Decrease Your Bounce Rate Increase Your Free Traffic
Before we talk about how or why you should decrease your Bounce Rate it may be a good idea to explain what the heck is “Bounce Rate” really is.
Here’s Google’s technical definition:
Bounce Rate is the percentage of single-page sessions (i.e. sessions in which the person left your site from the entrance page without interacting with the page). [Source]
If there is one thing search engines hate, it is a high bounce rate.
If your bounce rate is too high, Google and other search engines could punish you by decreasing your rank and placement.
Aiming for under 50% is a good rule of thumb however some good sites hover less than that and are doing well.
Decrease your bounce rate and you will be rewarded by the search engines.
Better placement means more traffic to your site.
Bounce rate is one of those metrics that is tossed around a lot in search engines.
It’s often talked about in absolutes, but it is better to look at bounce rates subjectively.
If you have a high bounce rate it could indicate a number of things that generally will fall into either one of these two categories.
1. You are acquiring the wrong kind of traffic to your site.
2. You are acquiring the right kind of traffic to your site.
If you are confused by the second one, you aren’t alone.
But think about it.
If your website provides exactly what the visitor wants or provides a solution to the question the visitor will leave the page quickly.
That means you will have a high bounce rate.
You want your visitors to stick around, but you also want them to find what they want.
So you need to spread their stay around so that they are checking out more of your site before they leave.
This means you want more engaged visitors.
To decrease your bounce rate, you might also
1. Avoid the use of pop-ups
2. Use a navigation setup that is intuitive and contains key items
3. Avoid poor website design
4. Increase the rate at which your pages load
5. Make your site mobile friendly
6. Segment your information
7. Optimize for intent
8. Design information based on your priorities
9. Watch where you place ads
10. Remove distractions
11. Leverage internal searches
Decrease your bounce rate and increase your traffic.
It’s worth your time to work on a better bounce rate.