Getting a separate mobile site done right.
I have client who has gone the way of the separate mobile site in a folder, and I`m trying to get things to work well.
The main pages use rel alternate media links to the mobile equivalent
Mobile pages point back via rel canonical
This seems to work well for Google Organic results, but the issue is bigger. Backlinks from other sources are fixed and to the main website URLs. To try and solve that we have a mobile plugin (WordPress) that redirects (302) mobile users on their first visit in a day. This includes links from Google Places in the search results, which are a very common. This still means people will not get the mobile site on their second visit in the day. I think the once only is so that people can switch to the main site if they want. Is there a better way to do this so that mobile users always get the mobile site unless they specifically opt out. And vice versa. Maybe there is a better mobile plugin?