words.

Please feel free to chime in everyone.

05-06-2010, 10:05 AM
Welcome, thanks.


Markup being the language behind the page, XHTML or HTML for example are both Hyper Text Markup Languages.

XML is a Extensible Markup Language.

In human terms it's tags like <b>bold</b> and so on... If the language behind the page is correct and valid the handset has less work to do to render the page. Poor markup makes the phone think, makes it slower and eats more battery power ...

05-06-2010, 05:38 PM
Thanks Andy for the explanation. Now I understand.:biggrin:

06-17-2010, 06:08 AM
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06-17-2010, 07:37 AM
Hello everyone.

I was wondering if there are any successful .mobi commerce sites?

Particularly just a .mobi site without a sister .com site.

Also, if any owned by individuals rather than a large corporation.


Hi that's several separate, interesting questions.

Yes there are succesful mobile commerce sites.

Amongst them there have to be ones using .mobi names, but how many?

Standalone use of mobi, with marketing and promotioni: check out webtel.mobi (http://webtel.mobi/) , but are there others? Are there any that are seen by users as must-use sites that whole groups of people assume you know of? Ones that have become known brands?

06-17-2010, 09:38 AM
I'd never pay to add analytics to a site.

06-17-2010, 09:54 AM
I'd never pay to add analytics to a site.

Me neither. Just using adMob free analytics... (you don't need to put ads on your site)


06-17-2010, 11:57 AM
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Best Regards,

Jeremy QAim (cem4mobile.com)