Years ago, when I wrote my post about blocking newsletter popups, I was feeling pretty smug because I was finally getting back at all those sites that throw popups at you before you ever get to see the content. In the years since, I’ve noticed some things that I thought I’d talk about as a follow up to that original post.
Second, let me mention some folks whose blogs I know for sure don’t bombard you with popups of any kind; it’s a very short list:
That’s it so far. It’s harder now to tell who’s doing what since I can’t see anymore who’s got it or not. Actually, that’s not quite true; I can turn it on or off, so sometimes I’ll turn it on just to see what happens when I visit a new blog. I won’t be updating the above list because I only shared those names in the moment… which of course is now. 🙂
Fourth, one of the things I say often is that I tend to believe people who throw a popup at you before you even have a chance to read any of their content don’t care whether you read it or not. That seems to be proven by many sites I go to because, unlike the majority, they won’t let you read any of the content, period!
barren around here
Fifth, it also affects the ability to leave comments on blogs with CommentLuv, which I actually like a lot; that’s problematic. In those instances where I really want to leave a comment I’ll temporarily allow access to the site so I can have my say… even though 95% of the time it turns out the site throws a popup at me… sigh…
Sixth… I hope those of you using those popups aren’t using them on mobile. Google’s announced that it’s going to be punishing sites that use annoying pop-up ads… awww… They’re especially going after those sites that have popups that won’t allow you to view the content unless you hit the X, and those sites where there’s no X to hit before you can read the content.
You can believe if they’re doing it on mobile, it’ll affect your PC users as well. The excuse people have been giving about how many subscribers they get because of those popups will find their traffic drying up because of those very same popups and Google penalties; for once I couldn’t be more pleased!
I can honestly say that it’s not the popups themselves that has irked me as much as when those suckers come up. If I’m not allowed to read all of your content, let alone even begin to see it, I’d rather block the entire site and move on.
I’m probably sharing more content from creators these days whose articles I get to read without knowing whether or not they have popups because of Flipboard, so a lot of people should be thanking me for that. For the rest of you… well, it is what it is, and now you’re going to be forced into it or risk losing some of your traffic… which I understand well (stupid Panda!).
That’s one for my side; now if Twitter will only do something like that for those Auto DM’s! 🙂