How many times have you quoted a metric plucked from Google Analytics without really knowing what it means? Fear not, you’re not alone.
For far too long now, marketers have had misconceptions over how to define one particular metric – bounce rate, either confusing it for exit rate or adding non-existent criteria. So, we’ve put together a quick-fire guide to help you become a bounce rate aficionado.
How is the bounce rate calculated in Google Analytics?
2. The bounce rate for a page is based only on sessions that start with that page
What does this mean in practice?
Here’s an example with three sessions:
Imagine there have been three user sessions on your website. During these sessions, the following pages were viewed in this order:
- Session one: Page A > Page B > Page C > exit
- Session two: Page B> Page A > Page C> exit
- Session three: Page A> exit
Page A bounce rate = 50%
Page B bounce rate =0%
Page C bounce rate = 0%
Why? You might tend to think that Page A’s bounce rate is 33% because the page was viewed three times and the user only exited the website after viewing page A. It’s a typical misconception, but that logic is actually the definition of “exit rate”.
Similarly, you might be tempted to think that Page C’s bounce rate is 100%, as all the sessions that have included Page C as part of their journey have been immediately followed by