There are few things more irritating than playing whack-a-mole on news websites! I mean seriously, why does this have to be such an annoying thing?
OK, to be clear, I am talking about all of the pop-ups, over-sized headers, loud videos, video ads, etc. you get when you visit just about any sort of news site. Whether it is a tech website, an entertainment website, or something else, there are just about always two or three pop-ups that have to be closed to get a clear view of the page.
Annoying! I say. Annoying!
I use an ad blocker, but even that doesn’t get everything. Sometimes it isn’t a third party ad. Sometimes it is even the website sharing it’s own information about something else they would like you to look at. More annoyance.
Why is this necessary? Yes, of course, I know…they make money by clicks and crap like that. Some websites I have just stopped going to (they used to be good ones and I liked them) because I get tired of the same “dance of the pop-ups.” I like whack-a-mole, but not really that much.
All I can say to anyone who might be reading this – STOP IT! You are seriously damaging your name, brand, reputation, whatever by continuing this practice.
*This applies to blogs as well. If you have ads on your blog, make sure you aren’t turning off your readers by having stupid crap like described above.*
If they can’t sell traditional newspapers, they have online ads. The alt-news group, some have ads, some beg for help on Patreon or paypal.
Sadly, everyone has to eat and pay bills.
Oh, I don’t mind ads. I realize ads are necessary, to a degree. I do have a problem with ads that are purposely annoying.
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