Do people who use the internet really hate pop-up advertising as much as is being published or has the whole matter been blown out of all proportion? This is something that I have wondered for a very long time (ever since I emerged onto the internet back in 2001) and I think it is about …

Why Do You Hate Pop-up Advertising?

Do people who use the internet really hate pop-up advertising as much as is being published or has the whole matter been blown out of all proportion?

This is something that I have wondered for a very long time (ever since I emerged onto the internet back in 2001) and I think it is about time that I found out the correct answer once and for all.

During the entire month of February I shall be placing a piece of code on this blog and my personal blog over at Dean Saliba Dot Com that will produce a pop-up advert every time a visitor arrives at the main page.

I have placed some ground rules down:

– One pop-up only.
– Only appears once per visit to the blogs.

I will also encourage visitors to leave comments about what they think of pop-up advertising on the blogs and I will also be asking people who do not visit my blog what they think of pop-up advertising (and why they don’t visit my blogs!).

At the end of the month (March 1st) I shall create a new post that will publish my findings.

EDIT: Sadly due to complaints form advertising companies who advertise on this blog I have been forced to end the experiment after only six and a half days.

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14 comments

  1. I’ll set the ball rolling.

    I’m not that bothered about pop-up advertising if it is only one. I used to go to wrestling web sites like pwinsider.com but I avoid them now as you would get about 10-15 pop-ups on each page.

    What actually annoys me even more are those flashy adverts that seem to attack your monitor and you have to search for the word ‘CLOSE’ in order to make the bad advert go away.

  2. I agree. One popup is acceptable but dont give me those popups that run away from your cursor! I’d leave that site within a second. Great blog

  3. I don’t really like webistes with pop-ups. If it’s only one in the whole session, than this is not really a big problem, but it kinda ruins my opinion about the website.

  4. @PrimoΕΎ. I’m curious to know why it ruins your opinion of a site.

    Thanks for dropping by. πŸ™‚

  5. I am a first time visitor to both blogs today and I can say the pop up ad was annoying. I did not even bother to read it to see what it said. All I remember is that it was a giant green box that I closed as fast I can.

    So, I don’t think it is a good idea – I agree it does kind of ruin my opinion of a site. I feel like before I’ve even learned anything about the blog they are pushing ads down my throat and trying to sell my something – Like the blogger cares more about making a quick buck than actually connecting with the blog audience.

    That’s just my two cents though in general, don’t take it personally πŸ™‚ I’m sure you care about your blog readers or you wouldn’t post asking what people thought about it πŸ™‚

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  6. Thank you for your reply Chelles.

    I don’t take what you said personally at all, I was quick to point out that this is a little test to see if people really do hate pop-up adverts and why.

    The test is going well and I’m getting some responses responses by comments and email. I might even get up a poll plugin at some point to make the results look fancy.

    Thanks for dropping by. πŸ™‚

  7. errr… I feel it i pop-under advertising, cos I know my firefox is capable to block pop-ups effortlessly. Coming to “how I feel” aspect of the post, I feel irritated, angry and basically cheated when a website uses pop-under mechanism to display the ads. if not for the headline of this post on the homepage I would have closed the website right away.

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  8. Cheated? That is interesting.

    I also use Firefox and it will block, say, 98% of pop-up adverts. Bit of advice for readers. πŸ™‚

    Two days into the test and the majority of people are saying they are against pop-ups, some even saying pop-ups let the sites down.

    Thanks for dropping by. πŸ™‚

  9. Because it is invasive?, distracting, and is a window that needs closing that should not otherwise be there..

    • I am currently suffering from the effects of having some adware on my computer and aftr having pop-ups every five minutes for the past two days I’m beginning to understand why so many people hate them so much.

      Thanks for dropping by. πŸ™‚

  10. I hate popus as they are annoying to me, simply why I visit the site whicI do not know or do not like. I hate sites having pop-ups as Many times I found bugs in my system that comes from (yeildmanager) pop-ups.

    • Weirdly nobody else mentioned this and to be honest I’ve suffered from pop-ups that have installed dubious programs on my computer many times in the past.

      Thanks for dropping by. πŸ™‚

  11. Pop-up advertising can be annoying indeed, but only in large amounts. Thanks to it you may accidentally come across what you would never have thought of looking for, which doesn’t really sound bad, does it?

    • I can understand why web sites use pop-up advertising to generate money. I had the pop-up adverts on two blogs for a week and earned about $6.00 and I don’t get a lot of traffic so you can imagine what a popular site could earn with it.

      I personally don’t mind the odd pop-up as long as the company that supplies the pop-ups vet who they do business with as you can get viruses and adware passed through.

      Thanks for dropping by. πŸ™‚