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With the bounce rate of websites becoming more important to google, do you find you get a lower bounce rate if an outbound link opens in a new window?
This is very good practice even if you're not worrying about your bounce rate because of course if it's a new visitor you don't want them getting distracted by a site linked off your then not coming back.
In other words, yes it's a very smart thing to do for both in terms of if you're worry about bounce rate and in terms of keeping people on your website for whatever other reason.
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I don’t believe that Google is concerned with the bounce rate because the bounce rate does not appear in the list of legitimate SEO methods. In other words the bounce rate will not matter to search engines. However there is a point in being concerned with the bounce rate if you are the site owner. A high bounce rate means your web page or pages have no interesting content that the visitor would take a glance and leave. That is at least a good food for thought.
Yes it will reduce it since your page is not yet closed.
Bounce rate should be less .. it shows better engagement with your visitors
When your link open in the new tab and your visitor goes to the new page while letting the first page open will not reduce your bounce rate. Just letting your page remain open for some time does not reduce your bounce rate. In order to reduce bounce rate, there should be some engagements on your page, pressing like, leaving a comment, sharing on social media etc. As long as there is no engagement, your bounce rate will remain high.
I am really confused with the bounce rate because I am wondering how the search engine would know that the user is still on the web page that was opened a minute ago. Maybe it can be assumed that when the user does not open another page then he is on the original page for a minute. Is my assumption correct? What if the user is a slow reader like reading a blog takes him 3 minutes before he scrolls then can it be determined by the search engine that the user was that long on that page? How is it related to the bounce rate?
Search engines take a note of time spent on a webpage in order to determine the bounce rate. Search engines also take a note of engagements on the webpage to determine bounce rate. Search engines downrank or up rank your website based on the bounce rate. Visitors engagement is very important to reduce bounce rate.
On one of my websites, I used to receive 400 visitors every day yet I had a high bounce rate of 80 percent. I hired paid commentators and they began leaving comments on my website. My bounce rate was substantially reduced even though the traffic was not increased.