I love usability, don’t you? Even the smallest touch to the user experience will worth more than the effort to users.
On the web pages, when I have to use phone numbers, I always add the dial code to my HTML. With that, you can allow your visitors to one-click on the phone numbers to dial or skype call easily.
The usage of this is a very simple code. After that, we will discuss some alternatives and the SEO posibilities of phone number usage on mobile web sites.
The protocol we are going to use is:
<a href="tel:90-537-111-22-33">(0537) 111 22 33</a>
<a href="tel:+905371112233">Click to call</a>
both are fine and
tel: works just like as
A country code is not required but could be nice to have it for sites with international traffic. Country codes can be preceded by a
+ but that is also not required.
tel: is not the only way to initiate a phone call with a link:
tel:but used to initiate calls via the Skype application.
- auto-detected: Many browsers will automatically detect a phone number in the HTML and link it for you.
sms:Skip the call and go straight to text message system.
Search Engine Optimization Link
To help search engines (lets say Google search and/or Google business) to understand the given phone number and crawl corretly, this kind of a code would be helpful:
<div itemscope itemtype="//schema.org/LocalBusiness"> <h3 itemprop="name">Contact Information</h3> Phone: <span itemprop="telephone"> <a href="tel:+905371112233"> 537-111-22-33 </a> </span> </div>
Also if you do not want the search engines to follow your phone links, you can add
rel="nofollow" to discourage from being followed and indexed.