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So, another anecdote from the front:
When the size of my blog front page exceeded 100 Kb, the MediaBot totally lost its way. While I'd been riding on the fence (alternating between PSAs on the main banner and targetted ads) for a few days, going over 100 kb dumped me squarely into no-target-space -- wall to wall PSAs and ads for things like "funny T-shirts" (i.e., NO relation to page content).
I trimmed off just enough fat to bring the page back down to 98 kb, with the same content. Presto: targeted ads are back, and staying.
So, it's just one anecdote. Take it for what it's worth.
I know this may be a little off topic, but what is a ďgoodĒ size for dialup users.
I try to keep my pages as small as possible. However, I am using a database and as I add data my pages are growing. I see most of them topping out at 60-65 K.
I could split them but I really donít want to. I like the format and having all the information on a single page. On the other hand, I donít want people to leave before they even see the site.
Iíve seen people recommend 25K and today I saw that MSN recommends pages stay under 150K.
What do you think?
Because of the way I've rearranged MovableType's templates and set up the stylesheet, the center column containing the text loads immediately, followed (after a long wait) by the left and right navigation columns, one of which contains adsense. I moved the adsense block a few screens down the page in the belief that people will have reached that point when the page has loaded.
I just checked two categories (one of the >1 Meg and a .74 Meg) and adsense was on generally on target for both. The large one is a bit of a travelogue, but it's got other stuff in it so it wasn't as travel-oriented as I would have wished, but it was close enough.
I could paginate these, but I want to be able to do finds on the whole page, and I want people who visit my site in order to do research to be able to do the same thing. That's become less of an issue since I installed a (MovableType) full text search, but I still want that capability.
Google sends most of my traffic to my individual entries, but I still get a fair amount of traffic and even some adsense clicks in the archives even if most of the clicks are in the individual entries.