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Manion website trivia

WARNING: This is only interesting to those of you that visit this website regularly… i.e. nobody whatsoever.

I find it interesting so I’m going to share. I have been posting stories to this page since April 24, 2012. That’s a LOT of stories. On June 8, 2012 I posted a story called the myth of female orgasm and on December 19, 2012 I posted a story called Memoir: hearing my parents having sexWhy do I mention this? Because since June 8th, 2012 until the end of August 2020 one or the other of those two gems has had more unique visits to my site every month than any other story (recently published stories don’t count of course). Month in and month out, year in and year out new readers from the internet are judging my other stories (and nine books) based on these two bursts of stupidity.

Obviously this has nothing to do with the quality of the stories and everything to do with how they are ‘tagged’. Tags allow unholy Google algorithms to find content for readers that have entered certain buzzwords into search engines. Apparently the titles of these stories are quite popular with the general public.

Lucky me.

I’m told that some unscrupulous authors put a ton of tags onto every story they post, under the impression that tricking people into reading their insipid observations will somehow endear them to a new audience. Not me. You have to want to read my insipid observations to find them online. I rarely tag anything other than a source of a quote. For me it’s not about the quantity of people who read my stories, nor is it the quality of those people. Confused? Of course you are (what did I say about not caring about the quality of people reading this?).

I realize that I have yet to completely answer the question posed earlier; Why do I mention this? Because unless there is a sudden surge of people in the next 48 hours wanting to read about hearing their parents have sex or why their mom is faking an orgasm anyway, there will be a new story sitting atop the charts for the month of September!

Dear Penthouse Forum; is the new champ! Again, this simply means that for one month people Googled ‘Penthouse Forum’ more than ‘sex’ and ‘orgasms’, but it’s a start. This could be a real game-changer for the ol’ Lance Manion website. Instead of luring in readers with cheap references to sexuality I’m going to have them arrive at the site wanting to read a story about Penthouse Forum…. which specializes in telling tawdry tales of sexuality. See the difference?

Me either.

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