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Best Time to Schedule Your Pay-Per-Click Ads?

The WSJ tackles a reader question about the best time to schedule PPC ads. Of course, WSJ knowing nothing about the subject, turns to recent comScore data for its answer.

The best day of the week?

ComScore analyzed online shopping trends in 2005 and found that Monday and Tuesday had the highest shares of consumer spending, each with 18% of total sales for the week; Wednesday had 17% of sales; Thursday 15% and Friday 16%. Sales fell off markedly on Saturday and Sunday, averaging 9% and 8% of a week’s total sales, respectively.

The best time of day?

The highest percentage of dollars spent online during a typical weekday occurs between 11 a.m. and noon, followed by 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and then 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., comScore says. By far, consumers spend the fewest dollars online in the hours between midnight and 8 a.m.

Google Offers Sitemaps Tool for News Sites

Google has launched a new version of its Sitemaps for news sites looking to have better control of what content is indexed.

News Sitemaps tell Google exactly which articles to crawl for inclusion in Google News. The News Sitemaps XML definition lets webmasters specify a publication date and time for each article and to set keywords for each article that determine placement of the articles into the relevant sections on Google News.

More at PC Pro.

New Eye Tracking Report Looks at Google, Yahoo & MSN

Enquiro has released a new eye tracking report and it’s worth every penny of the $149 you’ll pay to get your hands on it.

If you caught Gord Hotchkiss’ presentation at PubCon, you’d already have a good idea of some of the search-candy inside the new report. In case you missed it, here’s some of the things you’ll discover:

  • The difference in the user experience between Google, Yahoo and MSN
  • Real relevancy vs. perceived relevance and how this impacted interactions
  • Interactions with organic vs sponsored across the 3 engines

There’s also great insight on what Enquiro calls “pogo-sticking” – where users go back and forth between search results – and how the search engines are using icons to attract a searcher’s attention. Also fascinating is how searchers click on a search listing, but still scan the search results page, while waiting for the new web page to load.

Google Page Creator Gets New Features

Google’s Justin Rosenstein just announced some nifty new upgrades to Google Page Creator – the “so easy, even a caveman can do it” web design tool.

Here’s what users are getting…

Image editing (see image):  Now you can make a picture look just right in the context of your web page. Once you add a picture, crop, rotate, lighten, darken, and add crazy special effects to it right from within your browser.

Multiple sites: When you first sign in to Google Page Creator, we automatically give you a site with the same name as your Gmail address, so you don’t have to worry about choosing a name when you’re just trying to get started. But because not every site is a personal site, starting today, you can create up to five sites with different URLs.

Yahoo Signs Classifieds Deal with 150 Newspapers

Yahoo won’t be able to avoid the scrutiny a leaked memo will receive this week, which is a shame, because they’ve just announced a deal to allow 150 newspapers to sell ads on its HotJobs service.

The companies that have signed on with Yahoo include Cox Newspapers Inc., Belo Corp., Hearst Corp., the E.W. Scripps Co., MediaNews Group Inc., Lee Enterprises and the Journal Register Co…The Yahoo program will enable advertisers who list jobs in any of the consortium’s newspapers to post their jobs on Yahoo! HotJobs and throughout the Yahoo network. Advertisers will be able to use contextual, streaming and interactive media.

Google Testing Embeded Map Links in Search Results

Graywolf noticed that Google is testing embeded map links when serving up certain search results. Matt Cutts confirmed that this was indeed one of the many UI tests Google is running. Here’s how it looks…

Damning Internal Yahoo Memo Leaked

An internal Yahoo memo, created by SVP Brad Garlinghouse has been leaked to the public. It’s a strong call-to-action aimed at CEO Terry Semel, and accuses the company of being the victim of many problems and missteps.

Criticisms include:

A lack of focus and unified vision for Yahoo…

…I’ve heard our strategy described as spreading peanut butter across the myriad opportunities that continue to evolve in the online world. The result: a thin layer of investment spread across everything we do and thus we focus on nothing in particular.

A lack of accountability and ownership…

…For far too many employees, there is another person with dramatically similar and overlapping responsibilities. This slows us down and burdens the company with unnecessary costs.

Yahoo’s lack of decisive action…