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  1. Aficionada profile image94
    Aficionadaposted 5 years ago

    This is not a How-To question, but rather a sort of informal survey.

    1 - How do you yourself navigate on [EDIT: "away from"] web pages you read?  Do you click off the page through an ad; do you use the back button; or do you click through a link?

    I myself never click through ads.  It never even occurred to me to do that, before I read about it on HubPages.

    2 - How do you search for topics of interest to you?  Do you use Google, Yahoo!, AOL, Bing, or other?  Do you allow "suggestions" or are you irritated by them?  Do you ever use the "related" suggestions on a search page?

    3 - How do you react to Likes, Shares and Suggestions from your friends on social media sites?  Do you automatically check them out?  Does it depend primarily on whether the topic interests you?  Does it depend primarily on the "hook" of the article or video that is Liked?  Does it depend primarily on who suggested it?

    1. Cagsil profile image83
      Cagsilposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I either close the tab I opened to view it or click on another bookmarked page to go to.
      Depends on what I'm searching for.
      I have two toolbars installed, one is Yahoo and one is Google.
      It depends on if it interests me.

  2. psycheskinner profile image83
    psycheskinnerposted 5 years ago

    1 - I never click an ad unless I am genuinely interested in buying the produce.  I leave by going to where I want to go next by the easiest method (bookmark, link etc)

    2 - Almost always Google

    3 - I don't use social networking recommendation systems very much at all. I hate having them effect my search results.

  3. leahlefler profile image98
    leahleflerposted 5 years ago

    1- It depends on what I'm reading and what the ad is for. If the ad is something that I've been looking for, then I'll click - but only if it is really relevant to what I've been searching for. I usually use the back button to get back to the original page (unless the ad opens up in a new window).

    2- Almost always Google.

    3- I only check out links shared by friends if it appeals to me. I never really check out the products that say "Bob McBobkins likes Entemann's!" Sometimes I'll "like" an advertisement because it is part of a contest and I have a delusional hope that maybe I'll win something (g).

  4. livewithrichard profile image87
    livewithrichardposted 5 years ago

    1. I will click on an ad if it interests me. I don't believe for a second that nobody here ever clicks on an ad.  Yes, we train ourselves not to click on ads here on HP because it can have an adverse affect on our accounts. But on sites that we do not have a stake in, I see no reason not to click on an ad that peaks your interest.

    2. Primarily Google, but occasionally I will use Bing or Yahoo to compare SERP's

    3.  I will follow likes and shares of my real life friends or family members but those that appear from contacts I rarely interact with, I don't even consider them.

    1. Aficionada profile image94
      Aficionadaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I understand what you are saying about an ad that piques our interest, but I honestly rarely click on ads anywhere, period.  Exceptionally rarely.  I know that I am not a typical consumer, and I am interested in knowing just how atypical I am.  smile

      But my question was not exactly what you have responded to. I was and am curious about whether people use ad-clicking (elsewhere, not on HP) as a method of leaving a page. Some people may open ads in a different window, for example.

      1. FloraBreenRobison profile image61
        FloraBreenRobisonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        1. no I don't use ads for this purpose.  Instead, I click on my profile, or my homepage .  On other sites I will simply click on my home to get to Google.

        2. Primarily, I use Google, although I belong to clubs on Yahoogroups, so I occasionally use Yahoo.

        3. I rarely use these sites, but it depends entirely on the topic.


  5. livewithrichard profile image87
    livewithrichardposted 5 years ago

    To be clear, I never click on ads here on HP.  I will sometimes click on an ad that will take me to another page. It really doesn't bother me if it opens in a new tab or not since closing a tab is just a click away.

    When I click on an ad it's because of 2 things. First, I've received all that I think I can from the content on the page I was viewing. Second, an ad that is serving on that page piques my interest and I'm ready to navigate away. 

    If there is no ad that piques my interest then I find another exit, possibly from an archived page if the author or the content I'm leaving merits deeper investigation.  For the most part though, I just click on the 'home' tab on my browser which is set to Google.

    1. Aficionada profile image94
      Aficionadaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Yes, I myself understood that, and I agree that it's important to be crystal clear for the sake of anyone who may not have caught on to that yet.  Thanks!

      Wow, and here's another new thing that I had no idea about!  {Note:  I see the little house icon now.  I may try that in future.}  I didn't even know this was a possibility - although I do on very rare occasions use the Google logo on the Google toolbar.

      I think my most commonly used navigation tool is the address bar memory.  I just scroll to whatever page I need and click.

  6. WriteAngled profile image91
    WriteAngledposted 5 years ago

    I always open in a new tab. Over 90% of the time, I leave by closing the tab. Occasionally I will follow through on a link. I very, very rarely click on an ad.

    If I see something interesting in an ad, I will usually google the item/topic and see what comes up for it in a standard search rather than click on the ad straight away. The reason is that I do not trust ads to give me the best information about anything.

  7. Aficionada profile image94
    Aficionadaposted 5 years ago

    I'm enjoying reading these responses, even those I haven't replied to individually.

    @Cagsil - In my toolbar and on my home page I have search boxes for several search engines, but I use one SE more than all the others.  That's really what interests me - which SE people actually use, not which ones they have available to use.

    Also, I didn't realize that "Do you allow 'suggestions' or are you irritated by them?" promoted a yes-or-no response.  lol  It sounds like the kind of response my Dad frequently gave jokingly.

    1. Cagsil profile image83
      Cagsilposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I don't just use one search more often than another. wink I usually alternate using them.

      Your questions- do you allow suggestion, which I do. And, YES, I am usually irritated by the suggestions offered, but variety is always better.

      So, YES was my answer to both.

  8. Lisa HW profile image82
    Lisa HWposted 5 years ago

    With the way I operate, I shouldn't even be on the Internet  big_smile

    I use a kind of "Always go back to Square 1, and muddle my way myself" approach.  I don't know...    I just like to find things on my own.   Although in the "rest of life" I'm efficient and organized, online I prefer to be a muddler.   hmm

    Anyway, I never click on ads (I shouldn't say that in public, right?).  If I'm going to shop I go right to where I want to shop and start looking.   I either close a window or else use the back button (to get me back to that Square 1, so I can start some new thing from scratch  lol).  I guess it has something to do with my not be willing to be "led astray" from whatever it is I'm "on a quest" for.   Besides, I just prefer to filter out anything not "in my sites", because I don't think I'd know where to draw the line if I didn't do that.

    If I do click on an information-type link (found in an article), I'll make sure I go right back where I came from, before I do anything else.  As for stuff people send me, I ignore it.  Again, I like to find stuff that interests me on my own.  Other people's idea of what I might be interested in is usually wrong (and if not completely wrong, it's wrong for me at the moment - and I'm not going to store up a bunch of stuff to go looking at, for no good reason - because, again, I prefer to start clean and from scratch, and go find stuff myself.  smile  )  (As I said, I don't belong on the Internet.   hmm  )