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Adsense CTR problem (?)

Problem with Adsense or the site?



10:47 am on Mar 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

I have a problem with a new site, that really drives me crazy. I think, thereīs a problem with adsense or with the code, but I canīt figure it out, maybe you can help me.

My problem is, that the CTR is unbelievable low, usually about 1 %, 2 % if it was a good day. All my other sites (ad placement similar to this one) start at least with 7 or 8 %, which is ok for me. I tried to change the adsense settings - content based instead of interest based, blocked crappy ad categorys, not networks or special advertisers - and it worked pretty well for the first day, because now the CTR was up to 7+ %. I looked (not clicked the ads) through the site and the ads fitted the content (almost) perfectly.

I thought, I solved the problem, but the next day it was down to 1 - 2 % until now. I donīt really know whatīs wrong (again).

Maybe thereīs something wrong with the code, because I use a CMS (MySQL based), that Iīve written by myself, so I assumed, that the adsense code isnīt shown properly - but everything looks ok, when I check it with Firefox or Explorer (or I canīt see whatīs wrong).

Iīll be happy, if anyone could help me out, whatīs wrong.

[edited by: incrediBILL at 2:40 pm (utc) on Mar 28, 2011]
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12:44 pm on Mar 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

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On my 27" machine, your site appears to be aligned to the left. Perhaps that's the reason for lower CTR?

Also, I don't think this is the right place to show your site. We have a paid forum that could help you better.


1:35 pm on Mar 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

Hm, my other sites are left-aligned too (same CMS) and they work quite well :(.


3:16 pm on Mar 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

Ok, I centered it. Other hints are welcome.


3:24 pm on Mar 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

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1% to 2% is "unbelievably low"? Sounds about right to me.


3:39 pm on Mar 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

usually about 1 %, 2 % if it was a good day

That's within my range, sure it was 6-7% a few years ago but that's where I am now no matter what I try.


3:51 pm on Mar 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

Ok, I just wondered, because all my other sites run at 6 - 7 % and above - just this one is under the radar. I thought, this canīt be normal, because after I made the changes, the frist day was really going towards my expectactions.

Usually I expect the CTR to go down with many (10k - 100k+) visits, but not right from the start.


9:55 pm on Mar 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

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6-7% sounds unbelievably high to me. I wonder how high it would need to be to trigger alarm bells

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