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Thanks, Google: Porn-Only Search Engine Experiences 50% Traffic Boost

Earlier this week, Google had put a search filter in place that made it difficult for those with a taste for adult entertainment to scroll through Google Images for pornographic pics. While they weren’t expunged entirely from the system, it did manage to discourage some from putting in the time and effort to find them. While the number of pornographic searches on Google have gone down, there’s one search engine gaining from the billion dollar corporation’s loss. The porn-only search engine known as Search.xxx has reported a 50% traffic increase in matter of 24 hours. That’s whole lot of people with a desperate need to get their unsavory fix.

The ICM Registry, operator of the .XXX top-level domain registry, says that one way to circumvent Google’s alteration of their image search algorithm is to add “xxx” as a suffix to your particular search, bypassing any results that do not pertain to what you are looking for.

With many not content to waste their time like the few unfortunate souls still scouring Google for some filthy eye candy, the ICM Registry encouraged that users to rely on Search.xxx for an unadulterated, unimpeded pornographic search experience. In fact, the “xxx” trick was a subtle marketing ploy used to direct potential traffic to the engine.

In a surprising twist, ICM Registry CEO Stuart Lawley believes that Google’s decision to make pornographic image searches a more complicated affair can actually benefit Search.xxx:

The effective de-ranking of adult content in an attempt to prevent inadvertent exposure to adult content is a trend we have seen in recent months by the major search engines. New top-level domains such as .XXX are making it easier for consumers to find exactly what they want while at the same time making it easy for those wishing to avoid such content. This is all about giving the consumer what they want and expect without surprises.

Clearly, Google should just launch their own pornographic search engine. Why wouldn’t they? It’s what the Internet is for, after all.

(via The Next Web)

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