Dwell time is the duration of time a searcher spends on a web page after clicking on the link in the SERP (Search Engine Results Page) before then returning to the list of search results.
Google (and other search engines) are always seeking to elevate good quality content and decrease the number of pages providing poor user experience.
For this reason, dwell time is often determined as a ranking factor because it is an indicator of the quality of a page.
There’s a lot of confusion out there about dwell time, and it’s not surprising, the world of SEO is a confusing place. Below are some common misconceptions about dwell time.
Bounce rate is in fact the percentage of single page sessions divided by all of the sessions on a website.
This is actually different to dwell time, although often used interchangeably. Dwell time can not be calculated if a person has found your site through an external link, such as Facebook or LinkedIn. It is calculated from SERPS back to SERPS.
Click Through Rate is determined by how many searchers click on your website, out of the total number who saw the website come up on SERPs.
There are lots of factors that affect dwell time. A website creator must keep these in mind and address them to ensure their website has a high dwell time. Some of these factors include:
There are a few golden rules to follow to increase dwell time on your site, and increase your ranking.
This may sound simple, but there are a lot of factors contributing to quality content. It must be relevant, well researched, original, free of errors and frequently updated.
Websites must load quickly, be mobile friendly, and have a good website design that is easy to navigate.
These will help to initially draw in users. But, make sure they accurately describe your brand and its content. Include keywords and CTA.
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