Whoa! Whoa! Put down your pitchforks!
While I’m sure there’s many an SEO looking to put my head on a spike for such a bold headline, I hope you’ll stick with me on this one for a little while longer.
Does bounce rate affect your SEO? I don’t think I’ve spoken with an SEO in my time that hasn’t at least wondered about this. In a word, Yes: Bounce rate affects your performance in the search engine rankings.