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Ranking #1 does not guarantee 42% of the traffic

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by PurpleSEO, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. PurpleSEO

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    Has to be bigger, but imo i think it's like 25% cause i usually pop up 1-3 + 11-13
     
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    Search result pages only display 8 results - and it's improbable that a significant portion clicks on to the next page. Therefore the top three positions should get AT LEAST 37.5% of the traffic, not counting ads. I'm calling BS on this "study."
     
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    These days Google shows videos in 3rd position of the results so if someone was searching for example "how to cook brown rice" then I would guess that the video result would receive 90%+ of the searchers.

    That 42% was taken from aol's data in 2006 and a lot has changed since then.
     
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    There are too many variables to ever predict the exact percentage, and it's been like this since AOL's data leaked years ago. Just use about 40% at #1 as a goal to shoot for and work towards it to get the best results, in my opinion.

    For example, you can be #1 for "Buy Blue Widgets", but if the description being displayed for your site in the SERPs is:
    SITE TITLE
    My little blue widgets site where I talk about everything I know about blue widgets

    Then I promise you the site in the #2 spot with:
    SITE TITLE
    Buy a blue widget today and get free shipping

    It's going to get more search traffic than your #1 spot site will. In other words, the only guarantee is for opportunity, what someone does with that opportunity is up to them.
     
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    This guy is spot on because he has used a call to action in his title, generally this is great for an ecommerce site, IE I would do the following:

    Keywords | Call To Action | Brand
    Cheap Blue Widgets | FREE Shipping On All Orders only @ BlueWidgetStore

    That 42% was only an average and did not mean that all 1st position results had 42% of the clicks.
     
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    BS on all studies, it all depends on how much you entice the searcher to click on your website. You also gain more authority and traffic when you have sitelinks displayed.
     
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    Think it can vary quite alot - depends on site, niche, description etc. --and of course if there are video/image/local results.
     
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    When I saw this thread I did a quick check with Analytics. My one niche site brings in 1463 people per month based on my #1 keyword only. Adwords keyword tool says it gets 2400 searches per month. That makes my CTR almost 61%. Not bad I think.
     
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    That 42% number or whatever it is is just a vague number.

    You can get a ton of hits with a Youtube video at say a #5 spot (because people are lazy and don't want to read), or you can get not as much traffic with a #1 spot because your title is crappy and there is stuff in the 2-5 spots that seem more interesting.

    So the question is "it depends".

    I usually find that I get more than the 42% number often at #1 because I optimize my title and meta description to get more clicks.
     
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    Well another BS. it depends on some factors , why people click on your site , and why not . they have to researche like 100 sites and then they could get avarage % of how much people click on #1 website
     
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    exactly. I actually skipped first position websites for keywords because of that exact reason. I didnt like the description and did not sound like what I was looking for.

    too many variables.
     
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    It varies man, if you search amazon or blackhatworld in google, 99 % traffic will go to first result, where as if u search make money online, #1 spot might get 30-80 %.
     
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    Yea people shouldnt be looking at the % like 42 percent will happen for every niche, everything is different and it varies
     
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    Depends on your description and the keyword in question. Think about it,you could rank well but your site description could be for crap.
     
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    Great tip on the call to action! I'm going to review all my sites and see which titles/descriptions are weak and rewrite. I think that it definitely makes a difference when you simply tell the searcher what to do when they see the search results.
     
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    Before you start changing all of your descriptions, do a few tests as all that is important is the title IMO.
     
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    Good point, changes could impact the final SERP!