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Horrible CTR, Need Adsense Placement Help!! (will pay if necessary)

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by raginggorilla, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. raginggorilla

    raginggorilla Registered Member

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    Just a little background, I created my first Twitter and started posting for MyLikes and ChaCha a little over a year ago. I now have 10 twitter accounts with over 400,000 followers spanned over them, with my largest and first account having almost 100k followers.

    Instead of getting a percentage of my clicks, I decided to attempt to create my own gallery website with adsense and cut out the middleman (mylikes, chacha). I am pretty happy with how my website turned out, but there's a lot of things I do not know how to do, particularly place ads in the exact spot I want them and change the gallery to how I want it. I have a very specific idea in mind on how I want the ads and gallery laid out from another website that does very well.

    On this post HERE I received over 6000 page views directed from my twitter accounts plus a little organic traffic and my CTR was 0.37% with a CPC of $0.19, thus netting me a whopping $4 from 20 clicks. This is completely unacceptable and you could see on my page that the ad placement is terrible. I need help changing these ad placements to my specifications, and changing the gallery format to help with my CTR.

    If anyone can help me with this please respond or PM me. I need to get this sorted out because there is way more money to be made from the amount of views I could generate. I don't want this to be the end of my journey!
     
  2. termi

    termi Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I think your problem is that your gallery is to much focus consuming of visitors. Try to do something so it will not be so brite maybe get bigger ad and do something to lower a little bit image so it will drown less focus from visitors.
     
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  3. crazyJon

    crazyJon Registered Member

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    At first, use Large rectangle (336 x 280). These ads has for me the best CTR and CPC (speaking from my experiences, working with adsense for 4 years now).

    - try to have 2 of them before the image and one after it
    - set them ONLY to IMAGE format (not text)
    - place them closer to the image

    You can even try to do some things with CPC, but that would be too risky. So try this, it should help a lot!
     
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  4. netmatrix

    netmatrix Regular Member

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    There should be less white space between the ads and the image. Also, experiment with different ad layouts and sizes.

    With 6,000 page views and only 20 clicks, you are leaving a lot of money on the table.
     
  5. crazyJon

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    Hmm thats a good point there btw, what about to try another Theme?
     
  6. Disloyal

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    You HAVE to minimize the image size. Like this you can get the ads closer to them, if not user will just see the picture and move on without clicking. As soon as I arrived at your site and browsed I noticed all the images you use are insanely huge and there is minimal text.

    My brain instantly went to the pictures and ignore any text you had on the pages since the images consumed my screen. You need to think about the different platforms people use to browse the internet, not everyone has a huge screen(Smartphones,laptops,etc...).
    Decrease the image sizes and then play around with the ad placement, that should increase your CTR a bit.
     
  7. crazyJon

    crazyJon Registered Member

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    But what if the whole point of the website are the Images? If he makes them smaller, whole point of the site will be ruined, no?

    But the point about different screens is not bad at all. I really suggest to try the rectangles for at least a day and then try to make the image smaller, play with another Theme or so. The CTR now is really crazy low, even for such a image site.
     
  8. peetrike

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    Replace first ad with 336x280
    Make image 468 or 728 wide
    Put 468x60 or 728x90 exactly under (or just before the image) the image cause Adsense shows arrows so the visitors will click to see more images
    Put the back/next buttons (to see next and previous images) under the adsense ad.

    Cheers
     
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    I don't think it's fair to expect a high CTR with this type of site and traffic. Your visitors are here to see a funny image and move on. But with your current placement, you're suffering big time from ad blindness. Even on my 1920x1080p screen, I can pretty much see just the image and completely miss the ads. Your best bet is going to be to put them directly to the left and right of the image itself. You have a lot of white space around the image, you could probably fit ads right there. Just crop your images better and then drop in some skyscrapers. You might consider using an image-only format for the ads, just because your visitors will be looking for images anyway.
     
  10. HerpDerpSlerp

    HerpDerpSlerp Power Member

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    fun fact. Don't post your url here or your adsense account might get click bombed. add me to skype. I will help you and not charge you a dime. Been an adsense user since 2005.
     
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  11. emilia_f33

    emilia_f33 Junior Member

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    haha those Autocorrects actually were really funny