Let’s begin by being honest for a moment. I love writing. I enjoy watching as a piece of content is created and I know what I am writing will help someone build their business. What I HATED was the technical side of the business.
My attitude was like, “REALLY!” I had to learn all of this SEO mumbo jumbo if I was going to be a successful blogger?
I was like feeding a child only wanting to eat (do) what I liked and refused to eat my veggies. But, I realized if I persisted in this mind set and refused to learn Google Analytics, then like a child refusing to eat what was healthy, my blog would evidently wither and die!
This is why today we discuss your blog or websites bounce rate.
We will begin with what is a “bounce rate”. Then, after you have a deeper understanding of what a bounce rate is and how it affects your blog, we will cover three ways you can lower your blog bounce rate and give your readers an enjoyable experience while visiting your site.
- 1 What is Bounce Rate
- 2 Conclusion
What is Bounce Rate
According to Google, your website (or Blogs) bounce rate is defined as the percentage of visitors to your website who navigate away from the site after viewing only one page.
In other words, using this page as an example, you are here visiting this page right now. If you are finish reading this article and leave without visiting ANOTHER PAGE, my bounce rate will increase (thereby hurting my sites SEO).
However, if you find value while reading this article and visit another page on my blog, my bounce rate lowers thereby increasing its SEO and eventually increase its ranking.
Simply put, your bounce rate is a way for Google to know if people are finding value on the issue they searched for on your page. If your bounce rate remains low, Google rewards your site by ranking it higher in the search engine! But, if your bounce rate is to high, Google takes notice and will lower your overall ranking.
As a rule of thumb, bounce rate percentages look like this:
- 25 to 40 percent Bounce Rate – Excellent.
- 41 to 55 percent – About Average.
- 56 to 70 percent – Higher than average.
- 70 percent and Over – Cause for Alarm.
How to Reduce Your Blog Bounce Rate
As you see in the image here, this post has an amazingly low bounce rate of only 5.56 percent! This is EXCELLENT! And, you will notice the over all bounce rate of all my post combined is only 5.05%.
Friends, it don’t get no better than that! With an industry average of 41-55%, to have a blog producing only a 5.05% bounce rate is nothing short of DYNAMIC!
However, if you check your Google Analytics and discover your post is receiving a higher bounce rate then you would want, hurry up and fix it! You may be losing money hand over fist. Here is the Magical Formula I use to keep such a low blog bounce rate:
Write Compelling Content
Be sure to answer as many of the “W” questions as possible:
- Why are you writing the post;
- Who the post is for;
- What will the reader learn;
- Where they can find more information on the subject;
Deliver What You Promised
Many people will find your site from searching a topic they have interest in.
When they get there, you want them to find the solution they were looking for. And, IF you have effectively answered their question, they will be open to suggestions for other readings and visit another page on your blog.
Link to Other Post You Have Written
When it is relevant, you should add a link to another blog post you have written. If you use the Yoast SEO plug-in on your blog, you will notice one factor it takes into effect internal links. The reason they are offering this advice is it gives the reader another opportunity to visit another relevant page. So be sure to add one where appropriate.
Improve Your Storytelling
Everyone loves a good story. In this post for example, I began my story with sharing how getting me to learn SEO was like trying to feed a child vegetables they don’t like. I didn’t want to do it.
Then, I reassure the reader how simple it was to learn and how easy it would be for them too.
And, in the end, the desired action I want from the reader is to implement the lessons taught here today.
Use the Yoast Comment Hacks Plugin from WordPress
The purpose of the Yoast Comment Hacks is multifaceted (see my complete review here). But, what I love best about it is the ability to redirect first time commenters to a “secret” page on your blog only they can access and only they can see.
Every time someone leaves a comment on your blog the first time, your blog bounce rate will drop because of the internal redirect.
It is the PERFECT lead nurturing plugin and a must have…
Bubbie is a Leader Partner in the largest lead generation platform on the planet. He is currently a Professor at Branding YOUniversity, where he helps business owners brand themselves on line.
He is the author of five eBooks including “Facebook on Fire: The Five Pillars of Facebook Marketing“. And, spent the last five years helping home business owners learn to brand themselves, generate leads, make sales.
Feel Free to Message Bubbie with any questions you may have…