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Is it just my imagination, or does Adsense take a much longer time to load then other adverts? For example, on The Register, I noticed their page load time went down *quite* a bit when they started using it.
I seem to have gotten around this by putting it in a seperate table (not surrounded), so the rest of the page loads before it... but has anyone else noticed this?
My pages loaded pretty quickly before, so maybe the additional time to load seems larger proportionally.
Someone mentioned in some earlier thread that they thought the number of sites you have listed in your "filter list" might affect the loading time (ie, google has to filter out all of the sites before loading appropriate ones). Does anyone have an opinion on this - or any evidence to back this up?
<added>I do not have any sites listed in my "filter list". This is an interesting thought - do others that are experiencing slow load time have many sites listed in their filter lists? Perhaps mine is fast because I do not have any sites to be filtered, but on the flip side, I did notice it much slower to load on the weekend.</added>
The other problem with this, particularly if you use a 468 banner at the top, is that your visitor could potentially scroll down the screen within the 5 seconds it takes the AdSense ads to load. You could easily lose clicks vs. impressions, because those visitors would still count for impressions even if they did not ever see the ads because Adsense was too slow loading.
because everyone on the net is putting thier ads up in a very short period of time!
I know Google won't release any specific numbers, but the number of signups for AdSense in the past month has got to be pretty impressive.
My load times now seem to be back to lightning fast, so it could have been server work that was causing the delays earlier.