What is click bait ?

Ritch

LE
I just heard the phrase.
[Wah shield up]

It's when someone uses a picture or an advertisement of something that doesn't live up to reality. Like a video with a thumbnail of two Swedish blondes lezzing it up and instead you get a man oiling himself up in lard.

It's just to get more people to view the product.

[Wah shield off.]

Or alternatively:

What is click bait? - Google Search
 
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I'll always check the comments of a "You'll never guess what!!!!" article before I click on it. Usually someones put in there that its full of advertising shit and the article was not as sensational.
 
Also a good way of getting someone to follow a link to a website to install some malware without actually having to download something.

What is a "Drive-By" Download? | McAfee Blogs

If it sounds too good to be true, then it is.

A simple rule which serves well.

But since we now have a colossal number of otherwise intelligent people who think "It's on Facebook, it must be true" then these things will only increase. So it's best to apply the rule across the board, and make sure you check out anything that you are tempted by first, two minutes checking can save you a lot of time..
 

philc

LE
Any opinion peice in the Guardian that's such a stupid opinion to hold, that's also open to comment that produces multiple clicks or hits. This is then shown to advertisers as proof as to how many people visit the website, thus allowing the Guardian to sell advertising space at a higher level.

You can say this of other websites but the Guardian CIF pages seems to do this an awful lot.
 

AlienFTM

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The one that gets me is when I find I need a piece of third party software to perform some task. I search and either
  1. Find what I want, read through and find a button marked Download which turns out to be an advert for something else and riddled, while in small writing below is the real download marked Download.
  2. You find lots of places to download this useful utility. Beware of the one marked "My version of Utility." It's riddled. Download from a reputable site, always.
 
At the end, no one gave useful information on the essence of click bait. :/ I mean, yeah we all can google it, but how are you supposed to make a good one? I know that youtubers use it a lot.. but can it be used in mainstream media, and blog posts, and if yes how?
 
 
It's like whitebait but doesn't taste as nice.
 
Click-Bait spam:


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There have been many topical creams and drugs used as herpes cure treatments. These treatments for herpes give short-term relief but only this can remove the virus and prevent re-occurrences to cure herpes.



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Click at your own risk. I get similar ones for Diabetes, short sightedness, dieting and a dozen other medical conditions.

If your on a real website then look for anything labelled "content recommended by Outbrain" or Taboola or anything labelled "sponsored stories".
 
It was once rumoured that the only reason Bugsy was allowed to continue posting on ARRSE was that he increased site traffic and thus increased advertising revenue.
I think this years SPOTY thread has been allowed to continue for the same reason.
 
I let Buzzfeed run my Facebook status's for a month and you won't believe the results.....
 
I "heard from a friend" that a lot of porn sites also have "next page" or "play" buttons that look like part of the site but are actually cleverly disguised ads that take you to other spam sites, or if on your phone they throw pop ups at you saying you need to download something to get rid of malware (more malware) or even blackmail you, which I'm sure some people fall for.
 
I "heard from a friend" that a lot of porn sites also have "next page" or "play" buttons that look like part of the site but are actually cleverly disguised ads that take you to other spam sites, or if on your phone they throw pop ups at you saying you need to download something to get rid of malware (more malware) or even blackmail you, which I'm sure some people fall for.
My mate Damien gets them all the time, they're a real annoyance.
 

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