Click bait

Updated: 10/30/2017 by Computer Hope

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.

Click bait examples

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. Below is an example of a non-click bait title and how that title could be made into a click bait title.

Non-click bait title:

Computer keyboard shortcut keys.

Related click bait titles:

Miley Cyrus' favorite keyboard shortcuts.

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

Keyboard shortcuts that won't make you look like an idiot.

Is not using shortcut keys making your gain weight?

Does click bait work?

If a click bait heading or hyperlink is designed correctly or is catchy, it can be successful in getting people to visit the link. If your only intention is to drive traffic to a page, a click bait link could help. However, if the visitor feels tricked or the information on the page doesn't match the title they will quickly leave, and you will lose the visitors trust. There is a lot more to designing a good page than a click bait heading and hyperlink.

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