To Click or Not to Click: Why Don’t People Click Links?

Like Dan, I like to click any links provided in posts, even though I sometimes have to search for them – because they are the same colour as the rest of the text!
How about YOU?


What does it take to get people to click a link?  And why is this the toughest feat in all of the blogosphere?  I was discussing this a couple of days ago with another blogger and I can’t get my head around it.

I don’t always click every link, but I click links habitually as I like to read background information or supporting documents.  I talked about this phenomenon several months ago when talking about reblogs and upset many of you with my title.  I questioned whether the blogging community is hypocritical or at minimum selfish.  Why would I ask such a question?

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As bloggers we want visitors, views, clicks, and likes, regardless of the volume. Every blogger starts a blog in hopes that at least one other person on the interweb visits; if this were not the case we would not do what we do.  It is…

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17 thoughts on “To Click or Not to Click: Why Don’t People Click Links?

  1. There’s not enough hours in a day to click on every link. I turn my computer on to write so I confine myself to those that gain my interest and only check on three regularly – yours being one of them Chris, and of course my little mutt follows Danny!

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  2. Honestly, I only click on things that interest me. If a reblog doesn’t grab me from the short preview, I’ll share it, but I won’t necessary click. There aren’t enough hours in the day to read every post from everyone I know. Sad but true. However, this post makes me want to click, if that helps.

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  3. I usually click to the ends of the earth and end up distracted and lost. But maybe that’s just me. I do wish more sites were easier to reblog. I often can’t find a way to do that. But maybe that’s just me. I know Chris the Reading Ape has guided me along a few times! I always appreciate it when folks lend a hand!

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  4. To click or not to click, that is the question… Sometimes I feel like a click, sometimes I don’t. First they must have my interest. If they have failed to grab my attention, probably not.

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  5. Far too many people take the easy way out Chris. Yes they look. All anyone has to do is to check their blogs stats to find out how many. But, very few ‘Like’ a post. Even less bother to comment, unlike you an I.😉

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  6. I like to be able to press “Like”. If a link takes me somewhere interesting that doesn’t have a “Like” button, then… what? Do I have to leave a comment? Share on social media? Well, maybe I will, but only if it’s a really interesting article.

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