Top Mobile Sites

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, but I think it’s fresh and interesting enough to do it now.

Mad 4 Mobile Phones, put together this list¬†of the top 50 – although it’s now grown to 64 – mobile related websites. Great job, Patrick!

Now before we look at the list, it is based on Alexa rankings which most people consider to be inaccurate, for various reasons. Alexa bases its rankings on the visits people make to the sites that have installed the Alexa tool bar in their browsers. Not included (as far as I know) are weightings taking into account RSS feeds. MobHappy, therefore recorded by Alexa at 157,028th and thus should be included in this list actually, should probably be much higher as most of our loyal readers follow us via a blog reader.

Having said that, in my opinion, Alexa ranking are a good indication of site popularity and it’s probably a good assumption that the number 1 on the list is bigger than number 2 and so on.

Have a look:

1. www.chinamobile.com 205
2. www.cingular.com  576
3. www.nokia.com  593
4. www.orange.co.uk  653
5. www.verizonwireless.com  684
6. www.sonyericsson.com  702
7. www.direct.motorola.com  948
8. www.gsmarena.com 1399
9. www.o2.co.uk  2444
10. www.mobile-review.com 2834
11. www.samsungmobile.com  2864
12. www.phonescoop.com  3156
13. www.carphonewarehouse.com  3299
14. www.vodafone.co.uk  3730
15. www.bell.ca 4187
16. www.nokiausa.com  4770
17. www.rogers.com 5037
18. www.t-mobile.co.uk  5141
19. www.mobiledia.com  6319
20. www.allaboutsymbian.com 6435
21. www.nokia.co.uk  6491
22. www.mobileburn.com  9427
23. www.engadgetmobile.com  9525
24. www.infosyncworld.com 10285
25. www.fido.ca 10624
26. www.e2save.com  11947
27. www.mobilewhack.com  12163
28. www.telusmobility.com 13000
29. www.phonearena.com 15325
30. www.three.co.uk  15631
31. www.3g.co.uk  17706
32. www.vodafone.com 18469
33. www.mobileshop.com  20575
34. www.mobile-phones-uk.org.uk  21861
35. www.dialaphone.co.uk  22522
36. www.onestopphoneshop.co.uk  22723
37. www.phones4u.co.uk  24198
38. www.slashphone.com 24966
39. www.clubsonyericsson.com  25835
40. www.mobiletracker.net  27650
41. www.thelink.com  29392
42. www.phoneyworld.com 31806
43. www.mobiles.co.uk  33364
44. www.celularis.com 34266
45. www.mobilegazette.com  40587
46. www.cellular-news.com  45537
47. www.coolsmartphone.com  46105
48. www.thephonespot.com  47294
49. www.cellphones.ca  54210
50. www.mphone.co.uk  56958
51. www.onecompare.com  71524
52. www.mobilerainbow.co.uk  81620
53. www.imobile.com.au 85356
54. www.ukphoneshop.com  93683
55. www.msmobilenews.com 123215
56. www.younevercall.com  140269
57. www.zyb.com 160180
58. www.mobilementalism.com  164271
59. www.mobiles.org.uk 165541
60. www.comparecellular.com 250190
61. www.mad4mobilephones.com 263133
62. www.66mobile.com 329587
63. www.3mobileshop.co.uk  380286
64. www.mobile-phone-directory.org  424921

What would interest me very much is if someone could come up with a ranking for mobile web sites ie sites that are viewed from a mobile phone and not on a desktop. I’m pretty sure that China Mobile would still be number 1 by some considerable margin – China has a lower penetration of PCs and such a huge mobile population that this must be so.

But based on our figures at AdMob, the top 20 would look completely different. In fact, I¬†don’t think that the¬†US carriers would even make the Top 50 worldwide sites, though we have far from complete information too.

AdMob came out of stealth mode yestreday, you might have noticed (though I’ve been keeping Mobhappy readers fairly up to speed over the last few months). We went public that we’re the world’s largest mobile network, with over 250 million page impressions available per month. So the stats we do have for the mobile web are probably more accurate than anything in the world.

Here’s a choice snippet for you. We can tell which handsets people are viewing the mobile web with (and serve ads accordingly). 8 out of the 10 most popular handsets to surf the mobile web with are made by one brand. Anyone care to guess which one?

This information is actually pretty powerful if you think like a handset marketer. How would you like to serve ads on your competitor’s phones?

Anyway, well done to Patrick for putting the list together. If anyone has any ideas how to compile a simialr one for the mobile web, I’d love to hear all about it. And stand by for more good news about AdMob.

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