The 7 Habits of Highly Annoying Websites

Posted on 10 February 2014

Do websites that do this this drive you nuts?

  1. Lots of white text on a black background. (Illegible.)
  2. A loud video soundtrack starts playing automatically as soon as you land on a page. (Give me a choice!)
  3. Pop-up ads. (Somebody give me a sledgehammer. Please!)
  4. They’re just badly written and demonstrate no understanding of marketing or human psychology. (User-unfriendly, unconvincing, frustrating to read, and bad for the company’s reputation.)
  5. When they ask for your phone number, they insist that the only acceptable answer is a 3-digit area code and a 7-digit number.  Oh, and they ask for a Zip code too. (Grrr! Not everyone lives in North America!)
  6. On their Contact page, they only offer a form for you to send them an email, but they don’t tell you their email address, a postal or street address, or a telephone number. (Not helpful.)
  7. They use cheesy stock photos of multicultural groups of smiling, attractive, anonymous executives. (Boring.)

Kay Ross

What other habits of highly annoying websites would you add to this list? (That would make a list of more than seven habits, but hey, that’s OK.)

Photo credit: Kenneth Lim Photography

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