Planet13 - 6:15 am on Nov 22, 2011 (gmt 0)
Hi again, enigma1 et al.,
Typically means it's not the page they're looking for.
Well, I am kind of baffled by this.
I have looked through the logs in StatCounter for visits that were under 5 seconds, and in my opinion, the pages that they land on ARE the pages that they are looking for.
For example, some visitors use the keywords "history of japanese widgets" and landed on my history-of-japanese-widgets.html page. I mean, it is an exact match for what they want. And the text is on topic. There are no banner ads at the top, no pop up ads, nothing like that. They have to scroll down below the fold to even see anything that remotely looks like an ad.
It's not the most beautiful page in the world, but I would imagine it would take someone at least 5 seconds to decide whether it is a well written page or not.
Another example, someone apparently searched for our site by typing in my-domain.com in the google search box, and landed on our home page. Our domain name is kind of long and unique, so it wasn't like they made a typo.
Now why would they type in the domain name of a site if they didn't want the home page of the site - especially since in the google SERPs it is pretty evident that the link is to the home page of the site.
This is really a mystery...