If you are attempting to monetize your blog. This is one statistic that will tell you quicker than anything if you are getting “good” traffic to your site.
Quite frankly, Firefox users don’t click on ads.
Go check your statistics, Find a day with a lower click through rate than you normally have. I will bet you that your Firefox percentage was higher that day.
Firefox (depending on where you look) make up about 40% of the internet users. If your statistics are showing that you are getting more than that. You are seeing the “wrong” type of traffic for an advertisement funded blog.
Why is this?
1. It’s already well known that some traffic is pretty “useless” for ad conversions. Stumble, Digg, Propeller, and all the other social bookmarks don’t convert well into clickthrough. Google Organic searches and “surf traffic” do.
2. It’s also well known that bloggers, social bookmark users and other “net-savvy” visitors use Firefox to a much greater extent than the average 40%
Since the users that arrive from social bookmark sites are normally “bad clickers” and since they often use Firefox. You can tell that you are getting the wrong type of traffic by simply reviewing your Firefox percentage.
On days where I have a “normal” distribution of about 57% IE users, 40% Firefox users and 3% “other”. I get almost a five times higher click through rate than I do on days when I have a Stumble or Digg heavy traffic day which brings 90+% Firefox browsers.
IE Users Surf – Firefox Users Probe
An IE user is more likely to actually surf the web, In other words to follow the links from one page to the next. Going with the natural flow of the net, they are there for enjoyment and recreation as much as information gathering. When one of your ads looks interesting enough, they will follow it.
Firefox users on the other hand, do pokes; they start at their favorite place on the web. Digg, Propeller etc. and they will hit a link only to return to the hub when they are done. The “Back” button is a Firefox user’s greatest friend. He or she will poke and probe only so far, and return to the “safe” surrounding of peer reviewed and recommended reads. Ad clicks are not their game, and this is not going to change anytime soon.
If you are a blogger, you probably started out on IE, and as you got more into social networking, you switched to Firefox because of its lower system requirements and better plug-ins. (like those that completely block ad networks.) You probably were a lot more prone to click ads before you got “wise” and switched to Firefox too. If you are a blogger that have been considering to switch to Firefox, I’m betting that you are fairly new to the game.
Links are Firefox Filters
Since Firefox users are less inclined to venture further out than one click from their preferred social media or bookmark site, getting links to your blog will effectively send much more IE users than Firefox users to your blog. IE users will follow links, Firefox users won’t to nearly the same extent. So getting inbound links to your site is imperative. You need them to get both an increased Page rank and since they will send mostly IE users.
This supports what I’ve been saying in the past articles of “The Blogpreneur.”You have to build a strong blog with great content, when you do that, you will get links, which in turn will give you both Google, and referrals from other sites. And those hits will probably be much more IE heavy and thereby more click friendly.
Check your browser stats, it will tell you a lot about whether the hits you are getting are likely to hit an ad or not. If your traffic is Firefox heavy, you are not getting what you are looking for.
Check Firefox Ratio Before You buy Ad Space
If you are going to advertise on a site to drive traffic to your site. Ask them what their Firefox percentage is. If its high, it’s probably better to pay per click than to pay a flat monthly rate based on their traffic.