(noun, pejorative) A seemingly innocent posting on social media that contains a link to more content, but whose true goal is to trick the viewer into clicking on the link so that the writer can collect view stats -- usually for monetary or for narcissistic purposes.
That tweet on how to get girls/guys was just clickbait -- it linked to some book on Amazon.

That posting in my stream titled "What This Person Did For That Will AMAZE You!" was just clickbait and linked to a paid advertisement video.
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FOOTAGE OF PERSON JUMPING OFF TWIN TOWERS 1 SECOND BEFORE THE ATTACK (NOT CLICKBAIT) (ALMOST DIED) (OMG SO CRAZY) (99% WILL NOT BELIEVE)
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The thing I absolutely hate the most.

This method is set up by what looks like a cool or innocent article, video, etc, but once the viewer clicks on it, the creator gets profit.

On YouTube, there are many of these YouTubers. They often use overused thumbnails such as boobs, or annoying things IN the thumbnails, such as circles or arrows. These are usually attractive to many viewers, and once they get their hands on that video, the creator gains money just from people clicking.

Some may also use misleading titles. Again, this is another way to lure viewers into a video that just has a misleading title put there on purpose. And again, this is another way the creator can get money.

There are some YouTubers I've come across, and as a very underrated YouTuber, I find this act selfish and a lazy way to get money. If there's a day I get popular, I would never use this stupid method to gain money; I'd be out of my house, earning money at a REAL job.
Clickbait is just the worst thing I've seen. And I hate how some people get away with it, like YouTubers do not get terminated for spam content.
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An Article with a title designed to make the reader want to hear about it, they often will claim to improve your life in some way.
Examples of commonly found clickbait:
AMERICAN BILLIONAIRES WANT THIS VIDEO BANNED!
69 FOODS THAT ARE ACTUALLY BAD FOR YOU!
NEW GENIUS PILL LEGALIZED
THIS AMERICAN MOTHER MAKES $2000 DOLLARS A DAY FROM HOME.
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Alex The Rambler is better because he dosent use clickbait.
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Clickbait "INSAINE BASE RAID ADMIN BASE ABUZE EPIC LOOT UNTURNED VANILLA SERVER"
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