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    • LauraJ says

      Most subscriptions I’ve had to end because the emails are non-stop and all similar. Or they use an email to try and convince you to watch their YouTube and then that tells you to go on the blog and it’s just ongoing!

  1. Sarah Klaren says

    Yes, TOTALLY agree! I hate when I’m looking for a specific set of tips or a specific list of things and end up going through a click through post and hitting “next” 20 times, only to realize it’s the exact same list I saw on ten other sites. I hate the click through posts – I prefer to be able to sit down and read an entire post all in one go. I like to be able to have the full meat of the article right in front of me. What if I want to scan through to find something very specific? What if out of the 20 different click throughs I’m really only looking for one thing in particular, and now I’ve wasted a shitload (pardonez-moi francaise) of time to come out empty handed? So annoying!

    • LauraJ says

      Exactly! It’s a really lazy way of accumulating extra views. I leave links on my page, but I don’t say: read this first. And if I ever did, it would have to be because it’s 100% relevant.
      Just winds me up when I’m clicking and clicking and can’t find the answers to the original title which promised them.
      And I too like to scroll. What’s worse is that these sites are usually at the top of Google and receiving ridiculous views.
      Thank you for reading. 🙂

  2. Leah Oliviah says

    Omg I totally agree with you. I guess they use those click-bait titles to attract viewers because they know how repetitive they sound. I remember looking for some information and clicked on 2 links with different titles but with the same exact information. Like literally copied and pasted. It’s whatever though. Some people are more desperate lol.

    • LauraJ says

      lol they definitely are. I don’t mind a clickbait title and have used them myself. It’s just when the words don’t match up at all.
      Some are so repetitive and it’s like really? You can’t change something?
      Thank you for reading. x

  3. Kristiana Wajnblom says

    You nailed it, sister! I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’m researching a topic or just wanting to learn more information about something, only to get into the article and have to subscribe to read more, or click here to get the rest of the content. I can appreciate what their trying to do, but like, don’t tell me to read this article if I really need to subscribe to get the information. I will subscribe to blogs/websites that give me valuable information, not because you’ve tricked me into getting the information.

    You’ve started a great conversation about this topic, and I hope that more people can read this and stop with the click-bait/subscribe to read more content.

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you! The subscribe is the worst. I don’t mind if they give me the info and then put..if you want to subscribe.
      I did subscribe to one once and downloaded their advice. It really confused me. There was 45 pages with a whole heap of fancy terminology and names, with no real sense of help.
      Then I received two emails a day with more clickbait titles and just unsubscribed.
      It’s just a quick way to receive ‘online success’.

  4. Ivefoundwaldo says

    You hit the nail on the head in regards to clickbait. While I understand why it exists, like you said, why don’t they at least answer the question you’re looking for? It’s so frustrating. I’ve been trying to grow my pintrest too, and none of the articles have really helped me much! It’s all obvious things that I’ve ready thought of. Great post Laura xxx

    Melina | http://www.ivefoundwaldo.com

    • LauraJ says

      Well I am definitely joining pinterest this week (after four months of saying) and will be following you.
      Sometimes I do think the answers are straightforward and people hope for miracle solutions. A lot of these advice sites don’t really share anything incredible.
      Thank you for reading girl! xxx

  5. thatfeelinginside says

    I SO agree with you with clickbait, it’s sooo annoying because I always end up clicking on them but not getting the answers/satisfaction I need! Hate reading an article or post to find nothing helpful in it, but on the other side Theres so many blogs that I have found so much helpful info on! Usually smaller ones I find their content is really useful x

    • LauraJ says

      I find that as well. Larger blogs or websites can get away with clickbait and some of them are even known for it – yet have large followings.
      It’s lazy writing really to make promises that your text can’t deliver on. Thank you for reading 🙂 x

  6. englishwithkirsty says

    I think part of the problem is that the actual writing seems to be somewhere far down on the list for some bloggers – get the perfect images and then throw some words together at the end. I can’t see the images, and the words are all I can access on the page, so if this has happened, I end up being disappointed!
    I think another problem is that so much emphasis is put on sharing through social media that more thought goes into the title than what’s behind it – because the biggest hurdle is getting people to click.
    However, maybe, in a world that’s grown so noisy with shallow content, people will start looking for more this year, and content that actually delivers insight and value will come into its own. We can hope…!

    • LauraJ says

      I have read a lot of big bloggers that say that the writing is the thing that they spend the least time on, because meetings, photography and interviews etc take place first.
      It’s frustrating at times when there are 10 images or so on a page and none of them load.
      I agree in that social-media and marketing can take emphasis. Which yeah it gives the views at first, but surely it can’t be good for longevity?
      Here’s hoping on the more insightful content. Thank you for reading and I appreciate your comment! 🙂

  7. Kerry LifeandLoves says

    Totally agree with you here Laura, and click bait youtube/pinterest titles drive me insane. I have come to recognise them now, and just avoid them. For me to become an avid reader of someone’s blog, they need to engage me, stir some thoughts in my head, make me want to sit down and have a coffee with them. Does that make sense? I also want to see someones personality in their content. Constant ad’s and sponsored content dont float my boat. I want to FEEL when I read. That for me is valuable content x Thanks for sharing this post xxx

    • LauraJ says

      It does make sense…I think personality showing is really important. Because that’s a huge part of how bloggers take interest in one another.
      I don’t watch many YouTube videos but if I do, I tend to stay away from the most popular. They usually spend 5 minutes discussing a product before even delving into the video.
      I’m not on pinterest yet but I’m curious how clickbait it is when I join. I don’t mind the titles providing the content links.
      Thank you for reading! xxx

  8. Lise says

    I agree with everything you say here! I don’t mind clickbaits as long as they give me what i came there for in the end. There also shouldn’t be a wrong or right way to write, people should be able to write just the way they want without just one person dictating it. Loved this post! x

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you! I’ve probably done clickbait titles before and I get that in this oversaturated industry, they can be crucial. But when there’s no effort to provide what the title suggests, it’s just annoying right. I appreciate you reading and commenting. x

  9. jyo says

    I love bringing all these points together into one place….your comprehensive and clearly written post is a joy to read…it definitely interesting though, quality content is a hot topic and how to generate high quality content consistently is still something of a mystery.

    • LauraJ says

      It is a mystery and I am constantly thinking what do I post next, or which direction. Sometimes my best ideas are at the last minute so it’s a case of just hoping that I have one when I start typing.
      Thank you for your compliments. I always love your thoughts.

  10. questionsfromateenager says

    I agree with all of the comments above mine – firstly, more power to you for bringing up such an important issue! It really does affect all of us and the flow of information in general. I think all of us should strive to produce content that reflects us, that is as authentic as possible. Especially when looking to big companies in the media industry like Buzzfeed – they don’t really produce high quality content. It’s all about being so relatable it’s almost painful to watch/read and about becoming the next viral thing. Their content basically all follows the same pattern.
    And secondly, your writing is SO GOOD. xx

    • LauraJ says

      Websites like Buzzfeed are the worst for valuable content in my opinion. But then they have so many views, I think maybe that is what people want.
      Or maybe they just know the site so well and like that there are no surprises.
      It is about being authentic and not just blogging for the sake of it. I think that’s how bloggers stand out today.
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and for complimenting my writing – means a great deal! 🙂 xx

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you girl!!! I usually get suckered in and read to the end and then go…oh. Usually with those blog advice websites that have about 10 pages on one subject with no read info. xx

  11. whatismaria says

    I’m so glad someone highlighted this problem! Firstly, I think that while it is impossible to be completely original on the internet, we should always try our best to address an issue from a unique perspective or give it a touch of personality through voice, visuals, etc (and I think you do all of this on your blog 100%). Also, I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve clicked on articles looking to find interesting tips in areas such as blogging or solutions to my problems, just to be faced with the same generic lists and a downloadable link at the bottom. As content creators who aren’t tied to bigger corporations, we should try our best to balance out these tendencies by producing authentic, meaningful posts. That you for sharing and I hope your week has been amazing so far xox

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you lovely. My week has been a bit draining (currently not finding time to balance everything),, so I hope you’re having a more amazing start!
      I don’t think you can be original anymore either. Every topic is discussed somewhere, but it’s about giving your own perspective and trying to offer something new.
      Thank you for reading and I can say that your blog is definitely you in that it shows authenticity and you stay unique. xxx

  12. Infinite Living says

    I so enjoyed reading this as always, as I completely agree with everything you say. I am not fond of searching for information as there is a deluge of links to be navigated through and most styles are repetitive as they follow the most popular advice themselves. I love an impactful title and value it if the content delivers and exceeds. I too am old school – prefer reading to watching videos for any help.

    • LauraJ says

      I prefer reading too. Videos are good but at certain times. When it comes to deep information, I rather take my time processing.
      The links that go on forever are irritating. I don’t mind 1 if it’s relevant, but otherwise I get put off.
      Thank you for reading and creating this response.

  13. LauraLivingLife says

    Laura this was amazing!!! First of all your writing is impeccable . Just like you I enjoy a good click bait title but give me some answers and explanations to it too! It’s so damn frustrating clicking onto something in the hopes of finding the answer to be instead lead down an unwanted hole! Please people bring back valuable content!!! Xx

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you!!! It’s so time wasting as well when you scroll through, click on a link, click on another link and then again the answer is not there.
      It just seems like cheating and deception trying to score hits without real meaning. xxx

  14. Helene (AngelSpartaness) says

    Another wonderfully written and well thought out post, Laura. I think your content definitely comes extremely close to fitting the description of valuable content that you’ve provided here. I certainly find it valuable and unique—not only do you clearly research your topics but you also take the time to carefully form your thoughts into something other people can comprehend, even if they see things from a different view or never even considered the matter previously. You always seem to articulate things I’ve thought about before but could never put into words, and this is one of them. I’ve seen my fair share of cookie cutter websites that seem to rely on nothing but click bait titles and magazine type articles and it can get trying to wade through all that. However, I do believe that, in this day and age of everyone being so busy and there being so much information constantly coming from all different directions to digest, content on the internet needs to have a sort of summarized feel to it. Especially when it comes to more banal subjects like pop culture or fashion trends. When it comes to other content claiming to contain actual useful information that could say help someone become more organized or help them monetize their blog more effectively or help them have clearer skin after a few weeks… if those have misleading titles or have parts of their supposed valuable content hidden behind a trail of links and maybe a subscription wall or two, well that can get more than a little annoying. Not only that, it seems sort of deceptive, I don’t know, that could just be me. I suppose I could understand why bigger sites and blogs would choose to operate exactly that way. It begs the question, are the extra clicks and subs and likes worth this round about way of doing things? And even if it is, it doesn’t excuse near-deception with clickbait and otherwise, nor is it justifiable cause to produce repetitive, derivative, cookie cutter content that could damn near be copy pasted, and you’ve heard it all before. But I suppose, another way of looking at it, is to wonder if there truly is anything new under the sun. If content is effective and efficient in its goals, which is ultimately to get more views and traffic, then is it okay if it’s just a wash, rinse, repeat? Especially if that’s what the audience seems to want?

    Anyways, that was damn near an essay. But I really enjoyed this post! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and bringing this topic to the forefront!

    -Helene | angelspartaness.com

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you!!! It’s funny because yesterday I sat at my laptop and had a huge case of writer’s block. And I suddenly thought – share something that’s been bugging you. This just came right into my head and was worried whether people would understand where I was coming from.

      I get what you mean. Sometimes as well, people don’t want to always read a large text of information. But it’s the ones that make bold claims with no effort. If someone has made effort, I can always appreciate that.
      These big sites that rely on clickbait do get the hits and for them, the profit is their priority. But I personally couldn’t thrive this way and my enjoyment is from meaningful content.
      It’s the topics too. Women are so stereotyped in what they supposedly enjoy.
      You asked the perfect question there. If it’s what people want, then let them enjoy that. But I’m waiting on a breakthrough magazine to address me more than a self-conscious, celebrity obsessed person. It’s a shame that online content is moving this way.
      Thank you so much for reading and for this articulate response. Glad that you can connect on this. x

      • Helene (AngelSpartaness) says

        Absolutely! I totally agree. It seems like nowadays we are knee-deep in sites that claim to be able to considerably improve or achieve something and it all too often just fails to deliver. Absolutely, it is troubling that media and web content seems to be shifting in that direction on a larger scale. Hopefully there will be enough people like you and I who recognize this trend and keep producing content that can tip the scales a bit back the other direction 🙂

  15. hudapervez says

    I have also had many times where I go on Pinterest to find some valuable tips on blogging and half the articles provide me with nothing useful, I’ll come across one out of the 10 articles I clicked to find something that is actually going to help me! It’s so frustrating!

    • LauraJ says

      I don’t use pinterest yet but aren’t most articles giving the same info now. There are alot of blogging help sites that spring up all the time – probably because so many bloggers research.
      Once I did actually download and subscribe. There was maybe 2 tips useful out of 25 page PDF file which really confused me. It made everything so complicated.
      Then I got 2 emails a day and thought…let’s leave this. x

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