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The reason I am questioning this is because I am nervous about my account. I have never tried to click on my ads or promote it in some funny way, but for some reason, my CTR seems very high to me. (maybe it's not, I am not sure)
I run an ecommerce site where I sell certain products. Since our prices are low compared to competitors, I decided to put advertisements of related products.
1) My figure for "Page Impressions" seems too low, causing my CTR to be very high. My page impression is way lower than my actual web hits or views. How can that really be?
2) Maybe it's because my site sells products, people tend to click on the ads more often? Does other web store owners experience something similar?
3) One time, my CTR claimed 1 out of 4 customers were clicking on the ads. Can somebody explain this?
I have only been running this thing for less than a month, so I am a newbie, but any input will be appreciated. Thank you!
[edited by: IppTak at 4:36 pm (utc) on Mar. 30, 2004]
which may account for your discrepancy. If impressions are very low then one or two clicks can cause an apparently massive CTR that is simply due to inherent error in a small sample size. If you had say ten thousand impressions a day then you'd probably see CTR fluctuate by no more than one or two percent day to day, everything else being equal.
Different page types generate different CTRs. For example, as reported here recently with the new channel data, image libraries typically give very small CTRs, probably because the surfers want to copy images, not buy advertised products.
By the way, Adsense T&C prohibit the discussion of specific site stats, so you might want to edit your post a bit. :)
My site is fairly new, so I do not get so many views, hence the low impressions. I am ok with the discrepancies, but I am worried that Google will shut down my account for having too high of a CTR. (because couldn't it mean that I am clicking on my own ads many times?) I guess I shouldn't be worried, because I really have done nothing against their T&C.
Here's another point I wonder. If a user clicks on an ad, then presses "back" to return to the page, and AGAIN clicks on another ad, maybe that results in 1 impression 2 clicks? I would thnk this is the case, because the pages are often cached.
I am playing the game fair and square. I just hope Google agrees to that. :)
Any method that artificially and/or fraudulently generates clicks is strictly prohibited. These prohibited methods include but are not limited to: repeated manual clicks, using robots, automated clicking tools, or other deceptive software. Please note that clicking on your own ads for any reason is prohibited, to avoid potential inflation of advertiser costs.
If you're not doing any of that then you're fine. :)
Thanks for the excellent advice. That will be an excellent proof, and that will be another piece of mind.
You are right about the CTR comment. I am starting to think my CTR is not really that high. I see people on this board mentioning their CTR rising by more than what mine is..times 2. I guess I should'nt be worried about my "high" CTR.
I do not agree, and if you think that, you missed the point of my post. *If* Google contacts me, it is their words against my words. Have you thought of the possibility of a jealous competitor clicking your ads to get you banned? Google says "you" can't click on your own ads, but how do they know "who" you are? They don't know what IP you are originating from. What about unsteady impressions and CTRs. That can be caused by your site being down or your posting advertisement at a local newspaper. Every case will be Google's words against your words, and there isn't much you can do about it. (though I love loanuniverse's comment about logging it).
Thanks for all your inputs. I think it'll make me sleep better at night. I guess I will just let it run, and if I receive a message, oh, well.
Maybe Google should have a chat with some of the major online ad agencies. They've been around a long time and seem to have this fraud thing figured out. I've worked with many ad agencies and don't ever recall this being a problem, at least not on this scale.
On the other hand, I decided not to sweat the AOL visitors that might show as having clicked with the same ip over a long period of time. I figured Google is aware of those.
With the channels coming out, many people's CTRs will shoot up as ineffective areas of sites are cast aside from advertising. Don't think you have much to worry about.
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With the channels coming out, many people's CTRs will shoot up as ineffective areas of sites are cast aside from advertising.
Some publishers may be naive enough to dump areas of their sites with low clickthrough rates, but they need to look at the overall picture before making such decisions.
Of the four channels that I use to track my own site, the channel with the lowest CTR generates the most income. (In fact, it generates four times the income of my highest-CTR or "most effective" channel.)
joined:Jan 31, 2004
I thought it was people blocking Google ads with ad blocking software - apparently it's not. I've written code to detect ad blockers, and their amount appears to be negligible.
I don't get it, but, what can I do? Nothing. So I just cope with it, like everyone. There is no competition to Adsense, Quigo seems to be "almost ready to launch" forever, there is nothing webmasters can do other than swallowing their pride and coping with whatever Google requires from them - or lose their main income.
This is where the statement "competition is good" really shines.
That being said, I still love Google and Adsense, and wish them a long and prosperous career. This is what you get when you throw a bunch of bright and motivated folks together - an innovative and prosperous company, unlike most of the Internet start-ups out there, who are ran by clueless MBA's. Props to Google.
joined:Mar 3, 2003
Channels also allow you to see how much certain ads are earning, I was referring more to taking off ads that were not earning money, rather than those with low CTRs.
I hope you meant pages, not ads. :)
My experience is the opposite of europeforvisitors. My highest CTR channel pays the most. It must mean that my content is so boring that people click an ad to escape. ;)