Heartlander - 2:54 pm on Apr 8, 2006 (gmt 0) Regarding the articles-
I wonder where that 46 second figure comes from, however.
I remember reading something closer to 5-10 seconds.
Stats on a few of my pages shows that 87% of my visitors stick around for "5 seconds or less".
Matters not the subject matter, as they are completely unrelated.
One can possibly assume that this will be the case for pages that are well optimized (SEO)?
I do know that many will say that your visitors will decide (conciously or subconciously) in the first 3 seconds whether they will be sticking around- so make that time worth their while, i.e the first impression factor.
We should consider whether we are posting an article for the purpose of giving our visitors content, or the Adsense algo's something to chew on.
I typically post full articles on some of my sites just for that purpose, and it works quite well on some pages that are almost exlusively SERPS traffic.
That's right- you found my site and could care less about reading that long drawn-out article- but "look at all those handy links in the top banner!".
Didn't start out that way, and makes one wonder if these pages are straddling the MFA line, but its hard to say.
Regarding the articles-