Do People Really Click on Internet Ads?

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When it comes to Internet ads, many people tell themselves, “There’s no way that works. I’ve never clicked on an Internet ad.”

We’ve got two responses to that. First, even if you think you’ve never clicked on an Internet ad, it’s almost certain that you have — either because you didn’t realize that the search result you clicked on was a sponsored listing or because you just accidentally clicked in the wrong spot. Second, Google wouldn’t be a billion dollar company if people didn’t click on ads.

The conversion numbers back this up. On average, paid search generates about 3% clickthrough rate. On Google’s ad network, that drops dramatically to less than .25%. However, both offer cumulative ad impressions in the billions. Even at low clickthrough percentages, Google sees hundreds of millions of clicks a day.

So while plenty of people feel like they never could possibly click on an Internet ad, the numbers show that the public certainly does. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, the results are there. That means that traffic is flowing from these ads to the target landing pages. The question then becomes: what will you do once they click through to your site?


By Marc Apple

Marc Apple is recognized as a leader in the marketing industry and has 20+ years of experience helping businesses of all sizes improve their digital marketing. He specializes in website design, SEO, social media, and paid search programs. He is a frequent contributor to other marketing websites and speaks regularly about marketing to small business owners and startups. To learn about Marc and to contact him, visit his author bio page.


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