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Google announced their plans to lower search rankings for websites that use intrusive (aka “pop-up”) ads.
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Oh hey, look we’ve got a pop-up now. That’s cool. It’s for our Torque newsletter, y’all should sign up, but I’m going to close that now.
Speaking of ads, Google announced they’ll start punishing sites that feature intrusive pop-ups by displaying them lower in search results. Considering Google.com is the major web portal that most folks use for discovery, this is basically just Google way of using their massive influence to enforce their idea of what a website should look like.
Meanwhile, Google Adwords is launching new features such as showing pop-up ads to mobile users. Pop-ups are a great way to small sites get readers to transition to newsletters and if a site wants to [giant pop-up appears again] oh, look there’s another pop-up. It’s says to watch the show, but y’all are already watching the show, so… that’s weird. I can’t find the x button here.. how do I even close this thing? Ugh. I’m going to install an ad-blocker.
In other news,WPKrampus is looking for a host for 2017. I’m not sure why anyone would want to host a Krampus. He seems like a pretty intense guy/devil/goat thing from German from folklore. (Campus) What? (It’s WPCampus, like a college campus.) Wait a minute… (Goes off screen)
Turns out WPCampus, the successful university based WordPress conference is looking for a 2017 location, and I have to say I’m relieved. The team is looking for a campus or educational institution. Deadline is midnight PST on October 28th.
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[pop-up appears again]
Okay, you know what, I literally just told them that.