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Everyday I am "stumblin"

Discussion in 'SEO, Social Media & Online Marketing Forum:' started by hankscorpio, May 14, 2014.

  1. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

    Basically - I use the stumbleupon app.

    I notice about 75% of the sites I visit have this annoying pop up window, wanting email, social network interaction, or etc.

    I flipping hate pop up windows/adverts etc.

    Just wondering what others use to "Stumble" the internet.

    Feel free to discuss the pros and cons of pop up adverts. But I just block those sites straightaway, instant turn off.

    And I think it's a turn off because I clicked through to read an article - but that article is obscured by a fancy dialog box asking to connect with Facebook.

    Don't get me started on facebook!
  2. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    I know exactly what you mean, I absolutely hate it. It's the online equivalent of a pushy salesman jumping out on you as soon as you enter a shop. If people want to sign up for newsletters or follow you on social media, they will!

    I haven't used Stumbleupon for a while, mainly due to lack of time.

    As for Facebook, yeah, let's not go there.
  3. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

    I signed up to stumbleupon and it was really good a few years ago. I got a lot of things that were just of interest to me, like art, design, cooking etc. It was a good way to surf the net and find something new.

    The last thing we need is Facebook pushing a pop-up-advert in front of us when we login - that will surely be the end of it.

    On another note- Firefox are going to start trialing adverts in their browser - when you open a new tab. I'm sure that will lead to their decline also.

    It's a very sad day when I need a separate email address to sign up to newsletters because of the amount of spam they attract!
  4. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    I would imagine monetizing Firefox won't go down too well, especially as Firefox is considered a cool browser with a somewhat cult following. Surely there'll be an addon available straight away that will remove them though. I use an AdBlocker now. I know that adverts are there because something is 'free', but it's too much, especially those unskippable YouTube adverts that last far too long.

    It's always disappointing when a site or product that started out as something of an underdog and stuck too fingers up to the commercial 'big boys' goes the same way.
  5. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

    I totally agree.

    Pitty the ad blockers don't stop pop-up windows!

    There has to be a better way of surfing the net advert free...

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