JavaScript pop-up.On the home page for an email subscription, when you fetch us Google, the Google bot doesn’t see the JavaScript pop-up. Visitors see the pop-up on their first visit and have to click. It takes the whole screen. Is this is problem?

JavaScript pop-up.On the home page for an email subscription, when you fetch us Google, the Google bot doesn’t see the JavaScript pop-up. Visitors see the pop-up on their first visit and have to click. It takes the whole screen. Is this is problem?

Webmaster Guru Asked on May 24, 2017 in Java Script.
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JOHN MEULLER (Webmaster Analyst from Google):

How can I say this? I really find these type of sites terribly annoying. And I see complaints from users all the time about these kinds of pop-ups that essentially come up when you’re trying to visit a page, and especially when you’re on mobile phone, you need to click that small x somewhere in the corner, or you have to find that first. That’s really annoying. So that’s something, at least from me as a user, I would recommend kind of finding a different approach to getting people to sign up, because this is really frustrating. really annoying. With regards to the Google Search in ¬†with the rendering option and you don’t see that, then probably Googlebot doesn’t see that. I guess the tricky part here is, if you’re using some kind of a technique to block Googlebot from seeing this specifically, then that might be seen as cloaking to some extent. If users see one version of the page and Googlebot sees something completely different, that wouldn’t really be that great, and that might be something where the webspam team might even say, well, this is so shady, we need to take action on this. I don’t think the webspam team would take action on normal email interstitials or the usual pop-ups– download our app, or do this or do that. So it’s probably just for really extreme situations where they might do that. But from a user point of view, I’d really, really recommend getting rid of those stupid pop-ups. They’re so frustrating.

 

Webmaster Guru Answered on May 24, 2017.
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