Please Do Not Click This Link

If you are here, it’s because your curiosity won over you and made you click this link that said- “Please Do Not Click This Link”. This is a very interesting experiment that depicts a very special human behavior phenomenon. This is simply amazing when we are told not to do something without any prior reasoning, we somehow develop that incoherent curiosity to know more about it. Surprisingly, the human brain, the logical powerhouse of human body, somehow gets into thinking through it, which should have been clearly ignored. Did it happen to you? Is it something that you have observed many a time in others?

Web User Behavior

What Makes You Click A Link?

Believe it or not, it happens to all of us and we all fall into this trap of curiosity that surmounts into unintended actions, if you see the internet is exactly about it. Now just imagine yourself searching over the internet, you will notice that while you are searching for something over the internet you already have a defined motive and you are mostly looking for that intended information. On the other hand, while you are surfing over the internet and see links such as: “OMG, I can’t believe it happened”, “Oh no…really”, “Oh not again, this is not done”, these are what I call as the “trap” statements. These statements are clearly different from the links that read: “Do you want to be a millionaire?”, “Looking for work for home opportunity” etc. because these statements clearly tells the user what to expect when you click the link, until the content writers are not tricking into something totally different.

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Tricks For Getting More Traffic On Your Website

Another very interesting “trick” used by content writers to attract more traffic on their websites is by using some really fancy statements such as: keywords referring to celebrities for e.g. “Justin Bieber beaten by a fan”, “Jennifer Lopez caught kissing a fan in a park”, using whacky statements for e.g. “Big boobs revealed in public”, “Hot girl running naked in Berlin” etc. These terms are targeted mostly to get few eyes rolling and trigger users into clicking those links. Unfortunately, even if these statements attract users to click those links, they purely fail to keep the users on the website until you have something really significant on your website. I’m certainly not a fan of these kind of tactics. I would also like to term these techniques as “Black hat methods” or “Inorganic techniques”.

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How To Get More Traffic?

Now the big questions is: what can really make users click your links? Well, there is of course no clear cut answer to it, but there are certainly few good practices that can help you get the search engine traffic. One of the most important methods is having your content SEO optimized and creating content with keywords that users search over the web. Once you have a SEO optimized content, you should make an effort in creating headlines that are provocative, meaning that provokes a user into clicking it. Such statements is about playing on the psyche of the web user. Of course, it’s easier said then done, but that’s how it is! User behaviors on the web certainly doesn’t have much of a complexity, but you will notice they do have a consistent pattern, yet the bigger challenge arises from the choices on offer. As a website, you compete against all other websites rather than understanding the complexity of human behavior. This is where the quality and the popularity of the website comes into picture, the better you are the more traffic you will have.