Watch those Pop-Ups.
How Many Pop-Ups are Too Many?
Disclaimer:. The following information is based on my own personnel belief, and not necessarily what others might teach.
One Pop-Up is too many if it comes up immediately the visitor to your website clicks on your blog.
I have brought this up in a previous blog, so why am I bringing it up again?
Recently I entered a website that I was looking at through site comments. My intention was to read the blog, click on any links, and then go back to Site Comments to make a comment.
Guess what happened?
I had one large pop up immediately jump up at me and cover the whole page within a split-second of me entering the blog. I didn't even get to see the first word.
While I was trying to get rid of this Pop-up, so that I could continue reading the article, a second pop up sprang out at me. This one wasn't as wide as the other, it only covered half the page. But it still prevented me from reading anything important.
So I got Rid Of It...
A Third Pop up appeared. This one was in the form of a chat forum. The person started asking me questions. Each time I answered " NO" another Question Sprang up. I couldn't get rid of the box.
What did I do next?
I read what ever little bit of information I could, and then went back to Site Content to leave a comment.
I have never left a comment before without knowing entirely what the article was about, but I considered that this person owed me. I had been on the site for 15 minutes, just trying to decipher it's content.
Yes, They Definitely Owed Me.
I remained diplomatic when commenting, gave him a good comment, but explained that the pop ups had made it difficult for me to fully read his blog.
So .. What Do I consider To Be Too Many Pop-ups.
As I said earlier, One, if it is placed in the wrong place at the wrong time.
But if it's done well, is not totally overwhelming, doesn't completely cover vital information and doesn't occur until I've had a chance to at least read the first third of the Blog, then I can accept one... and no more.
But That's Just Me.
The first thing that came to my mind when I had this nightmare happen was "Is this person that ashamed of their blog that they need to cover it up so nobody can see it".
Where would I place a Pop-Up?
At the moment I don't use them, but I'm sure I will eventually.. When I do add a Pop-Up to one of my websites it will be either on the side, where it won't be interfering with the visitors ability to read an article, or I will place it closer to the end of the article, giving the reader time to digest the information supplied.
What are your thoughts on Pop Ups?
Do You use any on your website?
All The Best Jim.
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All The Best My Friends. Jim