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For many, working while you travel is nothing new - netbooks and laptops are a familiar sight on commuter trains. However, with smartphones becoming a prevalent way to organise yourself and do your work, I was wondering how this can be applied to the world of search engine optimisation, blogging and website content management.

For many, working while you travel is nothing new - netbooks and laptops are a familiar sight on commuter trains. However, with smartphones becoming a prevalent way to organise yourself and do your work, I was wondering how this can be applied to the world of search engine optimisation, blogging and website content management.

Content Management

I have a long commute each day, and I don’t feel I have the time to keep up to date with my personal blogging commitments. I’ve been on the internet all day; the last thing I’m thinking about is popping straight back on to whip up a couple of posts. I’ve experimented with logging into my Wordpress account using the Wordpress app – it seemed to make sense, I’ve always got my phone with me, and I’ve got more than an hour before I get home. Honestly? I can’t seem to get it to work properly – at the moment I’m still logging in through my phone browser. More Info here: Android WP, iOS WP, Nokia WP and Blackberry WP

HTML code

One of the biggest necessities of SEO is to have instant access to a website’s source code, and it’s inconvenient not to be able to see this on your average smartphone browser. Perhaps you’re looking to check for nofollows, noindexes, cloaking, spammy links or just to get an understanding of the pages structure. Luckily there are apps that help with this. I have HTML Source Viewer Lite installed for android at the moment and it’s good enough – what it’s lacking is the ability to bookmark previously visited sites and a search function. More Info Here: HTML Source Viewer Pro

Meta Data

If you want to check up on a client’s Meta data before a meeting, or just want to refresh your memory about your own descriptions and titles, you’ll need to take a look at your Meta data. You can’t do this without an App, so you’re going to need to download something like Meta Tag Viewer by ksoft. I haven’t downloaded this because I won’t pay for it while the free HTML Source Viewer can give me the same info – it doesn’t download and retrieve it, but it isn’t much hassle to just read the code. More Info Here: Meta Tag Viewer

PageRank

This may not be the most important aspect when it comes to a site’s relevance and importance, but it is still one of many factors which help to determine how Google values a site. So, to do this I have been messing with SiteRank, a page rank and Alexa retrieval tool by Xil3 Media, and Dolphin: Google PR, an add on to the Dolphin mobile browser. SiteRank does what it says on the tin – nothing fancy and nothing special. I like the previous search history, but the ability to research and compare might be a nice function for them to add. At the moment you still have to re-enter the URL. Dolphin is probably the only app I’ve come across that does what I need it to without having to navigate to a different app. It works exactly like Firefox – you simply add the PR add-on to your toolbar. I could write a whole blog post on Dolphin alone to be honest, but I will say that I particularly like the look of helpful add-ons such as Whois and Show IP. More Info Here: SiteRank Lite and Dolphin: Google Page Rank

Google Analytics

I haven’t personally tried any Google Analytics apps because I’m always hesitant to give any of my details away – even to trusted third parties (pathetic I know). However, someone already did the work for me! JR Raphael of computerworld tried and tested some Apps and feels that DroidAnalytics, Mobile GA and Analytics Widget are the best Google analytics android  apps available. More Info Here: DroidAnalytics, Mobile GA and Analytics Widget