- Michael Horton
Tell me if this has ever happened to you? You are reading a legit news story on the internet on a legit news site, and at the bottom you see a list of links to other articles you might be interested in. You see one titled: "8 of the best Sci-Fi Movies" or "10 Surprise Endings that rescued otherwise bad movies" or "10 best supervillains" or "10 of the greatest guitar riffs of all time" And so being interested in whatever sort of movie or entertainment it mentions, you click. And it takes you to another site, without that article, but with that one listed along with 20 others of similar nature. (hit 1). Then you click on the article you wanted in the first place...again. (hit 2). It opens yet another window with .... a slide show. So you click start slide show, (hit 3) because by now you want to see the 10 coolest superhero costumes, after all you've come this far. Then you see the title slide introducing the subject/list. Sigh. You click again (hit 4) to get to #10. Then you have to click again, each time to see another pic with a few sentences about that selection on the list. Every three slides there is an ad you have to click past another commercial.
So by the time you're done, you realize that you wasted 10 minutes, when the whole list would have only taken you 30 seconds had it all been together.
So what's going on? What are these "tar-pit" websites? (As I've dubbed them.) Is there anyone out there with web or tech or business know how that can tell me more about these nefarious click gathering websites? I figure it's all some sort of plot to increase traffic, or "hits" or whatever.
I keep vowing never to look at one of those again...then I see a link for "ten coolest Star Trek quotes" and I'm sucked in again. AAAARGH.
Am I the only one?