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Optimize your title and meta description for Google’s search results to enhance the visual appeal that will bring a greater share of clicks to your website.

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Get more organic clicks—even without improving your Google rankings!

The secret behind bringing new visitors to your website even without improving your website’s Google rankings lies in upping your click-through rate (CTR).

By improving your website’s communication in Google’s search results, you’ll create enhanced visual appeal that will bring a greater share of clicks. In other words, you’ll be getting more clicks without necessarily improving your Google rankings.

Visual attraction and emotional appeal are what create a better CTR

Below is a simulated heatmap illustrating how good communication and the use of the right words spark emotion and create greater visual attraction. The redder the color on the map, the greater the visual attraction in Google search results. And that’s precisely what you can achieve when you optimize your SEO title tags and meta descriptions.

Tip: You can create your own simulated heatmaps of your title tags and descriptions with the CTR tool at the top of this page. These heatmaps are based on data from real eye-tracking analyses and on the special algorithm we use to calculate CTR scores.

By means of fMRI scanning techniques, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in the US recently discovered that every emotion produces its own unique signature in the brain. In other words, along the entire spectrum, each negative and positive emotion has a distinctly recognizable brain-activity signature. And all of these signatures are influenced by specific words.

Far too many Google search results are emotionally neutral—they’re boring and passive. Since they don’t have much of an impact on the brain, they result in lower click-through rates than those of competitors that use active language to speak to emotions.

With our unique CTR tool, you can easily analyze whether your choice of language is neutral or active. The method is simple: we scan your SEO title tags and meta descriptions for negative and positive words. These emotion-evoking words are what we call Power Words, and we test for more than 500 of them. In addition, we analyze parameters like CTA (call to action), text length, and keywords.

What is a CTR score?

A CTR score is a number that indicates how well the SEO title tag and meta description of a landing page are optimized. A high CTR score indicates a better chance of getting a high Google click-through rate.

Which pages should I prioritize for CTR optimization?

Start with the most important pages on your website—the front page and others that are already receiving organic traffic from Google. These are the ones that will benefit most from CTR optimization and bring you more Google clicks.

Ongoing testing of CTR optimization

Many people add SEO title tags and meta descriptions to their website without testing them. Don’t make that mistake! By using our breakthrough 5-step model, A/B-CTR™, you’ll easily be able to

  1. Optimize for a better CTR score.
  2. Test how relevant keywords affect your CTR score.
  3. A/B test SEO title tags and meta descriptions with Google AdWords.
  4. Add effective SEO title tags and meta descriptions to your website.
  5. Evaluate your new CTR using Google’s Search Console and easily repeat the optimizing process.

You can accomplish steps 1 and 2 with the CTR tool on this page. Step 3 can be performed on important pages with high priority for your company. And for steps 4 and 5, you’ll use your website’s CMS and Google’s Search Console.

Tip: If you’d like to become a test user of our new upcoming CTR-analysis product, please contact us here to receive Beta access.

How to get more organic traffic through CTR optimization

In this guide to CTR, we explain in detail how to use our tool to optimize your website’s meta descriptions and SEO title tags. By doing so, you’ll get higher click rates and SEO competitive advantages.

As you’ll see below, high click-through rates are the result of the keywords you select and of the visual attraction and the emotions that those words activate in the brains of those viewing your Google search results.

1. Include your main keywords in your SEO title tag.

Your landing page has a key message, an overall topic that your target group is looking for on Google. This searched-for topic must be part of your SEO title tag.

In “the good old days,” the most important keyword was supposed to be the first word in your SEO title tag. But in modern SEO, this is no longer important. While your keywords should still be included in the SEO title tag, good visual attraction that produces clicks is more important than where you place keywords.

2. Make sure your SEO title tag is at least 50 characters.

In a Google search on a desktop, an SEO title tag can be up to 600 pixels. While each letter has various dimensions in pixels, a good rule of thumb is that you can enter up to about 70 characters for desktop and up two lines for smartphone before an SEO title tag gets cut off. And Google sometimes shows up to 100 characters on tablets.

Good SEO practice is to keep your SEO title tag to under 600px (about 70 characters), because this gives you full control over your message across all platforms.

3. Use a call to action (CTA) at least once in your SEO title tag.

A great trick is to insert CTA words that appeal to the target group and induce them to click on your SEO title tag. Good examples are “Order here,” “Download here,” “Call us today,” “Contact us,” or “Buy now.”

Click here for examples of CTA trigger words.

4. Use at least one Power Word in your SEO title tag.

Neutral language is a no-go. The more active your language, the more clicks you’ll get. That’s why you might want to insert negative or positive words in your SEO title tag. We call these Power Words, and we scan for more than 500 of them.

Click here for examples of Power Words.

5. The use of numbers in your SEO title tag can increase your CTR.

While it’s not always suitable to use numbers in an SEO title tag, if it does make sense to do so, it can often increase the click-through rate.

Although we don’t weigh the use of numbers highly in a CTR score (because it only makes sense in certain cases), there’s no doubt that they can significantly increase the CTR—try using numbers for prices and savings.

6. Your meta description should be between 120 and 165 characters.

The longer your meta description, the greater its visual attraction. Each letter and word you add increases your CTR score. At 120 characters, your score has increased by 18 percentage points.

7. Include at least one CTA in your meta description.

A call to action can really spark clicks. You might even work on making your call to action a part of the last sentence shown on Google.

Click here for examples of CTA trigger words.

8. Use at least one Power Word in your meta description.

Active language evokes emotion that attracts the eye and thereby increases your chances for a high click-through rate. We’ll scan your meta description for Power Words that indicate whether your choice of vocabulary is active.

Click here for examples of Power Words.

9. Make sure your meta description is between 2 and 4 sentences long.

Since people search on Google to find answers as fast as possible, they skim the results rather than reading sentence by sentence as they would normal text. That’s why it makes good sense to create meta descriptions that are as reader-friendly as possible by writing them as multiple short sentences.

Call to action: CTA words

Here are some good trigger words that indicate a call to action in your SEO title tag or meta description:

Apply
Download
Reserve
Book
Find
See
Buy
Get
Send
Call
Join
Shop
Check
Learn
Submit
Choose
Look
Subscribe
Click
Order
Try
Compare
Receive
View
Contact
Request
Write

Power Words

Here’s a selection of Power Words that our CTR tool looks for in calculating your CTR score:

Absolutely
Bloodbath
Confidential
Abuse
Bloodcurdling
Conquer
Accredited
Bloody
Controversial
Advice
Bold
Corpse
Agitate
Bomb
Corrupt
Agony
Bonanza
Courage
Alert
Bonus
Covert
Alluring
Booming
Coward
Amazing
Boost
Crammed
Amplify
Bootleg
Crave
Annihilate
Boss
Crazy
Anniversary
Brassy
Create
Announcing
Bravery
Cringeworthy
Annoy
Brazen
Cripple
Anonymous
Breakthrough
Crisis
Apocalypse
Breathtaking
Crooked
Approved
Bright
Crowned
Armageddon
Brilliant
Crush
Arrogant
Broke
Danger
Assault
Brutal
Dangerous
Astonishing
Buffoon
Daring
Attractive
Bufoon
Dark
Audacity
Bullshit
Dazzling
Authentic
Bully
Deadline
Authoritative
Bumbling
Deadly
Authority
Cadaver
Death
Backbone
Captivating
Defiance
Backdoor
Cash
Delight
Backed
Cataclysmic
Delighted
Backlash
Catastrophe
Delivered
Backstabbing
Caution
Dependable
Bankrupt
Censored
Depraved
Banned
Certified
Desire
Bargain
Challenge
Destiny
Basic
Chance
Destroy
Beating
Charismatic
Devastating
Beautiful
Cheap
Devoted
Because
Cheer
Diatribe
Before
Classified
Diminish
Belief
Clever
Direct
Best
Closet
Dirty
Better
Collapse
Disastrous
Beware
Colorful
Discount
Big
Colossal
Discover
Billion
Compelling
Disgusting
Bizarre
Competitive
Dollar
Blacklisted
Complete
Double
Blinded
Compromise
Drowning
Blissful
Concealed
Dumb
Blood
Confessions
Easily

See the entire list of more than 600 Power Words here.