Does Exit Pop Ups Hurt Your SEO?

by valdivz 12 replies
Hey everyone....I was wondering if anyone knows or has had any negative experience when placing an exit pop up on your site that's already ranking on the first page?

I have Exit Splash and only use it for landing pages but was planning on using it for a site that's ranked #2 BUT I don't want to hurt it.

Anyone know if Google Penalizes for exit pops?



thanks,

Ron
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  • Profile picture of the author SledgeHammer
    Google will not penalize exit pop-ups. Go ahead !
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  • Profile picture of the author valdivz
    thanks for the response....have you tested this or know of any sites using this and ranked on the 1st page?
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  • That pop-up should have it's own URL different than the one that is ranking. Personally, I flag all pop-ups with <meta name="robots" content="noindex"> so that they never appear in Google's SERPs. Pop-ups appearing in the SERPs are a bad user experience since they are typically "dead end" pages with no good navigation back to the site.
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    • Profile picture of the author valdivz
      Originally Posted by Social-Media-Marketing View Post

      That pop-up should have it's own URL different than the one that is ranking. Personally, I flag all pop-ups with <meta name="robots" content="noindex"> so that they never appear in Google's SERPs. Pop-ups appearing in the SERPs are a bad user experience since they are typically "dead end" pages with no good navigation back to the site.

      That's actually what I was thinking.

      I just never had seen an exit pop used with any top listings in Google. Could you imagine if 6 sites that are ranked on the first page all had exit pops? The searcher would be in the mindset of "what the hell is going on with all these sites"

      looks like some people are doing ok with it though.... hmmmm
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  • Profile picture of the author Lucid
    I don't know about SEO but if you use Adwords, disable the pop-up. You'll get a poor landing page quality score and ads won't show. Now, if they don't like pop-ups in Adwords, you can be sure that one day they might incorporate that into organic rankings.

    SMM in message above this one has a good point about pop-ups getting indexed. Good advice.
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  • Profile picture of the author xxxJamesxxx
    I use exit pop ups and it dosen't seem to affect my serps whatsoever

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  • Profile picture of the author tribros
    I too am using "Exit Splash" on some of my sites and they are #1's and there's no problem at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author timpears
    I would like to strangle the person that came up with exit pop ups. I hate them. I am running into them now that even when I click the ok to leave the site, I still get another try to sell me, with another pop up many times. This is going a little over board in my mind. I hope that Google deep sixes all sites with pop ups.
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    • Profile picture of the author tcorbett
      You may want to strangle them, but the fact is that exit pop-ups make a lot of people a lot of money. Personally, I don't like them either, but they do work - as always you should test for your own results. As far as affecting ranking, I don't have the answer to that one.
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  • Profile picture of the author NicoleBeckett
    I don't think exit pop-ups affect your ranking, but man, they annoy the heck out of me! I don't need you to ask me if I'm really, really, really sure that I want to leave your site - clicking the 'back' button should be a good enough indication that I'm done. Personally, I don't see how annoying people gets them to reconsider and spend money

    There was a thread about this a week or so ago, and many Warriors had the same sentiments.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Moylan
    I am TOTALLY convinced they HURT. In fact, within about 48 hours of my testing exit splash ads on two sites, those sites disappeared from Google SERPs, except indirectly thru other linked pages.

    I took the splashes down and voila, within 48 hours my original pages are back. Yeah, maybe on landing pages I don't care about ranking with, but BASED ON MY OWN EXPERIENCE I would never put these on pages I want ranked.
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