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What is considered a bounce?

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I know it has something to do with a person "not interacting" with the page they are at. So are any of these scenarios considered a bounce?

 

1) a person lands on your homepage, scrolls around and stays there for 3 minutes until the person exits.

2) a person lands on your homepage, stays on it for 1.5 minutes, clicks on another page, stays there for another 2 minutes, then leaves.

 

What will they look at on my stats? I had to ask because I saw a plugin stating that these two are bounces. 

 

https://wordpress.org/plugins/reduce-bounce-rate/

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In scenario 1, time on page and time on site is 0. In 2, time on page 1 and time on site is 1.5 minutes, time on page 2 is 0.

The plugin you identified 'pings' the GA server every 10 seconds, which will let the time on page number be more accurate, for that last page viewed.

Caution: sending hits every 10 seconds for every user can add a lot of hits to your analytics account. Exceed 500,000 in any given reporting period and sampling will become a problem, affecting ALL of your metrics.
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In scenario 1, time on page and time on site is 0. In 2, time on page 1 and time on site is 1.5 minutes, time on page 2 is 0.

The plugin you identified 'pings' the GA server every 10 seconds, which will let the time on page number be more accurate, for that last page viewed.

Caution: sending hits every 10 seconds for every user can add a lot of hits to your analytics account. Exceed 500,000 in any given reporting period and sampling will become a problem, affecting ALL of your metrics.
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So on scenario 1, would that be a bounce?

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Yes....the landing page is the exit page, and there is a total of 1 'interaction' hit (pageview) in the session. It is a bounce.
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I guess my real question is: is this claim correct? I was trying to figure out if this plugin is beneficial. Sorry, I really wanted to figure out everything behind it first. I thought I can analyze this but I still don't understand it as well as I'd hope. 

 

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Yes, the claim is correct. If there is no second Google Analytics interaction (another pageview or event), then time on page is 0. If they only visit one page, the session duration is 0, and the visit is a bounce.

With the plugin, it probably sends non-interaction events to Google Analytics every 10 seconds. Time on Page and Session Duration will now reflect the time between the initial landing and the last event recorded.
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