Friday, March 02, 2012

Stop Traffic BOUNCE on your blog or website!

Hey Blogging dummy! Is traffic bouncing off your site in milliseconds per visit? Worried about BOUNCES? Fix it!


(1) VIDEO CONTENT It would be really helpful if YOU and other bloggers included TRANSCRIPTS for videos. I'll bet you get a TON of bounces from people who have either exceeded bandwidth or don't have the capability to watch the video from, say, a certain brand or carrier's smartphone.

They arrive at your blog thinking they'll get solid info --- but instead they're treated to a video they can't watch (and did you know, some videos display a "blocked in your country" message - I've had that happen to me trying to watch video on a blog from Montreal, just a few hundred miles North of where I am!)

(2) ENTRECARD Got Entrecard? Move that widget DOWN on your page! I know: this goes against everything everyone has been telling you. But if your blog displays the EC widget as soon as it loads, the chronically addicted EC dropper (like Lady Java and Mariuca, who open six windows at a time) clicks and is gone in less than 10 seconds!

By placing your EC widget farther down the page or at the very bottom, you in essence force the visitor to actually - whether (s)he wants to or not - explore some of the headlines, adverts and general content contained in your blog. A few strategically placed headlines could be just enough to stop that crazy dropper - who then might actually read, and possibly interact with your blog content! Wouldn't that be something!

(3) CRAP Check your blog loading time: don't check it from your own computer. Go to a public library or internet cafe. DON'T log into your blog platform or Google or any other service or social media like facebook or twitter.

(4) CONNECT! Start with a pure internet connection. Type in your blog's URL. Time it yourself. (You don't need any fancy "service" online to see how long it takes your site to load).

If it takes more than a few seconds, go back home and NOW you can Google or Bing up one of those blog loading and evaluation services (make sure you pick a free one) that will check the time AND report to you on what's making things take so long.

You may have to dump a few widgets or get rid of some forgotten code that linked back to something like cmf ads or adgitize or mybloglog. Your blog is wasting time waiting for a response from something that has ceased to exist.
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