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80% high bounce rate - is site too slow (13 posts)

  1. jbrownle3838
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I launched my site in March and the bounce rate since then has averaged 80%. The content I am providing is very relevant to the searches people are performing to find the site. My only guess is the site is too slow, but I can't figure out if it truly is or not.

    Can someone please look at my site and tell me what the problem could be? Do you think it is loading too slow?

    http://www.gettoandfrom.com

  2. Ryan Sullivan
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I just ran your site through a performance test. Here are the results:

    http://gtmetrix.com/reports/www.gettoandfrom.com/pGSMoffr

    It could definitely use some optimizing. That same report offers suggestions on how you might speed up your site.

    This article from the codex will also give you a good guideline for better site performance.

    http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Optimization

  3. Travis
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    You should certainly look at what's causing your site to be slow, but after you've done all you can if you still have issues consider caching plugins like W3 Total Cache or WP Varnish.

    These can reduce the loading time by keeping a rendered copy of each page on your server, rather than requiring the server to produce it on each load.

  4. alchymyth
    The Sweeper & Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    The content I am providing is very relevant to the searches people are performing to find the site.

    which possibly means that the people are getting what they are after, directly on the page or past they get sent to by the search engine.

    bounce rate only means that the users are just viewing one page and not going to other pages in the site.

    what I would be looking for is a nice 'Avg. Visit Duration' or 'Avg. Time on Page' which lets me assume that the people are actually reading the page(s).

    my site has a bounce rate of about 83% (the most viewed post has 87%) but an 'Avg. Visit Duration' of over 1 minute (most viewed post has an 'Avg. Time on Page' of 7 minutes) and I am happy with that.

  5. patv
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I Second what @alchymyth said. Average visit duration is an important metric to verify.

  6. jbrownle3838
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks everyone. I installed the WP super cache several months ago.

    In regards to visit duration, all of the visits that are bounces are 0:00 duration. I just assumed that you couldn't measure duration unless someone went to a 2nd page. I use Google Analytics, am I wrong about this?

  7. patv
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I would have agreed with you, but this article seems to explain it differently (i quickly ran through it). Read the last section, How Visit Length is Calculated.

  8. jbrownle3838
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    if you read it closely, to get more accurate tracking, you have to add more engagement tracking to the page.

    Without additional set up, if you just view 1 page the time would be zero.

  9. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

  10. jbrownle3838
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    thank you. yes I've read that article before. My main concern now is figuring out if the bounce rate has to do with speed.

    I know my pages are very very relevant to the searches. I can provide examples to prove this fact. For example, people search for "arica to cusco" and end up on this page, http://www.gettoandfrom.com/chile/arica/arica-to-cusco/

    I am interested in the point alchymyth made. Perhaps people find the info they need on the page and then leave.

    I also get a lot of international traffic. Could this be the problem.

  11. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    My main concern now is figuring out if the bounce rate has to do with speed.

    Yes, very much! Will you wait for a page that takes too much time to load? No, you will hit the back button. So does everyone else.

    people search for "arica to cusco" and end up on this page

    Maybe, but how much time do they spend there? Your pages are too short. Think of Wikipedia where most of the places you have on your site can be found with much more compelling content and photos. See the internal linking and the usefulness of the content there. Try something taking it as an example.

    I am interested in the point alchymyth made.

    Very valid point. But can you compare the time your visitors spend on your site?

    I also get a lot of international traffic. Could this be the problem.

    Never!

    Unfortunately, I have to tell you that Bounce Rate which is a very important metric of SEO needs a lot of time and space to explain and to understand, and I do not think this is the forum for that.

  12. jbrownle3838
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi Krishna,

    I appreciate your feedback, but I am looking for wordpress technical help regarding pages loading slow, which I understand can sometimes be an issue. I'm not sure why you said international traffic isn't an issue, when sites hosted in the US do not load as fast in other countries. I think this could be an issue.

    I will take steps to figure out whether or not the pages are not engaging enough, but I've been a web project manager for 7 years. I understand SEO and I'm not looking for SEO help at this point, but a better understanding of whether my page loads are too slow.

    Thanks for your help.

  13. Travis
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Another great tool to check out is YSlow!. It's a browser plugin that gives you insight into the HTTPs requests and assets that make up your site. Good way to benchmark progress after you do some tweaking.

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