Have you ever heard of “Click Bait?” If you are under 65 of course you have. If you are an older fart like myself, you may not know what it is. Probably I am the last person on Earth to learn about this scam. I just learned about click bait, so as a public service I will explain in case others are as clueless as I am.
Click bait is when some internet jack-hole sucks you into clicking onto an interesting story. These jack-holes make money when you check out the ads on their page. They further grab you by posting small parts of the story, forcing you to keep clicking “Next” to see more.
When you try to click “Next”, their ads pop up all over the place. You think you are clicking “next” instead you open up an ad for
boner pills.(What? The ads are usually based on your previous
It is frustrating as hell trying to read one of these articles, but, dammit they are interesting.
Today I was reading an article from “The News Place” or some such official looking source. It was about an 11-year-old girl who several years ago was found floating on a small raft in the ocean.
After about five “Next” clicks, and several
boner pill Christian book ads, I was
getting pissed. They were only posting
one paragraph of the story on each page.
Frustrated, I went to Google and Googled the girls name. The first choice offered was a Readers Digest article about this girl.
It was the same article.
“The News Place” copied the “Readers Digest” article word for word.
From now on, when one of these jack holes sucks me into an interesting story I will go straight to Google.
Click that Jack-Holes!!