Years ago, these kind of cheap tactics did work in boosting web pages up Google’s search results. That isn’t the case anymore. When you search for something — anything —poorly designed or user-hostile websites never appear on page 1 of the search results.
Clickbait is clickbait Tim, even when you write it. Any industry has good actors and bad ones. Some of the things that annoy you are less of a “SEO tactic” than either bad website design, or trying to get folks to sign up for things by “internet marketers.”