It’s 2018, when everyone is a publisher!
I mean, how many of you would check your post once in every hour to see how many likes you got on Instagram?! Long story short, no matter how much you think you don’t care about it, at some point you’ll try to attract people to see what you post so they can potentially spread the love on your page.
Some people try so hard to do it that they would give some provoking title to get some unique visitors to their page. Hence, the invention of the term clickbait that we all know now.
To be fair, some of us learned the hard way that we started to check the content first before we shared an article in social media. The thing is, some others would buy this kind of clickbait. And that’s exactly why the clickbait situation never stops.
But there are some kinds of clickbait that you smart people shall never fall into… Why? Because it’s obviously just a clickbait and not legit.
What are they?
5 Kinds of Clickbait that You Shall Never Fall Into
Who doesn’t know what clickbait is nowadays?
But then if you’re one of the rarest people who have no idea about clickbait these days, then a short explanation for you…
Now, let’s begin with the most essential part about the kinds of clickbait you should never buy, if you think you’re good at risk management and whatnot.
1. Single Ladies Nearby Are Waiting for You
Well, if you’re familiar with this clickbait, chances are you spend too much time on porn sites. 😛
I hate to crack this out for you, but the hot single ladies in the picture are not exactly the same people waiting for you nearby. And more often than not, the ad leads you to some scammy dating site that not only will trap you to pay some money but also a chance to meet some random catfish on the internet.
I don’t know whether there’s still anyone who would fall for this kind of scam, but there you go… Time to get smart and ignore it, lads! 😉
Seriously, consider yourself lucky if you only get a chance to meet some random catfish, because it’s quite often to get some virus through that kind of sites too. You’re not exactly planning to get your computer broken, are you?!
2. Lose 10 kgs in 10 days!
Well, yes… You can lose 10 kgs in 10 days, but not solely by eating cookies!
You also need some exercise to get in shape, because life is not that easy. I mean, I’ve seen all these clickbaits everywhere… From empty promise about losing weight in some certain short period, to even getting in shape without cutting your daily meal.
If there’s anything that I don’t understand about some lousy marketing campaigns that I’ve seen these days, it is the fact that I never get what’s the purpose of brands selling dreams to their customers.
Like, one of my clients is a mixed Asian-Caucasian public figure and go figure why she’s the brand ambassador of a whitening cream. Seriously, smart people… She was born that way.
She doesn’t need a magic cream to get a fair skin and if anything… It’s in her DNA! 😐
3. Easy Money Through Blogging
I mean, who doesn’t want to get money through blogging where you can work literally anywhere. You could definitely choose your office, be it on your bed in your lovely small apartment or in some fancy villa around Bali. Sounds like heaven, right?!
But believe me, nope… It’s not that easy to earn money through blogging. It requires a lot of hard work, and sometimes the hard work itself could demotivate you by the time you realize that it’s been a year and your income is still next to nothing through blogging.
While it’s not easy to earn money from blogging, it is not impossible…
I mean, sure it takes time to actually make a profit out of your blog. But it requires time and your patience to get to that point, not to mention your hard work, to begin with.
If you’re thinking to develop your blog to make it your source of income, I’d suggest to do it part-time before actually putting your whole energy into it. You can either keep your office job first or try to get a remote job as a virtual assistant or something else.
My message is to never get scammed by the propaganda of easy money through JUST blogging when you’re only about to start.
4. Quit Your Job and Travel
Well, while it might work for some people… If quitting your job to travel was that easy, everyone would quit immediately because who the heck actually loves to wake up for the sake of money to make a living?!
Yes, I know there are so many people out there encouraging you to find ‘yourself’ through travel as no one deserves to suffer from that pressure you get from your 9-to-5 job with minimum wage. But let me remind you that sometimes in that case, quitting your job to travel is just a privilege that not everyone has.
Sure, it’s pretty easy for you who hold US passport with your savings, because despite the fact that you’ve got the minimum wage of say, $7 USD per hour… You can just book a one-way ticket to somewhere with the lower living cost like South America or Southeast Asia, and you can last for a few months if not the whole year.
But what about us, the holder of some weaker passport in this part of the world? Bonus point when we earn the minimum wage by our country’s standard, that barely pays us $7 USD a day?! Quitting our job to travel is sometimes just a wishful thinking. Let alone to travel the world, because some of us have to struggle to even travel to work to begin with.
So yes, while this clickbait might work for some people, ask yourself first whether you’re the first category or the latter like me? If you’re in my category, then be my guess to mock fun of people that say quitting your job to travel is easy peasy. 😛
5. Painless Hair Wax
The reason why I include this is that I was the fool who fell for it at some point in my life. HAHA.
A few years ago I bought a sugar wax because the ads told me that waxing doesn’t have to be painful. I usually shaved back in the days, and waxing was definitely a new thing for me then.
So, without even having an experience of getting waxed before, I bought a jar of sugar box only to hurt myself in the vagina.
That was the last time I actually tried to wax myself.
But then a few months later, I finally got the courage to try waxing in some wax house… I tell you what, it took me around 2 hours to wax my vajayjay because when you usually shaved, it would affect the hair growth in a way the razor slices without reaching under the surface of your skin. And this cut could turn your hair to be thicker and darker.
And that case is something that makes waxing even more painful. So here’s the secret… To reach some certain level of the mainstream beauty standard, I believe pain is mandatory. No matter how the commercial tells you. 😛
What Kind of Clickbait That Attracts You the Most?
So yeah… Those are the kind of clickbait that no one should fall into anymore these days. But then again, even to write this post, I had to pass some several stupidities myself to understand.
Well, I guess I’m not the only one since you must experience some sort of stupidity on your own, right? So, what kind of clickbait that attracts you the most to the point you clicked it? Are you usually disappointed when you find out that it’s just a clickbait?
Let me know what you think, and cheerio! 😀
5 thoughts on “5 Kinds of Clickbait that Smart People Shall Not Fall Into”
Ugh I hate clickbait! Youtube is really bad about this and I agree ADs are too!
So funny yet so true. Clickbait is avoidable but sometimes it is sneaky. I can generally avoid it because I agree with you – if it seems to easy it is not real . The weight loss clickbait is the WORST. Thanks for sharing..it is a great reminder of what to be on the lookout for when online. And what to avoid!
Those ones about the “secret to increasing your IG following in 1 week” used to get me when I first started blogging. Now, I just scroll right pass them because I know that there are no secrets…
hahaha. good point about this secret to increasing instagram. so much yes, i mean for this, i believe the contents you’re offering to your followers are still the king and nothing else. 🙂
Awesome post! I did not know what people are was called clickbait. I just thought it was a marketing but clickbait sounds like the perfect name. Thank you for sharing.