Ooh boy, I can tell I’m in hot water already, so I’ll have to pay off on this headline tout de suite
So there I was, years ago, riding up Market coming home from work, as I am want to do, and I noticed an ad, 17 foot tall, for a local network affiliate’s new weather woman and I thought, wow, that’s not very Bay Arean, it’s more old-school, 50′s-style, come-look-at-our-beautiful (that was the actual word on the ad) new weathergirl.
So I took a shot of the ad and posted it.
So now, years later, I have a rough gauge of how many people are Googling her name at 5:00 or 6:00 or 7:00 AM on any particular day. On a day she’s wearing something particularly revealing, this site will get hundreds of visitors looking at the old post, which means thousands(!) of people must be Googling her name that morning – isn’t that a lot?
As stated, this has been going on for years. And this isn’t a small effect, this outfit-based popularity, it’s a huge effect. So, a frumpy outfit might generate ten times less “interest” than, how shall we say, a non-frumpy, more revealing outfit.
Here’s what it looks like when that old post is bringing in 17% of the audience to this small WordPress blog:
Now I don’t look at the TV news myself, as I don’t have cable and I live in a high multipath area, what with the hills* and all, but this is my peek into what’s going on in the news biz, TV-wise.
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*We call them** “mountains,” our hills a few miles from the ocean what are less than a fifth of a mile high…
** Mount This and Mount That…