New 200×200 Adsense Format

Google adsense

The adsense have released a new ad format, smaller than its current 300×300. Great addition given how difficult it is to design well balanced pages.

adsense format

The 200×200 is unlikely to be a hit in terms of clickthrough, Google has published its highest performing ad sizes:

  • 336×280 large rectangle
  • 300x250inline rectangle
  • 160×600 wide skyscraper

but the narrower 200×200 will allow better design of pages. The smaller format should allow a better fit into a pages natural hot areas as shown below.

adsense heatmap

The graph shows the best performing locations for adsense; dark orange is the strongest performance location, while to light yellow is the weakest performance. Naturally, ad placements above the fold tend to perform better than those below the fold. Ads placed near rich content and navigational aids usually do well because users are focused on those areas of a page.

But nothing beats trial and error with web analytics of user behaviour.
[Via Google’s Inside AdSense: New channels page, new ad format]

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