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Drastically reduce your bounce rate in Google Analytics

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by websitesareus, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. websitesareus

    websitesareus Junior Member

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    So yesterday I have added this little blurb to my Google Analytics code

    Code:
    setTimeout("_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', '15_seconds', 'read'])",15000);
    
    right after the line
    Code:
     _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']);
    .

    While my Adsense website had for years an average 'bounce rate' of 72%, it has ZERO bounce rate today. Wow.

    What that code does is that it not counts a visitor as a 'bounce' if he stays longer than 15 seconds.

    In case Google does take your bounce rate into account for ranking, this is something everybody should do.

    You can read more about it on the official Google blog at

    Code:
    http://analytics.blogspot.com/2012/07/tracking-adjusted-bounce-rate-in-google.html
    Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a Wordpress Google Analytics plugin that does that currently (hint, hint - here is your new WSO if you are a coder!), so if you are using WP you have to manually add the whole UA code to your footer (and remove any Google Analytics plugin you have installed so far).

    Worked for me!
     
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  2. aakon7

    aakon7 Regular Member

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    Awesome share! Adding this to all our sites tonight.
     
  3. websitesareus

    websitesareus Junior Member

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    Than I guess you don't have to care...