Honest Question For You ... What Makes You Decide To Leave A Website/Blog?

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I guess the point I'm getting at is, at what point do you say "I'm done with this" and click on the back button? Is it something in particular that makes you decide to move on?

I'd be interested to see what you're reasons are.

My main reason would be if the website isn't loading. I'm a patient person but if I have to sit there longer than 20 seconds (10 seconds more than most people), I'm clicking the back button. No questions asked.

How about you?
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul M Smith
    Usually for me it is the lack of good content that I was searching for or interested in. Seems to be too many blogs out there with very little quality content. I agree that loading time is also a big factor in my decision to stay or go. So is the amount of distracting ads surrounding the content. I like to be able to read the content without my eyes wandering to the left or the right due to an animated ad.
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    • Profile picture of the author shadeofinfo
      Really good points. I hate the distractions on the side. I had someone tell me recently that they left my site because of a popup they weren't able to close on their mobile phone. I don't think many people think about that when they have those popups either.
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    • Profile picture of the author shadeofinfo
      Those floating banners are quite annoying at times, aren't they? And I agree with the site speed.
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  • Profile picture of the author RogozRazvan
    On mobile - if the page doesn't load directly into mobile mode and I need to zoom and manipulate the text.

    On the desktop - if the text is so long that it looks intimidating. I read about 70 pages every single day but generally, when I visit a blog, I just want it to get to the point. That's why the only newspaper I read is the New York Times. It keeps the article short enough not to feel overwhelmed by it and long enough to express all the facts. On the other side, Forbes expresses in 1000 words what could be done in 250.

    Too many articles are written in a manner that suggest the author loves to hear himself speaking, or in this case, reading what he wrote.
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  • Profile picture of the author JensSteyaert
    Usually if i either don't find the inforamtion i was looking for, or if the content is poor.

    Banners don't make me click away, i guess most people are used to them, even popups and a sa marketer i understand those things are needed for the blog owner.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marco Moeschter
    Page speed is a big point for me as well and I can tell ya I wouldn't wait 20 seconds for a site to load. Another thing would be when the site looks chaotic and I can't find a thing and also if the content is bad or not the thing I looking for I going to leave because there is not any longer a reason to stay.
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  • Profile picture of the author chaotic squid
    One thing that has a big impact on me is how the content is organized. Is there space between paragraphs and is the site utilizing headers and sub headers to break up text so that I can easily find what I'm looking for. Nothing turns me off faster than a wall of text because I'm not going to sit there and read paragraph after paragraph.
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    • Profile picture of the author shadeofinfo
      Originally Posted by chaotic squid View Post

      One thing that has a big impact on me is how the content is organized. Is there space between paragraphs and is the site utilizing headers and sub headers to break up text so that I can easily find what I'm looking for. Nothing turns me off faster than a wall of text because I'm not going to sit there and read paragraph after paragraph.
      It's interesting because I still see bloggers out there and website owners out there that do just that. A wall of text.
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  • Profile picture of the author datingworld
    If the laoding time of a website or specific page is too low, I leave it
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  • Profile picture of the author LuckyIMer
    There are many reasons that can make me stop and leave, lots of ads, site speed, content of the website, etc. Simply put, if I do not like the site for some reasons, I leave.
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  • Profile picture of the author one1
    If I visit any website and found that website or blog is just advertisement or have some weired pop-up on the page which makes me to leave the website or hit back button.
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  • I always leave right away if I get a pop-up and I have to have to give my email to get the information from the page. I also hate loud audio upon going to a page.
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  • Profile picture of the author tfour
    - poor content
    - slow load speed
    - ads and pop ups

    These are the main reasons I'll leave a site immediately.
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  • Profile picture of the author AuthorityBuilder
    I hit the back button due mainly due to the following two reasons:
    1. Slow loading (even though I am patient )
    2. Not good enough content, repeated and rehashed content, nothing exceptional.

    Otherwise for me, ads and pop-ups are ok to tolerate since I understand the fact that everyone with a website/blog puts ads to make money, or how will they run? At least, not for free! lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author JessUBotNinja
    I hate having to keep clicking through to get the information I want... if it is not laid out and presented nicely I just go search somewhere else. (Some great points are made above too!)
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  • It really does depend on the website itself and how it is made.


    But yes,

    - poor content
    - unorganized website
    - ads everywhere

    Make the site not worth reading.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Originally Posted by shadeofinfo View Post

    Is it something in particular that makes you decide to move on?

    Actually, there are many reasons, IMO, that I move on . . . a few of them are listed below
    • The site takes forever to load
    • The headline of the page is spammy
    • There are major distractions on the page (animations, too many ads, whirly and blinking "things"
    • Boring or no content
    • Content that is spun, rehashed, or crappy (including PLR)
    • The site is not what I thought it was when I clicked there
    Don't make these mistakes.

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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Power
    I would leave a website immediately if it doesn't contain the information I need or doesn't seem to at first glance. Unlike many people using the web, I'm patient and can wait for up to 2 minutes for a website to load as long as I'm sure it will satisfy my needs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    When a popup ad appears on my screen tells me that i need to update my anti-virus software. Then offers a scam link to do it for free. Never see me again buddy on that site.

    Oh.... and a slow loading streaming video. If i see that it's around 40 minutes long... i'm dead gone. I say my entire sales page in 3 minutes. What are you telling me that i dont know that is 40 minutes long?!?

    Feel me?
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  • Profile picture of the author DWaters
    Slow loading times, pop-ups and pop-unders, and things that are just plain hard to find or complicated when they should be obvious and easy - these will all make me go away.
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  • Profile picture of the author Corina Wise
    OK... I am cool with a pop up the first time. I close it out because I am so not interested. Then when the pop up shows again every 2 mins... its very distracting when trying to read the content on said site. Like honestly, did you think I forgot you had something on offer, did you think I would miss it, the same offer in your sidebar and banner.

    OK... deep breath... let me calm down. By my rant you can accurately guess that I hate pop ups. I much prefer exit pop ups.

    Forget it if they have too many banners and the reason why I clicked the link to visit the website is not congruent with whatever is written on the page I landed.
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  • Profile picture of the author cyberzolo
    Loading time, pop ads, or just not "feeling" the blog, this might be a result of a bad website design.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trey Morgan
    Originally Posted by shadeofinfo View Post

    I guess the point I'm getting at is, at what point do you say “I’m done with this” and click on the back button? Is it something in particular that makes you decide to move on?

    I'd be interested to see what you're reasons are.

    My main reason would be if the website isn't loading. I'm a patient person but if I have to sit there longer than 20 seconds (10 seconds more than most people), I'm clicking the back button. No questions asked.

    How about you?
    If I don't find the information on the website valuable, or it doesn't look like it has been put together very well.
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    • Profile picture of the author shadeofinfo
      Originally Posted by tristatemedia View Post

      if i start to feel that the blog is just selling stuff to me without testing them himself.
      Thats a big one.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    Lots of things. Slow loading is a big one. Crap content, content which doesn't match my expectations, auto-play videos, lots of things turn me off and make me reach the back button.

    Oh, and those "sale savers" that try to block my exit? Guaranteed fail every time, even if I just left to think about things.
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  • Profile picture of the author TallyDon
    Unique content, I don't want to read what everybody and their mother is writing. Usualyl when I look forexample on fitness advice, I scan the article in a few seconds and if its the same old same old I'll leave. I think it is important to tackle topics from different angles in an subjective manner.
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  • Profile picture of the author thescribe
    Hmmm... Let me see.

    Well, I hate if a site loads too slow. Videos that automatically play and most background audio is quite annoying. Other than that, I abhor crappy content or content riddled with grammatical errors. While I can tolerate a few spelling/grammar errors, a page full is just plain irritating. I will also often leave if all the content is just jumbled together and difficult too read - too much eye strain.

    If I am stay, the site must have valuable information. If it does, I will often stay a while browsing. I may even buy something.
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  • There can be several things that make me decide to leave a site:

    1- Bad Web Design: if the site has been poorly designed, it doesn't look professional. At least that is the message that it conveys to me.

    2- Too many ads

    3- Spelling mistakes: as a writer, I understand that this can happen from time to time but if I'm reading a blog with even a few spelling mistakes scattered through a blog post, I don't hesitate in clicking that "back" button.
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