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Top tips to increase Google AdSense CTR

   

Google AdSense is one of the major revenue source for a lot of Bloggers in the Blogosphere. What makes Adsense such a lucrative earning source is the fact that it doesn’t require a lot of pre investment in tools or things. All you need is a good blog or website and you can start with your online cash generation journey. But that’s the only good thing about it. Webmasters are always plagued with several issues regarding Google Adsense and prefer it only because it’s the industry standard. Otherwise frequent bans, low percentage of advertising revenue and really low CPC are frequent issues for bloggers and many still struggle with proper Google AdSense ad placement.

How to increase Google AdSense CTR: A case study.

Google AdSense click-through rate if improved must be done by legitimate means without doing anything illegal or using any trick. Because sooner or later Google can find out any illegal tricks which are used by publishers. So whatever tips and tricks we will share to improve AdSense CTR are completely safe and can be used by anyone. In no way whatsoever do we promote Google AdSene click-jacking scripts or other such things which are used by many webmasters in order to boost their earnings!

1.) Focus on Ad Placement.

We have written a complete Google AdSense Ad placement tips guide on this. For those of you who just want a gist of what should be done, then focus on above the fold ads, these are the ones that capture the most attention. Make sure that you use responsive adverts so that they can dynamically resize depending upon the screen size of the visitor. And apart from all this always resort to image based ads specially large and square ones like the 336×280 and 300×250 in your posts so as to draw attention to them, in the sidebars you can use huge ads like 300×600 to draw more attention but don’t overdo anything and make a healthy mix of content with ads. Text ads can also work good but only when paired with good amount of white space and other relevant content.

Having a single image ad on a page with good amount of white space and only text-based content can also work wonders for increasing Google AdSense CTR.

2.) Fight Ad blindness

Ad blindness is the major cause of falling earnings these days. It simply means that the users are so much used to seeing advertisements and skipping them that their eyes are trained to avoid ads on the first sight. Ad blindness is also triggered because of a single ad style being used all over a site or following a similar ad layout since ages.

So what can you do to fight ad blindness? 

The first and foremost solution is to keep changing the ad layout once every month so as to make sure your readers don’t get too familiar with you ad placement and stop noticing the ads on your site altogether.

Also make sure you use a good combination of text as well as image ads to fight ad blindness. Another point to be noted is that using unconventional ad sizes also helps in fighting ad blindness.

3.) Focus on mobile first approach i.e. responsive design.

Responsive design and using AdSense responsive ads will ensure that you don’t have out of place ads on mobile devices and it also saves you the hassle of using a different sub-domain for mobile site.

Top tips to increase Google AdSense CTR, mobile responsive design

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4.) Focus more on Organic traffic.

For people who receive most of their traffic from search engines boosting income through AdSense is not a tough task. People who land on your website from search engine results get the best contextual ads served to them and thus are highly likely to click on them, so the quality of traffic makes the AdSense CTR go up. A high quality search engine based traffic generating website will always have more CTR than any website that only relies on social media or direct sources for traffic.

5.) Single topic sites i.e. Niche sites have better CTR

If your website only caters to the demands of one specific niche then you would have a higher CTR than websites which deal with topics on multiple niches. When there is topic only from a single niche then the ads served are really targeted to the interests of that particular niche and visitors too have a mindset narrowed down specifically for that niche which makes the overall click-through rate go up as readers are more likely to click on ads in such cases.

6.) Track your user activity via Heat Map plugins

You can do A-B testing by using Heat map plugins where in you run one variant of Ad placement once and then do second variant and find out which placements had better click-through rates and what works and what doesn’t. This gives you a clear idea of where people are clicking on your posts and which are the specific points of exit for users.

Top tips to increase Google AdSense CTR, use heatmaps

You can use any plugin amongst these like HotSpots and CrazyEgg or Heatmap for WordPress.

7.) Disable asynchronous loading of Javascript to boost initial rendering of ads.

One of the major tricks that we found to boost AdSense CTR was to disable the late parsing of Javascript. By this we mean that remove all of the async and defer tags that you might have on your website which cause late rendering of javascript based code. Hence by just a simple trick you make your ads load up quick thereby improving the CTR. Many people using various content delivery networks for speed like Cloudflare etc. enable the “Rocket Loader” or other comparable modules which cause JavaScript to load via a deferred method or asynchronously i.e. after all of the content has been loaded or along with other resources but not initially parsed, this causes the overall page to render fast but causes ads to load really slow and thus by just removing this simple thing you can make your ads to load up quick.

But a quick note has to be kept in mind that this affects the site speed in some terms and also this would reduce your score on Google Pagespeed insights!

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8.) Try reducing Bounce rate of your pages.

Try reducing Bounce rate of your pages

When your website has a less bounce rate it means that readers are staying long on your site and are visiting more pages. More pages visited equals to more ad impressions and more chances of them exiting your site via an advertisement which is one of the best ways to have a natural flow of activity on your website.

9.) Have fewer ads with a limited inventory.

If you serve the maximum possible number of AdSense ads on every page then do make sure that you have a lot of content to on those pages to complement those ads. Otherwise having fewer ads with sufficient white space works wonders to increase your Google AdSense CTR.

Limited inventory means to log in to your Google AdSense dashboard and remove those websites and categories which show poor quality ads, for example you can disable casino and rummy related ads on your website by blocking them through AdSense. By serving the most relevant ads you have the chance to have the best possible AdSense CTR on your blog!

10.) Have ads at the most prominent points of exit.

As Enstine Muki, a popular blogger; says in his blog post boost your AdSense earnings: the simple way to increase your AdSense CTR is to place AdSense ads just at those points where the user is most likely to exit. This can be the point just after the initial introduction i.e. after the first para and just before the H2 i.e. first subheading. This is the point where users are most likely to either leave the page or continue reading. And more than often the first thing happens. So by using just a little extra brain on how the user would interact with your website you can boost your adsense earnings by a great measure!

Google AdSense CTR: How much is too much?

Many people claim to have a really high CTR, north of 20% but such claims should always be taken with a little pinch of salt. Really high CTR spells big trouble for your AdSense account and can also result in a ban if the extremely high rates stay for a sustained period of time.

Any illegitimate means of increasing CTR is also a point of concern. Such tricks work good for temporary duration but in the long run can lead to an eventual ban of the user from Google Adsense.

A CTR around 5% is healthy and anything around this percentage is acceptable. But more than 5% CTR means something is fishy or the site is too optimized for ads and Google will be on red alert and start checking the websites with higher CTRs for any irregularities.

See more: Google Adsense account reinstated [GUIDE]

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Written by Aditya Nath Jha

Aditya Nath Jha is an Engineer from New Delhi, India. His areas of interest include Gadgets, WordPress, speed optimization & latest technology.
When he is not busy blogging he loves to write poetry, compose his own songs and has a taste for music! Find me on Facebook, Google +, Twitter, Linked in.
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  1. Hi Aditya,

    I have gone through to your article and it is really nice.
    I would suggest that now you should try to contact some blogger to know their adsense earning in terms of $XXXX amount and then share their adsense placement so that people can compare it.
    Also include Niche of the sites etc.
    It will be a good case study article of different type.

    Regards
    Sandeep

  2. Though Adsense is not a major source of income to me, I think this is a very interesting article Aditya. Just going through it, I can see some really solid points and I’m glad I’m part of the post.

    You see, many bloggers think it’s all about huge traffic. While traffic plays an important part, these optimization tips will mightily boost earnings.

    And yes, thanks for the shout out and link to the awesome guest article on my blog man

    Have a wonderful week ahead

    • Thanks a lot for dropping by Enstine, your points really resonated with the spirit of the article, so I was compelled to include you here! You too have a wonderful week ahead! 🙂

  3. Hello Aditya .

    It is Google Adsense Earning increase Ideas CTR improve it This is Wonderful and Helpful Your Article All; Points I like Your Information Keep on Thanks a lot For Sharing me Best Guidelines
    Have a Great Day

    • Many sites are granted extra privileges if they earn good, things like custom ad sizes and any number of ads are one of them. Also point to be noted is that premium AdSense publishers get all of these benefits and few selected normal ones too! An example of such a site would be techulator. com!

  4. Hi Aditya!
    Can you look at my website shrawankupadhyay dot com dot np and say to me whether it is suitable to apply for Google AdSense or not? I tried to upgrade my YouTube hosted AdSense account through this site, but AdSense says site doesn’t comply with Google policies. Will you suggest me if anything to improve so i can use this site to upgrade my hosted account.
    Thanks

  5. Thank you for sharing these wonderful tips and lovely suggestions. I am surely going to try them for my blog.

  6. I have tried adding google adsense but I will probably try. Just worried of its placement in my blog. But I would love to earn from it

  7. As always your posts are extremely helpful! I am new in blogging and I don’t understand many things! But you always help me out! Thank you!

  8. Hi Aditya,

    This is good article, and driving very useful information which proving very helpful for me increase my website CTR with very short time, these days I am using heat maps for tracking my website status..
    Thanks so much for this fully detail post..

    Regards
    Mohd Arif

  9. It is a great article, Thanks a lot.
    1 last thing : do u believe that AdSense can be a main income for the person?
    main income means 3k $ per month
    best regards

    • Yes Google AdSense can be a main source of Income for any person if they have a good number of sites which give in good amount of traffic or a single site with that much traffic. Though the latter case is really difficult. Also a point to keep in mind is that $3k per month can be achieved via AdSense if a person has a proper YouTube channel, few websites and all of them receive good amount of high quality traffic!

  10. This is very important for me. I dont know much about adsense, i read your post and got the clear idea. I think this will be useful for me in future.Thanks for such a great post.

  11. I always wonder how can people reach 4-10% CTR. but, I never hit even 2 % CTR in average. I always try many advice but it still not works. by the way, My Blogs is not a Niche blog.

  12. Thank you for your Information. However, based on my experience as a blogger, I have noticed a high CTR on downloads niche blog and a very low CTR on a blogging niche blog. But the CPC is more on blogging niche and less on downloads and tech niche.

    Some people are saying, using fewer ads will increase the revenue. I am not sure about it when Google itself providing the facility. Since my inception of the blog, I have placed ads in the same place by utilizing all the ad space, even I know my blog is eligible for matched content ads. If you don’t have content and have ads placed ..it’s hard to earn, if you have content and even if you don’t place ads correctly, your income may be little less…

    Anyways, after reading your post I changed few things on my blog. Those are very useful in increasing my CTR. Now I am getting CTR 3% to 4%. That feels good to me.

  13. Was looking for some tips on increasing CTR, and this is by far one of the most informative and to the point article I have found. Good work Aditya !!

    The javascript editing this something good, but if Google’s guidelines are to be believed, you should let the main article content load first instead of anything else. Yes, you can make ads load right after the content loads and then rest of things. but loading anything else before the content is really not a good idea as it can affect your rankings in the SERPs.

    • Thanks for the appreciation man, but the Javascript thing is something I found out increases CTR if properly implemented and it’s not in violation of AdSense TOS in any way, so it’s perfectly safe! 🙂

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