Banner Blindness

The most prominent result from the new eyetracking studies is not actually new. We simply confirmed for the umpteenth time that banner blindness is real. Users almost never look at anything that looks like an advertisement, whether or not it’s actually an ad. (Indeed, banner blindness is moving beyond the online realm, for example into ballot design.)

3 heatmaps from eyetracking studies, showing where users looked at the pages

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