X10 have definitely taken the popup/under situation to a new level. People in my local PC user's group have even been complaining. One said their popup killer software worked on everything but x10. Too bad, since they are such a large percentage of all popups.
But I can't understand why someone would want popups in site metric counts. Visitors have this forced upon them, without choice. The numbers are terribly skewed because of this, IMO.
>I can't understand why someone would want popups in site metric counts.
I can't either, unless it is from X10's perspective.
I have a friend in PR that once said "There's no such thing as bad publicity." Looks like X10 believes him.
I am always stunned and dismayed when pop-up/under ads appear on 'major' sites... first Excite started having pop-ups... Then I saw X10 ads on About.com... ::sigh::
Utter garbage. But what do you do if you're a content provider site, and you need to pay your bills? High quality content requires time (which takes away from time available for a 'real' job), and high quality sites start sucking bandwidth when their popularity increases, which means increased hosting fees... but nobody wants to pay ::gasp:: SUBSCRIPTION fees for good content, so what's the site owner to do?
>>>I am always stunned and dismayed when pop-up/under ads appear on 'major' sites... first Excite started having pop-ups... Then I saw X10 ads on About.com...
Does anyone have numbers on x10's actual sales from this heavy pop-up attack?
I saw an article a few weeks ago. I think it said they had sold around 85,000 cameras from this campaign.
|Internet researcher Jupiter Media Metrix said Wednesday it would exclude some “pop-up” advertisements from its Web site rankings as part of an overhaul in the way it reports traffic figures |
This may be a little off topic...
Opera offers a great little option:
Refuse Pop-Up Windows
Which happens to work quite well. Also, it is easily changed if you so desire to be innudated with CRAP.
no sigs please
(edited by: NFFC at 12:03 am (utc) on Jan. 10, 2002)
One of the problems with pop-up killers (including the Opera option) is that they stop ALL pop-ups, including the ones that a visitor clicks on. Many sites use such links to offer enlargements, added information, etc.
What's needed is a stop to automatically launched pop-ups that still allows pop-ups when the visitor "opts-in" by clicking.