These banner videos are so irritating. They block the content as the reader scrolls. I wish Maven would get rid of them or at least have them go away when the reader scrolls.
I wish Maven would take a good look at how they block the article's content.
I’m not fond of the banner video, but I hate the rows of “Around the Web” ads under the comments. I counted seventeen rows in a couple of articles. Two or three rows would be fine, but seventeen is excessive. The list contains some other ads, and I noticed this morning that one line in the list was showing articles from writers here. I doubt whether many readers would notice them in the sea of ads.
I see the list of articles but not the ads on my top article. Also, in some articles with the Maven videos, there is a close button. We can click on that and hide the videos. I wish it were on all my articles.
This is strange. I looked at your James Bond hub on my iPad. The “Around the Web” section at the bottom of the comments had 12 rows of links to other sites, 5 rows of links to ReelRundown articles, plus a regular full-width ad. After this section, there was another full-width ad and then the “Related Articles” section. Perhaps there are specific factors that control what the reader sees.
I was on a desktop. Perhaps that's the variable.
"Around the Web" was always on Owlcation, but I never saw it on any of the other niche sites until today. What I'm seeing now is a hot mess. I have been gone for a few weeks, but it did not look like this the last time I was looking through my articles.
I really hope it is a glitch of some kind. This layout makes the pages look terrible. I had 18 lines of around the web ads/ Owlcation articles, with every third line being Owlcation articles.
I also went to the James Bond article on my desktop, and it was the same for me. I didn't see any ads. The video banner disappeared too.
Kenna, I just looked at your James Bond article from my desktop at work and saw several ads interspersed throughout the text and off to the right. One ad in the comments section, then eighteen rows of Around the Web before getting to "related articles". The video banner was there, but it didn't follow me.
For me, it isn't as bad on mobile; you get the video at the top but it disappears after you scroll. However, once a big ad covered the whole screen.
I just checked it out and you are right. It's irritating. Not a good reading experience. Tacky
+1 -- it must be affecting traffic but maybe COVID traffic is concealing the effect
Agree 1000% but they are not listening! They are too big, too distracting, and unrelated!
The videos have been a great addition, but we hear you on the user-experience front (or reader-experience front). We are actively revisiting this feature's performance and our strategy around it. It's fairly new, so there might be several iterations or changes to come.
Thank you for the update. Yes. Videos are a great addition as long as they assist or enhance the user experience. I look forward to a positive outcome from their evolution.
I'm interested in why the Owlcation video features a spider, one of the top phobias. If anyone gets that far, they are likely to click away and never come back. My articles on Owlcation have nothing to do with spiders or animals in general and I find it absurd to even highlight a phobia in the first place.
There are better fits for Entomology that are actual insects instead of using such a controversial "animal" like an arachnid which is not even an insect.
I vastly prefered the other Owlcation video to this one. Both were/are irrelavent, but at least the old one wasn't going to scare readers away. This new one also does not highlight the subcategory that my articles are even in and did not show me a category that would even remotely interest me based on the article/category I was reading previously.
Are there new videos still being produced/thought out so that articles can have more relavent videos? The beginning is great, but the subjects highlighted could use some work so they are at least useful to the reader and represent the content of the article.
I think they should be made in such away that they are reader friendly by giving the reader a choice to watch if they want or not. For instance "tap to watch" button included to easy content access and improve the site's performance on search engines. That's my opinion.
Thanks for the concern.
I agree. Give the reader a choice. Even click on an "x" to close the video.
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