1script - 3:46 am on Mar 5, 2013 (gmt 0)
Thank you for your input, guys. I am going to go over the parts of the code that create those links and see if I can reduce the amount of them. I hope there won't be an over/under/proto/quasi/pseudo/extra optimization penalty in store for me just for removing a couple of my own self-referencing links.
As a general note, however, I think Google Analytics grossly over-reports the amount of clicks on those links. For one thing, they sum up all links to the same URL and show the resulting percentage for each of the links pointing to that URL. That by default makes it the most used link - there are not many (perhaps not even one) other links with URLs that repeat on a page, only those self-referencing ones. Also, they bunch up together straight links for a URL and anchored links to sections of the same URL, so that's I think how the insanely high CTR percentages come about.
Even so, there's a huge difference between 50% CTR for the self-referencing link and something like 5% for the next most clicked link. So, I have to assume there's enough people clicking on those links and in the end simply reloading the page.
@gouri: my most prominently positioned self-referencing link has the same exact text as the H1 and title tags. I'm going to remove it and I'm bracing myself for the wrath of Google - I'll post results here in a few weeks.