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CTR question

What is considered a normal CTR?

     
1:56 am on Jan 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

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What is considered a normal CTR? Mine used to be around 2.4% and recently my visits went up and now it is almost 3%. Do i need to worry if it goes above 3%?
8:10 pm on Jan 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I think the message, implicit in the lack of response, is this: normal tends to be a range, not a "point".

Also, there's likely a dozen reasons for why any site may experience an increased CTR including better targeting, seasonal variables, better ad copy, etc.

Of course, you will now be banned for discussing a topic that is verbotten by G's TOS. :-/ and :P
8:22 pm on Jan 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Gosh, my CTR varies from month to month, site to site. I've seen anywhere from 1% to 10%. There is real no 'normal'. The most important thing is the PPC (pay per click). CTR means nothing if you only get a couple of pennies per click.
8:31 pm on Jan 15, 2011 (gmt 0)



Depending on the site, its niche and a range of other factors, I'd say that anything from 0.5% to 9/10% could be considered normal/a 'safe' range.
9:20 pm on Jan 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

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What is considered a normal CTR? Mine used to be around 2.4% and recently my visits went up and now it is almost 3%. Do i need to worry if it goes above 3%?


I'd say there is no normal/abnormal ctr. Some people are too afraid of Google banning their account, so they have created that fear in their mind, which is normal by the way.. It's like some people have a fear of their account being banned when they make their first $200, then at $500, then at $1000 they say, "It was all in my mind. I'm not doing anything wrong. Money is just easy to make". I had those fears.

Nobody has been banned for high CTR that we know of. It is the legality of those clicks what matters to Google. Anyway, my CTR is usually above 10% and could get as high as 30% sometimes.

[edited by: cien at 9:44 pm (utc) on Jan 15, 2011]

9:43 pm on Jan 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

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If you're in the double digit zone, you might worry. A CTR that high is usually a result of either poor content or ads masked as content.

This last statement assumes you have a decent amount of traffic (>5,000 impressions per day). Anything less than that will have numbers that jump around quite a bit.

Finally, if you're not encouraging clicks, then you have nothing to worry about.
9:54 pm on Jan 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Finally, if you're not encouraging clicks, then you have nothing to worry about.


Totally agree.

[edited by: cien at 10:22 pm (utc) on Jan 15, 2011]

10:03 pm on Jan 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Please delete this post. Duplicate.
5:49 am on Jan 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

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CTR definitely varies depending on the niche -- for image sites, the CTR can be low (again depends on the placement). But, because you want to know our personal opinion, I'd say anything between 2% to 5% sounds normal.
7:15 am on Jan 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

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A CTR that high is usually a result of either poor content or ads masked as content


Are you trying to say that google ads are so good than the content and people find them more relevant to click through them? :)

Well, don't worry about CTR and other stuff these days as we never know how correct they are..it is just what google gives you at the end of the month that counts and that will not change much unless your traffic changes.

if you almost have the same traffic for two or months, you will find that google gives you almost the same money on each of those months.you may have different CTRs , EPCs and whatever for each of those months but the total money that you get will not vary as much.To me all those stats are there to just fill up those reports :)
12:34 pm on Jan 16, 2011 (gmt 0)



Even 40% CTR is normal it all depends on entrance keyword & niche. Nothing to worry. I can show many websites which trick user to click ads they are still running from years. Anyway tricking user will only get you smart priced.
 

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