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What Does The Bounce Rate Mean On Google Anayltics?

  1. William Gerace profile image78
    William Geraceposted 4 years ago

    I was wondering what the bounce rate means on Google Anayltics? Mine is saying its 70% and yet I notice I'm getting 60% new visitors according to the report. I've earned some money on here so I'm wondering does this high bounce rate mean I'm not doing a good job with my Hubs or something. Finally the average time people spend on my Hubs If I'm reading it correctly is like 2 minutes. I don't know how to read these any help would be appreciated. Much thanks my fellow hubbers. Have a great day.
    Bill

  2. rebekahELLE profile image91
    rebekahELLEposted 4 years ago

    I can't explain it as well as other hubbers, so I'm leaving a link to the best explanation I have found on HP. Peter Hoggan has some very helpful hubs on the topic.  http://peterhoggan.hubpages.com/hub/Goo … Exit-Rates
    http://peterhoggan.hubpages.com/hub/Bou … -And-Panda

    1. William Gerace profile image78
      William Geraceposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Well I feel a bit better. Reading those articles it mentioned that a high bounce rate is normal for places like HubPages. I just want to make sure I was doing ok. Is there any you can check my Hubs and tell me what you think. I appreciate it.

      1. rebekahELLE profile image91
        rebekahELLEposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I just checked your latest hub and found it informative and helpful. The video also helps inform and keep viewers on your page. The only thing I would change is in the title. It sounds better if you use the word 'for' instead of 'to'. I've read that the info, images, video, etc., whatever you have above the fold is key. If viewers don't see what they want above the fold, they usually exit. If you want to get more feedback from others, the best place to get help with a specific hub is to post a link in the Extreme Hub Makeover forum. Many hubbers are happy to help.
        I'm glad you found Peter's hubs helpful. He explains it well and you can tell he understands what he's writing.

        1. wilderness profile image96
          wildernessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Rebekah, I agree that something above the fold is important to hook the reader into staying. 

          I've quit even trying there, though.  I've changed the display font size so often, and used the ctrl/scroll so often, that I no longer have any idea of what most people see when they view a hub.  These old eyes simply require a larger image than they used to.

          For instance, if I use the link at the bottom of the screen to the learning center, the bottom of my screen shows the link to "tips on flagging hubs" and I know most people will see considerably more.

          Can you give me an idea of where you would consider the 'fold' to be on that link?

          1. rebekahELLE profile image91
            rebekahELLEposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Yes, it's true that the fold is hard to determine because of different size monitors and mobile devices, Ipads, etc. I guess the important thing to remember with our hubs is that we are signed in and most viewers are not, so they see the top ads. We have to engage the viewer from the very moment they land on our page.

            I think we're going to continue to see more changes with search as technology advances.

            1. wilderness profile image96
              wildernessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Hmmm.  I had not even considered mobile devices, tablets - that sort of thing. 

              I did think to sign out and look at a couple of hubs - one of the things I caught was that the top ad can vary considerably in length, from a banner to a four line set of links.

              All of that is going to mean that no photo or other such capsule early on will be seen if we want that large ad at the top right.  Which is going to mean our opening first few lines are ever more important.

  3. WryLilt profile image87
    WryLiltposted 4 years ago

    A bounce means they are using the back button or leaving the page. However if they're just looking for one piece of information then it's completely normal and they may never visit any of your articles again - that's the beauty of Google.

    I think my bounce rate sits around 90%. I have a feeling someone said that an Adsense click is also counted as a bounce.

    1. Peter Hoggan profile image86
      Peter Hogganposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Thats often the case, but there are occasions where a click on an ad won't count as a bounce. For instance if someone clicks on an ad and returns to your hub before the current session times out (i.e. within 30 mins of initially landing on the hub) and moves to another of your hubs that would not count as a bounce. Similarly if someone opens up the ad in a new tab and returns to your hub before the session times out and clicks through to another of your hubs it would not count as a bounce.

      1. WryLilt profile image87
        WryLiltposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Ok thanks. I wasn't sure about the details of that, thanks for the clarification, Peter.

        1. William Gerace profile image78
          William Geraceposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Thanks guys for all this information with the bounce rate. Mine is about 70% but I haven't seen any revenue accrue in my adsense account I guess that takes awhile. I have earned .51 in Hubpages earnings. I guess that is ok since I just started writing these Hubs in the middle of February. I"m going to try and add 3-5 Hubs if I can. Thanks again for the info.

 
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