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uninformative clickbait headlines and titles piss me off

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posted on Jan, 12 2016 @ 10:15 AM
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maybee its just me - but i get the feeling that article // thread and headline writers are deliberatly being as uniformatibe as possible inorder to force link clicking

FFS - even the smithsonian is now doing it

source

why can they not just come out and tell us straight off :

" knossos was 3 times larger than previously thought "

its not hard

rant over
edit on 12-1-2016 by ignorant_ape because: (no reason given)




posted on Jan, 12 2016 @ 10:20 AM
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a reply to: ignorant_ape

S&F

On another note, why the # do I get 10 seconds in to reading the article, and them BAM-

A video for H & R Block, or Viagra





posted on Jan, 12 2016 @ 10:22 AM
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a reply to: ReadLeader


A video for H & R Block, or Viagra.

It's tax season, and you need to stay off the porn sites. They're tracking you.

edit on 1/12/2016 by Klassified because: (no reason given)



posted on Jan, 12 2016 @ 10:25 AM
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a reply to: Klassified







posted on Jan, 12 2016 @ 10:26 AM
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originally posted by: ReadLeader
On another note, why the # do I get 10 seconds in to reading the article, and them BAM-

A video for H & R Block, or Viagra


The internet knows everything. It is aware you have a hard time with your taxes, other things, not so much.



posted on Jan, 12 2016 @ 10:29 AM
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a reply to: AugustusMasonicus

Albeit, for 'scenario' utilization, I find these replies


HILARIOUS!!!









posted on Jan, 12 2016 @ 10:38 AM
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originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus

originally posted by: ReadLeader
On another note, why the # do I get 10 seconds in to reading the article, and them BAM-

A video for H & R Block, or Viagra


The internet knows everything. It is aware you have a hard time with your taxes, other things, not so much.


Ads, eh!
I thought PC principal saved the day as well.



posted on Jan, 12 2016 @ 10:47 AM
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originally posted by: Klassified
a reply to: ReadLeader


A video for H & R Block, or Viagra.

you need to stay off the porn sites. They're tracking you.


Yes! and wait until his misses realises the ads are linked with his activity



posted on Jan, 12 2016 @ 10:51 AM
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originally posted by: ReadLeader
a reply to: ignorant_ape

S&F

On another note, why the # do I get 10 seconds in to reading the article, and them BAM-

A video for H & R Block, or Viagra




Because ad producers use tracking software to get a feel for where a person's eyes move to on a computer screen. They found out that people tend to skip the very top of the screen because it is almost always ads. They also found out that people tend to stop reading about mid-way through an article (this is why propaganda and sensationalist articles hide conflicting information at the bottom of an article). Thus the best spot to put your ad to guarantee it is looked at by the person reading the article is about 2 - 3 paragraphs into the article.

7 Marketing Lessons from Eye-Tracking Studies
edit on 12-1-2016 by Krazysh0t because: (no reason given)



posted on Jan, 12 2016 @ 12:09 PM
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originally posted by: Krazysh0t

originally posted by: ReadLeader
a reply to: ignorant_ape

S&F

On another note, why the # do I get 10 seconds in to reading the article, and them BAM-

A video for H & R Block, or Viagra




Because ad producers use tracking software to get a feel for where a person's eyes move to on a computer screen. They found out that people tend to skip the very top of the screen because it is almost always ads. They also found out that people tend to stop reading about mid-way through an article (this is why propaganda and sensationalist articles hide conflicting information at the bottom of an article). Thus the best spot to put your ad to guarantee it is looked at by the person reading the article is about 2 - 3 paragraphs into the article.

7 Marketing Lessons from Eye-Tracking Studies


Just curious, what kind of Edward Bernays model is used in prescription narcotic advertisements?

A laundry list of at least sixty-seconds of serious - serious - health-hazards, risks, warnings, using delightful music, happy and gleeful images of smiling families, soft-spoken voices, etc etc.

I remember back in college learning about "neuro-linguistic programming," in example being that using the word "Unfortunately," ensures that anything/everything sad afterwards will be in more of a sad, serious demeanor.

After learning about this, I have never been able to listen to presidential speeches and/or advertisements the same.



posted on Jan, 12 2016 @ 12:16 PM
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advertising agencies are getting a lot more passive aggressive in recent years. i remember when youtube was mostly commercial free, you didnt get rollover ads that cover half the screen, and those stupid sideline videos that play on loop and simply cannot be silenced. you get three of those things babbling simultaneously when you just want to enjoy a minute segment on trump's latest stunt. grargh.



posted on Jan, 12 2016 @ 12:21 PM
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a reply to: ignorant_ape

I follow a fairly simple protocol: Ignore all clickbait (besides ATS posts) unless the word "sideboob" is in it.

It may just be my definition of "Clickbait" is a bit different- I think of external links, which I don't bother with, as opposed to "clickbait" within the source, such as the headline links within a news site. In those cases, I agree, they're looking for clicks/pageviews within their own site. I wonder if ratings/advertisers pay attention to how long one stays on a page. If i close it out right away, is that just as valuable as if I spend 5 minutes reading the article?



posted on Jan, 12 2016 @ 12:57 PM
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a reply to: RomeByFire

I don't have much of an answer to that question. Sorry. I just remembered reading about the eye scan studies and thought I'd reshare.



posted on Jan, 12 2016 @ 01:03 PM
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Just had to click this title...
so, what's it about?



posted on Jan, 12 2016 @ 04:22 PM
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Saw the best wtf headline yesterday. Accuweather actually had a heading we will be receiving " fresh cold air" from the current polar vortex this week. As opposed to the stale cold air from a few weeks ago?

I had no words. I just stared at the headline in shock.

OK, I just stared till the elderly "get of my lawn" type screaming started. Pictures of Edward Murrow flashed in my mind, ranting about education levels of copywriters, more whatthe#ery screaming and the final realization civilization is doomed.

And clickbait, don't get me started. If you can't write a paragraph about the headline I'm not clicking. If your site doesn't have all the pictures on ONE page I'm done. No one has time for that nonsense.



posted on Jan, 12 2016 @ 04:48 PM
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a reply to: ignorant_ape

Are you angry about the headline/title bait, or are you angry because you can't help but click them?

I feel you pain, I used to suffer bouts of anger myself...

But.. over the years, I have accepted that it's a battle out there for clicks/hits whatever, and I have a filter that I use now, and it keeps me from clicking on that bait...

It's not 100% effective, because after a few weeks of not feeling the anger, you need to click on one to realize why you have the filter in place...

Best of luck in finding that comfortable balance





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