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How Much of Your Website Do Visitors See? Google Shows You

December 18th, 2009 posted by · 2 Comments

Google has made it easier for you to see where your visitors look when going to your website.  They have introduced a tool called Browser Size, which places an overlayed transparent image on top of your website to show you the percentage of visitors who look at a specific area.

It takes into consideration screen size and maps it out for you with different coloured regions. Take a look below at as an example.

Google Browser Size

This is like a hot mapping tool that you would pay money for on other websites. In fact, many Internet marketers do pay money for such tools to analyze landing pages, but I’m sure they’ll stop doing so after seeing this.

It’s interesting to note that the top left region of a site is the most viewed — although, it shouldn’t come as any surprise. Most people read from left to right and top to bottom anyway, so combining the two isn’t exactly a scientific discovery.

Think of the possibilities if you’re running a website with a “Donate” or “Subscribe” button. Now you know where to place them for maximum exposure. Your second-tier content could go in the 95% to 90% zones, with the less-important filler words in other areas.

After seeing this and examining a few of my sites, I need to do some tweaking this weekend and get my formatting in order. While I’m at it, I may just evaluate the speed of my sites at the same time using Google Site Performance.

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2 Comments so far
  1. Scot MyAvatars 0.2

    I think you may’ve missed the point of this tool.
    It is a screen resolution only tool, so it does not take in to consideration mouse movement, etc. Which is why 99% (100%) of your viewers see the top left, and then from there on fewer and fewer. (Not everyone has a resolution large enough to see the sidebar content)

    You could also make your blog width variable so it can be seen by the smaller resolutions as well.

    Happy Holidays!!

  2. Pritush MyAvatars 0.2

    this is nice service by google,
    they have also introduced firefox addon called Pagespeed which helps in optimizing pagespeed.