Utilizing Big Data For The Lowest Possible Bounce Rate

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Big data is essential for improving the user experience of your website visitors. There are a number of benefits of using big data to optimize your site. One of the biggest benefits is that you can improve your bounce rate.

However, you need to know what measures to take to optimize your site with big data. This can be tricky, since you may not always draw the right insights from your data analytics tools.

The Right Approach to Using Big Data to Minimize Your Bounce Rate

Do you feel as though your website bounce rate seems to be too high? Maybe you feel as though there are changes that need to be made but you just don’t know how to go about getting them done. Either way, you can find out whatever you want, right here. You will need to use a variety of data analytics tools, but you need to know what to look for to draw the right conclusions. You also need to know what steps to take to get the best results.

The team at classic gaming site, Solitaired, for instance took a data driven approach to reduce their bounce rate. By using tools like Google Analytics, through a series of tests, they were able to improve their bounce rate by 41% for their solitaire games, and meaningful increase revenue. Here are strategies to improve your bounce rate.

Optimize the Loading Time of Your Webpages

A lot of marketers think that if they have a high bounce rate then the issue be that the  content isn’t engaging enough. The truth is that serious problems occur before your user has chance to actually read the page, so you have to keep this in mind. Out of all the problems that your page might have, a long loading time is quite possibly the worst. Sadly, improving the quality of your content on your website is not usually going to fix the issue. Your readers might not be able to read your content at all, which means that improving the content won’t do a bit of good.

You need to know how long people are willing to wait to read your content. According to most recent research on the topic, 47% of Internet users won’t wait more than two seconds for a webpage to load. You are going to use a lot of these visitors if you don’t optimize your site for speed.

Use Smart Formatting

Have you ever clicked on a web page or a blog article, while expecting to find a small amount of content? You were probably discouraged when you saw a huge wall of text with poor formatting.

You probably feel as though you can’t decipher the information you are being given and this can be frustrating to say the least. Even if you are providing content that is completely unique and amazingly valuable, you may find that your readers aren’t even going to bother trying to read it. Obviously, this can really impact your bounce rate in a negative way. If you want to make your pages seem way less intimidating, then you need to use a lot of subheadings and you also need to use images and bulleted lists too.

Connect with your Customers

It also helps to invest in a digital marketing campaign as well. When you do, you will soon find that you can easily boost your conversion rate and visitor knowledge before they even land on your site. Try and invest in email marketing software that is suitable for businesses as this will help you to connect with your audience on a much higher level.

Don’t Have Too Many Sidebar Widgets

Believe it or not, some website pages are ideal for connecting people with relevant content, such as blog posts on topics that they follow. People will be overwhelmed with excessive content in the sidebars. This includes advertisements, offers and even award emblems is going to leave your visitors feeling completely overwhelmed. You may even be tempting them to bounce which is the last thing that you want. If you want to use your sidebar to highlight relevant content, then you need to do it in a way that gives your reader additional value. If you know that you would like to add award signals or trust signals, then you need to make sure that you use ones that come from reputable sources. That way they serve a purpose. Pop-up services can be an excellent idea if you want to monetize your content, but they are also awfully distracting.

Monitor the Time Your Visitors are Spending on your Site

You can also compare the bounce rate with the amount of time your visitors are spending on your site. It’s very easy to draw the wrong conclusions from bounce rate data and it can be dangerous to rely on this as a key indicator of the performance of your website.

Ruthlessly Optimize your Site

Aside from load time and not meeting the right formatting practices, you also need to make sure that your content is relevant to your keywords. Some sites are able to find ingenious keyword targeting strategies, but when the user clicks, the content is really irrelevant. If you are targeting keywords that don’t really reflect the content you are showing, then this will really cause you problems. If you do decide to pursue a specific keyword and if you rank for it then you have to make sure that the webpage content is highly relevant and that you also consider user intent as well. Think about the goals of the visitor. Are they trying to learn more information about a topic of interest? Are they planning on making a purchase? What problem are they trying to solve? The more you can answer these questions, the better idea you can get about your keywords and the lower your bounce rate will be.

Always have a Clear Call to Action

You have to consider what your user wants when you are serving content. You have to think about the action that you want them to take. If you don’t then you may end up not actually giving them any clear level of direction. This is the last thing that you need, so you really do have to take your time and think about what you actually want from your customers. If you do this then you will certainly benefit in the future, so do keep that in mind.

Ryan Kh is an experienced blogger, digital content & social marketer. Founder of Catalyst For Business and contributor to search giants like Yahoo Finance, MSN. He is passionate about covering topics like big data, business intelligence, startups & entrepreneurship. Email: ryankh14@icloud.com