Five Insane Clickbait Tricks you DIDN’T KNOW

These are ways that sites get people to click their content

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Clickbait has gotten you to click on something at least once, whether it was a list of “dangerous plants” or those 5 Minute Crafts videos with the very weird, unusual thumbnails, there are a lot of tricks that sites, online shopping, and top 10 Youtube channels do to get you to click on their content. This is an informative article on all the mind tricks that videos from large companies, ads for obscure products, and all the things in between will use to get you to look at their content.

Who uses clickbait? Mostly, this strategy is used by companies. On Youtube, these “content farms” are run by companies hoping to get views. The main game of many of these companies is to recycle and regurgitate old content and slap a new thumbnail and title on them.

Exaggeration is one of the best ways to get people to click on your content. Saying “10 Cool things you can do with plastic” will get a few clicks, but just adding “10 Insane plastic Life-Hacks” will probably get more people, due to the very subtle hint that these are better than the rest, or more “cool” or surprising. Even though most of it is not, it gets people to click on their content, and in the mind of someone making clickbait, if they click on it, it’s working (even if it means using long-dead memes).

The thumbnail does a lot too. Ever wonder why those 5 Minute Crafts videos always have very weird thumbnails, and others show fake images relating to their topic, just to get clicks? Its to get you to see if the image on the thumbnail is real or not real. It’s obviously not real most of the time. Thumbnails don’t even have to be relating to your topic to get clicks, and it’s those that often attract more viewers, in fact.

Do you want to know a clickbait trick you didn’t know? Add “you didn’t know” after all your titles. For example, “10 cool magic tricks” would get more views as “10 cool magic tricks you didn’t know” for one reason. Most people want to know things, so if they see a list of things they didn’t know, they will probably be more likely to click on it.

Lists are a good way to get people to view content because it offers more than what most videos would explain. A video describing one cool magic trick will get fewer clicks than one describing ten in the same amount of time because the thumbnail of the first one hides nothing. This goes along with the “didn’t know” principle, where the viewer wants to see something they didn’t know. Plus, some sites combine both of these strategies.

Most of us know about  “Free V-Bucks” or its far older counterpart “Free Robux”. These are malicious sites that seem like they will give you money for their corresponding game, but they will do the opposite. Now, the Free V-Bucks people are trying to adapt, posting videos with people using the site, proving it “works”. “Free V-Bucks NO SCAM” will fool a few people into clicking on it, just from it trying to differentiate from other Fortnite scams. The clickbait version of the V-Buck scam is just saying “Not clickbait” at the end. Its a kind of old-fashioned tactic, when the word clickbait was first being used, channels and sites wanted to point out that their clickbait wasn’t clickbait.

I have a theory. This may or may not be true, but my theory of “natural clickbait” is as follows. If you follow a site, paper, or channel, seeing a new video under their name will be more effective than the strategies listed here, because you know what their content is. It works on me, and this theory seems logical. “Natural clickbait” should work on others too.

This article was created so that people can learn to spot clickbait tricks and avoid clicking on them. This doesn’t mean all videos marked with “top 10” or all the article titles ending in “you didn’t know” are bait, but the chances are that it’s just another trick to get you to click on their page.

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