I am only speaking for myself but I may be speaking for a lot of people…..Adam Dicker, you need to get rid of that video of the guy in the blue shirt from all your sites. He is annoying and I’m pretty sure that Internet users absolutely do not pay attention to those types of videos. On the contrary, a new user will automatically associate spam or marketing if that’s the first thing they see when you visit your site.
I stopped visiting DnfBlog because of it and for the first time I just saw it on DnForum. I wasn’t logged in and all of of a sudden Mr. Blue Guy comes up and I shriek…”What the Hell is that guy doing over here and how did he escape the blog?” There is absolutely no value to that thing in my opinion and a few others agree. Look at the comments from a recent article by Morgan Linton.
“I stopped visiting because of that annoying “popup” guy” -Alan
“Agreed, the popup was extremely annoying and made DNFBlog just a big promotion for DNForum” -KD
“Agreed. Puranjay writes a nice article…(and the little guy in the corner was annoying” -Bobby
“I agree with Alan–VERY annoying popup, representing everything that annoys me about the internet. It felt spammy. Why do advertisers think that users LOVE those ridiculous popups, pop-unders, slide-acrossers, etc.? I, too, stopped visiting when that “man” started yapping through my speakers. Perhaps that’s why DNFblog started losing traffic” -MsDomainer
“Agreed about the flash pop-up, there are plug ins to disable it” -Acro
“Some great articles and commentary but the pop-up has got to go…” -Ian
“Wow, this pop-up guy really is getting a lot of feedback! Looks like nobody was a big fan of him but it does seem that like me, many people did like the articles!” -Morgan Linton
“After the pop up guy started appearing i stopped visiting the site” -John
And there were more but Adam should get the point. There is no doubt he knows what he’s doing. He has built a great forum. But I can guarantee the Blue Guy has sent away more people that he has attracted or informed. Shake the blue shirt guy’s hand, wish him well, and send him on his way. New users will easily find out what your site is all about as long as it has fresh and unique content. The forum has it, the blog…….well, it was on its way but now needs to be restored. Start with a sound free site.