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How is your CTR after related search launch?

Up, down or same.

   
11:53 am on Aug 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I guess, it is still early days. But still ....

How is your CTR doing?

Mine is the same ( till now ).

PS : No numbers please. Just say Up, Down or Same.

11:56 am on Aug 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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ctr same as yesterday, if not slightly higher, but too early for reliable data, and there may have been other changes introduced at the same time we dont know about and therefore cannot isolate/control. For example $ per click is down 20% from normal. II'd report back after 500 more clicks..

[edited by: chiyo at 11:59 am (utc) on Aug. 7, 2003]

11:58 am on Aug 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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little lower than usual, but it may pick up later in the day.
11:59 am on Aug 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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About the same
12:06 pm on Aug 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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According to GG, the related searches will add credibility to the banner. So he ( and google ) expects the CTR to improve.

Most of the webmasters think the CTR will reduce.

It will be good to see who will win.

PS : My biggest problem is that I changed the colors of the ads as well.

Now I have two factors influencing my CTR, colors and related searches. So it will be difficult to track which has influenced the CTR more :(

12:11 pm on Aug 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I don't see how "related searches" can ad credibility to the banner - "Ads by Google" is about as credible as you can get, surely!
12:16 pm on Aug 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Good point, danny but that is what google thinks.

One thing is sure. More people will notice the ads now because of the hyperlinked keywords there.

Now which one will they click?
Ad or Related searches or both?

12:21 pm on Aug 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Too early to be statistically relevant - but mine is down by 40%.

It is a lower CTR for this time of day than it EVER has been.

Not good so far

12:46 pm on Aug 7, 2003 (gmt 0)



mine is down by 40%.

It is a lower CTR for this time of day than it EVER has been.

Ditto and ditto.

I'm still seeing the usual ads on my pages, so I don't think it's the "Related searches" link in the AdSense box border. Something else must be going on.

12:50 pm on Aug 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Publishers and Webmasters should worry about their CTR going up too much... Might get "the email" from Google :(
1:17 pm on Aug 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I have removed the ads from a site which generates about 11K pageviews a day as some of the "related searches" where showing up with some rather rude words.

Click through seems to have *gone up* because the rest of the page views have extremely good adverts.

I'm going to watch this for a week or two and figure out what to do.

1:48 pm on Aug 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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My CTR is down by 30-40%
2:04 pm on Aug 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Dillon / Rest,

How many of the adsense spots are being taken up by related searches.

Can we categorise this?

a) Whats the format you're running?
b) What was your general PSA / NON PSA Ratio?
c) How many blocks of related searches are you seeing?

2:21 pm on Aug 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Bear in mind CTR may even go up for a few days, simply because the design of the ads changed. If you customized your ad colors, the effect will be even stronger.

Once banner blindness sets in again, I predict revenue will drop to LESS than it was before "Related Searches", because many users will be diverted to Google SERPs.

Tom

2:34 pm on Aug 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Wednesday, August 6, 2003 was my highest impression figure for the past week. The clicks were pretty good: high-medium for this month.

Today, so far, the click-through rate is nearly the same. So I'm still doing OK. Still too early to tell, and analysis is confounded: two variables are in play: links and a slight color change to the ad. There may be more people looking at them, but many are siphoned off to the links, but from here it just looks like business as usual. Need more time.

2:51 pm on Aug 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Switch from skyscraper to horizontal - it shows less related searches as there is simply less space for the 'list'.
3:06 pm on Aug 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Google's good news bad news day...

Heh heres the bad news. We are going to put 2 to 10 non revenue generating links on your adsense blocks so people click from your site less and our site more.

BUT here's the MEGA GOOD news..!

Were gunna let you fiddle around with the colors!

3:23 pm on Aug 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I saw slightly downward trend during the past 12 hours after "related search" was turned on. The next 12 hours would give us more clues how this would impact our visitors' "pattern" because most of our US/Canada/European visitors would show up.

Right now, we are already in the process to remove the codes from some pages because the keywords shown in "related search" have interest conflict with our content. We do not want our potential competitors showing up on our site.

4:05 pm on Aug 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Dillon / Rest,

a) Whats the format you're running?
b) What was your general PSA / NON PSA Ratio?
c) How many blocks of related searches are you seeing?

a) Skyscraper ads
b) never had PSA's since the first day or so
c) Just 1 at the bottom

I havent altered the colour either.

It will be difficult to know what has caused my drop in CTR as I have added a whole bunch of new pages to my sites and page impressions are way up, even though CTR is down.

5:46 pm on Aug 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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CTR down about 30% as of today.

Biggest "before 12:00 noon" drop. It may or may not improve throughout the day. However, over the past 30+ days in the AdSense program, I have been able to predict a days total revenue within $25 by the 12:00-1:00pm stats.

I agree with EFV observations: I am getting ads, no PSA's, no blank boxes...at least not a major scale.

Something else does seem to be going on?

7:31 pm on Aug 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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-30%
7:47 pm on Aug 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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My CTR is unchanged..perhaps a bit higher. I have NOT changed ad position, type, colours etcetera, so everything has been consistent over the last 30 days...
7:59 pm on Aug 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I guess I'm among the anomolies (a way of life for me) .. am seeing clikc through UP about 30% over average .. (average is relative and varies widely by day and my latest fiddling .. but definately clicks are up for me)

Revenue/CPC is way up .. about 50% over usual .. looking like my best rev day ever.

I think its due to the new color selection capabilities .. plus I did some other redesigns .. so still too many variables to know if the "related links" are damaging to my concerns .. but so far I'm kinda, well, happy with G/A today. - Oh great, now there I went and jinxed it ..

10:50 am on Aug 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I started using adsense on my website 3 days ago, so I can't compare my data from the "related search" time to many other days, but CTR was down 40% compared to my first day.

But what I really don't understand is, that my earnings per click went down 30% compared to my first day, and today another 50%! Did you experience something similar your first days, or yesterday?

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7:29 pm on Aug 8, 2003 (gmt 0)



My site's CTR is back up to normal today, following Google's elimination of the "Related searches" links. (It was down an average of 30% over the previous two days.)
9:01 pm on Aug 8, 2003 (gmt 0)



dmedia is bragging:


Revenue/CPC is way up .. about 50% over usual .. looking like my best rev day ever.

CTR with 30% or 50%? Are you sure you are getting the numbers right?

And what numbers of impressions do you have? 5 or 6 daily?

I can't believe such CTR.

 

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