“If you want your blog to go viral, you need to generate more traffic,” my buddy, Fred said.

“Duh,” I said. “Tell me something I don’t already know. But I don’t know how to build up more traffic.”

“That’s simple,” Fred said. “Clickbait.”

“Whaddya mean?”

“Come up with some really fanciful titles for your posts, sprinkle them with sexy, provocative images, and get people click to your site. Your number of site visits will skyrocket and your Google rankings will go through the roof,” Fred said.

“But won’t that be misleading if my post titles and the images have little to do with the content?” I asked. “My blog is intended to be a union of information and entertainment, not to appeal to readers’ baser instincts.”

“Your response is indicative of small thinking,” Fred said. “People gallivant from website to website. Why not have them land on yours?”

“Sorry, Fred,” I said, “but I’m not going to sell my blogging soul for more hits. Clickbait is not my style.”

“Okay,” Fred said. “But I bet if you added the picture I just texted you to your post you’d get a lot more hits. Just try it.”

“Fine,” I said. “Just to humor you. But this will be my only time, got it?”

Fred got a wry smile on his face.

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (generate), Ragtag Daily Prompt (fanciful), My Vivid Blog (misleading), The Daily Spur (union), Word of the Day Challenge (indicative), and Your Daily Word Prompt (gallivant). Photo credit: Barry_Madden at Flickr.

22 thoughts on “Clickbait

  1. msjadeli August 30, 2021 / 6:09 pm

    Gotta admit, that image does catch my eye 😉

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  2. Sadje August 30, 2021 / 7:07 pm

    Haha! I think this only works there first time around.

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    • Fandango August 30, 2021 / 8:18 pm

      Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental. 😉

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  3. bushboy August 30, 2021 / 7:19 pm

    Oh my blogging soul. Looks like I’ll be back to see what post is next but don’t use the word clickbait in the heading, it’s a give away 😂

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    • Fandango August 30, 2021 / 8:19 pm

      Thanks, Brian. I’ll keep that in mind! 😂

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  4. Nope, Not Pam August 31, 2021 / 2:37 am

    I’d rather see a cute puppy personally 😟

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  5. Terveen Gill August 31, 2021 / 5:42 am

    The picture can’t be ignored.
    But your words are stronger. 🙂

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  6. leigha66 September 12, 2021 / 8:38 pm

    It doesn’t look like you have a bigger number of likes my friend. Next plan…if sex didn’t do it, maybe money would? 🤑

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