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Can You Increase Dwell Times?

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When people first start thinking about search engine optimization (SEO), they tend to concentrate on visibility. The site needs to rank higher in the search results so that more people can find it. The traffic numbers are too low. They want more clicks. These are all valid concerns and they are definitely the focal point of a lot of SEO efforts. Your site will not succeed if no one visits. However, you don't want to get so caught up in those clicks that you have low dwell times -- the time people spend on your site -- and high bounce rates. How can you keep people from bouncing from the page and increase the amount of time they spend reading it?

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Google Stops Automatically Storing Audio

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Did you know that Google was storing your audio recordings? If not, the news that they've stopped may come as a surprise to you on many levels. The company doesn't want to stop collecting this important information, but they have stopped doing it automatically. Instead, to get people to opt into the program, they're giving every user the option and explaining what the storing process means and why it happens. They've recently sent users an email detailing the change. This shows that they're not only thinking about privacy, but also about transparency.

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Do People Trust Search Results?

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Ask most people who are interested in SEO what their goals are, and they’ll tell you that they want to rank higher on the search results. They may care about sites like Bing or Yahoo, but they’re generally focused on Google, the industry leader. They may state something about how most people never click beyond the first page of search results and so they want to get to that first page.

This all makes sense and it is the focus of a lot of SEO. You want that high ranking. You want the exposure that it provides. But you do need to stop and ask yourself how impactful that exposure really is.

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What Does Your Bounce Rate Mean?

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When you rank higher in search results, you get more clicks. Ideally, many of those people will stay on your website. Some of them, however, are going to quickly leave and return to the search results page. This is known as "bouncing" and it's a problem because it often signifies that your site did not give them what they were looking for. You ranked well for SEO and for the terms that they were using, but your site did not deliver in some fashion. The percentage of users who quickly leave your page is reported in analytics as your bounce rate. High bounce rates can undercut your efforts and it's important to ask yourself what is going wrong.

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Chrome Now Lets You Link to Part of a Webpage

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Have you ever been creating a hyperlink when you realized that the page you were linking to was massive and full of information? You were just using one single quote, but you had to link to the page as a whole. You knew that would make it confusing for the reader. Well, Google's Chrome browser has taken that problem head on, utilizing a new extension that gives you the ability to pick out a fragment of text and create a unique link to that fragment. You can then hyperlink to the exact quote or text that you choose on the page, rather than just to the page as a whole.

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