WARNING sales site that doesn't let you leave!!

by newbim
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Hello fellow warriors,

I'm all for letting people find their way to keeping people on your site, but surely this should come by delivering great content, making people WANT to stay on your site.

This morning, I have been greeted by my email client, with numerous emails for [deleted] (Warning - do not visit unless you want to get annoyed, I'll explain why)

This sales page has 9 "Are you sure you want to leave?" boxes. That's right, 9!!
Makes no wonder why some people (myself included) feel sick when they start to see a sales page loading, knowing they will be greeted with popup after popup.

I'm also aware that I provided a link to obtain the code for said boxes for free (http://www.warriorforum.com/website-...free-code.html) but if you do decide to use them, I would think long and hard about having 9 of them on your site, it might have the reverse effect.

Just a friendly warning - If you want it, go ahead and buy it, but make sure you test out the sales page just so you can see for yourself - There's just no way to avoid them - all of them.

Personally, it strikes me that the creator of the product seems a little desperate to sell the product, but that is just my own opinion.

Rant over, have a great day everyone .

Cheers,

Newbim.
#beware #leave #sales #site #warning
  • Profile picture of the author Exfilius
    Google Chrome has a built-in protection for this. After the first pop-up you can choose to leave.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt.Lake
    LOL... it's the site that claims that every traffic generation technique we've been using all these years with success don't work!

    I think with a product like that, since the owner's already lost the respect of any prospect with at least a little bit of common sense, then they might as well do what it takes to get the sale. It likely really is the VERY last chance that you'll even read one of his sales pages, so he might as well piss you off!

    Unfortunately, it's the gullible suckers (not necessarily their fault) who buy into these sort of offers, that keep such an annoying practice alive.

    Yes, it's overkill but don't spend your time whining about it on this forum... you're not the first one. Just realize that it's wrong and continue on your own business.
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  • Profile picture of the author Patchworks
    I've been seeing this more and more lately.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    The Hotel California Pop-up - You can check in any time you want, but you can never leave.
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    • Profile picture of the author 1WebDiva
      Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

      The Hotel California Pop-up - You can check in any time you want, but you can never leave.
      LOL! Love it!
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      • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
        Reminder, folks... Threads like this do not need to include the link to the "offending" site. That just ends up with a lot of personal bashing that's not allowed.

        I haven't even looked at the product, so I can't say anything about it. I would suggest that assuming that anyone who's promoting it is aware of the pop-up parade and endorses that part of the thing is a bit of a stretch.

        That's not to suggest you are wrong (or right, or anything else) to unsubscribe over it. That's always a reasonable option, and nobody's business but yours. I'm just pointing out that you may be cutting off a useful resource based on a mistaken assumption.


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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    Perhaps they are hoping to get sales by getting people angry and frustrated.

    Finally, a fresh way of marketing.



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    • Profile picture of the author ChickenMan
      Originally Posted by Michael Oksa View Post

      Perhaps they are hoping to get sales by getting people angry and frustrated.

      Finally, a fresh way of marketing.



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      I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not, but that made me chuckle.
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      • Profile picture of the author Derek_Thomas
        Even though I'm not a big fan of this method, it only took me 2 clicks as well.

        You have the read the text very carefully...sometimes clicking "OK" means leaving the site while other times it means going to a new sales page.

        I actually make it a standard practice to close out any product sales page I'm considered purchasing as occasionally there will be a discounted offer. Sometimes you can find a really nice deal here. Dan Raine and crew do this all the time. For the most part though, this method is nothing but irritating.

        This and the computer virtual assistant things...you know what I'm talking about?

        Anyway, enough griping for me. Off to work.

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      • Profile picture of the author WarForNom
        Originally Posted by ChickenMan View Post

        I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not, but that made me chuckle.
        I can tell.
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        • Profile picture of the author Kay King
          If someone says "9 popups" the last I'll do is click on the link to check it out - I must be alone in that.

          I would suggest that assuming that anyone who's promoting it is aware of the pop-up parade and endorses that part of the thing is a bit of a stretch.
          That's right - those promoting it might not know. That would be because they don't even look at what they are promoting before trying to sell it:rolleyes:

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          • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
            Kay,
            That's right - those promoting it might not know. That would be because they don't even look at what they are promoting before trying to sell it:rolleyes:
            Bzzzzt!

            I have looked at products and asked if there was a continuity program associated with them. If the answer was "No," I didn't care about the sales letter. Much less click through the order sequence. Yes, I dislike the prisoner process, but that's got little to do with the quality of a product.

            Lots of baseless assumptions being tossed around here lately. I begin to despair of the ability of modern adults to think critically before asserting their surmisals as "facts."


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            • Profile picture of the author Vogin
              Yet another dude proving my attitude towards exit pop-ups...
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  • Profile picture of the author Bryan O'Neil
    Just wondering how much traffic did this thread send to the said site. I'm guessing a lot. And the best part - I'm sure some of it converted, too!

    So really, the owner of the site should now send you a thank you letter for posting a thread that intended to bash them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Caleb Spilchen
    The first pop up blacked my screen out at school, on number two it let me leave
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  • Profile picture of the author Cush
    I would like to know if these pop ups have any real conversion value, because I have seen a awful lot of them lately. Has anyone tested?
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  • Profile picture of the author MarkAnderson
    I don't think, the series of pop ups activity will make any good bargain for the merchant. And, it gives nothing more than increasing the left button clicking speed of visitors.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mcrofts
    I Only got 2, Using Google Chrome.
    Opera Could Close Straight away.

    Hahahaha wuww lol Just Used Firefox, 9 Pop Up's not letting you leave lol
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  • Profile picture of the author natorob
    I experienced this yesterday as well. And like newbim, I counted them as I tried to exit. One or two I can handle; but 9 is completely out of hand.

    Not only would I not purchase this product just because of this sales tactic; but I eliminate the person sending me the email.

    It's frustrating, and also a waste of time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    While it may be frustrating, we have no way of knowing how well it is working for the person who owns the site.

    Granted, it sounds pretty lame to me, but what if the 9 pop-ups are actually an improvement over their previous "marketing" efforts? It's hard to imagine what could be worse, but if somebody is using that many pop-ups, nothing would surprise me.

    All the best,
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  • Profile picture of the author Caleb Spilchen
    Now that computer was messing up when I left it... That site is screwy!
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    That is annoying, I hate getting one pop up but 9 is just ridiculous!
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    • Profile picture of the author Caleb Spilchen
      Originally Posted by Sheryl Polomka View Post

      That is annoying, I hate getting one pop up but 9 is just ridiculous!
      Sheryl,

      There was this "kid" at school, who made a site, that was one letter off my domain name.. and on his site he had I think about 100 pop ups for each note in his song...

      I had to sit on the spacebar to get off the site.. and that even took a minute...
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  • Profile picture of the author JonAlfredsson
    Now that's irritating. And I thought experiencing two of them is already annoying. Thanks for the info. will keep in mind not to open that site.
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  • Profile picture of the author DeborahDera
    Originally Posted by newbim View Post

    Hello fellow warriors,

    I'm all for letting people find their way to keeping people on your site, but surely this should come by delivering great content, making people WANT to stay on your site.

    This morning, I have been greeted by my email client, with numerous emails for [deleted] (Warning - do not visit unless you want to get annoyed, I'll explain why)

    This sales page has 9 "Are you sure you want to leave?" boxes. That's right, 9!!
    Makes no wonder why some people (myself included) feel sick when they start to see a sales page loading, knowing they will be greeted with popup after popup.

    I'm also aware that I provided a link to obtain the code for said boxes for free (http://www.warriorforum.com/website-...free-code.html) but if you do decide to use them, I would think long and hard about having 9 of them on your site, it might have the reverse effect.

    Just a friendly warning - If you want it, go ahead and buy it, but make sure you test out the sales page just so you can see for yourself - There's just no way to avoid them - all of them.

    Personally, it strikes me that the creator of the product seems a little desperate to sell the product, but that is just my own opinion.

    Rant over, have a great day everyone .

    Cheers,

    Newbim.
    I was so ticked off about this offer that I went back and unsubscribed to every single list that sent it to me - many sent me multiple emails about it.

    There was/is a discussion on this product in the reviews section as well. It's apparently a terrible product ("product" being used loosely); questionable sales tactics; and people were complaining about the upsells as well. I went to the site a couple of times to make sure I wasn't reading it incorrectly and was also irritated about the # of times I had to click to get off the page.

    I am really disappointed. A number of marketers I had some respect for sent this to me...
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    • Profile picture of the author simon0803
      Originally Posted by DeborahDera View Post

      I was so ticked off about this offer that I went back and unsubscribed to every single list that sent it to me - many sent me multiple emails about it.

      There was/is a discussion on this product in the reviews section as well. It's apparently a terrible product ("product" being used loosely); questionable sales tactics; and people were complaining about the upsells as well. I went to the site a couple of times to make sure I wasn't reading it incorrectly and was also irritated about the # of times I had to click to get off the page.

      I am really disappointed. A number of marketers I had some respect for sent this to me...
      Fully agree with this. Anyone sending me this link encourages me to unsubscribe, they are devaluing my time. so it may increase conversions for this product by for affiliates they are possibly reducing their chances of selling me anything in the future. Be interesting to know what the overall picture is between slight increase in conversions against unsubscribes.
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    • Profile picture of the author 1WebDiva
      Originally Posted by DeborahDera View Post

      I was so ticked off about this offer that I went back and unsubscribed to every single list that sent it to me - many sent me multiple emails about it.

      There was/is a discussion on this product in the reviews section as well. It's apparently a terrible product ("product" being used loosely); questionable sales tactics; and people were complaining about the upsells as well. I went to the site a couple of times to make sure I wasn't reading it incorrectly and was also irritated about the # of times I had to click to get off the page.

      I am really disappointed. A number of marketers I had some respect for sent this to me...
      I also unsubscribed from several long-time 'gurus.' I went through one's support center, asking if he'd really tested this thing? I noted that the sales page actually says NOTHING about how the thing works. In fact it says just NOTHING. And ended up in a 'sorta feud' with the support help, although my initial email in response to his initial email was a simple, NICE question. So, I reminded her that to replace a paying customer is more expensive than just nicely answering my question. And I canceled the whole thing. And for the first time ever in my 16 Internet years, I hit the button to put me on their do-not-contact list.

      I dunno... it has come down to this, for me: If I hit one of those popups that give you an extra discount.. what about the peeps who bought at full price? I would think they'd be pissed (scyuze me). If it has that popup, I immediately am not buying. Are we getting jaded, after so many years? Why are so many IM'ers so bent on making potential customers MAD?

      Love this thread, and thanks!

      Leanne
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Then
    Sounds like he has learn this technique from porn sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sardent
    I don't know. I kind of like clicking on through them to find out just how much they'll discount their original price.
    I saw one last week that started at like $297 and by the time you made to the last offer he was down to $27.

    LOL!
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  • Profile picture of the author dremora
    One of the reasons to love Linux.
    Open a terminal window and killall -9 firefox (or whatever browser...) lol. No more annoying popups!

    Anyway, 9 popups is way past the borderline of spamming. It's just annoying as hell. Don't do it!
    One exit popup with a downsell is acceptable. 2 is pushing it.
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    • Profile picture of the author SergeyZ
      When this happens to me what I do is click to stay on the page. Then I go to my browser options and disable Javascript. This lets me click away from the offending site at which point I turn Javascript back on. It's annoying as hell though but at least it lets me know that I avoided buying a crap product.
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  • Profile picture of the author Darunner14
    I am just curious to know the average amount of time of the user on sites like these? I know I would know this anwser but very curious. Well anyways with 9 popups, I would never be back to that site.

    Does anyone conform to the W3C standards anymore?
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  • Okay, against my better judgement, this I've got to see. LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author dremora
    I think the product creator was split testing it by reading the warrior reactions here... He might have reduced them after reading this thread
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  • Profile picture of the author MilesT
    9 pop ups means they have no faith in their product or sales letter. Not a surprise, a majority of products / services in the IM space have been crap lately.
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    • Profile picture of the author Pluton
      I've come across this several times in the past two days.

      Needless to say I unsubscribed from their lists!!!
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    Feels like I just got the high score in a videogame!
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  • Profile picture of the author ce2gain
    I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who unsubscribes from lists who send me to sites like this. The other one that really cleaned up my inbox was the "Thank You for Your Order" (when you didn't place any orders) headline.
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  • Profile picture of the author MatthewT
    This thing is really annoying and wasting people's time
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  • Profile picture of the author un
    I think a single pop-up is usually fine. I personally find them annoying when I'm trying to leave a site but...if the person has already decided to leave and not buy anything then what do you have to lose by going after the sale one last time? Nine more times though is a bit obscene.
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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    What I hate is the ones that say something like "If you don't want to not leave, click OK, otherwise click continue"!

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  • Profile picture of the author Rich77sm
    I always test these pages before i put them up. 9 is sick!! If it has one im done. Nothing is more frustrating to people i think!
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  • Profile picture of the author Butters123
    omg I had one of these like an hour ago (maybe same one) all I know is I was clicking no, cancel, a lot of times my finger started to hurt! You would think they would be smart enough to know this would annoy people even more which in turn would make them not want to buy the product at all!
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    • Profile picture of the author Kevin Caldbeck
      Why are you asking me to buy this crap. Every review I have seen says it isn't worth it.

      Do you look at the products you are promoting?
      This is a good way to ruin your reputation!


      This is the email I have been sending to those who sent me their affiliate links to this thing. I had a lot more in it originally, but decided to be a nice guy today.:rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
    Originally Posted by newbim View Post

    This sales page has 9 "Are you sure you want to leave?" boxes. That's right, 9!!

    Well if one box is said to work, 9 should certainly work better, right?
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I was clicking no, cancel,
      Reading is a skill Most of the time if you read the "instructions", you'll find clicking "cancel" keeps you there....clicking "OK" lets you leave.


      Wonder what brilliant marketing mind came up with that - if he got a nickel for everyone who clicked the wrong one, he'd be a gazillionaire by now.
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      • Profile picture of the author kindsvater
        Using popups that will not let someone leave is not a smart idea. Once had a case where a porn network kept forcing popups of various sites, explicit of course, which never ended unless you either subscribed out of frustration or turned off your computer.

        A court ordered injunction took care of that.

        Interfering with someone's use of their computer and browsing software in this manner could also run afoul of criminal laws.

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