Stop with your pop-up shit

Death to Automatic Pop-Up forms

I hate your fucking automatic pop-up forms. Stop it already. I’m calling for the death of these aberrations and intrusions of common decency. I came to your site to read your articles, not sign up for your crap before I even know what you’re about. I feel like this when I visit your site for the first time. If I come back and want to read more of your stuff and that pop-up bullshit strikes again, your bounce rate has just gone up a bit because your overlay is making me feel like I’m being accosted by a man with rubber gloves and an x-ray machine. I just want to leave.

I don’t know if there is some secret meeting in a dark lair where top bloggers organize and contrive to make pop-ups a universal and standard procedure, but let me tell you they’re annoying as hell and turn me off more than a botched surgery of a Thailand lady-boy.

For those of you who do use them, you have been lied to. Sure your stats may show a little improvement in sign ups, but even I can get someone to confess with a light shining in their eyes and then water-boarding them for hours on end. As a guy who knows a little about user experience (UX), I think those pops-ups are a sign that the devil does exist and he or she clearly thinks we are stupid. The apple was at least shiny and forbidden. What’s being proposed now with those pop-up sign up forms is just rude and uncalled for. Where’s the attraction? Where’s my Eden?

I promise to not have a pop-up sign up form on this blog or any future sites I manage. Let me take that back, I promise to not have an AUTOMATIC pop-up sign up forms, but I may have one that a user can click a link or button to activate it. This way, the user has control of what they want and doesn’t need to worry about being force fed a spoonful of sugar that turned out to be arsenic.

So here’s what I want you to take away from this post: DON’T USE AUTOMATIC POP-UP FORMS.

There, that’s the lesson of this rant. I’m glad others have done this though. We can all learn from others and this is one tactic that won’t be implemented in my repertoire of tricks. I encourage you to think about what you’re doing before you add automatic pop-up forms on your site. Do you want to beat your readers into submission to sign up or do would you rather have them sign up on their own free will?

Am I the only one that feels this way? What are your guys’ thoughts on them? If you are a blogger that does have them , please share your thoughts?

  • http://www.guitarscream.com Tony

    I agree completely ’cause I hate those too. I’ve heard time and time again that popovers increase newsletter signups and I’m sure they do – at least that’s what the gurus will tell you. That doesn’t mean we have to like them though:) BTW, I found your blog from copyblogger. Keep up the good work.

    • http://www.hollandz.com Brad Holland

      Hey Tony,

      Thanks for the comment. Since I’m new at blogging, I try to read as many sites as I can and find those damn things so annoying that they really just piss me off to the point that I want to file an harassment charge against the offending site. :)

      It’s good to hear that I’m not alone with this. Take care!

  • http://www.logallot.com Sonia

    I have seen that they are more better looking with a program called Pop Up Domination. I can’t say it’s obtrusive, but I don’t sign up to be honest. I like websites that have a specific place for me to sign up IF I want to (on the side bar). It can be annoying if you see it every time you visit a site. I can deal with it the first time, but if I see it every time I visit your site, I might not be back. People just have their own way of marketing, but I was never a fan of putting in your face from the moment you enter my site. That is annoying.

    • http://www.hollandz.com Brad Holland

      Some of them look great. It’s just the fact that they automatically launch when I’m navigating a site. I think the user needs to have the control. It’s ok to have a great call to action button that launches a sign up form or an easy to find form on the sidebar, but those damn things screw up my browsing flow. They should all DIAF.

  • http://bigfeetmarketing.com Brad Harmon

    It seems like popups come in phases. Pop Up Domination lived up to its name for a while there, but it seems to be on the decline again. There are still a few bloggers who have them and I still visit their sites, but if I didn’t know them I would not do so. I’m with you though – death to the pop ups!

    • http://www.hollandz.com Brad Holland

      Hey Brad,

      Even the best bloggers have been led astray. I’m sure they don’t like my opinion of their use of those dastardly things, hell, they probably don’t care, I just think from a user experience I want to have the control and option to subscribe and not be bombarded and harassed to.

      Anyway, I appreciate your thoughts on the subject.

  • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

    Pop up disabled. Thnx for the push. And I wasnt even the worst offender Ive ever seen. I waited 20 seconds or so before slamming you with a pop up….

    Anyways..I agree. Pop ups must die and there is one less blog with the pop up enabled now. I like what you started here :-)

    • http://www.hollandz.com Brad Holland

      Dino, you have chosen the path of the righteous few. Some only dare to wander this close to the edge of enlightenment, you my friend have stepped over it. Congratulations, your readers are now better off and think your 25% cooler.

    • Anonymous

      I have a personal rule that I don’t read any blog that has a pop up. Doesn’t matter how much I want to read the site, I just turn around and leave.

      The one site that annoyed me and kept tempting me to break this rule, was your’s Dino. I really did want to read your site. But eventually the rule one out. And I added your site to the don’t bother list.

      So a huge thanks to Brad for putting your site back on my reading list:)

      • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

        I think this is post worthy. How removing a pop up gets you more readers :-)

      • http://www.hollandz.com Brad Holland

        @TheUglyKoala:disqus @dinodogan:disqus – So this is how a revolution starts. One voice powered broadcast by many for a single cause. Fight the Power!

  • Anonymous

    It drives me nuts when I’m halfway through a decent blog post and one of those things gets in the way.

    • http://www.hollandz.com Brad Holland

      Hey, thanks for stopping by. It seems that you echo my sentiment of annoyance. Spread the word and I’m sure your see a change happen. Take care.

  • http://twitter.com/MARLdblE Marlee Ward

    I love my little pop up. I just felt you needed a dissenting voice for no reason. Just don’t hate me and my pop. ;)

    • http://www.hollandz.com Brad Holland

      Hey Marlee,

      There’s no hate for you whatsoever. However, I have to stick with my convictions and hate any and all automatic pop-ups. Sorry, it’s just the way I roll. I welcome all dissent which I store in the basement next to the wine where it can’t be heard…. :)

      That being said, I checked your site and didn’t see yours. Maybe the internet is getting smart and hiding those things from me as I traverse the field. Who knows.

      Thanks for stopping by with your opposition to my claim.

  • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny Hsu

    I hate it when I go to a blog and a pop up comes RIGHT away!! I’m not like some that just leave. I give the blog a chance. But i don’t even bother to take time to read what the pop up offers. 

    I just read a free ebook from a blogger who is doing well online and who I respect and he highly recommended it. He says his subscriber rate has gone up. 

    Though they are annoying for the most part, I may try one out in the future. Just to see if the conversion rate is as amazing as bloggers promise. 

    We’ll say it’s 90% hate and 10% curious. 

    • http://www.hollandz.com Brad Holland

       Hey Benny,

      I think most people just ignore and close them such as yourself. I’m glad you give the site a chance. That’s a positive approach to have.  Everything I read says that your subscriber rate goes up, but at what point does in become intrusive?

      Like I keep saying, this is my personal opinion and then drive me bat-shit crazy. I love your outlook and maybe I think I should give it a chance – until a pop up hits that is…. :)

      Thanks for your thoughts, I appreciate it.

      • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny Hsu

        Sure man I’m definitely torn on the pop ups. If we’re trying to build a list we find ways to get more people to that list. Pop ups seem to do a nice job of that apparently. 

        The ones that it drives crazy might just be us bloggers who go to so many blogs and see it all the time. There might be people who visit only certain blogs a day and see it less frequently. I’m not sure. I just went to a IM’s blog and a pop up came up less than a sec after I got to the page. I’ve developed a blind eye to those things now. 

        Your personal opinion is very valid. I know you’re not the only one. 

        • http://www.hollandz.com Brad Holland

          hahahaha, us bloggers probably see an inordinate amount of websites and it’s a high probability that those sites have auto pop ups. Interesting take Benny.

          I’m still ready to tell them all to knock it off or else…..yeah, it’s a hallow threat, but  threat non the less….. :)

  • http://www.annieandre.com Annie Andre

    OMG, this is so funny.
    I actually bough Popup domination. Yes stats don’t lie and i felt compelled to go with stats since my last job was all about web stats.
    True confession: I used to work for an evil company that invented the driveby download and had evil pop ups and i devised evil ways to get people to click on our banners and download our products withoug knowing it. So i know what the devil looks like first hand. I digress again. I do that a lot. I’ve tried to atone for my sins since then and do only good.

    Anyway I went to my site after i installed the popup domination plugin and that damn pop up thing kept poppping up on me on my own site!!! I annoyed myself. How sick is that. “DEACTIVATE POPUP DOMINATION” Bye Bye 

    • http://www.hollandz.com Brad Holland

      Hahaha, you were a victim of your own wrong doing. Talk about karma. Well, I’m glad you decided to remove those vile plagues of code off your site and give peace a chance.

      Also, what the hell were you doing working for a company of such evil intent? That’s like joining a cult and getting talked into drinking the kool-aide for a mass suicide pact. WTF…

      It’s good to know that your broke the chains that bound you and found the light. I bet your soul was aching from the gross misconduct those companies spewed across the net.

      I think you’ve reached 60% of coolness. Thanks for the comment and I’m glad to have changed your ways on auto pop up form. Thanks a million!

    • http://www.hollandz.com Brad Holland

      Hahaha, you were a victim of your own wrong doing. Talk about karma. Well, I’m glad you decided to remove those vile plagues of code off your site and give peace a chance.

      Also, what the hell were you doing working for a company of such evil intent? That’s like joining a cult and getting talked into drinking the kool-aide for a mass suicide pact. WTF…

      It’s good to know that your broke the chains that bound you and found the light. I bet your soul was aching from the gross misconduct those companies spewed across the net.

      I think you’ve reached 60% of coolness. Thanks for the comment and I’m glad to have changed your ways on auto pop up form. Thanks a million!