She Clicked on a Link, and You Won’t Believe What Happened Next!

… Nothing is what happened. Or at least if you call anger, annoyance and strong desires to quit Facebook/Twitter once and for all ‘nothing’, than yes, nothing happened.

Clickbait

Don’t you just despise such links when they pop up all over your social media feeds? I know, I know, hate is a strong word, not to be flung about willy nilly, but I really really REALLY do hate such click bait titles/links/etc, and the fact that they seem to jump out at you from every conceivable website these days doesn’t help matters. I realize of course that this stuff is mostly to draw traffic for advertising purposes, etc. but that knowledge makes it no less annoying.

Clickbait-headlines

Dear social media experts: giving your mindless piece of writing a ‘clickable’ title sounds all well and good in theory, but in reality this is quite annoying for the readers. It makes one feel like one is being treated like an inattentive toddler that has to be enticed with bright primary colors or promises of rewards to do anything. Seriously guys, I realize of course that a good title can mean the difference between high or low traffic to your site, but getting people to just click on the link shouldn’t be your website’s sole focus! That’s like a shop with a beautiful facade but crappy merchandise: the facade will get people in the door, sure, but that doesn’t mean you’ll actually sell anything.

So yes, instead of focusing all your energy on just getting people to click on links to your site how about, oh I don’t know, maybe create content that’s actually interesting enough to make people WANT to share it and keep coming back to your site? Or is that too much to ask?

It’s too much to ask isn’t it? Sigh..

 

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16 thoughts on “She Clicked on a Link, and You Won’t Believe What Happened Next!

    1. We all try to come up with titles that’ll get more people to click through to our website’s but at least we offer some form of content too! The sites that deal exclusively with click bait links? They usually have little or no actual content >.<

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    1. Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂 You’re right though: it’s because we keep clicking and sharing that this stuff has grown to the extent that it has! If we feed it of course it will grow!

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  1. The titles are ludicrous and I agree with you completely. I wish they’d stop already with the “you won’t believe what happens!” or “You won’t believe what she did with this [insert common object here]!” Um, yes, yes I would believe it, most of the time whatever happens isn’t surprising at all, and whatever “she” did isn’t that extraordinary. And lists! OMG! can we stop with the lists??? I’m so tired of seeing the same ol’ lists rewritten in slightly different ways.

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  2. And even when you know its probably going to be yet another ridiculous article every now and then you give in and click on a title.. Dont you hate when you finally give in to the click only to have yet another page full of more links pop up that you again have to survive before you reach your final destination of underwhelming content. Ugh. Gimme back my 5 minutes of wasted life. :p

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