You know how you sometimes come across an article title that makes you shake your head in wonder? When you see an incredibly vague title, odds are you’re dealing with clickbait. It’s purpose is quite clear – pique people’s curiosity enough to get them to click the article. Clicks lead to ad revenue and better rankings on search engines. Even if the person only spends ten seconds on the page, you’re still improving your stats and it makes your article look better than it actually is. It’s an annoyingly successful tactic.
Now, I’m willing to admit that just about every title could be considered clickbait. After all, anyone who writes on the internet wants to get as many clicks as possible. The more people who read your writing, the better your chances of success. However, some articles are definitely worse about it than others. Some take things a bit too far, and that’s when it gets to be obnoxious.
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You Won’t Believe What Happens Next
Anytime you see a statement such as the one above, you’re guaranteed to be heading down the clickbait route. You’re also practically guaranteed to end up on a site that’s more advertisement than substance. I mean, the whole point is to get clicks and potential ad revenue, so it only makes sense that this is the result. It’s a concept that’s been around for some time now, and it’s one I wish would die out.
Unfortunately, it seems to work, which means it’s not going away anytime soon. Though I still despise everything clickbait stands for, we figured we’d take a look at the titles of some potentially misleading articles and speculate on what they could be about. We didn’t click on them, but we did have some fun making up our own content. Check it out, and let us know what you think the articles could’ve been about.