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Stop Promoting Homepage Bounces

Originally posted on February 16, 2016; Updated on April 15, 2022

Stop Promoting Homepage Bounces

Are you having a hard time with increasing your organic traffic to your website? Struggling with getting leads or email sign ups? Fighting to acquire more clients? A high bounce rate may be to blame. If you’ve had your website for a while, you may be familiar with this term. If not, bounce rate refers to the number of visitors who leave your site (or bounce off) without taking any action or giving you any chance to convert them. And while we hate to the point the finger, your website might be chasing away your customers! Read on to learn some changes that you can make to your website to lower your bounce rate and increase your traffic (and in turn, leads and ultimately conversions!) Call us today to learn more.

Improve The Readability of Your Content

A huge turn off to most people is large chunks of text to read on a screen. It’s hard on the eyes. We also want to be able to find the most information with the least amount of effort. If it’s hard to find the information someone came to your website to find, they’ll leave and look for it somewhere else. Ensure that doesn’t happen by making sure your content is skimmable. This means:

  • No big chunks of text
  • Use well formatted headings
  • Use bullet points or numbered lists where appropriate to break things up and make information stand out
  • Use graphics to break up text and give the eyes places to rest

Improve Your Brand Storytelling

Not only should your content be easy to read, but it should be something that your potential customers want to read! It should be helpful and answer a question or solve a problem that your reader has. It should be relatable, dynamic, and evoke emotion. It should tell a story. Not only should it tell a story, but your potential customer should be the hero of that story. Finally, your content should create a sense of trust and belief in your product or service without being salesy. If your content makes people feel like you are trying to sell them something right off the hop, they’ll likely ditch you. Tell them a story instead.

Avoid Pop Ups

Short and sweet, pop ups are annoying as can be. They disrupt user experience and chase people off your site. If you can avoid it, do not use them. The end.

Optimize Your Meta Descriptions

You may not have paid much attention to your meta description in the past, but it matters a lot more than you think! This is the short description that appears after your page title in the search engine results page. This gives both searchers and search engines a sneak preview of what your page is about. If your meta description is misleading, a searcher may click on it, just to leave your page immediately because it’s just not what they are looking for. Some tips for writing a good meta description are to keep it around 155 words, and to include your keyword.

Make Sure Your Page Has a Fast Load Speed

If your website takes longer than 3 seconds to load, your potential customer will just move on to your competitor’s site.  Google is also concerned about site speed, so not only will your bounce rate increase, but your rankings will slip. There are all kinds of factors that contribute to your site speed including:

  • the size and quality of images you use
  • too many plugins
  • being on a bad server/host
  • heavy CSS and JavaScript use

The best work around for this is to work with a digital marketing agency that is experience in web design, like Smart WSI Marketing.

Make Sure Your Site is Mobile Friendly!!

This heading has two exclamation points for a reason. It’s 2022 and we can’t believe we still need to tell people this. Most people are searching on mobile devices a good percentage of the time. If your website can not easily be viewed on a mobile phone or tablet because the text is too small or doesn’t line up, or images or other elements don’t load, you best believe your potential customer is going to bounce.

Be on top of things by starting with a responsive web design in the first place. A responsive web design is intended to have the website and all it’s elements, whether it be text, images, or interactive elements, adapt (or respond) to whatever size screen it is being viewed on.

Mobile friendliness is also a ranking factor. Google actually indexes the mobile version of your site first. While that is not the meat and potatoes of this blog post, it’s definitely worth mentioning. If your website is not mobile friendly, you are doing yourself no favours when it comes to bounce rate, or SEO.

High Hopes for a Low Bounce Rate

Your bounce rate is never going to be zero. That’s unrealistic and even when people end up on your site for the right reasons, there are going to be times that for whatever reason they leave with out making a move. That being said, there are definitely things that you can do to optimize your website and draw in the right people and have them spend time on your site. If you can’t put your finger on what’s causing your bounce rate to be higher than you’d hope, call Smart WSI Marketing for a review of your digital marketing strategy.

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Lynne Motkoski, Marketing Strategist
Specialty: Online Marketing Strategies
Education: MA Communications & Technology, BComm [U Alberta]
Author: The Online Marketing Handbook for Busy Entrepreneurs (coming soon)

Lynne is known for her strategic approach to marketing communications, technologies, and lead generation. She has a passion for education, keeping up with current marketing trends and practices, and helping clients keep ahead of their competition.


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