Website Bounce Rate

Date created: Oct 20, 2020  •   Last updated: Jan 18, 2022

What is Website Bounce Rate?

Website Bounce Rate measures the percentage of website sessions that are single-page sessions. A single-page session is when a user exits a website after interacting with a single page only. Interactions, also called Engagement Hits or interaction events by Google Analytics, can include: page views, social shares, e-commerce transactions, CTA interactions, and more.

Alternate names: Bounce Rate

Website Bounce Rate Formula

ƒ Count(Single-Page Sessions) / Count(Sessions)

How to calculate Website Bounce Rate

Say your website gets 10,000 sessions per week. Out of these, 4,000 sessions are single-page sessions where visitors land on your blog or other pages of your website, read the content, and exit without interacting further. Assuming every session outside of these 4,000 sessions have more than one interaction event take place, your bounce rate would be 4,000 / 10,000 which equals a bounce rate of 40%.

Start tracking your Website Bounce Rate data

Use Klipfolio PowerMetrics, our free analytics tool, to monitor your data. Choose one of the following available services to start tracking your Website Bounce Rate instantly.

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What is a good Website Bounce Rate benchmark?

On average, Bounce Rate is 47% across all industries and highest for B2B at around 75% - 83%. Website Bounce Rate also varies based on website categories, and can be as high as 90% for dictionaries, blogs, or journalistic content.

Website Bounce Rate benchmarks

Bounce Rate Benchmark by Industry and Device Type

Bounce Rate Benchmark by Industry and Device Type
Contentsquare, 2021

Bounce Rate by Website Category

Bounce Rate by Website Category
Customedialabs, 2018

Website Bounce Rate by Category

Website Bounce Rate by Category
Customedialabs, 2020
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How to visualize Website Bounce Rate?

To visualize your website bounce rate data, it is best to use either a line chart to view fluctuations over time, or a summary chart to view the current value and compare it with a previous time period. For bounce rate, weekly comparisons are helpful if you've recently made website optimization changes that you expect will improve the user experience.

Website Bounce Rate visualization examples

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Website Bounce Rate

Line Chart

Here's an example of how to visualize your Website Bounce Rate data in a line chart over time.
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Website Bounce Rate

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Summary Chart

Here's an example of how to visualize your current Website Bounce Rate data in comparison to a previous time period or date range.
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Website Bounce Rate

Line Chart

Here's an example of how to visualize your Website Bounce Rate data in a line chart over time.

More about Website Bounce Rate

Bounce Rate measures the percentage of users that exited the session after viewing a single page only, known as a single-page session. Any action that takes the user away from the website qualifies as a bounce, including closing browser tabs or windows, clicking an outbound link, session timeouts, and clicking the browser back button.

Although the objective of many websites is to engage the user across multiple pages, there are some scenarios where it is appropriate for users to engage with a single web page, for example, a campaign specific landing page. It is therefore important to measure bounce rate alongside other metrics such as the average time spent on a page and the goal conversion rate.

Website Bounce Rate can be measured by device as well. A website is likely to have a higher bounce rate when viewed from a mobile device as opposed to a desktop. Since there are so many factors at play, it is crucial to analyze the whole context of the website and its function before deciding if the bounce rate is too high or low.

Recommended resources related to Website Bounce Rate

Check out the 2021 Landing Page Conversion Benchmarks report from our friends at Unbounce.