I notice that a number of pages on this site - including the FAQ page - give pop-ups and pop-under advertisements now.
I don't remember it always being like that, so has a decision been taken to add this insidious and irritating form of advertising?
Pop-ups and pop-unders are a terrible way to advertise for the following reasons:
- They're downright annoying. I for one (and a LOT of people I know) will not buy ANYTHING advertised using pop-ups and pop-unders as a matter of principle.
- Most pop-up blockers will stop them, thus the advertising is never seen anyway. Just a 'click' and/or visible indication from the pop-up blocker that an ad has been blocked. If using the Windows pop-up blocker, I'll just close the Information Bar down and not allow popups.
- They make the site that serve them look cheap and nasty.
- A lot of malware is distributed by way of popups.
I'm not against advertising per se - the banner and button ads you see here are perfectly fine. Revenue has to be generated somehow, and what better way than to do it by advertising?
Having said that, some of the products and services advertised are dodgy. Check some of the ads on the FAQ page for instance. Smileycentral is advertised. That's spyware. Does this board *really* want to be associated with spyware sites?