There are posts on this site from a few years back that I call douche posts.
You see in 2013, a few friends and I were talking about Blabbermouth’s link bait headlines and how in most cases Blabbermouth always picked some content of an interview that could be deemed controversial as their headline.
Anyway I said to my friends I would do a few douche posts like that as an experiment and see what kind of reaction we get.
It’s been over 4 years old and I can confirm those douche posts are the least viewed posts on the site.
You see, these posts are part of an experiment to test a few internet theories.
With so much information available to us, nothing lasts on the internet. In other words, the post of today is forgotten tomorrow like the album you spent 8 months recording is released this week and forgotten the next week.
Clickbait always wins. This was based on how Blabbermouth and Loudwire promote their posts.
My posts were designed to be a “not too obvious” click bait post. Maybe a douche post to some people, but in order to prove or disprove experiments, you need real life actors.
In this case click bait doesn’t win.
The experiment is still in the early stages but this experiment has shown to me that clickbait news stories are not really worth it. You might outrage some people, and get some views but it’s not the way forward in the long term or if you want to build something that lasts.
Clickbait brings the wrong audience to the site. For sites to grow, they need users who are engaged with it, creating their own social culture group. And that’s my aim.
The bigger websites like Blabbermouth care about the clicks to the story. That’s how they make ad revenue. All the best to them.
And while these posts are the least viewed they sure have some interesting comments.
Of course, comments need to be taken with a grain of salt here. Insulting ones are ignored, however some comments asking me to check out other things that support the commenters viewpoint are engaging and worthwhile.
What these posts have told me is that people shouldn’t take things too seriously. I sure don’t. We are all imperfect and I don’t mind poking some fun my way. That’s what makes us human after all.
And one more thing, good or bad, everything lasts on the internet. Sometimes it takes time for people to find it. You know that song you released today, it could be forgotten for years, maybe decades. But as long as it’s out there, someone will find it.