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Question: how does repeatedly reloading a site affect bounce rate?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by WrightWilliams, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. WrightWilliams

    WrightWilliams Power Member

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    This may be a total n00b question, but I am curious as to how having a site setup where every unique user has to refresh the page to get more content and how that may affect the bouncerate of the page. For example: say I build an adult site that has two galleries you have to click on, and each time you click on them to reload them they give you randomly generated content. If you click to reload the page multiple times to continue seeing randomized content does it negatively impact the time on site someone may be responsible, or does it affect bounce rate in any way? Thanks! Just curious
     
  2. Webs2Be

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    No, the only time your bounce rate is effected is when someone views only 1 page on your site and than leaves. All refreshing a page on your site would do as long as the visitor continues browsing your site would increase the average time spend on your site per visitor and perhaps your page views per visitor depending on how many pages they browse through.
     
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    Great question WrightWilliams,

    Any answer to this question would also depend on what type of analytical platform you are using to track the site however in general, refreshes will not count as bounces. They will however count as page views. As long as you know how to interpret your analytics data this shouldn't be an issue for you. I have seen people use page views as a measure of how many visitors came to the site (which it is not an accurate measure of). Unique page views can be closely correlated with number of visitors but is also not accurate.

    As mentioned by Webs2Be, bounce rates are typically only calculated by counting the number of users that only viewed one page and then left the site.

    If you are using Google Analtyics, this is how they define a page view,

    http://support.google.com/analytics/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1006243

    Of course different platforms may work differently.

    Hope that helps,

    Shawn
     
  4. WrightWilliams

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    Thanks a lot guys, I was curious as I had never heard of this causing an issue and I couldn't Goog anything about it, so I thought I would ask before helping some people out with their site. Thanks a ton!