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2016-11-01 12:55:51 PM  
If clickbait is in every way superior to science when it comes to natural advantages that allow it to prevail in the environment they both inhabit, then the fact that science hasn't yet evolved into clickbait can only be seen as disproving evolution in its entirety. And you won't believe what game-ending move I'm thinking about typing as a closing to this post.
 
2016-11-01 1:01:07 PM  
I just use this one simple trick!
 
2016-11-01 1:41:11 PM  
248 Iconic Photos from American History. You'll be shocked at #46.
*click for slideshow*
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2016-11-01 2:03:56 PM  
If this FARK thing doesn't work out maybe Drew can hire himself out as a consultant.
 
2016-11-01 3:04:55 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I just use this one simple trick!


So did I...and it's still the same size.
 
2016-11-01 3:10:08 PM  
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2016-11-01 3:27:11 PM  
So that's why magazine page numbering sucks so bad, it never occurred to me it was on purpose.
 
2016-11-01 3:57:16 PM  
Mom left the article alone with the baby.  You'll never guess what happens next.
 
2016-11-01 3:58:27 PM  
I prefer science fiction clickbait...

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2016-11-01 3:59:23 PM  
My jaw dropped!
 
2016-11-01 4:03:07 PM  

UberDave: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I just use this one simple trick!

So did I...and it's still the same size.


Shower, not a grower?
 
2016-11-01 4:03:44 PM  

guestguy: I prefer science fiction clickbait...

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...and you should see how she looks now!
 
2016-11-01 4:04:46 PM  
Clickbait only works as long as clicks are monetized.  As soon as we escape from the ad driven death spiral of internet content I think we'll go back to headlines that actually make people want to learn MORE about a topic than to be fooled into clicking something of no value.

Now, to replace it...well...either we have to start paying some kind of fees or we have to sell our demographic information directly to access websites.  The first is a nonstarter in most of the developing world, but might be an option if one wished to avoid disclosing demographic details for richer internet users.  The second is already happening anyway to some degree or another, but lacks verification (meaning SSNs or driver's license numbers) it would stop us being product and start being the customer again...that'd be nice.
 
2016-11-01 4:05:01 PM  
Epic.
 
2016-11-01 4:08:55 PM  
 
2016-11-01 4:22:00 PM  
There is nothing new about clickbait.

It has been around as long as newspapers and did in fact have a new and different name once, yellow journalism, from the yellowish colour of cheap newsprint used by the papers of Pulitzer and Hearst.

Pulitzer, with great irony, attached his name to a Prize for journalistic integrity, the same way that Nobel, the dynamite manufacturer commemorated his late brother (who died in a factory explosion--caused by dynamite) with a Prize. By coincidence, both Brothers had the same mother and the same family name. A rare trait in certain lines of business, such as munitions and journalism.
 
2016-11-01 4:23:46 PM  
First I need to remortgage at a lower rate like Obama told me to.
 
2016-11-01 4:24:39 PM  
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2016-11-01 4:25:00 PM  
Nope.
Nope.
Nope.
Nope.
Nope.
Nope.
Nope.
Nope.
Nope.
Slideshow that.
 
2016-11-01 4:40:20 PM  
I'll admit I'm a sucker for architecture and cityscape porn.

Every now and then I'll get a clickbait (that i know is clickbait) saying "you'll never believe what X city used to look like!" or ". . . how chernobyl looks now!".

And i himm and haww, but click saying "lets see". The page pops up and there's one picture with a 50 slide slideshow behind it.  *click close*.

Are there actually people that click through 50 page slideshows where each page has so many adds it takes over a minute to load after hanging 3 times? Who has time for that shiat?  Who puts up with the page reloading itself like that?

I clicked twice; never again.
 
2016-11-01 4:42:07 PM  
Somebody tells off the fat shamers?
 
2016-11-01 4:45:31 PM  

Outlawtsar: Clickbait only works as long as clicks are monetized.  As soon as we escape from the ad driven death spiral of internet content I think we'll go back to headlines that actually make people want to learn MORE about a topic than to be fooled into clicking something of no value.

Now, to replace it...well...either we have to start paying some kind of fees or we have to sell our demographic information directly to access websites.  The first is a nonstarter in most of the developing world, but might be an option if one wished to avoid disclosing demographic details for richer internet users.  The second is already happening anyway to some degree or another, but lacks verification (meaning SSNs or driver's license numbers) it would stop us being product and start being the customer again...that'd be nice.


Not a chance of that happening anytime soon. People make money from content, and a lot of people are content with just driving traffic and collecting a bit of money, often these sites are run by people who assemble websites and run more than a dozen of them.

Work is outsourced to freelance content writers, like it is usually, but quite often someone with middling English skills in the Phillipines, Southeast Asia, or India will take the job for less than a cent a word. Most of the webmasters engaging in this sort of thing are also from those regions and everyone is happy with the money they're making.

I've worked for webmasters who've had me write about dogs, fitness products, and hunting in the same batch of articles and who thought 2c/word was an outrageous fee.

I've switched over to working with primarily European and US based webmasters who actually want projects to succeed, not just bring in a little bit of money for a couple of months before their blackhat SEO gets caught up with by Google at which point they'll just focus on a different site. Keep in mind these are general rules, I've had a couple of clients working from third world countries who understand that they'll increase direct traffic, repeat customers, and have more effective sales if they actually offer something of value.

Makes a world of difference. If someone slams me with a bunch of keywords and starts talking SEO I know it's time to let them go after the first few articles, they don't want to pay for content, and they don't actually care what it is as long as it fits whatever SEO affiliate marketing guide they picked up from Warrior Forums, Digital Point or whatever.

I brand my content making services as making the internet a better place. I believe in that. The internet is for information but money is what keeps the information flowing freely. I can do my small part to make sure that information is concise, accurate, and, when circumstances dictate, actionable. It's what keeps me fed, and is going to allow me to travel wherever I want as long as I have wifi access after the next couple of months.

Welcome to the internet, where you are the consumer and the product rolled into one. It's immense, useful, entertaining, and money is what makes it go 'round, just like everything else.

Monetization strategies change over time of course, but "pay per click" and the like aren't going to disappear anytime soon.

What you will see more of is "aducation" type articles, where someone attempts to sell you a product while educating you about your options, dropping the hard sell in favor of attempting to instill loyalty and trust.

I subscribe to several e-mail lists about my business and some other interests of mine, never buy a damn thing, and regularly receive high-value information in my inbox without spending a penny. The seller gets an addition to their list, I get information, they make a ton of money from those who aren't able to cross-apply the broad concepts discussed and need specifics.

Clickbait is starting to die though. Even dumbasses are starting to not click it at this point. When a no-value advertising technique becomes over-saturated, people begin to ignore it and just consider it "internet noise" as opposed to information and the model will start to die. Same thing happened with pop-ups.

I actually don't mind ads on say, Facebook, all that much. It's targeted enough that a lot of what I see is actually things that are interesting to me, and it's fairly unobtrusive if I don't want to click on it.

I actually think we're on the right track to even monetized sites becoming more educational and useful to non-buyers, as opposed to heading the other way like a lot of people seem to think. Clickbait is a lot less irritating than the pop-ups which dominated the early internet for instance.
 
2016-11-01 5:03:58 PM  

JonnyBlack: Not a chance of that happening anytime soon. People make money from content, and a lot of people are content with just driving traffic and collecting a bit of money, often these sites are run by people who assemble websites and run more than a dozen of them.


que?
 
2016-11-01 5:10:35 PM  
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2016-11-01 5:16:23 PM  
The article links a browser extension which is supposed to be able to "stop clickbait."  I installed it and gave it a spin.

Does it work?

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That's a big 'ol NOPE.

Clickbait wins this battle. Your move science.
 
2016-11-01 5:24:56 PM  
you'll probably know what happens next

--- He fixes the cable?
 
2016-11-01 5:31:12 PM  
Clickbait may be able to evade the current science dedicated to stopping it. It does not however have a methodology to lure me into clicking away. I do confess though that clickbait sites do get me to browse a bit differently. As soon as I see it is a clickbait site, I notice my hand position changes on my mouse. My middle finger moves to the left and it clicks down on the little X to close the window.
 
2016-11-01 6:32:13 PM  

JonnyBlack: Not a chance of that happening anytime soon. People make money from content, and a lot of people are content with just driving traffic and collecting a bit of money, often these sites are run by people who assemble websites and run more than a dozen of them.


This sounds a lot like what buggywhip manufacturers thought about the new automobile.  Sure, people still ride horses today, but the market share has gone down.  As you said, clickbait supplanted the popup industry and something will supplant clickbait.  Edubait?  Maybe.  I can't see the advertisers paying the money to craft educational content at 2c a word when they can write drivel for 0.001 cents per word.  The only way out of this is a new paradigm, and I think voluntarily selling one's own "content" in the form of demographic details, social media influence, and chosen, not forced, participation in known advertising content (contests, coupons, and free items) is the only way to do it without microtransaction hell.

Internet content needs to get more informative, otherwise we're creating an entire generation of people who don't even bother going to Snopes or Wikipedia and just click click click without learning squat.
 
2016-11-01 6:42:16 PM  
I'm surprised that I haven't seen a clickbait ad saying "Grow Your Dick With One Weird Trick" by this point.
 
2016-11-01 7:40:50 PM  
Ctrl + W
 
2016-11-01 8:54:40 PM  
Have no idea whats going on because I will not click on that link.
 
2016-11-01 11:00:57 PM  

Pocket Ninja: If clickbait is in every way superior to science when it comes to natural advantages that allow it to prevail in the environment they both inhabit, then the fact that science hasn't yet evolved into clickbait can only be seen as disproving evolution in its entirety. And you won't believe what game-ending move I'm thinking about typing as a closing to this post.


Checkmate atheists.
 
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