Isn’t this great? You can sit there and listen for 25 minutes on their site, making Google mighty happy to boost them up in the rankings.
Or you can download it, perhaps taking it on your scenic run, or that family outing to the drive-in.
Jeez, the possibilities are truly limitless!
So why am I not impressed?
I guess because I go to blogs to read, maybe look at some pictures. I don’t go to have banshee-like audio blaring or to see the same YouTube clip playing over and over in a 1.7 second loop that lasts until the armies of Judgement Day descend upon us.
No, I’m not interested in that at all.
Is Audio the Next Big Thing, And Do You Care?
I guess many authors can’t get enough of the amazing opportunities audio books have, but I don’t think plunking down anywhere from a few hundred bucks to $1,000 is going to make people anymore interested in my books than they are now.
YouTube videos get a lot of play on sites, and honestly, I don’t mind these too much if they’re related to the written content. I’ve used a few on my site, mainly for when I’m talking about movies. I find these work better when they’re under 2.5 minutes.
What busts my buffers are the endless loop clips and the sidebar video advertisements.
Does Audio on Sites Annoy You?
No, this isn’t the wrong site, it’s just advertising.
How long does it take you to hit the close button on those sites? It takes me about 1.2 seconds I figure, and many times lately these are sites on my bookmark bar. I can tell you something, if that shit continues, they won’t be on that bookmark bar anymore.
Is gaining $0.23 worth losing a user, or even alienating a visitor? I hope they think so, it means my site will soar ever upward!
Are there people that like this crap? I guess – why else would sites be doing it? I have a feeling this is the initial experimentation stage, however, and if sites continue to see mediocre returns in the form of low downloads and fewer blog comments, I think it will pass.
Let’s hope so!