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Easy Ways to Increase Google Search CTR

Easy Ways to Increase Google Search CTR

Ranking #1 in Google search is the best thing that can happen to your blog and it’s not impossible but it’s not so easy. Now, what to do when you are ranking on first page but not in top 3 search engine positions, how could you use that rank to get more click through rate than first few positions. There are few techniques and ways which you can implement on your blog post to get higher CTR from Google search. I have tried and tested few of these factors and it worked for me, and I’m sure it should work for you too.

Google search may seem like a normal search and find system for a normal Googler, but for us as a Blogger and Webmasters, we should be using latest search engine ranking factors to get the top ranking and also to get more CTR. Here I’m sharing few ways which I have implemented in past few months and it will help you to get more search engine click to your Blog. This is specifically for Google search, as it’s most popular search engine and probably most profitable.

Tips to increase Click through rate from Google Search Engine:

Google Authorship:

It’s been more than a year that Google implemented Google authorship, which will let Webmaster use the power of Google plus and show their image in Google search. Needless to mention, this let your blog post stand out from the other and increase the trust factor. Below is an example of such authorship from one of my article:

Update: Google authorship will now show the name of author only. There will be no author image or circle count.

google authorship

I tried implementing authorship almost months back but seems like according to Google authorship policy you need to have a clear image of your face and that’s one reason It took so long for me to get author image in Google search. I changed my Tattooed image almost a month back on Google plus and now I could see author image in Google search for my posts.  Implementing authorship is quite easy and you can read official google guide here or my earlier guide for single authored blog here. It may take few days to get Google authorship, but once you have it, results from your blog will be stand out in Google search.

Star Rating in Google search:

If you are one of those who write review articles, that could be Webhosting or Webapps review, you can use Google Rich snippet star rating to make your review stand out. These star rating works as ranking the product you are reviewing and they easily stand out. With star rating, you can easily make your review article stand out even in competitive Keyword results. I use a WordPress plugin call Author H review, developed by Hesham from, which easily let us add star rating in Google search.

Google Search star rating

Along with star rating, you can also add a nice call to action button at the end of the article which will help you to get more CTR to product you are endorsing. If you are a tech blogger or Blogging on any niche, and you review services, product, apps, mobile phones use this plugin and you can notice a great increment in Google search CTR to your Blog. This plugin is highly recommended for Affiliate Bloggers.

Remove date from Google SERP’s:

Dates are very useful for readers to know when a Blog post is written and it helps them to determine the recency of an article. But when you have an old blog and despite of writing ever green content, you may notice poor CTR from Google search due to dates in Google Serp’s. I have mentioned about the same in my Google Panda recovery guide.

You can make tweaks to show dates in posts but hide it from Google search. I use Thesis theme system to quickly remove date from Search engine results and it actually helped a lot to get more CTR for old posts too. If you have been noticing poor CTR for old blog posts, my recommendation would be remove the dates from Google SERP’s for your blog posts, and notice the difference.

Meta description and Meta title:

This should be first tip here but being one of the oldest, I put it in last here. Google and most of the other search engine uses your Meta title and meta description to show information in Google search. Writing a call to action Meta title will not only help to get better CTR, but writing a detailed meta description along with Keyword will help you to get better ranking.

Meta title and description

You can use plugins like WordPress SEO by yoast or if your theme offers post SEO options, you can use it to write Meta post titles and description which will help you to increase Google search CTR.

There are other factors like Google plus likes, using video thumbnail, instant preview also helps in maximizing CTR from Google search. But for now, if you implement above latest SEO techniques on your blog, you will be making your blog post listing stand out in Google search.

Do let me know if you use any other technique which helps you to get better CTR from Organic search? If you find this article useful, don’t forget to share it on Facebook and Google plus.

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Article by Harsh Agrawal

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  • Rajkumar

    Hai Mr. Harsh. I am a blogger, recently i have watched your “WordPress SEO Basics for Beginners in Blogging Seminar” in Youtube. Now i have add some Plugins for my blog with the help of that video. Thank you. But i con’t add Google Authorship Image.

  • androidbanget

    always failed to implement authorship, doh!
    when i check in rich snippet tool, everything seems to be ok (authorship verified). but my profile picture never appears next to the search result T_T

  • Ravi kumar

    This article has said all basic techniques to increase your CTR. One point I liked too much, which is remove your post dates. Kindly share, how we can remove dates from Google SERP.

  • FlaxG

    do Breadcrumbs really help us in raking our page and making users to navigate our website ?
    and is there any other alternative for Breadcrumbs where user can get Best Navigation to our posts ?

  • Hamza Sheikh

    Yet another worth reading post.

    Harsh, I believe the correct usage of rich snippets in the search engine can also boost up the presence of links (ahead of Google Author Rank), and also improves the CTR.

  • Sayeed Ahsan Khan

    Really Cool!… I am totaly agree with the authorship verification because I faced the same problem too when I uploaded the logo of my site as the Google+ profile banner… One more thing I would like to add in this post is the “Social Media activity” actually I have tried that If a new blog post is getting more than 50 tweets then it comes in google search ranking easily I know it won’t help that much but we can assume that it’s something like a back support if a link which is on the page 2 of search engine I am sure it will bring that link on page 1 if the tweet is done more that 50 on that post…

  • Istiak Rayhan

    Hi Harsh,
    I want to add one more post. Using breadcrumbs in Google search can be a good idea. I think it make search result more clear.
    Thanks for the post!

  • Pritam Nagrale

    Thanks Harsh for this useful information. All the 4 tips were very useful. Your article motivated me to do the changes right now.

  • Manish

    This tips and techniques are seen useful. Specially date hiding technique from Google serp and going to implement on my own blog.

  • wordpress

    Can you show how to hide dates from search engine, while keeping them visible for readers

  • Kulwant Nagi

    Here is an awesome plugin for Star Rating in Google search which is FREE of cost…

  • Nizam Khan

    Awesome post! Well, implementing Google authorship is really a great strategy to increase credibility and using meta description/title is really useful for better search engine rankings. Thanks Harsh for sharing this excellent info :)

  • Shitij

    Nice tips and will implement them soon on my blogs…thanks for sharing


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