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This is very likely Google can estimate your bounce rate, if you take into account a new feature that detects when the user is clicking the back button: Search Google: Click a search result. Click back. Google is showing a new option, "Block all [site] results": Obviously, that is a guess, but quick back clicks may be good indicators of irrelevant ...


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To the best of my knowledge, the rankings team does not use bounce rate in any way.   — Matt Cutts, June 2010, Search Engine Land interview I have an issue with the concept of long/short clicks being used in their ranking algorithm. There are too many scenarios where both short and long clicks occur that are the opposite of what the ...


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Per Matt Cutts Without reading the article [trying to confirm a connection between rank and bounce rates], I’ll just say that bounce rates would be not only spammable but noisy. A search industry person recently sent me some questions about how bounce rate is done at Google and I was like "Dude, I have no idea about any things like bounce rate. Why don’t ...


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I think that the problem with using bounce rate for ranking is that it doesn't take into account the fact that bounces aren't always a bad thing. This metric needs to be taken in context because there are some sites for which you might want to actually increase your bounce rate! In fact, as an example, your sites might be that type of site (at least from ...


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I manage a site that brings in around 30k pageviews per day. It lost 1/3 of its traffic around April 11th (panda international rollout). The entire domain lost traffic across the board. The overall average bounce rate hovers around 65% (pre-panda was 71%). The hardest hit pages have bounce rates over 75% however. It's an interesting theory. To google's ...


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This kind of attack won't affect your rankings as bounce rate is almost certainly not a ranking factor. It's hard to say why this user is doing this but I doubt it's to manipulate your bounce rate or site stats. More likely reasons are: they are trying to attack your site through that page. that page being loaded somehow benefits them and thus they are ...


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A bounce occurs when a visitor looks at the page and then leaves the site, ie. doesn't go through to another internal page. This would happen all the time if you had a 1 page website. Another cause may be that you have very few call to actions drawing users to other pages, or your page gives them all the info they need so they don't need to go to another ...


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You're probably seeing bots of some sort. They're very common online, used by everyone from large search engines (good) to e-mail spammers (bad). Just make sure they don't recognize things like e-mail addresses that don't help your SEO anyway, and it should be fine.


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Google is almost certainly using usability signals as a significant factor in the rankings. Google probably doesn't use "bounce rate", at least not as measured by Google Analytics. Instead, Google relies on: Click through rate (CTR) - The number of people that click from the SERPs to a site is a good indication of whether the site is relevant for the ...


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Joel, While the question is interesting in the hypothetical sense, it lacks the action-ability part of being practical. Suppose for a minute, that the answer is yes -Google uses bounce rate for ranking sites -what would you do about it? The only way to reliably increase this metric would be to put artificial blocks between the user, and the answer marked ...


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Based on my experience and my understanding of how javascript works, the Google Analytics code only records data related to the moment the user first loads the page and the javascript is run. So if a user only looks at one page, they would have a time on site of 00:00:00, regardless of how long they looked at a page. The GA code has no way of knowing when ...


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the data is correct, your math is too. the only difference on why you get a discrepancy of 1244 is because you are calculating with only 2 decimal numbers. if for example your "real" bounce rate is 91.7653% (and not 91.76% flat) that would result in 89659 direct entrances .917653 * 97710 = 89663 .644353 * 89663 = 57774 and so forth also your total exit ...


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If you are experiencing high bounce rates that is a good sign your pages or content are either low in quality or poorly designed. Specifically it might be: Poor content If your content isn't high quality users will know (by not finding what they are looking for or not feeling confident in your data) and go look for another website that offers better ...


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I work on a site that gets a ton of short-duration, hi-bounce traffic from Iran. It turns out that the acronym for our business is the same as the acronym for a big company in Iran. Iranian visitors see that it is not the site they are looking for and leave. Have you looked at search words for visitors from Japan? It might be that you rank high in google ...


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Actually Bounce rate is the factor that indicates the ratio between number of visitors viewing only one page of your site and the number of entries to our site. If you get high bounce rate means viewers are closing your site without viewing more pages and spending less time in your site. I saw your site and it looks nice. I have a question for you 1. Did you ...


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It has a nice, clean design with good user experience. Did you test it in different browsers? If not, here's a link to a browser screen shot site: Browsershots If JavaScript is turned off, you're not going to see any content at all. You might add Noscript tagss with a link to an HTML version. That also might help with some search engines that don't crawl JS ...


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If persistent cookies can not be set, each pageview will be counted as a new 'Session' and your bounce rate will be 100% and pageviews/visit will be 1.


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It might be possible that lots of visitors come to a single page and leaves your website, that is why it shows 100% bounce rate.


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If your page links only to other web pages or to files on your own server, there will likely be a 100% bounce rate. If a user clicks to download a file, this isn't tracked by default. Also, if your page links to other pages, they are bouncing from your page to go to these new pages.


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My guess is that it has to do with the preset Browser search engines i.e. IE is Bing, Chrome is Google (.com or local) but Safari can be set by the user - have a look at the 'referring domain' in the organic search results to check the bounce rates.


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It is likely that at article or photo on your site went viral. Tons of users from social news sites clicked through to look and then backed out afterwards. Look at "Content" -> "Site Content" to see if one page got unusual traffic on that day. Also look at "Landing Pages" in that section to try to identify what the users were coming to. Also look at ...


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Look at Content > Site Content > All Pages and then choose a secondary dimension of Network Domain. Apply an advanced filter, including bounce rate > 75%. If you try different filters to include specific pages one by one. Look at / and other high traffic pages, you may find something is scraping your page(s) a lot (and activating the JS) from the same ...


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Please read http://padicode.com/blog/analytics/the-real-bounce-rate/ Essentially, it boils down to this: bounce rate [is] being the percent of traffic that stayed on your website for fewer than 10 seconds. What you need to do is to fire up an event each time a user spends more than 10 seconds (or you can define your own standard) on the website. Just add ...


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It looks to me like your homepage is receiving a bounce rate of 70% Your 404 page - 68% The page where you are asking for user information - 67% The download page for the s/w - 43% You should first look at optimising your homepage in terms of CTAs and user experience before implementing exit surveys as these (in my opinion) give an incredibly clunky and ...


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One thought is to give users reasons to stay on the site and do more. For instance you could have a shadow box that pops up after a user clicks on the get deal button that shows them similar deals or you could add a level of engagement with a comments section and social media share buttons.


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I'm not sure of a way to do it using In-Page analytics. But, if you add EventTracking to that particular action, you can set that particular click event to not be including in your BounceRate calculation.


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If you use Google Analytics you can go to the visitor flow section within visitors. The default setting is Country, so you see a nice computation of visitor interest by country. You can get a listing of all target pages there and see the percentage of exits, followed by their first (next) and second and so on interaction (See here at Google Support). You ...


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Look at the following Sources they are coming from and then check how you show up on those sources Order pages by time on site and bounce rate and check which pages are affected the most If you are using a translation software, get your content checked manually. There might be some undesired but highly popular typos ranking high in local search engines. So ...


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Remember bounce rate is the percentage of visitors who only visit one page on a site and leave. Make sure your stats are correct and that you aren't count moves to other pages on your site or the display of an off-site shopping cart or the like. Also make sure that your stats are excluding traffic from 'bots and other automated sources. Some of my sites ...


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Don't confuse "bounce rate" with "time on site" or "return to Google time". These are three different metrics that have different meanings. Bounce rate is the percentage of visitors who only loaded one page on a site they visit without any regard to the length of the time of visit. Many sites have a high bounce rate due to their nature (news aggregation, ...



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