::What were they thinking ?::
Pop-Up ads... They don't work ! They don't generate cash flow ! They usually anger anyone who has to deal with them ! So why do they exist ?
I have always hated Pop-Up ads. I can't think of a single instance of a Pop-Up ad that appealed to me. Unless the site contains some super unique feature I cant live without I never go back if i am hit with Pop-Up ads. I understand that websites have to generate cash to keep the doors open and I understand that advertising products and services is an easy way to accomplish the task. But when the advertising starts driving visitors away from your site I think its time to try something else.
::No Way To Yell Back !::
Pop-Up advertising is the equivalent of running down the street and yelling in people's faces to buy a product. Imagine walking along one day and some guy screaming at the top of his lungs to buy your printer cartridges from his website or your Hot-Dogs from his Fast Food place. What makes the Pop-Up worse than a guy yelling in your face on the street is that on the internet you don't get to yell back or tell him where to stick his Hot-Dogs.
::Logic Behind It ?::
I don't know anything about business or what the logic? behind these Pop-Ups are but I read an article today that makes sense. The author of the article explains that corporate types see the numbers of how many times Pop-Ups are clicked and this makes them think that Pop-Ups work. The author also explains the problem with this is that the corporate types cant tell the difference in a happy click and an angry click. I cant tell you how many times i have tried to close a Pop-Up only to find I had been tricked into clicking the link. Those whole page Pop-Ups that stretch across your screen so you can't close them are even worse. Luckily Ctrl-Alt-Dlt gets rid of it. But if your like me and have 10+ windows with different sites open at a time its sometimes hard to tell which window to kill so you end up closing some you didn't want closed.
::Creating A Monster !::
In my Article pages I have links to various articles and when you click one it opens in a new window. I did this because I personally hate it when I visit a website then click a link and find myself in some abandoned area of the web without any easy way back to the page I was on before I clicked the link in the first place. My site allows you to open a new window , read the article, close the article and continue choosing other articles to read. Same thing goes with the advertising on my site. I spend a lot of time digging thru products and services to offer and even more time finding a nice looking link. Those Win This! You won! Flasher ads kill me. I don't put any banners on my site that rub me the wrong way and before I upload them I try and make sure that the page i am linking to doesn't have any nonsense on it either. If every webmaster followed this simple system the web would be a lot easier to look at. And if you ever see a Pop-Up at burzurq.com your infected with top-text or one of the other thief-ware applications.
::Pop-Up Stoppers ?::
I don't have anything against them and i am glad someone out there has given us an option but personally i am getting tired of "fix-em up" apps. Antivirus to stop virus infection , firewall to stop malicious intruders and adaware to hunt down spyware and the list grows every time we turn around. Why cant the OS be built to stop a virus? Why cant my browser be built to stop a pop-up? I wont use a Pop-Up stopper and I don't think anyone else should. I think it defeats the purpose. If you don't want to see Pop-Ups don't visit the sites the have them. It's the only way to send them a message.
"Pop-Up's = No traffic! + No revenue! = Doors closed!"
Please join me in the fight against Pop-Up's ! No annual fee required ! No sign up forms involved ! All you have to do is never click a Pop-Up link and stop visiting sites that use them.
Ok..Ok.. since you read all of this heres a link to a great freeware pop-up stopper. http://www.panicware.com/product_psfree.html