Friday, April 06, 2007

Sex and gays are driving Craiglist’s growth: what’s new?

There is nothing as liberating as the Internet. According to Compete, which tracks web users' consumer behavior, 17 million people visit Craigslist, the popular classifieds site that Newspapers hate, every month.

Compete analyzed eight major American cities and found that erotic services consistently garner the highest number of individual visitors; in fact, they take in almost twice as many as the next ranking category, averaging 265,000 people per city. Casual Encounters and Women seeking men follow erotic services in popular categories. Among non-erotic services, cars come first.

Looking deeper, Compete reports that the ‘men seeking men’ category garners views over 50% more pages and 20 more minutes on average searching these posts than any others. Moreover, this category enjoys Top 5 status in two cities by visitor volume.

So, what’s new?
Sex has always driven the growth of Internet – porn on Google, Myspace liaisons, Ebay erotic auctions, Youtube videos, dating sites like Plentyoffish and Adultfriendfinder – adult sites have always led in making money on the internet.

By the way, the personals section of any classified are full of sex. Now, to the newspapers’ dismay, this has gone online.

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At 2:55 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with assertation:

There is nothing as liberating as the internet.


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