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Annoying Multiple Page Slideshow Articles - Open Letter to Publishers

Updated on July 6, 2011

Multi Page Articles

I don't know exactly what these are called so if you know the correct term for them, let me know in the comments but I like to call them multi page articles or slideshow articles. I am sure you guys have come across these in your journeys across the world wide web. it seems like every idiot with a website is joining this super annoying trend.

I am talking about those articles that make you click next next next to read every little bit of information. These articles are generally numbered - Top 10 ways to scratch yourself or Top 5 Reasons Your Mom is so Popular etc and to get to see all the top 5 or top 10 tips, you have to keep clicking the next button.

So Please! Webmasters and Publishers. Please stop publishing your articles in this way and just let us see the whole thing in one page (or two)

For those people who say that a lot of these websites provide links to be able to see the article in one page for printing purposes, I will say that you are right! They do provide this facility but at the end of the article so you will have to get to page 16 to be able to see it!

Slideshow Articles

This kind of slideshow article structure makes absolutely no sense from an SEO point of view, at least the way we were taught SEO. If you divide up your article into 10 sections and put each section on separate pages, then how is it providing a beneficial user experience? These webpages have clearly less content per page than a webpage that does not require your to click 87 times to read one article so why is it that they get such high rankings?

I understand if your article has a lot of graphic heavy imagery in it and you want to break it up so people don't have to wait a long time for the whole article to load up but most of these articles are not like that at all. They are content light and mostly super lame fluff pieces.

A lot of big companies are doing this kind of publishing as well. MSN is one example of a website that divides its articles into multiple pages and requires users to keep clicking. If the point is to be able to get more ad impressions, then that is pretty despicable.

But all in all I have to say that these types of multiple page slideshow articles are hugely annoying and something must be done about it to improve the online experience.

Do You Hate These Multi Page Slideshows As Well?

If you hate these multi page slideshow articles as much I do, then let me know in the comments section and maybe we can do something about it if we all get together and protest them. If you come across these anywhere on the web, I encourage you to leave a comment on the website about how much you dislike this type of publishing.

Ever since webmasters and content publishers have started publishing their articles in this multi-page format, it has detracted from the quality of the web and has added nothing to provide a positive user experience.


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      Sarah 4 years ago

      AHhh! This drives me nuts! Especially when it is like a paragraph of writing and you have to click next, next - it is such a waste of time!

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      Josh 4 years ago

      Totally agree!

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      Leslie 4 years ago

      I absolutely agree. Not sure if the objective in publishing the article/slideshow is to get people to read it or see all the ads but for increasing numbers neither happens.

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      Dorayakii 4 years ago

      "and just let us see the whole thing in one page (or two)".

      Why is even two pages acceptable? Why not just have it on just one page and put all the adverts to the side?

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      13thGeneral 5 years ago

      Agreed; extremely annoying. I've asked several friends and family about it, and they all agree. Often times they - and myself included - just close the webpage, too; unless we really feel we want to know the info.

      Sadly today "hits", "clicks", "likes", etc. are more important than actually relaying important or relevant information.

      From a wed developer standpoint, the slideshow it is actually more difficult to set up than it is to simply put the whole article on a single page - so they're wasting the dev's time, as well as the user's, all for they all mighty "Ad Click" paycheck.


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      Ratman 5 years ago

      I totally agree. Much nicer to scroll through, can compare later with earlier, which you can't do with slideshows. They often make the button too small and the image too big so you have to scroll down to click the "next" button then the next page scrolls you back up and you have to scroll down again. Soon as I see one, I click the "back" button.

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      Aaron W 5 years ago

      I'm on the same page. What a waste of time, having to click through pages of information when it could be presented much more simply and effectively.

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      Jerry Williamson 5 years ago

      The publishers do this to artificially bump the "hit" count on the ads on each page. The reason they think this works is that their are advertisers who are idiots who actually think someone is seeing their ad 20 times instead of once (or, in my case, ZERO).

      So I do what John J does - if I see it, I CLOSE it.

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      John J 6 years ago

      I instantly close any article presented in this format.

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      Pratyusha Yalamanchi 6 years ago

      I hate them too. Stupid publishers.

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      Tiffany 6 years ago

      I do! I'm with you! I just googled this and am surprised to find so little uproar. I think your theory on the ad impressions must be right (follow the money)....journalism takes the hit. I'm curious to see if this trend has a brief life, they're really very annoying little things.