When you’re running a website, whoever is surfing it is staring at the screen…but where? One of the biggest questions for website designers and adsense publishers is discovering where their website visitors are going to be looking when they arrive at their website. This article will reveal the answer to this often asked question and explain the trick to adsense ad placement for the highest adsense ctr.
“Where are the user’s eyes looking?” Where do your eyes go when you read articles on the Web? What do you notice and what do you miss? Well, we’ve got some answers for you, because this topic has been studied. Turns out that the upper left quarter of the screen gets the most attention, according to the Eyetrack III research of The Poynter Institute, the Estlow Center for Journalism & New Media, and Eyetools. But that’s not all. There’s more to it than that.
People’s eyes have some very common behaviour patterns. It probably has to do with our hunter-gatherer ancestry.
First, we do reconnaissance, or “recon” as the military calls it. Users’ eyes flick over the entire screen at whatever draws their attention. And what draws it most? Well, the first hot spots are headlines, photo captions, subheadings, links, menu items and the logo on the page-doesn’t matter if it’s a good logo or a bad one, people look at logos.
Then the upper left corner of the screen gets special attention, probably because that’s where people expect to find the very best stuff. And the right-hand and lower part of the page almost always gets less attention.
This is info that site developers must know: when you put your most important, vital content outside that critical upper left corner, that important content might as well be invisible when people are making the big decision: whether to stay on your site and read more or go somewhere else.
Yes, people scan a page quickly. But scanning has a purpose: it quickly identifies to a user what they really want to read. The good news is that if you can hook them right off the bat, when they start actually reading a news story on the Web, they read a larger proportion than if they were reading that very same story in the newspaper.
How To Use Frontloading To Attract Your Visitor’s Attention
Frontloading means that you start headlines, paragraphs and links with the most important words. The first words should communicate the subject of the headline, paragraph or link. This is not like writing a novel or a story, where you have time to be coy and not get to the point for awhile. You’ve got about a quarter of a second to grab that user’s attention or he won’t read the rest of the sentence. Make the most of that opportunity.
If you do this, and you frontload your writing, especially at the top of the page, user’s eyes will easily catch the most important info, and they’ll keep reading.
Here are some examples of good frontloading:
Foo Fighters release new cd
Barbeque beef ribs recipes everyone will like
Tom Cruise stars in a new movie
Here are some bad examples that are not frontloaded:
New cd is being released, it’s by the Foo Fighters
Everyone will love these great new recipes for barbeque beef ribs
New movie is coming out and it’ll star Tom Cruise
Just following these simple Google Adsense tips will result in higher adsense ctr and visitors staying for a longer time at your websites.
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