A Flurry Of Tidbits

Well I pulled an all-nighter and am wrapping things up before I scoot to bed. Lots of news today (actually yesterday I guess :lol:) that I missed posting about, but here’s a rundown on what caught my eye:

Google AdSense in RSS Feeds

Google have developed the technology for putting adsense ads in RSS Feeds. This is the news we’ve all been waiting for as publishers. Longhornblogs.com is one of the first testers of this this new RSS ad system (check the ads out in their RSS feed).

Jensense – Adsense Heat Map

Google’s Adsense Heat Map

Certain locations tend to be more successful than others. This “heat map� illustrates these ideal placements on a sample page layout. The colors fade from dark orange (strongest performance) to light yellow (weakest performance). All other things being equal, 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.

Now regardless of whether or not you’re an adsense publisher, what a GREAT resource for all web developers to use. I just pdf’d a copy for myself. 😉

That Was Fast: Google Announces New Image Ad Size Option

Just a day after launching their new AdWords advertising program, Google has already has already announced a new image ad size option.

Yahoo Bolsters Personal Search

New features include search history, the ability to save cached copies of pages, new sharing tools and more.

Microsoft to Introduce PDF competitor ‘Metro’

“Computerworld reports that Microsoft will be including a new document format called ‘Metro’ with Longhorn. Apparently, Metro is intended to be a competitor to Adobe’s PDF and Postscript formats. The format will be open and available for royalty-free licensing, and will be based on XML.

Also sales for my male-focused products have had bigger bites this week. Stuff may be gearing up for Father’s Day now, so I’ve been cleaning up my pages and making sure those links are fresh, good and ready to be clicked. 😆 How bout you? Ready for Father’s Day?


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