Insecure Writers Want to Know
Hello and welcome, everyone, to my website! I’m so glad you are here. And I’m pleased to be one of the co-hosts for February for IWSG.
What bothers me most, when visiting an author’s website or blog are the pop-ups. Sometimes even within seconds of landing on the website or blog! We need to remember to give our visitors time to peruse our website or blog before we dun them to “join our newsletter” or sign up for anything else.
Yes, of course we need visitors to subscribe to our newsletters, to become part of our tribe to help promote or purchase our books or programs. But first we need to visit with them. Tell them about ourselves, by way of allowing them to investigate our websites or blog posts.
This is why I have a banner link on the homepage and then a side panel link on my blogs asking visitors to sign up for my newsletter. [And yes! Please do.] Not the intrusive pop-up.
A pop-up feels more like a demand rather than a request. It’s like an imperative. In order to look around this website, you must sign up for the newsletter. I realize you can just “x” out of the pop-up. But it’s a step visitors must take in order to see your website or blog. And even if they have signed up for your newsletter, the pop-up continues each time they visit.
Wouldn’t you rather just learn about a new friend by looking around their site first before joining anything?
Pop-ups make me think of the salesman [or woman] at a store who descends upon you the moment you walk through the door.
As I “x” out of the pop-up, I think: “No man, just let me see what’s here first.”
And what I want to see is what you are doing. Your journey. Who you are as a person. Are you lucky enough to be published? Let me see your books. Don’t “shout” at me to “buy” your books. Let me decide if they are right for me.
So what do you think about pop-ups? Are they just a fact of life? Like snow or raindrops? Pop-ups certainly are everywhere. Not just on authors’ websites. Please feel free to offer any comment on this. Thanks for sharing your insight.
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