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How I improved my stores bounce rate 24% with a simple hack

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Recently I had been looking at the analytics of one of my dropship stores. I noticed that one of our main category pages “CTR rings” had a high bounce rate compared to my other dropship stores. This got me thinking about the overall customer experience of the site and led me a 24% decrease in bounce rate with the addition of 3 very simple graphics.

Before I made the change a user could navigate to other products through either the menu at the top or categories on the left. As seen here.

lds store banner

I thought for sure having links to other products/categories would help customer’s down the sales funnel. But a high bounce rate on one of my major product categories showed otherwise. With the goal to improve my bounce rate I began experimenting with the overall design. I tried a few different ideas but this very simple hack/images was all it took to get a 24% improvement on my page bounce rate.

Here is the change I made. All I did was add basic graphics to the top of a category level page. These graphics help point the viewer in the direction of different product categories.

lds store screenshot

Those 3 products category images is all my customer’s wanted. All in all I learned some times the most simple fix is the best.


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    How to Redirect all URLs to Another Domain

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    office-space-printer-beat-down-gifFirst let me say this should have been a whole lot easier then it actually was. Trying to find a solution left me feeling very angry. But alas after failing for several hours I found the right solution. Recently I wanted to redirect all the pages from one domain to another. Specifically I wanted to redirect all the URLs from a sub-domain to the main domain. My goal was to redirect all wildcard URLs (anything on the sub-domain) to my new domain. When I tested a few different htaccess code snippets I found they didn’t accomplish exactly what I wanted. In most cases it would redirect the sub-domain correctly but it wouldn’t redirect the wildcard URLs correctly. However, after much searching I was able to find this code that works perfectly. So if you are like me and need to redirect all your wildcard URLs and your domain use this snippet of code on your servers htaccess file.


    That can be found by simply going to the root folder of the domain you want to redirect and .htaccess will be there. Just use a notepad editor or anything else and add this snippet.


    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteCond %{http_host} ^ [NC,OR]
    RewriteCond %{http_host} ^[NC]
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$[R=301,NC,L]


    Save and your done. That’s it! Now all the random URLs on your old domain will redirect to your new root domain. If you want to redirect 1×1 content I would suggest redirecting your root folder and then using Joosts redirect manager in SEO tools pro.

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    How to Check the Conversion Rate of Return Customers vs New Customers in Google Analytics

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    When working with your eCommerce store it is really important to know what percentage of your sales are new vs returning customers. This can tell you a lot about your customer service after the sale and information about the lifetime value of a customer. All that good stuff can be used later for your decision making. But for now this is how you quickly check the conversion rate of returning customers vs. new customer in Google Analytics.

    Step 1: Once logged into your analytics click “Acquisition” then click “All Traffic”.


    Step 2: Click “add segment” just about your line chart graphic.


    Step 3: When you clicked add segment it brought up a whole slew of ways you can segment your data. Simply select “New Visitors” and “Return Visitors”. Congratulations you just segmented your data, now wasn’t that easy?




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