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Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Moto801, Aug 6, 2012.

  1. Moto801

    Moto801 Senior Member

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    If a visitor visits a page and clicks onto an outgoing link instead of clicking onto another inner page, then is it still considered a bounce?
     
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    Is it an external link (target="_blank")? I feel like if it isn't an external link then they are leaving your site from the entrance page. Make sure you make that link open in a new window/tab and you are probably safe. You should be doing this anyways to retain visitors.

    Here is Google's definition of a bounce:
     
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    This shouldn't be considered as a bounce.

    A bounce is when someone lends on your site and immediately bounces back (as in they click on your website in SERPs and hit "back" to return to google, most of the time because they right off feel like your website is not what they were looking for).

    Clicking an external link on your page is a different way to leave your page that is not necessarily triggered by a lack of interest in your page.

    But anyway using the target="_blank" tag is a good option. So they will go to the other site you'e linking too, but your page will stay open longer when they do.
     
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    But using taget="_blank" only real benefit is to keep the site up in the back hoping they return and click on another inner page so there is no bounce right?

    Even if the page is up for 20 mins and page finally gets closed with no other page views then is it still a bounce..?
     
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    Adding to the above, using _blank is a great option. I did test this between two of my sites. First one with no _blank and the second with _blank. For site 2, my bounce rate was 40% something, where as site 1 had a bounce rate of 65% something.

    Another way to reduce bounce rate and also from an SEO point is to heavily interlink your pages.
     
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    This doesn't fit the definition of a bounce (bounce = visitor IMMEDIATELY leaves the page), but there's a flaw in analytics that will still wrongfully count this as a bounce.

    Though you can tweak the analytics code to fix this, take a look here :

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    http://briancray.com/posts/time-on-site-bounce-rate-get-the-real-numbers-in-google-analytics/
     
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    Adnan.A Registered Member

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    Highly advised way of anchor text linking in my own opinion is let the anchor text open in new window, if you want to decrease the bounce rate the only way is effective internal linking and technique based external ones as well.
    For Example
    You have a link in your article that is heading towards some other site like Flickr for instance, it should be opened in a new window as target="_blank". It will be considered a favorable way in decreasing the bounce rate because it is your website that has credible links and your page is still open, as the anchor text is opened in a new window..