What the C.T.R. Study Tells About SEO


Written by Jeremy Earle, JD

May 5, 2022

Unexpected insights regarding C.T.R. behaviour revealed by the largest-ever research study of millions of searches lead to relevant marketing data.

The largest C.T.R. study ever published by Clarity included 750 billion impressions and over 30 billion clicks. Numerous insights regarding Google’s search C.T.R. behaviour have been gleaned from the extensive study, which can be used to improve current online marketing methods.

An in-depth look at the information from the analysed data reveals nuances that could have otherwise remained hidden.

C.T.R. for the Top 10 Positions

On desktop, the top five search results received an average of 17.16 per cent of the clicks; on mobile, the average was only 15.54 per cent.

The statistics found that desktop searchers were more inclined than mobile searchers, on average, to click on the first five search results based on 17 billion queries.

There is a distinction between the two, albeit a small one.

The bottom of the search results, positions six to ten, were more likely to be clicked on by mobile users.

Between the two, there’s a noticeable difference

The sum of the averages is as follows:

  • 8.17% of the desktop C.T.R. in position one
  • a 6.74 per cent mobile clickthrough rate (C.T.R.)
  • As the C.T.R. declines from position 1 to 10, the regression pattern for the top ten search positions is the same on desktop and mobile.
  • However, mobile and desktop users’ click behaviours for the top three are vastly different.
  • According to seoClarity,
  • Even if the regression pattern is identical on all devices, it reveals that (over a large dataset) ranking in the lower places of page 1 is better for your organic traffic on mobile than for desktop. Organic C.T.R.s are probably aided by the comfort of scrolling on mobile devices.

A country’s C.T.R. (All Devices)

The following percentages are the average of the top twenty rankings.

C.T.R. for Google Search Position 1 by Country in the top five.

  1. India, with a 14.8% share
  2. 13.94 per cent in Japan
  3. 12.0% of Canada’s population lives in the Country.
  4. 10.48% of the population of the United Kingdom
  5. The United States, at 9.13%

Every country values having a high ranking, but India and Japan place a premium on it.

lower-ranking pages appear to have a distinct C.T.R. pattern:

In addition, the C.T.R. in positions 17 to 20 is worth a look. In all five nations studied, C.T.R. was higher in these positions than in positions 11 to 16.

We think this is a reflection of how people browse and scroll on the web.”

Seasonality affects C.T.R.

The C.T.R. doesn’t fluctuate much over a year; it’s very stable.

During July, the C.T.R. is 2.29 per cent, while the lowest is in May at 2.12 per cent. That’s a difference of 0.17.

What appears to be a minor distinction is an enormous one that should be paid attention to, and there’s a fascinating tidbit to go along with it.

December, which is expected to see an increase in C.T.R., is the second-lowest month for C.T.R. in the S.E.R.P.s, behind May. July is the month with the greatest C.T.R.

The following graph depicts the C.T.R.:

seoClarity deems this to be the case:

According to the rest of the year, December and January are “average” months in traffic and sales.

This could be due to a shift away from organic listings to “shopping” listings, or a rise in competitiveness among pay-per-click listings.”

In my opinion, seoClarity’s assertion that a rise in C.T.R. during the Summer may result from tourists exploring activities and destinations while on vacation is correct.

The total C.T.R. on mobile devices is consistently greater than that on desktop, and both show the same seasonal highs and lows.

Desktop and Mobile Devices Seasonal C.T.R. Patterns

Industry-Specific C.T.R.

This can significantly impact C.T.R. and the percentage of clicks coming from mobile or desktop devices. With that said, marketers must know which devices will have a greater clickthrough rate so that they may better target their sales and marketing efforts.

C.T.R. in the Fashion and Apparel Industry

On a desktop, fashion-related search searches receive more clicks. Even while there is bound to be some variation within age groups, fashion queries generally have a higher C.T.R. on desktop than on mobile devices.

Beauty & Personal Care Products C.T.R.

Mobile (331m) has a higher search volume than desktop (118m).

There is, however, a considerable discrepancy between desktop and mobile in terms of C.T.R. and the number of clicks required to get to position 1.

In Google’s search results, sites in position one on desktop earn 6.65% of all clicks, while those in position one on mobile receive 4.744% of all clicks.

In case you forgot, this isn’t a percentage of all clicks, but rather an average of all the clicks, as described before. Position one gets XX% of all clicks.

Sectoral C.T.R. in Business and Industry

More people use mobile devices to look up business-related information than desktop computers, surprising in the commercial and industrial sectors.

SeoClarity reports:

“Surprisingly, mobile devices (1b impressions) are responsible for the majority of commercial and industrial sector searches (compared to 649m on desktop).”

To make matters more complicated, the C.T.R. for mobile devices is less centred on the top S.E.R.P. results than on the desktop, which means that mobile users are seeing a wider distribution of C.T.R. than desktop users were.

1st place in Google’s search engine results
  • 6.66 per cent of users are on their mobile devices.
  • On the desktop, 8.60 per cent
Google’s second page of results
  • 3.79 per cent of the population is on mobile devices.
  • Personal computer: 4.44 %
Google’s 3rd page of results
  • 2.41 per cent of the population is on mobile devices
  • On the desktop, 2.55 per cent

Compared to desktop users, searchers using mobile devices clicked more frequently on sites ranked between 5 and 10 (except for position 6).

Electronics for the home

Consumer electronics is also experiencing a C.T.R. trend similar to that seen in business and industry. It’s more common for mobile devices to have more searches but fewer clicks in the top three spots than desktops.

Desktop C.T.R. is more prevalent than mobile C.T.R. in the top three spots.

Except for the financial industry, where desktop and mobile device C.T.R. in the top 3 are virtually tied, the trend toward a concentration of clicks in the top 3 for desktop devices is seen across almost every niche.

Desktop S.E.R.P.s dominate in the following industries:

  • Fashion & Clothes
  • Personal Care and Beauty
  • Industrial and Commercial
  • Consumer Electronic Devices
  • Health
  • Household and Outdoors
  • Employment and Training
  • Exercise and Sports
  • Automotive & Vehicles
Industry verticals dominated by mobile S.E.R.P.s’ Top 3
  • Purchasing a Home
  • E-commerce as well as retail
  • Tourism & Vacationing
Why Is Mobile Search Less Prevalent Than Desktop Search?

According to seoClarity, mobile visitors are more likely than desktop users to scroll past the first three or five search results on a page.

It is also feasible that mobile devices have wider contexts and search intents than desktop computers.

Mobile device personalisation could be a factor in why mobile device users don’t click on the first three or five search results.

A New SeoClarity Report Is Now Available

If you’re interested in learning more about the findings of this study, which is the largest of its kind to date, be sure to check out the complete 53-page report on seoClarity.

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