Horse Sex Stories Were Clicked Most

Danny Westneat of the Seattle Times has reported that the most popular story this year ever was their horse sex story:

The story last summer about the man who died from a perforated colon while having sex with a horse in Enumclaw was by far the year’s most read article.

What’s more, four more of the year’s 20 most clicked-upon local news stories were about the same horse-sex incident. We don’t publish our Web-traffic numbers, but take it from me — the total readership on these stories was huge.

Furthermore:

at No. 2, of a North Bend man finding photos on a Thai beach that captured a Canadian couple’s last moments before the tsunami hit.

Now every editorial decision is based on Web-traffic stats. Popular stories beget similar coverage. Unpopular stories get killed. Reporters are even paid by whose stories get the most clicks.

Tabloid, sensational, and lurid stories will contiune to dominate the web in 2006. So if you’re looking to build link bait to drive links and traffic, you may want to start thinking like an Internet Shock Jock.

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4 Responses to “Horse Sex Stories Were Clicked Most”

  1. I’m not surprised. That’s hilarious.

  2. Ozh says:

    I guess my trackback wont make it through the spam detection with such a title :)

  3. Yeah, I once surfed an adult blog with many different adult categories and a search engine, and the “animal sex” blog searches were at the top. Weird stuff :)

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