One Less Reader

A reader writes:

You should do an article about how pop-ups drive people away from websites, even after the viewer opts out.  You can start with me and how I won’t be returning to your site, or reading your next book, or promoting it by word-of-mouth, because of your annoying “recommended for you” pop-up.

Do not respond to this email.



She's missing so much.


People still set their browsers to allow pop-ups?


You have pop-ups? Hurrah for browser add-ons, as I never knew you had them.

Now background music that automatically plays on page load and I can't turn off? I'll close that tab ASAP and never return.


We apparently have very different definitions of pop-up. I guess they really wanted to see the add your "pop-up" recommendation was covering? Or I guess maybe their monitor resolution is really low?


Learn to use an ad blocker to make these annoyances go away.

mr. obbs

What a hardo!

(odds on him still reading the next book?)

Caleb b

No, you should do an article on why the NBA requires from April to June to complete it's playoffs AND why it needs to tip-off central time zone teams at 8:30PM CST.

Are there really THAT many people on the west coast that are tuning into the Mavs-Thunder 1st round games?


That reader didn't realize he could opt out of the recommendations by clicking on the "?" in the recommendation box, selecting "I would like to opt out of recommendations (if you clear your cookies you will have to opt-out again)", and then clicking the "save" button. Oh well.


It is definitely the most annoying non-ad website feature ever.

David Ron

Thank goodness for Instapaper/ and RSS feeds. These obtrusive and annoying ads do nothing for the products they hock and only drive readers to use tools that strip the advertising away completely or just simply stop reading content from places like this.

I don't mind ads around the outside of the content or even ads inside the content itself. You guys have to pay the bills. But, ads that cover up the content (or the "recommended for you" floater at the bottom right) are annoying and give me the feeling of frustration I'm sure advertisers would rather me not associate with their products.

Alexandre Pépin

I always found anonymous authors more annoying than annoyed... You might not like the way the internet is made/built/run, you might not use it neither!




Yeah. I always weigh the benefit of hitting the jump out of the RSS feed against having to see the window. I generally pass.

Alan T.

I don't like those pop-ups, either. I opt out, but I have to re-opt-out every time I clear my cookies.

M. Fortier

I'm always surprised when people complain about a situation but insist that they don't want any answer about their complaint.

As a customer, I would expect AT LEAST a polite answer from the people responsible of the thing I'm complaining about. Even a "We understand, sir, but it's how we do things in here and we're sorry if you're not completely satisfy" would do.

Why bother complaining if you leave anyway?


Wait, come back!! It's a slide-in, not a pop-up!!

Brian L

All sarcasm aside this does bring up an interesting point I've been pondering:
I don't have a problem with being advertised to in order to enjoy "free" services but pop ups and self playing advertisements on a few sites drove me to install the free Adblock program. This blocks almost all adds on every wed site including this one (I was unaware that it had a pop up), cutting off the revenue stream for advertisement based services. It is possible to allow adds on some sites and I do as a way of supporting those sites. However I am curious what effect programs like this have on the advertising ecosystem as a whole.


I enjoy your blog through google reader and never see any pop-ups. It's a shame some people can't take control of their own environments.


This post does not generate a "recommended for you." Where to from here?

Craig Kocur

Railing against pop-up ads is still a thing? I thought it went out with AOL. How quaint.