Craigslist's secret sauce: Smut

Craigslist's secret sauce: Smut

Summary: Craigslist has 17 million people visiting its site a month, but many of them are there for a little more that apartment rentals, concert tickets and miscellaneous junk. Compete's Stephen Bagg shows that erotic services more than doubles the next category in terms of individual visitors.

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Craigslist has 17 million people visiting its site a month, but many of them are there for a little more that apartment rentals, concert tickets and miscellaneous junk.

Compete's Stephen Bagg shows that erotic services more than doubles the next category in terms of individual visitors. New York and Los Angeles have the most unique visitors trolling for erotic services. Cars for sale is the category that's typically a distant second--except for New York where "casual encounters" is second.

Bagg goes deeper into the stats to find that men seeking men are the power group in Craigslist.

Writes Bagg:

"A deeper look into the metrics reveals a real power group behind Craigslist’s impressive numbers: men seeking men. Even though they only enjoy Top 5 status in two cities by visitor volume, each month these Craigslist constituents view over 50% more pages and 20 more minutes on average searching these posts than any others – from apartment rentals to items for baby."

And you thought Craigslist was popular because of its delightfully communist leanings.

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  • duh

    thats a given. sex sells
    richvball44
    • Dont give the christian right a new target please

      They will fly at this like a moth to a flame.

      Its a free personals.. course you have to know the terminalogy.
      Been_Done_Before
  • Free Sex has been around alot longer than Craigs List.

    It doesn't matter where it is any sexual content at all upsets the "Cristian" Moral magority. It can be on T.V. or in the Newyork Best Seller List it doesn't matter. They will cause a fuss regardless. But it would help if there wasn't any ammo for them.
    dlake9