Pop-up Is One of The Most Annoying Thing, Isn’t It?

Last week I have participated in Blog Engage contest and wrote about 10 blog design mistakes that will kill your blog as my contest entry post where the first point was about auto-popups.

I’ve clearly mentioned that pop-ups are one of the most annoying thing that can stress your readers. The post got great responses from bloggers and many of them disagreed with my point about pop-ups.

They think that It’s really almost foolishness not to use popup because It converts well, but I say that It’s almost foolishness to use pop-up and I’ll tell you the reason below.

It’s converting well for some bloggers:

Pop-upsPersonally I don’t like pop-ups, but I’ve also seen that It’s converting well for some bloggers and website owners have the right to use whatever techniques they want.

Some blogs has the right to use pop-up like John Chow or Neil Patel on QuickSprout because those are already established blogs and have great audience. The popup they’re using is awesome and attention grabby, so making sure that pop-up aren’t breaking your blog is must.

If you’ve just started a blog and you have just got few readers than you should not use pop-up on your blog to annoy them.

The reason why bloggers use pop-ups is that the conversion are incredibly high and is converting good for them, It’s a way to get more newsletter subscribers for them, but the annoyance factor is also high which you need to keep in mind.

You need to take into consideration the people that are getting annoyed with the popup and quite the site to never visit again.

Provide quality content:

Popup is one of the most annoying promotion forms. You should not take the risk of annoying your readers with popups, instead you should try to provide quality content to your readers.

If you have a quality and useful content on your blog that can touch the heart of your readers, they’ll subscribe to you. You don’t really need to use pop-ups.

You convince them, they’ll subscribe you! click to tweet

The best example is Daniel Scocco’s Daily Blog Tips. Daniel has more than 40,000 email subscribers and he convinced them with his content.

I love Daniel’s blog because of It’s simplicity. He never used auto-popups or any other risky techniques to increase the number of subscribers.

Pop-ups are obnoxious:

The pop-up which appear on a blog when I first visit are really obnoxious. If I haven’t read the content yet, I’m not going to subscribe to it. I’ll leave website and will never come back.

I find the pop-ups a joke, some people even hide the “close” button on the popup, I get so frustrated that I leave the site.

36% says YES:

Long time ago, Daniel had ran poll on his blog asking from his readers that “Would one pop-up offering you a newsletter subscription be enough to make you stop visiting a website?”

The result of the poll was something like:

36% said YES
64% said NO

That means If you use pop-up on your blog at least 36% of your readers will stop visiting your blog again. So, better I don’t use pop-up because as a blogger, my readers means a lot to me and I don’t want to annoy and lose even 1% of readers.

Your Turn:

Do you still think pop-ups is useful?

Do you want 36% of your readers to stop visiting your blog again?

I would love to hear from you on this!

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93 Awesome Responses to “Pop-up Is One of The Most Annoying Thing, Isn’t It?”

  1. April 3, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    yes fully agree with the above post everybody hates pop up specially when u read somethings and pop up comes

  2. Jeniffer
    November 26, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    you are right. It is one of the awkward moments when you have pop up and you can not close it.
    As you have written that Neil patel and john chow has pop up, It is because they are getting good visitors and they just want to capture Email address of real people.

    Thank you

    • November 27, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

      Nope Jenn, I didn’t mention Neil and John Chow here because they’re getting good visitors, but because there popup stands out andn looks great.

  3. November 23, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

    Some pop-ups are really irritating especially the mostly-coloured ones. They irritates most.

  4. November 11, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    Yeah, you are right about the popups, they are very annoying i think i’ve seen in some blogs where i just pressed exit button when it popped.

    And i think we should not use the popups and other annoying things.

    • November 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

      Thanks for the side Junior.
      Thanks for your comment.

  5. November 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    Hi Ehsaan,

    Well i do agree with your points about pop ups, we should provide readers with best experience and easy to navigate our blog.

    thanks for sharing informative post.

    • November 2, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

      Glad you agreed with my point about Pop up Kuldeep.
      Here’s a qustion: what do you feel when you are reading something carefully and something pop-up to your face? :D

  6. October 31, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    I don’t know about your other readers, but I get completely turned-off with pop-ups.

  7. October 31, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    Agreed! Pop-ups are really pop-ups!
    Bloggers should understand, pop-ups decrease the goodwill of the blogs!
    Thanks for the post Ehsan!

    • October 31, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

      Thanks Sagar and welcome to my blog.

  8. October 24, 2012 at 7:17 am #

    Hi ehsaan,

    This is the reason why most of the new reader will hesitate to visit our blog as if they find any annoying thing they will never visit our blog. Our main should be providing readers the best of experience and although quality.

    • October 24, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

      Thanks for your comment Rajkumar. Pop-ups is something which really annoys me and keeps me away from blogs which use it.

  9. October 24, 2012 at 6:31 am #

    I really don’t think pop-up can be annoying. As you see I have already used pop-up for FB likes on my page, and its attractive too. One of the few reasons why I believe pop-up can make an impression over new visitors.

    • October 24, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

      There are a lot of other ways to increase Facebook fans, so why to use a popup? It annoys man!

  10. October 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    It depends on the niche and the value to the user as to whether a pop up campaign is of any benefit. It also depends on the type of site visitor and your target audience. Personally, I’m not for them. But for those wishing to gain email subscribers, then there is mileage in pop ups.

    • October 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

      There are a lot more better ways to gain email subscribers Chloe. Using pop-up won’t increase it.

      If you read my conversation with other commentators, you’ll know it :)

  11. October 10, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    Yes, I agree that popups are annoying, but they seem to work for some or else they would disappear from the internet?

    • October 18, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

      Yes Steve, They’re working great for some bloggers, but still It also annoys people. :)

  12. Felicia
    October 10, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    Hi Ehsan,
    Pop ups can be really annoying, but it depends if that website has a lot of subscribers and regular visitors already. What annoys me is that when I visit a favorite website of mine and it always asks something via a pop-up, I wish they could program it to not appear again if I’m already subscribed to it or clicked the close button. There are times the close button cannot be found so I end up visiting another site to read on.

    • October 10, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

      That’s true point Felicia, If I’ve started visiting a blog that has great content and is simple, but If It’s started using pop-ups, I’ stop visiting it. Also If I’m already a subscriber I also don’t wanna see the pop-up all the time.

  13. October 6, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    Hi Ehsaan,

    I too agree with you about pop ups, i have personally experienced that annoying of popups. When i was using popups at my blog the traffic and the visitors will be normal… And after i’ve removed it. i was shocked to see the stats, its increased very much.. So it is always recommended to not to use popups

    • October 6, 2012 at 8:26 am #

      Hey Mark, Welcome to my blog and glad you liked my point about pop-ups.


  14. October 6, 2012 at 3:14 am #

    I used to have a Facebook pop up on my blog, but after reading this article, I decided to remove it. Thanks, Ehsan!

    • October 19, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

      Hey Ian, Great step my friend :)

  15. anshul
    October 5, 2012 at 7:54 am #

    Hi Ehsaan!
    i hate pop-up.and i think it is occur when any site got famous.so pop-up in really annoying the blogger.
    thanks for joining this blog.

  16. zoya
    October 4, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    This is certainly reader centric food for thought! As people become more and more inundated with these annoyances, they will tolerate them less. Where on your radar is mobile optimized? As someone who reads an awful lot of things on iPhone and iPad, it sure turns me off to find a site is completely mobile un-friendly?

    • October 19, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

      Hey Zoya, I’m really not sure about how those pop-ups will look on mobile because I’ve never used and tried, However I’m sure the mobile users will be really annoyed because of these.

      Don’t you think?

  17. October 2, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    Very straight to the point post, the pop ups are truly annoying. I like how you mentioned daily blog tips, it’s truly a one of the most simplest blogs on the web but again so powerful and has it purpose without any pop ups.
    thanks for sharing

    • October 2, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

      Glad you have you here after long time James. I just wanted to make sure that bloggers aren’t making mistake of using pop-up, If I don’t like it and If I think It’s annoying. I’m sure others think same of pop-ups, so It’s my responsibility to let bloggers know that using pop-ups can kill a blog.

      Thanks for the heads up James. ;)

  18. Chris
    October 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    Pop-ups are great, they can even tripple the conversion rate. But, as you wrote, they are also very annoying. So IMHO we shouldn’t show them immediatelly, but wait at least some seconds. Thanks for this article!

    • October 1, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

      Yeah, you’re right Chris. They’re converting well for some bloggers, buy are annoying too.

  19. October 1, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    THanks for your post. Even I hate pop-ups too :(

  20. October 1, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    Hello Ehsan Ullah
    i am the new visitor of your blog, i found you on basicblogtips. i like this awesome post, i hate pop ups on any type of blogs. thank you for sharing these great info

    • October 1, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

      Hey Hira, Glad to know I’m getting readers from Basicblogtips too now. Glad you liked the post and thanks for stopping by :)

      If you have any question related to blogging, feel free to ask! :)

  21. October 1, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    Hi Ehsan….
    I do agree with your point….. I am totally against the use of Popup…. it annoy me a lot whenever I visit a website that has it.
    50% of time I close that website without reading any content from it.

    and I can expect the same from rest 50% people so if you are loosing your 50% traffic and loyal reader then how one can say that it converts well.

    • October 1, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

      That’s the point Sandeep, If you’re using pop-up, you’ll be losing at least 30% of the new readers which lands on your blog. Thanks for sharing your view on this Sandeep. ;)

  22. October 1, 2012 at 7:02 am #

    Hi, Ehsan Ullah

    Since im using facbook light box plugin to increase fans which ofcourse a popup plugin. I have enabled it only at homepage so i don’t think its annoying.

    • October 1, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

      It doesn’t matter what you think Sohail, the truth is that It annoys people whether It’s facebook fan box popup or email subscription box popup. You can still use it by making less annoying.

  23. September 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

    Ehsan brother I followed you from dailyblogtips. And I think this post is great. I am a new blogger. can you help of with some interesting tips?

    • September 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

      Hey Sabbir, I’m glad you found me from DailyBlogTips and glad you liked this post too.
      Sure, I’m here to help newbies. What help do you need?

  24. September 30, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    I used to have pop ups before on my blog. Then i noticed that my bounce rate went very high. After that when i removed the pop up, my bounce rate went down dramatically. Just wanted to share my experience so that other readers can get an idea of it.

    • September 30, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

      Thanks so much for sharing your experience Sreedev, that’s true that it will also increase the bounce rate.

  25. September 30, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    I hate any sites which have pop ups, all I want to do when i visit a site is read what is on that site, unless I am determined to do this I will just click the back button if there is one. Just slows the load time of the site down

    • September 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

      Yeah Rishard, It also slows the load time of the blog too and that’s another reason of killing blog. Thanks Richard for stopping by.

  26. September 29, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

    That’s something that every new blogger must read. I personally don’t like Pop-ups at all.
    Nice Share Ehsan! (Y)

    • September 29, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

      Hey Fahad, Nice to know you don’t like popups too :) Thanks for your comment.

  27. September 29, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    Hey Ehsan,
    You are very right. Pop up windows will contribute in killing new blogs. The advice is good for them to build a solid presence first.

    I hope we learn

    • September 29, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

      Thanks for the support Enstine and I do hope you’ll never kill your blog with popups? :D

  28. September 29, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    Nice post Ehsan! Keep it up.

    • September 29, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

      Thanks for landing Adil, Welcome!

  29. September 29, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    I have tried popus for my blog before and I faced the problem of slow loading speed…

  30. hyden06
    September 29, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    I don’t like the pop-up whatever these style. The first step on visiting a website is to find what a visitors likes, not direct to subscribe. If visitors satisfied on a site that his visited, they automatically do subscribe without forced.

    • September 29, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

      That is what I’m trying to say Heyden, I’ll never subscribe to a blog in my first visit without checking the content and the blog. Instead I’ll leave it! ;)

  31. September 29, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    I hate popups. I am now seeing more and more of these days. Many top blogs and sites misuse this feature. Once a site comes popular, the webmaster of these sites use this to arm twist emails from us. I utterly dislike these pop ups.

    • September 29, 2012 at 11:52 am #

      I also dislike the pop ups Shalu and I’ll never use it to annoy my readers, even If It’s converting well for others.

  32. September 29, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    I already saw in lots of sites there is a opening pop-up where it encourages readers to like Facebook page. But according to my experience, it’ll not work for new bloggers.

    Anyway, its a good lesson for new bloggers

    • September 29, 2012 at 10:48 am #

      Hey Ahsan, thanks for stopping by and sharing your view on pop-ups. You’re right, new bloggers have the right to try methods to increase the number of fans and followers.

      Thanks. :)

  33. Nizam Khan
    September 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    Excellent post! Well yes, popup’s are one of the most annoying forms of promotion and one should not annoy blog readers with popups. And agreed, providing quality content and convincing the readers is really a good strategy and hopefully they will subscribe. Excellent quote, I have tweeted it. Thanks Ehsan for sharing this wonderful info :)

    • September 28, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

      Thanks for tweeting the quote Nizam, I love you!
      I would love to hear your thoughts about Facebook popups too?

  34. September 28, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    Really Nice information thanks Awesome Post. This Post Valuable for every New Blogger and me coz me also new in blogging career. i will never ever use pop-up box in my blog. thanks for inform me about pop-up :)

    • September 28, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

      Yeah Rahul, If you’re a new blogger than the post and guide is specially for you and bloggers like you because most time newbies makes mistakes of using popups on their blog which kills the blog.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  35. September 28, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    yup i too agree with you , pop up’s are really an annoying feature, I hate it completely.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us

    • September 28, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

      Thanks for sharing your view on this Linda, keep visiting ;)

  36. September 28, 2012 at 6:43 am #

    Well I think you are correct that pop-ups definitely very disturbing. It distracts our mind and sometimes diverts the purpose of concentrating to our work. A sudden pop-up in the middle of work or while accessing social media sites do take us to the off-track world. So, even I feel that this is disturbing too. Thanks for the share!!

    • September 28, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

      Thanks for landing Aditi and glad you agreed with me on this. :)

  37. September 28, 2012 at 2:27 am #

    True Story :p
    Popups are bull**** I really got tensed up when they come in front of me.

    • September 28, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

      Lol Rudraksh, I just tried to make it more clear for readers to know that using popups will kill a blog. BTW, do you like the Facebook fan page box popup?

  38. September 28, 2012 at 1:18 am #

    Yes! I agree a hundred percent. Pop-ups are so annoying. Sometimes you get to click the wrong link because of these and gets you confused at times. Pop-ups are created to guide us but I get so annoyed with them. But I think it depends on blogger if he prefers pop-ups or not. Anyway you did a good job writing this article. Thanks for posting.

    • September 28, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

      Hey Shane, welcome to my blog. I too get annoyed with pop-ups, I don’t know for what job It created, but one thing I know is that It really annoys the readers and as a blogger I love my readers :)

      Glad you liked the post.

  39. September 27, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

    Hi Ehsan,
    Agree with you. Pop-up is annoying. Moreover visitors from search engine may click on back button after seeing pop up. You know they are in a hurry!
    Now I am using facebook like pop up. And I am planning to stop it.
    Thanks for the nice post.

    • September 27, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

      Yeah, visitors from search engines are organic traffic and that is what we bloggers want, but If we’re annoying them in their first visit than they’ll go back and never come back. If you’re using Facebook popup, I suggest you stop using it because of the reasons I mentioned in the post.

      Thanks for your visit Istiak.

  40. September 27, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

    Lolzz, unique post dude. thanks for the share on Facebook. Keep up the good work.

    • September 27, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by Ashwani, :)

  41. September 27, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    Hi Ehsan,
    Great Post Buddy..
    I agree with your points popups are really annoying but I am using Popup for Facebook, getting subscribers is a tuff task from popup but I am getting good likes on Facebook fan page, it takes less time to like a page thats why Facebook popup works well, and some people use popup on every visit which is very annoying sometime because it irritate users…

    • September 27, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

      Hey Nishant, Pop-up is popup, no matter you’re offering newsletter subscriber or you’re showing Facebook fan page, It’ll annoy the readers. There are lots of other ways to get FB likes other than popup.

      You can place the Facebook fan page box on your blog to get likes, you can write a blog posts to ask your readers to like your page or you can also use Facebook groups to get likes, but I would suggest not to use the popup in any case!

  42. Aditya
    September 27, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    Some very highly ranked blogs don’t even use sharing buttons and guess what? They get about 100 reactions to every post on Social Media. Inference – Interested readers will follow the scent of good content and come out of their way to make it viral.

    Personally, I’m very lazy (I’ll admit), So if you gimme popups or music or any of that – GAME OVER!


    • September 27, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

      That is the point Aditya, less is always more. The only thing which you need to word more and hard on your blog is content.

      You need to give less options and less social sharing buttons on your blog because If you give too many options, they’ll choose nothing.

      Daily Blog Tips is using only two social sharing buttons below his posts which is Twitter and Facebook and he gets great number of tweets and likes for his posts. Pop-ups will kill a blog and will irritate the users.

      :O Music? You’re kidding right Aditya? :D

      • Aditya
        September 28, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

        I’m not a big fan of these ‘Less is more’ or ‘Content is King’ myths. I don’t force my readers to share only on twitter or facebook but what I do is give them a few more options and a common share button. You know I got a good number of shares on Weheartit.com, you may not have heard of this but yeah I did get a nice number of referred visits. So is ‘Less always more’? Not sure.

        Content is king? Sometimes the best content is found in videos and podcasts and comments of course. For me, a solidly built community with useful interactions is king, in short – ‘Conversational activity is king’

        My personal opinions.


        • September 28, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

          Everyone has different tastes and thinking Aditya, You might be right that less isn’t always more and content isn’t always king.

          I do follow what the expert of the topic in which I’m passionate about says, so If they’re saying less is more and content is king, I do believe on them and I’ll do what they suggest me.

          What do you mean by sometime best content can be found in videos and podcasts? So, content is content and no matter It’s in videos, in postcasts or in comments.

          Anyway, that’s true that conversation activity is king too ;)

  43. September 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    It is difficult to get subscribers but easy to get fb likes and tweets my experience :)

    • September 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

      It is easy to get subscribers and FB likes, but will kill your blog and annoy your readers too Guppu, Agree?

      • September 30, 2012 at 11:38 am #

        I agree.

        I had a fb popup plugin activated but now I disabled it because sometimes it annoys me too.

        Still there are few possiblities to get benefits from popups but as I’m a beginner and love my readers much more than fb likes, I prefer to have a popups disabled.

        Thanks for elaborating me the usage of popups and their issues :)

        • September 30, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

          Abdullah, Same here, I mean I love my readers too and I wouldn’t like to annoy them and popup is the most annoying thing, so better I don’t use it too ;)

  44. Raaj Trambadia
    September 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    Hey there Ehsan…

    Honestly saying, I’ve personally used pop-ups myself – both for opt-in forms and other stuff. To be honest, I’m sure it doesn’t work well. I stopped using the same since a couple of months now, and feeling good too!

    • September 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

      Welcome Raaj,

      Good to know you’ve stopped using pop-up Raaj, Newbie bloggers go crazy with pop-ups just because they want to hit the mountain overnight and want to get good number of subscribers, but they don’t care about the annoyance of it.

      • September 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

        If the popup’s are cute, and embedded with highly captivating titles, they CONVERT.

        After all, you need better conversion rates from your site to make it a better blog. No doubt, they shouldn’t annoy the people. As a better example as you said.. Neil’s blog!

        • September 28, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

          Why don’t you use on LBT than Rahul? :D

          • September 29, 2012 at 11:55 am #

            I had tough times using it.. I bought subscribers magnet too! Lets see when will I use it

          • September 29, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

            Great Rahul, You know what Amit is using Subscribers Magnet’s popup in his blog, It really annoys me and I’m sure It is annoying others too. So make sure, use a simple and clean popup that shouldn’t annoy readers and break your blog.

            I hope you’ll do great with pop-up too like you’re doing with everything else on your blog :)


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