Click bait

link baitAlternatively referred to as link bait, clickbait or click bait is a term used to describe a type of hyperlink on a web page that entices a visitor to click to continue reading an article. Typically click bait links will forward the user to a page that requires payment, registration, or is one in a series of pages to help drive page views for the site.

Most click bait type links have catchy or provocative headlines that are difficult for most users to resist and often have little or nothing to do with the actual web page. For example, consider the two example links below, which point to the same page.

Non click bait link:

Computer keyboard shortcut keys

The same link using click bait headlines:

Miley Cyrus' favorite keyboard shortcuts

Why using shortcut keys can save you hundreds of dollars a day

Keyboard shortcuts that wont make you look like an idiot

Is not using shortcut keys making your gain weight?

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