View Poll Results: Do you find popups annoying? even if it's a exit popup?

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    Do you find popups annoying?, even if it's only one exit popup and it's not obtrusive(annoying) meaning it's set so it won't effect the viewer. like it is set so it gets minimized to a small window size to the bottom of the desktop when it opens. Would you consider this annoying? please place your opinion.

    Ps. I was trying to get this in the poll thread but Can't seem to get the poll feature to work.

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    Exit pop ups are extremely annoying!!! If I leave I site, I want it to be GONE and not asking me for something else, or showing me something else.

    And I won't see them anyways because I block ALL popups, like an increasing number of internet users.

    Don't bother making them.
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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> like it is set so it gets minimized to a small window size to the bottom of the desktop when it opens. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I don't like this particular type of pop. I always think a site that does that is trying to spy on me, set cookies, or other junk--mainly because when I see a minimized window appear, they usually ARE up to things. If you're going to pop and don't want the ad in the way of your page, make it a popunder. But I want to be able to see just what that window's for--without having to maximize it. I don't bother trying to maximize windows anymore (I just close them down completely) because I've seen so many UN-maximizable little windows.

    And I don't like exit popups. It's like a person grabbing your arm, to have one of those appear.

    As for pops in general, they're all a bit annoying but I don't really mind ONE popup/under on a site. I know that pops are about the highest CPM rate out there now and every site's entitled to cash in IMO. But if I get too many from the same place (one or more on every page), on goes the blocker. There is a limit, even for me!

    As for not bothering to make them, from my Fastclick stats I'd say you'll miss half the market. But that still leaves the other half!

    Still...for a sales page, I'd say to avoid popping unless you have some directly-targeted one (like, for instance, a sale ad for the merchant on the page). And I wouldn't run ANY exit pops on customers who've already clicked your link!! Once they've clicked your link to the merchant site, let 'em buy in peace!
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    If a site pops on me its history.

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    I especially enjoy porn pop-ups. I figure if I want to leave I should be asked by a few nudes if I want to go somewhere else. I especially enjoy the really raunchy ones when like maybe my inlaws ring the doorbell. Better yet are the ones that aren't sure what sexual preference I have and well there is nothing like your wife wondering about you.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> As for not bothering to make them, from my Fastclick stats I'd say you'll miss half the market. But that still leaves the other half!
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    I'd rather miss half the market, I could make a lot of money sending spam too, but I equate popups with spam, maybe even worse when abused. I don't ask for either of them and they impose themselves on me. At least we have ways to easily block pop ups now.
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    Just say no to pop-ups.

    In the long run you will be glad you did.

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    Well, I can't afford to say no.

    I have a site with around 4.000 uniques per day. I serve just one very targeted pop-under for every visit, and it gives enough income to pay for two of these babies: http://www.ev1servers.net/english/xeon_series.asp (Two of those in the top table)

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    -echoes Leader and Loxly-

    I hate exit pop-ups even more than pop-ups mid-site, and I really don't like them mid-site either.

    BUT - if you serve them mid-site based on an on-site link that I've clicked, you at least have a chance of targeting something that might be of interest to me.

    If I have decided to leave your site it's because I haven't found what I want... with that being the case, you've got slim chance of nailing what I want with an exit pop-up.

    Of course, the point is largely moot since I block pretty much all pop-ups.

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    I was thinking about popups a little earlier today. Back in November before I found out more about AM I was planning on just doing content sites and having popups and things. I realized that some of the popups even get through google's toolbar, and that it would take a lot of traffic to make much. Also some companies try to get you to install garbage while others might make mcafee take notice (as one site owner told me that his mcafee was reporting a virus on my popups). If it's for CPM I wouldn't recommend it unless it's an excellent program and you have a ton of traffic. If it's something targeted towards your site that you feel might be a bonus for your visitors, maybe that is different. In my newbie opinion though, if it's a quick way to earn a few extra bucks, I would just find some new keywords and throw up some new targeted sites instead.
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    Well that is a broad question. As a surfer, what's a pop-up? I use Google tool bar and rarely see the things. As a buyer, I guess, I would like it if a pop-up actually had information that helped with my ability to make a more informed decision about a purchase or gave me additional options. As a marketer, I love the dang things.
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    @ Smallshop --is that with CPM, CPC, or per sale/lead?
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    Jason,

    Stay away from the dark side and DON'T USE POP-UPS! No one likes them! I don't care when they pop or how they pop, they are annoying. I do not return to sites that pop up windows on me. If a link opens a new window, that's fine, but I WANT TO CLICK THE LINK WILLINGLY, not have it forced on me.

    Plus, with all the ISPs blocking pop ups, along with the Google toolbar, and the multitude of pop up blockers loaded on PCs, a lot of them won't get through anyway. If it's of value, let the end user click on the link to see it, don't force it on them whether they're interested or not.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Leader:
    @ Smallshop --is that with CPM, CPC, or per sale/lead? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
    That's mostly per sale and sometimes per lead deals. I design the pop-unders myself, so I get the sales spin I want on it.

    I rotate which ad to show, but I've found three major performers, so they get the most of the pops. Two are at Tradedoubler, one is at CJ, they're all at some level of performance bonus.

    Two of them have been going strong for +6 months. As this site has lots of repeat visitors (it's a forum), the branding effect really shows. After exposing them to the benefits they get from buying that brand for a very long time, they get more and more inclined to buy. A 120-day cookie also helps, of course.

    I leave some space for trying out other ads. Occationally, I find new performers.

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    I have found that programmers hate pop-ups. But most of the merchants that you have on your sites use pop-ups to announce specials on their site. If you are running a blocker, you deny yourself information about the site you're visiting.

    I have found that pop-ups are as annoying as TV commercials. Because that is what they are. Mini-Commercials. Go to any major site and what do you get pop-ups, ads and more.

    The main reason for blocking pop-ups and ads is low-bandwidth. I have high bandwidth and I don't let pop-ups annoy me. Because in one form or another they're here to stay. And they'll sooner or later find a format to break pass the blockers too.

    Now if it hijacks your computer to pop-up huge amounts of pop-ups, that's just wrong. And I say they need to curb that cr@p. Hijackin' is Hijackin' weither its a car or a computer.
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    Well you Ad-nausium creative marketers are in for a pile of hurt. The very next service pack release for all Microsoft windows versions has an automatic popup blocker built into it. On by default and takes some digging to turn it off. Bye-bye popups and unders for your domains and the merchants domains.

    Sure hope Bill Gates battle against the Ad Whores thought to allow for new full window link code or I'll have to change a pile of links and remove all merchants who don't have a high conversion ratio. It will whack those merchnat e-mail solicitation pops and hopefully the coupon pops. Bad news is the friggin BHO's get a free pass unless Gates buys Ad-aware or Spy-Bot R&D and furnishes it as a IE free tool.
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    I havent seen a pop up in about 2 years do they still make them lol. if I have them blocked im sure consumers do also. Those stat figures that say they work are just bs if you ask me.

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    By blocking all forms of ads, pop-ups, banners, etc you are taking a huge amount of the profit out of the internet. Profit that could be going in your pocket.

    If the customer isn't informed about what to buy, why would they buy? Do you think that a TV ad is going to bring profitability to you? NO.

    The hated X-10 pop-up created a lot of profitability for them. Didn't it? We couldn't get away from it. But they sold a lot of cameras.

    We love TV without commercials but if a commercial is done right, we love it too. Internet ads are in their infancy but they're here to stay. The big corps are just starting to use it but they're using it. Your site ads are the proof.
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    ^^^^^^

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