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95%++ bounce rate for blog.. is this normal?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by 7yearitch, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. 7yearitch

    7yearitch Regular Member

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    i have a blog in music niche that i started for fun because i'm a singer and musician and felt like it at the time. the blog gets 400 UVs/day according to google analytics but the bounce rate is in the high 90s.

    Also, the average time spent on site is just above 1 minute. any suggestions? what should i do? i am monetizing with affiliate offers and making some money on the side. but i do want to improve it.

    thanks in advance for all the suggestions!
     
  2. lucasbraydon

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    You could add the "easy recent posts" plugin which will bring up some recent posts when the user gets towards the bottom of the page. So the user may be more inclined to click on something else and your bounce rate will decrease.
     
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  3. nethead01

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    maybe need to make it more interesting for users
     
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    95% is not a good rate ! Seems like people are lured to your website by some means and when they see you website they are like "WTF" !!!

    Check with the page views , avg time spent on site as well to get a clear view
     
  5. lowkei

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    It depends on the traffic sources though. Where do the traffic come from? Any what do you do in your site to engage your visitors? For my case, affiliate site with traffic coming from search engine, the bounce rate can be very high, sometime 90 - 99%.. if you plan to build relationship with your reader, 95% is definitely not a good one.
     
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    Whoa, 95% is terrible, man. I suggest you use " heatmap " to see how much the users scroll down on your website and some of the heatmap service providers also provide " screen record " of each user activity as well. You will get an idea how to tweak your website.
     
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    yeah 95% bounce rate is really terrible. 30-35% bounce rate is good IMO.
     
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    That's very bad. How do visitors reach your website?
    Maybe they don't have any options to go to other pages?
     
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    best is to see where your traffic come from and to check if your site have problems is slow etc
     
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    you do realize you can make money out of a high bounce rate? check my profile out i made of exitjunction
     
  11. rob1977

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    Don't jump the gun yet.

    Is it google analytics that is measuring your bounce rate?

    If so it is generally counting all sorts of genuine activity as a bounce, improperly.

    Search the forum for bounce rate. One of the guys shared a modified GA api script, which calls back to analytics more frequently and gives you accurate tracking. My bounce rate dropped from 85% to 7% .
     
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    try statscounter , it's works great.
    there may be a problem with your traffic source.
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  13. 7yearitch

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    i considered that this might be the problem, so i just recently had a pages list and added more internal links between pages. hope it will help.

    i'm hoping this isn't the case. i get some pages where the engagement is really good (< 30 mins on a page according to analytics) but the sheer amount of people bouncing off in < 30 secs kinda affects the average as a whole.

    99% of traffic is from google. i do have a tools for musicians section where i list a few amazon products that are related to home recording, pitch recognition and stuff like that.

    i also group these into beginner, intermediate, and hardcore levels based on my own progression when i started teaching myself music.

    other than that, 40+ articles, some motivational images as posts, a free singing course offered as a membership site, broken down into 5 separate modules. and 2 product reviews, one of which i'm an affiliate for, the other completely free.

    i'm open to suggestions.

    never used heatmap before. i'll give it a try and let you know

    only google. i'm beginning to think that maybe i should diversify into other traffic sources. se traffic is bouncing like basketballs.. and i do have links in the articles to go to other related articles in the blog.

    these do get clicked on by users but again, overwhelming number on bounces made the average look really horrible.

    i did check my site load speed. these are the stats:
    requests: 65
    load time (from amsterdam): 4.62secs
    page size 899.1kb
    score according to the site: 74/100

    can someone help me decipher this data?

    85% to 7%!!! (balls drop) ok i'll do a search on this one. would it affect my site speed? most of my sites are being visited so it's weird why the bounce rate is so high.

    never heard of statscounter before. will check it out. traffic source is google.

    will take up the suggestions and come back with feedback.

    oh, and another thing:

    in analytics, i the majority of my visitors come from (not provided). 99% of them come from organic search and most of that is not provided.

    so how am i to know what's not working and fix it? GA is so confusing sometimes..
     
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    No the script won't affect anything it just gives analytics a true picture of whats going on on your site, it's legit white hat google api stuff.
     
  15. lowkei

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    It seems you are building really good content on it. It shouldn't be that high bounce rate.

    As mentioned by smartalex, heatmap is indeed a good hint on how your visitor navigate around. By using heatmap you can know if you need a new web design. Don't bother to go for the paid version, the free account is enough to show you that.
     
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    that's terrible bounce rate bro
     
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    So, what do you suggest?
     
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    I think someone sort of mentioned this, but you can go into analytics and sort your content by time on page, bounce rate, etc. to get a better idea of how individual pages are performing. Hopefully that will give you some ideas on where you need the most improvement.

    You mentioned that you have "some motivational images as posts". Are these literally posts with just images? I wouldn't expect people to spend much time on these pages. Maybe those are bringing down your average a bit.
     
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    Probably an overemphasis on affiliate products/ads.

    If you have ads above the fold remove them and your bounce rate will go down.