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Is Bounce Rate related to time on your site?



7:48 am on Sep 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I know that the Bounce Rate in Google Analytics is the percentage of people that land on a page and then leave that page again.

However, is someone does a search for a phrase, finds my page, heads there and then after that leaves (because they have found what they wanted), then it isn't because they didn't like what was there.

Does Analytics give any marks for the time spent on that page? It just seems to me that if all that is reporting is the number of drop-offs, then it isn't always bad - or is that just me? :)



[edited by: engine at 9:37 am (utc) on Sep 28, 2010]
[edit reason] typo [/edit]


12:47 am on Sep 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Does Analytics give any marks for the time spent on that page?

From what I understand, no. Not because they don't like you, but the only way they can tell how much time someone spent on one of your pages is if they then go to another one of your pages which is being tracked by google analytics.

They basically look at the time difference of when the first page loaded and when the second page loaded, and that is how they calculate time On Page.

but if they don't go to another one of your pages, google has no idea how long they were on your original page for.

At least, that is as far as I know.


9:23 am on Sep 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Don't you hate it when you see a typo!

Sorry, That was of course meant to say "regards" not "retards"... Will see if someone will edit that for me :D Maybe that was just what I was thinking of Google... ;-)

And thanks for the reply - that does make sense. Not ideal really if that is how it works, but guessing we are stuck with it.




8:11 pm on Nov 12, 2010 (gmt 0)

bounce rate only given to those visits which is leaved generally within 5 seconds or less.

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