I have been missing in action or AWOL you might say lately. Especially to the blog world. That’s because I have been extremely busy working on several projects that have occupied most of my free time for the past 2 months.
Also because I get tired of all those pop-up things. I swear I see them the most often on blog sites. I don’t know if I just have bad luck when it comes to landing on a site that has them, or if more site owners have been adding them lately.
You know when you visit a website and you just start reading or scrolling down the page and this big box appears asking you to like their Facebook page, subscribe to their email list, download their Ebook, or similar. Those kinds of things are what I am talking about.
I know you need to put something right in front of a visitor or they won’t see it sometimes, but I am pretty sure I can find your Facebook page should I want to like it. Likewise I am pretty sure I can find your subscribe or Ebook download link too.
Honestly I wish someone would make some form of a blocker for these things. Years ago we had the pop-ups that opened in a new window that at times seemed never ending. You would close one and 2 more opened. Then, someone got smart and came up with the pop-up stopper idea, which most web browsers include and have enabled by default now.
I don’t know if it would be possible to create a browser addon, plugin, extension, or what have you that would accurately block these types of things or not, but I could see it becoming very popular in a hurry if it could be done.
The only people that I can imagine that think these things are a good idea are website owners that are into marketing. I know it’s your site you can do whatever you want. That’s true, but I don’t really see how the use of these things are a good user experience in most situations.
It wouldn’t bother me a bit if Google came up with some form of a penalty or algorithm that affected sites using them. Heck, they did something similar awhile back with their too many ads or too much ad space above the fold update. I don’t see how these pop-ups are any different when you consider many of them consume a fairly large space/area. In my opinion, it’s basically the same concept.
I don’t have a big problem with using a pop-up to promote a temporary sale, or to inform visitors about scheduled maintenance on a certain date or time. It’s just when they are used regularly and routinely on every single post and page I visit that I become annoyed to the point that I leave as fast as I arrived at one of these sites in most cases.
Anyway I hope to finish up the projects I have been working on soon, and have more time for blog posting. That’s assuming something else doesn’t come up though.