In this WordPress marketing vlog, I take a look at the pop up ads trend and the detrimental effects it could have on your audience. I’m talking about those small “Subscribe to my newsletter” or “Follow me on Twitter” type overlays that usually appear after a short delay on

It’s the sort of strategy that for me relies more on coercion than it does on genuine attraction. If your content or product is engaging and resonant enough, people will find their own way to follow your work. Sure, it helps to have some options on your site, but that’s as far as it should go in my view.

I would love to hear what other people think about this particular practice. Do you use overlay ads on your site’s homepage? If so, do your statistics prove my view wrong? Please let me know.