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4 Pop Up Features Bloggers NEED To Stop Using

With bloggers trying to find new an innovative ways at generating revenue and promoting their brand, it seems many bloggers are now trying “innovative” ways to engage their audience.

While bloggers should always attempt to experiment with new ways to monetize their sites and appeal to the masses, they should avoid startling users with annoying pop ups upon landing on a post.

So regardless of whether you’re a blog novice or a guru, you might want to cease using these features, as it could result in a smaller pay check as well as a loss of readership at the end of the month.

Pop Up Ads

Loved by advertisers and loathed by the rest of the human race, pop up ads are making a comeback amongst bloggers in search of new income.

However implementing these ads upon your blog can result in bloggers enabling pop up blockers within their browser or (for the more tech savvy), blocking all of your ads altogether.

While you want your ads to be visible to your audience (as you have to eat too), you should avoid throwing one in their face (which truth be told is very annoying).

Pop “Under” Ads

Although not as annoying as pop up ads, pop under ads can leave a bitter after taste for users visiting their site after navigating away from your page.

Sometimes these ads will only become visible after a user closes out their main browser, catching the full attention of users (to the delight of marketers everywhere).

The last thing a user wants to do is close out extra windows after visiting your blog, which could inspire them install ad blockers within their browser (which means less revenue for you).

Pop Up Subscription Boxes

While bloggers should always encourage readers to subscribe to their sites via RSS or email, using pop up subscriptions is the wrong way to do it.

It would be wiser for bloggers to write a post about subscribing to their blog via feed, email or a tweet account instead of repeatedly harassing them for permission to invade their inbox.

Pop Up Comments

Although popular back in the day (think Haloscan times), pop up comments have (thankfully) lost their appeal as many bloggers are adopting comments sections that slide out (when the link is clicked) or are visible from the beginning.

However a few third party comment services are attempting to bring back pop up comments from the dead, which means users will have another reason to install the add blocker.

Even though pop up comments will not annoying readers on the notebook, those viewing your blog on a mobile device may not be thrilled with scrolling in and out in order to fill the comment form fields.

Other Annoyances?

Although these pop up annoyances are probably at the top of the list for annoyances, what other “features” should bloggers stop using in order to avoid irritating their readers.

Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

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  1. Devdeep Ahuja ) says: 8/31/2010

    Nice post… the one I hate the most is the Clicksor advertisement where the blog is covered by a website advertisement, where the webpage of the advertising company is displayed.

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  2. Wes ) says: 9/1/2010

    Great post. I hate anything popup. If a site has pop up ads or subscription boxes, I usually leave it right away and never go back, often without reading the content. There is some big name bloggers that need to pay attention to this….

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    • Webmaster Crunch ) says: 9/1/2010

      It’s nice to see how people hate popup, someone may think it can improve the conversion rate, the answer is no, unfortunately.

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  3. Maç Oyunu Oyna says: 9/1/2010

    Nice post. I hate anything popup. If a site has pop up ads or subscription boxes, I usually leave it right away and never go back, often without reading the content. Thanks…

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  4. Dave ) says: 9/2/2010

    I think that in this day and age, there is generally no excuse for pop-up windows of any sort. They’re immensely annoying and kill any integrity your otherwise good content might have accrued

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  5. Jodith ) says: 9/3/2010

    The one thing I hate even more than pop-up boxes (the subscription boxes aren’t too bad as long as they don’t continue after I close it once, but ads get you banned from my computer) is auto-playing audio or video. Especially *ads* with auto-playing audio or video (and no way to turn it off). I will block every single script on your page if you forever for that offense. I leave most ad scripts intact, because I’m a blogger, too, and I have ads. But you break the audio/video rule and I have absolutely no mercy.

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  6. pop up says: 10/7/2010

    Difference style pop up can make your brank to be smart in the thade show,I would like to see more and more innovative pop up stand.

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  7. vibin ) says: 10/24/2010

    Actually i was searching on google about how to create pop up subs….but when i read this post and the comments….now i don’t want to try any pop ups..good post.

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  8. Davina K. Brewer ) says: 11/24/2010

    Chiming in with a dislike for popups. IMO it’s not just bad blogging, but bad marketing and a surefire way to turn off readers. Can’t stand them so much, even blogged about it here http://bit.ly/9lzmCG

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  9. kız oyunu says: 11/18/2011

    Difference style pop up can make your brank to be smart in the thade show,I would like to see more and more innovative pop up stand.

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