75 to 85 Bounce Rate High On Hosting Review Site

Last Update: December 30, 2016


Hey everyone at WA,

Been having an issue with my bounce rate on tbwhs.com. Kind of driving me mad. Over the last 30 days, my bounce rate is 57.14. I like to keep it below 40%. However, the last week or two my bounce rate is about 75% to 85%. This has got to be hurting in the search engines, though.

I wanted to ask you a small favor. Could you go to tbwhs.com and the blog section: http://blog.tbwhs.com/ and let me know if you notice anything that might be problematic. This is driving me nuts!

Thanks,

Garen

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MarionBlack Premium
Has your search box always been that big? I would try reducing the search box so the stuff below the fold can be seen more readily.
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GarenArnold Premium
Yes, it's always been that big. I could completely do away with the search box and make it a blog style homepage. Not sure if that would really help with the bounce rate.

Your homepage naturally has the highest bounce rate.
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sdawson Premium
The link is not working.
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GarenArnold Premium
tbwhs.com is not working?
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Cathy Ling Premium
All looks good on my end. But (maybe it's just me) I am experiencing a lot of 'white space' on the blog roll.

Also, I took a look at your WA review. The pricing plan you have is an old one. I believe there's a new banner that has the $49/month (instead of 47) that you can use.
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GarenArnold Premium
Hey Cathy,

Ok, thanks for the heads up on the white space. Don't really think that would be an issue, but thanks for the heads up.

Thanks for letting me know on the older banner :)
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Cathy Ling Premium
No problem Garen. Have a blessed New Year.
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MKearns Premium
Bounce rate looks good to me!
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BeauAndNik Premium
a 75 to 85% bounce rate is not too good, Mike....
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GarenArnold Premium
Yeah, I second that. It's down right horrible!
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BeauAndNik Premium
Site looks great man. Very professional looking. I believe a lot of WA members could learn a few things about what a clean site looks like!

Ok, bounce rate. From here your site looks good. It has plenty of related content that should lower bounce rate.

you are using plenty of contextual links to other posts / pages in your site which is great.

Perhaps you should look at using a heatmap on your pages to see where people are gathering.. If they are trying to click on areas, like titles that are not links then you could add a link to it and it should lower bounce rate.

Also adding more CTA's for people to check out other posts.
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GarenArnold Premium
Hey thanks for taking the time to write a quality comment to help me! Really REALLY appreciate it!

Guess it never crossed my mind to try a heatmap. Do you know of any plugins or services that I could use? I haven't ever used one.

I did have a MySQL injection about 6 months ago. Do have 200+ 404 not found errors, according to GMT. I asked a question on it here: Possibly going to contact someone that specializes in .htacess files to see if I can get it square away. WA hosting hasn't gotten it sorted out, yet.

Possibly that could be an issue, too.
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