Something seriously weird is happening to Gizmo's Freeware and I can't work out the cause so I'm asking you for some help to help solve this mystery.
On the 21st of March the bounce rate for the Gizmo's Freeware site jumped overnight from its usual low rate to nearly 80%. The bounce rate is basically the percentage of people who visit the site and click out straight away. An 80% rate is just crazy high.
The usual cause for this kind of thing is the site server running slow so people just can't be bothered waiting for the page to load and so they click out. But that doesn't stack up as our server has been running fast and certainly the site has been loading fast for me and our editors.
When I look at the stats the problem is not browser specific or country specific - it is across the board. As I said, this is a real mystery.
How You Can Help Gizmo
Could you please post a comment below if you have noticed anything strange when you've accessed the Gizmo's Freeware site for the last 10 days or so. For example:
Has the site been running slow?
Has the site looked messed up in your browser?
Have you had a security alert of any kind?
Maybe Links in our RSS feed or newsletter don't work.
Just let me know if you have noticed anything strange at all. Any clue you give may hold the key to this mystery.
PS If you don't mind could you please leave your country location and browser name/version in you comments. This may help.
Our grateful thanks to everyone for responding with ideas we can now follow up. Please keep the comments coming. Because of the sheer volume it just hasn't been possible to acknowledge every one and what responses have been left soon become buried themselves. Rest assured that all of your suggestions will be followed through and Gizmo will post the result of our investigations here as soon as we are able to reach a conclusion.