I had stopped at Darren Rowse’s Digital Photography School and, after I left a comment, I saw an ad that interested me so I clicked on it.
The ad opened up and I read a few words.
My audio happened to be turned on and was set rather loud.
Normally I leave my computer turned on at night with the audio off so that incoming mail doesn’t wake us. This morning I had listened to something where the audio was rather quiet and I had to turn it up to hear it.
So when a guy started talking about whatever the heck it was that the ad was about, I jumped — it startled me, you see — and closed that browser window.
If I could go back and take back that click, I would!
No… I’ve reconsidered. I like it the way that it is.
Darren got whatever Google will pay him for that click and the advertiser will have to pay for it, even though I left and didn’t even have time to get a good look at his site.
I do NOT like audio that comes on automatically when I open a website, unless I know it in advance or reasonably expect it, as I would if I were going to a music site. If my sound is on and an audio clip starts, I’m gone!
And I might even blog about it, too!
But, I’m not going to mention the site I left, because, even if I remembered it, they’re not getting free traffic from me.
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