13 “Mainstream” Sites Powered by Porn

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First the VCR, then late-night Cinemax, and now the Huffington Post? As Wiz Khalifa so elegantly says, you already know what it is, and if you don't you should by now. Yep, we're talking about porn. Internet users still search for porn and porn-related keywords more than anything else. So, why shouldn't Gawker, Buzzfeed, HuffPo and other "mainstream" sites jump on that (so to speak)?



The Internet is a place where traffic gives you credibility, and sexual content gives you traffic. The result is major media websites acting like a desperate drunk girl at two in the morning, getting sluttier by the minute. ESPN is writing about Rex Ryan's foot fetish and even the New York Times is getting into the act by telling us that Jullian Assange's condom broke. Nothing risqué, nothing gained, right? What may surprise you is just how much traffic some of the top websites get from sex-related searches.

Our crack research staff here at This or That used the free version of the website analytics service Compete to look at the top 5 search terms for many popular sites. Our findings confirm that many of these sites get a substantial amount of their traffic from sex-related searches.

Take, for example, Gawker Media's sports blog Deadspin. According to Compete, one of their top five keywords is the query "biggest penis in the NFL." This is the result of their page-view bonanza post about New York Jets employee Jenn Sterger and Bret Favre's penis. Gawker Media's penis obsession is not just limited to Deadspin. Another one of their blogs, Jezebel, is apparently where Internet users go to find "big dick," its third most popular search term.



I do realize that Deadspin and Jezebel aren't exactly the most tasteful sites on the Web. But the purely "mainstream" sites also get tons of traffic from these types of searches. The number three search term for media mammoth The Huffington Post is the popular keyword "sex." It is also the number two search for the video sharing site Vimeo. AskMen (slogan: "become a better man"), with 3.2 million unique visitors a month, apparently has keyword searches for "anal sex" and "oral sex" (in that order) as its two biggest search terms after keywords referring to the site itself. Another male-targeted site, SpikeTV.com, includes terms "porn" and "boobs" in the top 5. "Boobs" also appears as a top 5 term for the popular comedy sites Funny or Die and Cracked. Apparently boobs are hilarious. The social discovery site Digg is apparently the go-to place if you're looking for "Miley Cyrus nude" and the previously mentioned Gawker is where to go if you're wondering if John Travolta is gay.



Then there is the inexplicable top search term for the popular science site RedOrbit. More Internet users find RedOrbit by searching for the elusive "Royal Orgasm" than any other search term (except giant crayfish which may or may not be sexual). I, of course, had to look up the article the referenced article for Royal Orgasm. Let's just say the sex lives of 4,000+ female sets of twins have never been more boring.

It gets worse. "Animal Porn" is the number 3 search term for the online viral trends tracker Buzzfeed, the place that prides itself on finding things before they they break into the mainstream. Let's hope that trend never crosses the proverbial chasm.



Easily the sketchiest keyword set for the sites I checked out (yes, even sketchier than "Animal Porn") is the popular social news site Reddit. Three of their top five search terms are sex-related, including "reddit nude", "ass", and "jailbait." Yes, you read that right: Jailbait. Reddit's site actually has a section called "Jailbait," a collection of non-nude photos of women (girls, rather) that may or may not be over 18 years old. The pictures are racy enough to be tagged by the editors of Reddit as NSFW (Not Safe For Work). In a snarky explication of their NSWF tag, they say, "Reddit's audience is primarily American. America was founded by people so uptight about religion, the Europeans put them on boats and told them to GTFO," and that they reluctantly added the NSFW tag "so we don't have to hear about it anymore." I may just be an uptight American, but I think there are better ways to get traffic then to cater to guys trolling for nearly naked underage girls.

Yes, these sites are partially to blame for capitalizing on the sexualization of everything on the Internet. That said, it is Internet users who are actually searching for this stuff. For those of you who found this article by Googling one of the aforementioned terms, thanks for making it all the way to the end of the post, even though you probably didn't find what you were looking for.

What's sketchier?

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Debate It! 8

Anyone who can read those charts to know what they mean nothing and that you are an idiot.

Posted By Tahko,

@Tahko I think you accidentally a word or two.

Posted By Rebecca,

!Tahko, The Taco Bell Taco meat survey is a few articles up. Or were you Googleing "Mystery Meat Sex?"

Posted By ewelch,

Question is if anyone has ever tried the "Giant ROYAL Crayfish" Both are very sketchy, but that image of the giraffe for the animal porn option is maybe the creepiest thing I've seen.

Posted By ev.morris28,

This could be the greatest piece of SEO content ever created.

Posted By Cobanerd,

Agree wth Ev.morris28...I don't think I'll be sleeping anytime soon...or watching porn. I'm swearing off porn now!
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Posted By thundercat832,

Good article.

These sites were betting that "traffic gives you credibility, and sexual content gives you traffic" but it turned out they were wrong. Traffic begets acknowledgment, not credibility. Traffic gets you noticed, but fame is not always a good thing.

Jeffrey Dahmer is famous, but not in a good way. Similarly, almost everybody has heard of Reddit but very few people consider it "credible". Most people know it for what it is: a bastion of misogyny, porn, racism and hatred.

Being a scumbag is nothing to be proud of, and is certainly not a sustainable business model.

Posted By LouF,

I don't understand at all, but i lol'd for no reason

Posted By Oushavinge,

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