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5 Tips for Decreasing Your Blog’s Bounce Rates

bounce rateHaving high bounce rates are an indication that something is going horribly wrong with your blog.

Either your audience isn’t interested in what you are giving them, they are bored, or they might not trust the content.

It doesn’t really matter what the reason is, the important part is figuring out what is wrong and implementing ways to keep the bounce rate as low as possible.

To help you out, let’s go over 5 different tips that should keep your viewers engaged and entertained:

Excellent Content-

First things first, your content. You are running a blog, your content should be the highest quality content that is possible. If you are rushing your posts for some reason, you need to just slow down and realize that your content is the heart of your blog.

Posting poor content means that your blog will be considered poor, it’s that simple. So, want to keep your readers engaged? Get better content.

Internal Links-

After a while, your blog should cover a wide range of topics that are all relevant to your niche. When a reader is interested in that particular niche, they will probably have a reason to stay on your site after one article. Provide them with other links to related articles to help them navigate to the content they want to see. If they find that they are able to find value in more places than just one article, they will have no problem sticking to your site for as long as they want.

Not only do internal links help bounce rates, but they also help you SEO efforts. Search engines look highly on relevant internal links, so use them to your advantage!

Beautiful Designs-

Having a beautiful design on your website will definitely increase the time your users stay on the site. If you have an exciting design, they are going to be much more attracted to it. This helps your brand, the overall user experience, and will help retain as many people as possible.

The only downside to getting a professional design is you might need to hire someone to do it for you. If you are not a professional designer or developer, you might have a hard time making an effective design on your own. Professional designers can be a bit pricey, but if you look around you might find a quality designer that is looking to increase his portfolio for cheap.

Images, Podcast, & Videos-

It’s a proven fact that people will keep engaged to media longer than to a page of text. Using images, videos, and audio files to help deliver your content will definitely help decrease the bounce rates of your blog. Just keep in mind that these videos have to be high quality. Even though people will pay more attention to videos, they won’t stay on them if the video is badly made.

There have been plenty of websites that have hired content creators to help with the implementation of videos and images, and they have had great success. If you are unable to hire any help, then your best bet is to find out exactly what your audience wants to see, then make it as best as you can.

Interaction With Your Audience-

A huge part of a successful blog is the interactions that happen between the blogger and the audience. After a post, you might see a few readers leave a comment or two. It is always best to respond to them as fast as possible to show them that you care about their thoughts and opinions. This also reflects very good on your blog for future readers that are reviewing your content. Responding to comments and messages also gives people a reason to stay and come back to the blog, which helps your bounce rates.

There are many other tips and tricks you can use to reduce the bounce rate on your blog, but these 5 should definitely help you start. Just remember that the faster you take care of your bounce rate issues, the better your blog will be. Also, search engines punish websites with high blog rates, so as soon as those get handled, you should see your rankings get higher.

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P.S. – leave a comment below about how this post has helped you keep your blog’s bounce rate low…

The 60 Second Web Traffic Model

Free vs paid website traffic     Web traffic is a prized commodity in the online space for many reasons.  For some people, web traffic equals potential customers, and for others still website traffic equals popularity or social proof that one can use to further escalate one’s station in the pecking order of virtual popularity.

I have yet to find the true measure of the value of web traffic because it means
so many different things to so many different people.  With that being said,
I still aim to give you quality content based on an actionable model that will
bring traffic to your website in 60 seconds.

The most generalized description that one can make about traffic is that it can
be divided into 2 categories; free traffic and paid traffic.

2 great sources of free traffic are word of mouth marketing where you simply tell someone you know to go to website “X” because it’s a cool website that they will find value at.  The next no-cost traffic method that I recommend and have used to build a client list of over 10,000 people from around the world is a traffic exchange website such as: http://www.TrafficDynamite.com

Both methods work to get you traffic in 60 seconds or less.

Since I gave 2 examples of free website traffic, I will not discuss 2 paid versions
of traffic that might work for you (or not).  Depending on what your budget is for paid traffic generation let’s cover 2 of the most popular paid traffic models
that you can apply in 60 seconds;

1st – an ad swap or solo ad to a known buyers list, this is a situation that
exists when you contact someone who has access to a list of people who have
bought the exact or similar product or service that you are marketing and
advertising.  You agree to a set price per person that takes action and opts
in to your list or buys whatever you are selling.

2nd – is the currently popular purchase of social traffic, for example a
Facebook ad or a sponsored post that you pay someone with a large fan base
of following to endorse your product or service.

There are many more methods and strategies to marketing and advertising with
free and paid web traffic which is why I invite you to join me for a webinar with Michelle Pescosolido on 21 March 2012 (Thursday night) at 7:00p.m Central time to learn how to leverage the power of free and paid Facebook advertising.

Just click HERE <— at 7:00p.m. Central on 21 March 2013 (Thursday night :-)

Be sure to share this with your friends and comment about your favorite free or paid traffic method below.

Always to your web traffic success,

Mark “The Web Traffic Reporter” Brown

3 Ways to Increase Web Traffic to Your Blog

3 ways to increase blog traffic

Here are 3 tips for how to increase web traffic to your blog.  Read on to learn how to attract readers and keep them coming back so that you can build relationships and business contacts:

1. Use the Search Engines

Right now 80% of people find blogs and websites via search engines.  Because of this importatnt fact Search Engine Optimization (SEO) should not be ignored.

Your goal shoudl be to get your blog on the first page of the major search engines.  Search Engine optimization from outside of your site is just as important to driving traffic as pulling web traffic to it from the outside in.

2. Use E-mail

Another easy way you can increase your blog traffic is by capturing the email address of your visitors to your site.  Once you have their permission to send them e-mail you will want to keep them updated about upcoming events, new products, promotions, or even special anouncements.

3. Guest Post for More Traffic

Another way to increase traffic to your blog is to seek out blogs in your niche that allow writers to guest post.  When you write a great post, leave a compelling call to action, and have a memorable signature file you will get traffic to your blog.

When you reach out to other people online and share useful information they will come back to your blog again and again.  You don’t have to have your own content all the time either.  Share what you find useful, post articles and videos that inspire you and chances are it will inspire your readers.

Now you have 3 proven methods for increasing blog traffic and rankings that will keep your readers engaged. Set aside some time in your day to get moving with your blog promotion strategies, stay consistent, and over time you will see the results that you desire.

To your blogging and traffic success always,

The Web Traffic Reporter

3 Ways to Keep Web Traffic Coming to Your Website

Web Traffic Barricade

One of the most frequently asked questions that I get asked here at the Web Traffic New Blog is – “How do I keep the visitors that come to my website from leaving?”

I want to provide you with 3 quick strategies that will prevent poor bounce rates.  The bound rate is a measurement of the number of visitors that leave your website after looking at just one page for only a few seconds.

1st) Research and get to know the source or sources of incoming traffic.  Ensure that the web traffic streams are in alignment with your site or pages targeted keywords so that you generate quality visits and not junk traffic.  This way the visitors who arrive are targeted and more valuable because their purpose for visiting matches their search for the content of the page.

Don’t try to improve a non performing page by reworking the page design or changing the page’s (or site’s) navigation,  often this doesn’t work.

* Remember, to reduce bounce rates, take a step back and look at the bigger picture from the visitors’ viewpoint which leads me to the 2nd suggestion.

2nd) Resolve the site/page purpose vs. the call to action.  A website has a purpose and the pages within the site have a purpose as well.  You must ensure that the purpose of your site matches why each page is in your site and there should be a minimal amount of call to action requests on each page.  For example, if your site is a newsletter then the focus should be on highlighting the benefits of the newsletter and the call to action is making it easy to sign up to receive it.  When you quickly meet the needs of your visitors they stay longer and consume your content.

3rd and finally), I saved the most valuable web traffic tip for last, subtle tweaks that allow your visitor to scan a page in no more than two to three seconds and find what they want is key.  Remove multiple navigation bars and multiple search boxes, even oddly placed ads will drive visitors away.  Remember you call to action and that the more complicated your site/pages design the more likely a visitor will leave.

Don’t make the assumption that visitors will stay on a page where the information that you want them to consume is minimal such as an e-mail address or contact number.

Keep your design, purpose, and call to action as focused and targeted as you can.  With these 3 key strategies in mind you will see improvements in no time so make sure you keep track of and analyze your web traffic and the stats behind your desired outcome.

From the web traffic news desk,

Mark “The Web Traffic Reporter” Brown

P.S. – I would like to hear your suggestions for improving stick rates and getting trouble sites the traction that they need so leave me a comment and let’s talk about it.

 

Web Traffic News Enhancements

News image     I have great news for all web traffic news readers, the first enhancement I want to tell you about is the addition of my friend George Zapo, George is an established businessman who blogs about business, SEO, Social Media and many other related topics of interest.  Tomarrow I will be featuring a blog post from George about an important web traffic tip that you will not want to miss so be sure to come back tomarrow for George’s debut article.

The next item you will notice is that I changed the theme of the Web Traffic News Blog.  The change in theme was partially due to an error experienced with the old theme when I conducted the last WordPress update and partially due to the fact that I wanted to integrate more social media options for you to connect with me on the social sites :-)

The final topic of mention is actually a 3 in one.  Directly above this  post, over on the left and in the upper right hand corner of the blog are social media icons that will allow you to share web traffic news as well as link up with me on social media sites.  Don’t get me wrong, I luv when you leave a comment so that we can discusss the current state of online web traffic delivery and news, but I also want to be more visible in the social sphere as well.

These days it seems like traffic and social media go to gether like a refreshing glass of ice cold water on a hot summer day.

Look for George’s post tomarrow and leave me a comment if you have any web traffic news stories of interest.  I would luv to add more web traffic news reporters so let me know o.k.?

Mark “The Web Traffic Reporter” Brown