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    Default Why mobi didn't have a chance...

    ...in the past, but might in the future.

    First there was a native app boom now it is time for web apps and last but not least the time will come for mobile websites. Your average business and developer doesn’t need any kind of app to have a mobile presence. When this time comes people will realize that there are many great .mobi names to register or to buy for a fraction of the price of other tlds. The best part is that .mobi is the only tld that says “I am mobile”. We all know that technically the tld doesn’t matter, but from a marketing perspective I think .mobi has a big advantage and I just can’t stop saying it, but .mobi just looks cooler than all the other strange possibilities like m + dot, wap + whatever, slash + something awkward etc. I know it has been a long and hard road for .mobi domainers, but I still believe .mobi will have its chance in the future...

    Read this and keep dotmobi in mind:
    When Responsive Web Design Is Bad For SEO
    In my January column I resolved not to discuss the responsive Web design issue anymore, as the One URL versus multiple URL issue is moot now that Google has announced a way to consolidate link equity for equivalent mobile URLs. Unfortunately, the rest of the SEO community isn’t following suit, as responsive Web design still seems to have the undeserved reputation for being the best option for SEO.
    http://searchengineland.com/when-res...for-seo-149109


    These questions were asked at NP and I answered them:
    Where are all the developed sites?

    This link might answer that question:
    http://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en#hl...w=1340&bih=727


    Here are a few examples of active mobi websites from the link above:


    CNNMoney News
    http:www.cnnmoney.mobi/


    MLB.com Mobile: Home
    http:www.mlb.mobi


    Home - The Sun mobile
    http:www.thesun.mobi


    ESPN Home
    http:www.espn.mobi


    Reuters.com
    http:www.reuters.mobi


    Explore Bangkok :: Bangkok.mobi
    http:www.bangkok.mobi/explore


    The Weather Channel Mobile
    http:www.weather.mobi


    Fidelity Mobile Website
    http:www.fidelity.mobi


    and many more....


    So where are all the .mobi sales?

    The mobile web era has just begun.... That's 7 years later and a lot of $$$ reg fees more than expected.
    This broke many backs. Let's see what happens in the next few years.
    Last edited by freeflow; 03-16-2013 at 11:45 PM.

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    Hey freeflow thanks for that.
    I'm still a believer in .mobi and will carry on holding many .mobi's
    Cheers

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    Thanks for the link to the article on responsive design and dedicated mobile URL.

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    Default Most Small Businesses Shouldn't Even Bother With Apps

    Here is another interesting link that speaks for the mobile web.

    As the mobile web grows, it's important for businesses to keep it in mind when expanding to the mobile world. While creating an app may seem like the trendier, better option, it's always good to stop, think twice, and consider building a mobile site instead.
    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/a-mobile-website-might-be-what-your-business-needs-2013-3

    @noonoo1 @ChinaMobi It's great to know that there are still some believers in .mobi after such a long time!
    Last edited by freeflow; 03-19-2013 at 11:33 PM.

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    Thanks for the information ! DO CHANGE (ask a moderator) THE TITLE INSTEAD OF AT THE END "...", "IN THE PAST".
    Because now it seems again a tilte of ".mobi" = "doomed".

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    I have not changed my position, but I have changed my idea about the role .mobi will play. It will not be a "generic" TLD like .com, but one appealing to folks who want to emphasize the "mobi" aspect in their brand names. So it'll be a niche player like the many gTLDs that will be flooding the market soon. .mobi will benefit from the tremendous growth of mobile devices, though. Because of this belief, I'm still buying.

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    Mobile centric sites still cannot take that huge plunge as e-commerce is little or negligible via mobile site. Yes they can be helpful in generating leads but they will never be standalone converter of leads into sales. I think the same as ChinaMobi thinks. dot mobi will eventually become generic.

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    This is titled "Why .mobi didn't have a chance."

    One reason: No marketing budget for blogger and social media outreach.

    Another reason: No enforcement of mobile-friendy sites.

    Another reason: It was too early.

    Can it rally? Yes. Is it likely to? Not without marketing dollars. That's my opinion.
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