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Stop Making Assumptions, Website Owners!

I've just been doing some research for an , and so I've been surfing the web, visiting places I never usually go.

One such place is , and I have to say I am not impressed with their 'marketing'.

I clicked on the search engine entry of the page I wanted to see, only to find a good half of my screen blacked out by an enormous banner proclaiming: THERE'S MORE TO SEE...

Screenshot taken by me

No opportunity to click away the box, no chance to minimise it or get around it. It was just there. If I continued, I'd have reached a sign up page. If I clicked login I'd be taken to the login page. No opportunity simply to look at the pictures in peace.

Pinterest is not a site I intend to join, ever, as it's way too visual for me. After this episode I am even less inclined to take them seriously. It's not so much stealth marketing as 'we're not going to let you see anything UNLESS you sign up!'.

Well, big fat raspberries to that one.

Do you find sites like that at times? I find that approach incredibly rude and almost bordering on the offensive. Sometimes I just want to go to a site and read (or look at) something. I do not want to have to create an account for the purpose.

Stop making , website owners.

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MegL wrote on February 1, 2015, 4:35 AM

Totally agree. It is very annoying. Have you tried pressing the escape key? That sometimes works. By the way, you may not like Pinterest but it is a very good marketing tool apparently.

Shadi wrote on February 1, 2015, 4:59 AM

I wouldn't be bothered by this as the sign up process is quick and easy.

WordChazer wrote on February 1, 2015, 5:25 AM

I know it's supposed to be good for marketing, but the whole 'in-your-face, you have no option' thing just puts me off so much.

WordChazer wrote on February 1, 2015, 5:29 AM

The point is though, I don't even WANT to sign up. I have accounts all over the web from sites like this that force me to sign up for something then I never use them again. They're in the same league as StumbleUpon, which didn't allow me to promote anything I wrote anywhere because they considered that the sites were content farms. I'll be the judge of that, you know. Not some nameless faceless algorithm that detected that some of the members on those sites were spammers and plagiarists. As for Pinterest, they have obviously worked out that I rarely visit the site and think I'm a mug needing another pointless account. I just know now to ignore their links in search engines.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on February 1, 2015, 5:31 AM

I´m turned off by those things too.

wolfgirl569 wrote on February 1, 2015, 9:34 AM

pinterest can be a fun interesting site, I was wanting to sign up so did not mind that but yes it is annoying when you are wanting to investigate first

Soonerdad3 wrote on February 1, 2015, 9:37 AM

I agree, I was a bit turned off by this practice when I made an attempt at Internet Marketing. I figured it would meet with this exact resistance from visitors and never used the method.

AngelSharum wrote on February 1, 2015, 1:19 PM

I love Pinterest. I've never seen one of their ads like that but I have from other sites.

BNelson wrote on February 1, 2015, 2:03 PM

Hmm I am not bothered by what you see, perhaps you will like instagram more. Try it and see at least. Personally I enjoy Pinterest

WordChazer wrote on February 1, 2015, 2:12 PM

I'm not really a visual type. Sure, I can illustrate my articles. There are always cats, rainbows, silhouettes and clip art images. Words float my boat. Paragraph by paragraph. With musical accompaniment. (Note, YouTube open in another browser or tab, or internet radio stations streaming instrumental music these days.) I grew up with the radio, not TV. When I was in hospital as a kid, reading, playing tapes and listening to hospital radio were free. Watching TV cost my parents money. So, no TV.

FreyaYuki wrote on February 1, 2015, 4:34 PM

I find this annoying too even though I just recently joined Pinterest. Sometimes, people just want to look at sites without having to sign up or log in.

Squidwhisperer wrote on February 1, 2015, 8:26 PM

It always feels to me like a gated community. So I just wander on down the road...

AliCanary wrote on February 2, 2015, 4:35 PM

Oh, I feel you. Blogger is a pain that way, too, because they make you sign up for an account just to leave a comment on a stupid blog post. I am sure that my blog would have more comments if not for that extremely unnecessary policy.

LindaCPearson wrote on February 6, 2015, 4:57 PM

I do have an account on Pinterst where I have posted many of the articles I've written over the past few years. I don't do much on the site but it has earned me a few pennies now and then.

arthurchappell wrote on February 7, 2015, 3:57 AM

not really looked at Pinterest as yet- prefer a chance to look round before deciding on signing up