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View Poll Results: What is your overall Bounce Rate average (between Aug 31 - Sept 30 2008)?
0 - 15% 11 10.00%
16 - 30% 26 23.64%
31 - 45% 35 31.82%
46 - 60% 15 13.64%
61 - 75% 14 12.73%
75%+ 9 8.18%
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Old 24 May 2009, 15:41
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Old 24 May 2009, 17:59
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Old 25 May 2009, 16:03
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Originally Posted by imported_silkroad View Post
Sorry, but we don't need to grasp your message, because your message is incorrect.

If you have 5 million+ page views each month and most of your traffic is from search engine referrals, then please take a screen shot of the relevant data from Google analysts and post the images, showing your time period, page views, bounce rate and corresponding search engine referrals.

Sites with lots of direct traffic and referrals from other web pages get a much lower bounce rate than large sites with mega long-tail search engine referrals.

Frankly, Justine, I don't need a sidebar lecture on the topic (smile!), I want to see your facts :-) I do not think you have a site which gets massive search engine referrals and has a low bounce rate. All sites have the same issue. This is not theory, LOL, is this the nature of sites with massive search engine referrals.

Facts please!

PS: I have many sites with low bounce rates. They all have less traffic and a much lower percentage of search engine referrals. So, according to this poll, ROTFL, it is better to have a site with low traffic than a site with high traffic because the bounce rate is less? Not all sites are the same. You cannot make a blanket statement "low bounce is bad".... .that is why this poll is seriously flawed!

--------------- Added 24 May 2009 at 05:50 ---------------



Precisely my point, thank you!

This site (above) has a relatively low monthly page view where most traffic is direct traffic. Search engine referrals only account for 16% of the traffic. Naturally, this site will have a lower bounce rate that a site with much more traffic that comes mostly from long tail search engine referrals.

--------------- Added 24 May 2009 at 05:52 ---------------



Agreed !!

Folks who do not have massive long tail traffic do not understand this concept. If you try to lower the bounce rate, the effect is that you will lower the amount of long-tail search engine referrals.

It is very difficult to lower bounce rate on these sites. I once made a change that improved bounce rate about 8 percent, and I was happy. Folks who don't have a great deal of long tail search referrals and have mostly direct or site referrals do not grok this concept.
Well, This time last year... my bounce rates were almost the same except I had almost 500,000 page views a month and my search engine referrals were way higher. What then?

If I dig up a few months prior to that I had more then 750,000 page views on average. I wonder what my rates where then. hmmm


I know where all my traffic is going.. LOL Im guilty myself. FACEBOOK.

--------------- Added 25 May 2009 at 16:18 ---------------

Okay skill road. I'd have to say your theory is a little flawed too.

Here is just an example....



* 32,998
Visits

* 453,249
Pageviews

* 13.74
Pages/Visit

* 8.56%
Bounce Rate

* 00:15:40
Avg. Time on Site

* 5.00%
% New Visits



*
Direct Traffic 21,355.00 (64.72%)
*
Referring Sites 6,179.00 (18.73%)
*
Search Engines 5,461.00 (16.55%)
*
Other 3 (0.01%)


Thats just one of my 30 day pulls. I can show you dozens more all with around a 10% average bounce rate.

Heres another from the same time year before this one.



* 43,164
Visits

* 793,287
Pageviews

* 18.38
Pages/Visit

* 7.87%
Bounce Rate

* 00:18:39
Avg. Time on Site

* 5.48%
% New Visits

# Direct Traffic 33,535.00 (77.69%)
#
Referring Sites 7,914.00 (18.33%)
#
Search Engines 1,715.00 (3.97%)
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Old 25 May 2009, 17:24
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Ive had a few cheques Bounce during this credit crunch does that count
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Old 25 May 2009, 17:40
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Ive had a few cheques Bounce during this credit crunch does that count
HAHAHA Dont think so. LOL
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Old 26 May 2009, 17:31
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Old 26 May 2009, 17:46
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Originally Posted by UncoderMom View Post
Well,
# Direct Traffic 33,535.00 (77.69%)
#
Referring Sites 7,914.00 (18.33%)
#
Search Engines 1,715.00 (3.97%)
You can easily see have have almost no search engine traffic compared to direct traffic and site referrals.

That is why your bounce rate is so low.

Site with mostly direct traffic or referring sites have much lower bounce rates. Your site is a perfect example of why bounce stats without traffic source stats are meaningless.

1,715 search referrals a month? Our site gets that much search referral traffic in less than one hour.

--------------- Added 26 May 2009 at 17:48 ---------------

Originally Posted by EWGF View Post
25 april - 25 may

20,25% Overall
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10,80% Forum index
These stats are completely meaningless.

If you are going to publish / post bounce rates, you must post your traffic stats, including traffic sources.

(See earlier posts).

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Old 26 May 2009, 18:34
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Originally Posted by imported_silkroad View Post
You can easily see have have almost no search engine traffic compared to direct traffic and site referrals.

That is why your bounce rate is so low.

Site with mostly direct traffic or referring sites have much lower bounce rates. Your site is a perfect example of why bounce stats without traffic source stats are meaningless.

1,715 search referrals a month? Our site gets that much search referral traffic in less than one hour.

--------------- Added 26 May 2009 at 17:48 ---------------



These stats are completely meaningless.

If you are going to publish / post bounce rates, you must post your traffic stats, including traffic sources.

(See earlier posts).
That stat you are referring to... Is one of my earliest ones because my site was only a few months old (explains low search engine referrals). I've given you several examples to show you differences in page views. Since you referred to my last one being off because of low page views./... Now its search engines? Which is it?

The truth is there is no ONE thing. Referrals are just as good as any search engine hit. The bottom line is and always will be with bounce rates is to get them to STAY and not click off. Make your landing pages HOT so they want to investigate instead of hitting the back button or the red X. PERIOD. It has always been my top priority. I think that reflects itself in my always low bounce rate. So believe what you want and I'll believe mine. If you have 5,000,000 page views and you have a 50 or 60 bounce rate. I can promise you, your doing something wrong. JMO
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Old 27 May 2009, 20:46
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36.24% - Seems about average.
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Old 28 Aug 2009, 17:22
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Are there any high traffic sites that have decreased their bounce rate a lot? I would love to know how others have improved bounce rate.

I have 10 million page views and an average bounce rate of 66%. 77% of visits come trough search engines.
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Old 29 Aug 2009, 19:54
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Our commercial site is:

20 % bounce rate on home page
Direct Traffic (51.43%)

Search Engines (37.14%)

Referring Sites (11.43%)

Average time on site 19 mins 07 seconds
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Old 29 Aug 2009, 20:42
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Originally Posted by UncoderMom View Post
Search Engines 1,715.00 (3.97%)
Normally pages with low search engine referrals have a low bounce rate.

You have a 4 percent rate of search engine referrals, so you will have a low bounce rate. I a site with 5M PVs from 95 percent search referrals will have a bounce rate nearly 70 percent.

That is why I said earlier, as have others, bounce rates without overall stats are meaningless, period.
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Old 29 Aug 2009, 22:16
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my bounce rate is at 50%, im having a very difficult time getting members to register and post on the forums. my community is very inactive and dead
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Old 01 Sep 2009, 23:34
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Old 08 Dec 2009, 14:23
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Hi all !

I've red all comments above and would like your help.
I've bet on google since 2001 and took about 4 years to get all my content indexed and daily updated (using vbseo and sitemaps mostly).

I've got about 100k unique visitors per month, mostly from google (85%).
This if course means a high bounce rate (about 60%).

What would reduce most this bounce rate in my case?
I've moved similarthreads into the top of showthread to check results.
What more should i do to avoid this?

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