Well I was well impressed today - just looked at my Google Analytics and I have an 85% Bounce Rate.
Am I doing something wrong?
I wouldn't worry about it on your HubPages account. It could just mean that someone clicked on an ad or a link at the beginning of a Hub. Because ads on HP don't open in a separate window, Google Analytics will show a click-out as a bounce.
You could have a visitor come, read the entire article, stay for several minutes, give it a thumbs up, and then leave. And that's still considered a bounce. You're not doing anything wrong, it's just how people consume content on places like Hubpages. They go from Google to the article they want, and then they leave. You'd need to be concerned about bounce rate if you had a front page that everyone generally went through.
Ah OK so as Hubs are found through Google I won't have a front page that would direct visitors to other parts of my website or blog.
Well ... if a reader likes your hub they will most likely click on your name at the top right and go to your profile to see what else you have they might like.
At the end of all my hubs, I have an author's note. I encourage my readers to "click on my name at the top right of this page to see other articles I have written."
I really do not keep track of my traffic stats - I just publish, promote and hope for the best.
ohh so that's it. Now it make sense what bounce rate should be. I just though if you stay on a page a little longer it will not count as a BR.
People with a higher bounce rate than you would probably say "no." People with a lower bounce rate than you would probably say "yes."
https://support.google.com/analytics/an … 9409?hl=en
I would focus more on your average time on page. If people are not reading your Hubs then that average will be really low.
I'd not bother worrying, or lookng at, bounce rates for writing sites as it's not a true picture. The objective of writing is for them to leave your article... via a link, to buy stuff
Depending on how the HubPage loads I might accidentally click on the header ad. This also happens (more strategically/deliberately) on Yahoo Mail's new layout. That being said, it's a constant challenge for me to try and perfect the lead paragraph as well as the summary.
That is very good, John. Nice way to start the day, yes?
I'd have to imagine this is a pretty normal bounce rate for Hubpages.
The important statistic you want to look at is how long they stayed on your site on average.
If it's a few seconds you have a problem
If it's a few minutes then you don't.
If it's a few minutes but HubPages decides to unfeature or unpublish your site then HubPages has a problem!
I have no idea what any of you are talking about. What is "bounce rate"? How do you tell how long someone is on your hub?
John, to date, I have not looked to see what my bounce rate is. I would rather not know right now.
Perhaps I shall investigate it, when I have been on HP longer, and could bear to check it. If it was high, it would just "nag at me"!
HubPages is not a niched site - if someone dropped on your Hub from organic search, I think it would be odd they stuck around to peruse more of the site. A highish bounce rate doesn't mean your Hub was poor...au contraire, it could mean you provided them exactly what they needed so they only need to view that one URL on HP. I concern myself with bounce rate on my own, niched sites but never look at it for HP.
Very good assessment, LNAngel. In fact, it's one of the reasons Hubpages asks us to do some "hub-hopping"; they need us hubbers to do it because the site architecture isn't really given to getting organic-Search visitors to visit more than a single hub consistently. Bounce rate is an important metric for SEO, so Hubpages needs us to help them out with that.
If you have many related hubs then you can improve bounce rate as well as time on site with relevant linking between hubs.
I have one hub that gets all of its visits from other hubs that I have and not from Google at all. I get traffic between my hubs that is in 3 figures every day using relevant linking.
I make use of half width text blocks in blue pushed to the right to drive traffic through links - this seems to work well. Like a sales capsule however it needs to be relevant to the information in the text capsule it is alongside if you want the reader to follow the link it contains.
Put calls to action on your Hubs, something to make them stay on the page a little longer, like questionnaires, etc.
I like this answer LeanMan, I will try this out next time I write a hub.
by Sophia Angelique 10 years ago
I don't understand something.If the average time people spend on an article is 4.5 minutes, how can the bounce rate be 90%? Doesn't 'bounce' mean that they just go on the site for a split second and then go off?
by Nathan Bernardo 9 years ago
I have hubs within a couple of niches which I don't cover all that much; meaning, I don't have that many hubs in those niches. A good number of those hubs have a high bounce rate. So, I'm considering unpublishing those, putting them somewhere else. However, some of them get a good amount of traffic...
by tristam15 12 years ago
Hey fellow hubbers,I've been posting quite a few hubs recently and I've also been doing quite a lot of SEO for them however, there is some part of the puzzle that just isn't clicking for me. Most of the people that are coming to my hubs are bouncing, my bounce rate is 78%. Can you look at just 1...
by Eugene Brennan 3 weeks ago
I wonder what caused this? Bounce rate increased from about 60% to 80%
by mel22 12 years ago
Have something to do with hitting the GO BACK button rather than clicking a link or ad in a HUB?
by YU_First 1 12 years ago
I have a bounce rate of 72.94% as per Google Analytics reports. What can I do to correct this?
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