While browsing the internet, have you ever seen catchy or provocative headlines that are difficult to resist, and when you click on the headlines to continue reading, the webpages or content that you are taken to, often have little or nothing to do with the headlines? Well, if this has happened to you, you have experienced what is called clickbaiting or linkbaiting. Rogue online marketers, and even some legitimate online marketers, are using sensationalist or sensational headlines, or eye-catching links to attract curious online users into clicking on and sharing deceptive article headlines on the internet, especially on social media websites.
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Clickbait or Linkbait is now popular on the internet, especially on social media websites. A lot of websites use clickbait techniques or headlines to drive web traffic to their websites, which in turn, will generate revenues from advertisements placed on the same websites.
Also, cyber-criminals can use the same to trick potential victims into visiting malicious websites, downloading malicious apps or software that will infect the potential victims' computers or devices with a virus, spyware or some other malware.
Below are popular samples of Clickbait or Linkbait headlines that are used by deceptive online publishers, which online users should think twice before clicking on. If you know of any other Clickbait or Linkbait headlines that are not listed below, please post them in the comment section below.
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