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I have a website with consistent SEO traffic. I would like to display facebook like-box (and/or twitter follow) in a pop up after the user spends certain time (say 5 seconds) on a page. Will such an implementation hurt SEO?

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It is unlikely to directly affect your site's SERP performance, but it may indirectly harm it, if:

  • It makes your page load more slowly
  • It decreases the user's dwell time on your site

A helpful question to to ask if whether it will improve the user's experience on your site, and help them to achieve the goal of their visit.

  • Yes I understand that user experience should not be compromised at any cost. However, I would like to know if there is any specific directive from Google or other search engines in relation to pop up. – Kannan Dec 26 '18 at 5:24
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    You write "I understand that user experience should not be compromised at any cost". It's reasonable to assume that popping up a box 5 seconds after the user visits the page will seriously compromise the user experience! – Aidan Fitzpatrick Dec 26 '18 at 20:45

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