What is: Above The Fold?

The part of a webpage that is visible in the web browser window when the page first loads is described as being ‘above-the-fold’.

A more appropriate, medium-specific equivalent to ‘above-the-fold’, is ‘before-the-scroll’: the portion of a webpage that is visible without scrolling.

‘Fold’ is a reference to the area of a newspaper that is visible when folded for display in a news stand. As the fold may be the only portion of the newspaper visible, it typically contains the masthead identifying the newspaper and a key image or heading from the lead story.

The first-fold of a webpage is typically used to display:

branding: identifying who owns the website;
positioning statement: identifying the website content/subject matter;
navigation: typically menus and a search tool that people can use to get around the website; and
advertising.

The concept of a fold was seen as key in the early days of the web, based on the belief that only content placed in this area of the page – usually the first 300 vertical pixels – could be guaranteed “eyeballs”. Over time, people have become more accustomed to scrolling, however the first fold continues to be highly sought-after by advertisers.

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My name is Jamie Spencer and I have spent the past 5 years building money making blogs. After growing tired of the 9-5, commuting and never seeing my family I decided that I wanted to make some changes and launched my first blog. Since then I have launched lots of successful niche blogs and after selling my survivalist blog I decided to teach other people how to do the same.