Here at The Write Idea, I'm all about helping you make life easier for the people who visit your website and read your content -- including content on your website popups.
To that end, here's a lesson learned straight from this morning's browsing session.
So ... I'm about to embark on a passion project, something I've always wanted to do but haven't for lack of time, money, whatever.
As a first step, I opened Google and typed in a query on how to do the thing I want to do.
Without giving it away (it's a surprise!), this thing I want to do is something specific, as specific as, say, "How to care for bamboo." (My passion project has nothing to do with bamboo.)
Then, after I entered the query, I began a "new tab opening" spree as I worked through the search results,
First, can you "feel" how the popup totally interrupted the flow of your reading?
Yeah. It did that to me, too.
Second, as I said, I was searching for a specific thing. Something way more specific than what is offered in the popup.
Who said I was looking to profit? This has nothing to do with my search!
Why did you interrupt me with this nonsense?
<Take screenshot. Write blog post about incident.>
And now, here we are.
Look, I understand that website popups work. They work bigly.
But to avoid annoying the people who visit your site, especially people who visit your site through back doors, like search results on long-tail phrases, consider popups directly related to that topic -- the topic of the page the reader just clicked into.
I clicked into a page that talked about a specific "how-to" topic -- a topic totally unrelated to profiting. But the popup offered some nebulous tutorials in a lame attempt to capture my email address.
If you want my email address, you'll have to do better than that.
And you, dear reader, will have to do better to create an exceptional experience for the people who visit YOUR website.