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The good, the bad, and the random: an eye-tracking study of ad quality in web search

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The good, the bad, and the random: an eye-tracking study of ad quality in web search
We investigate how people interact with Web search engine result pages using eye-tracking. While previous research has focused on the visual attention devoted to the 10 organic search results, this paper examines other components of contemporary search engines, such as ads and related searches. We systematically varied the type of task (informational or navigational), the quality of the ads (relevant or irrelevant to the query), and the sequence in which ads of different quality were presented. We measured the effects of these variables on the distribution of visual attention and on task performance. Our results show significant effects of each variable. The amount of visual attention that people devote to organic results depends on both task type and ad quality. The amount of visual attention that people devote to ads depends on their quality, but not the type of task. Interestingly, the sequence and predictability of ad quality is also an important factor in determining how much peo...
Georg Buscher, Susan T. Dumais, Edward Cutrell
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Year 2010
Where SIGIR
Authors Georg Buscher, Susan T. Dumais, Edward Cutrell
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