Would you expect a new website to have a pretty high bounce rate and how can google work out a correct bounce rate?
When you are deploying a new website you often go through pages quickly checking on them, you may use pingdom and the likes, various SEO checking tools such as Chrome inspector. I just wondered if all this effects your initial bounce rate. It is the same as the many site crawlers out there as well. Do they effect any metric.
Well there is my first dumb question but I am sure I have plenty more.
Selected answers from the Dumb SEO Questions G+ community.
David Kutcher: Read this first: http://www.confluentforms.com/2015/10/bounce-rate-analytics.html
Second, it`s not worth spending mental capacity on your bounce rate until you have a large enough dataset. Forget high or low bounce rates (unless unnaturally low like under 30%). Instead, get a month of good data, and compare against previous month. Always work to improve it, identify pages and traffic sources with above/below site average, etc.