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This is a Sexy Test...This Is Only A Sexy Test.....

Updated on January 25, 2010

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A while ago, my friend and fellow hubber Dorsi decided to try something out. She noticed that there are some hubs that are trying to push the limits of acceptable content to generate traffic to their hubs. Dorsi just mentioned in a hubbers forum that her tongue-in-cheek tribute to Sexy Hubbers was getting more traffic than any of her other hubs (and she has quite a few!) So the question became, is all this traffic flying into her site simply due to the fact that she has the word "sexy" in her title? That is the operating theory. I decided that to lend credence to her theory, I should make a similar experiment, and see how much traffic comes rolling in. As long as I'm writing a page on this subject, I'd like to ask y'all how you define sexy? For me, I don't think sexy is merely the way a person looks. Sexiness is a multi-faceted concept. I, for one, find self-confidence enormously sexy. What do you think? As long as you've dropped by my little hub with absolutely no sexual content whatsoever, you might as well make it worth your while and contribute to this little test. This concludes this test of the Sexy Broadcast Hub. This was only a test!

UPDATE............

My friend Misha tells me that the original draft of this hub weighed in at a paltry 214 words, which would result in it being deemed substandard, and as such it would kind of defeat the purpose of doing this little test in the first place.

So now I'm in the active mode of filling space here....Let's expand and expound upon the discussion of how to define sexy. Well I suppose we could start with a dictionary definition. The MSN Encarta Dictionary has a few suggestions: arousing or intended to arouse sexual desire. An alternate usage describes sexy as appealing because of being new, interesting, or trendy ( informal ) a sexy new slogan.

OK, so now we're growing by the minute, and as of the end of the last paragraph we were up to 332 words. What else can we say about Sexy, without betraying the family-friendly image I'm trying to maintain on this site?

Maybe we can explore how the concept of sexiness changes with age.

For the record, I never went through a "girls are yucky" phase. If anything, I was scared to death of them! But I distinctly recall having a crush on a girl named Michelle on the very first day of Kindergarten. She had black curly hair, and as it turned out, she was not my type, but boy did she make my heart go pitter patter!

There were some really memorable crushes during school. I'll never forget how I fell in love with an older woman. She was in sixth grade and I was in fifth grade. She wore glasses (which, for some reason, I always equated with sexiness...curiously enough.) Just the fact that she was in my cousin Sean's class made her incredibly alluring to me.

Once I moved on to Junior High, the great crush in my life was a girl named Vicki. She was noteworthy because that crush actually carried over from seventh grade into eighth grade. But Vicki wound up going out with a boy who would one day become an Eagle Scout. Sounds good, right? Well, not really. Vicki and the Eagle Scout had a lesson in biology before they had taken a sex education class, and nine months later, at the age of 14, she had her first child.

I think the greatest crush I had in high school was a girl in my 10th grade biology class. I won't name her just because I won't. She sat directly behind me in class, she had the most beautiful eyes, and my dad spoke very highly of her and her family (they were clients of his in the insurance business).

I never actually dated anyone until I was a senior. She was a sophomore, had brown waivy hair, and shall we say, a few extra pounds. That didn't bother me much, though. This woman was the first I could legitimately say I loved. She was kind, compassionate, and pretty in her way. But alas, it was not meant to be.

Ironically, even though I've loved women practically from the moment of birth, it took me until my mid-thirties to find a woman I loved well enough to marry. Fortunately for me, she said yes, and now we have three beautiful children that are the joy of my life. I'm now approaching my 41st birthday, and I can say, without hesitation, that my view of sexiness has changed dramatically since I was five and in love with that girl in Kindergarten. A woman could be a supermodel now and though I may look at her and say she looks nice, no one defines sexiness any better than my wife, the mother of my children. Her eternal devotion to our children is the most sexy thing I can say about my wife, and our kids and I are lucky to have her in our lives. Thanks dear!

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      belfast maine 8 years ago

      Great Hub you have here :) Please check out my Belfast Maine website would love to network!

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      crashcromwell 9 years ago from Florida

      Jazz - That's the best part about hubbing - you can go at your own pace. I would have written back after your comment sooner, but I've just started to reclaim my life. My family just moved last week, and there have been a million little problems crop up through it all. We just got internet access back today....took our cable company three or four tries to get it right. But now we're good!

      Jim

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      jazzbychas 9 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Crash:

      Hey, man....you have some great thoughts, and I'm glad to comment on them. Still building a head of steam as far as hubbing goes, but I'm liking it thus far!Always express your mind!

      Chas

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      DJ Funktual 9 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      Update:  I took a really racy photo with nipples through the shirt off of the 100 hotties list just because Maddie mentioned that if anyone complained, I'd have to take it down.   I figured I'd beat them to the punch.  The hub had a hubscore of 96 at the time.  Next thing I knew..Poof!    Gone.  All the traffic and my hubscore dropped to 76.   I was shocked and appauled that I shot myself in the foot.  Could I have really killed my own hub because i was trying to better adhere to the rules?  Hard lessons every day on the hub. 

      Don't be a stranger crash. Very curious as to your musical tastes.

      p.s. I saw Pearl Jam in Augusta, Maine. 1996

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      crashcromwell 9 years ago from Florida

      Go figure. Those are good hits, though. As we speak, I have 364 hits on this hub, which is more than triple what my next highest total is. I've been going through all my hubs and retrofitting them a bit to improve seo, so it will be interesting to see if that works.

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      DJ Funktual 9 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      I don't what's going on around here with Hotties but my #1 Hub posted above, that hadn't been getting any hits lately just shot out of nowhere to my highest hubscore and 195 views today alone. What the Hell? The more I think I know about this place, the more it changes.

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      crashcromwell 9 years ago from Florida

      Those are very interesting points Mr. Torpey. Well said. I'm sure there must be a rationale at hubpages, and it would be nice if they could explain it. I tend to think that a hub should be as long as it needs to be, no more no less...sort of like when someone asked Abe Lincoln how long a man's legs should be - long enough to reach the ground!

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      William F Torpey 9 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      I read this hub, crashcromwell, despite the "sexy" title, not because of it. I'm glad I did. It reveals you to be an intelligent, capable writer. The comments are also very interesting.

      The word count restrictions imposed by HubPages is an interesting topic. Personally, I find many of the hubs that HubPages likes best to be far too long with far too many links and other features. That kind of hub, I believe, is good only for research, not for reading. The world's most famous speech, Lincoln's Gettsburg Address, contained only 271 words. The Declaration of Independence contained 272 words. Neither would qualify to be a hub on HubPages. What does that tell you?

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      Dorsi Diaz 9 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      Sorry Constant about the blippo!!

      Interesting to see this sexy test hub carrying on....

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      DJ Funktual 9 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      I only used their avatars as photos and I can report that the hub is approaching 1,000 PVs. Let me know how things progress and maybe we can tag-team a future hub using similar topics in different styles. (NOT ABOUT HUBBERS THOUGH) I'm out of that game.

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      Joanna McKenna 9 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Great hub, Crash! Wonderful experiment! MUCHO better than becoming a fan of 42,000 other hubbers to drive traffic to your hubs. (I won't mention names...you know who you are...)

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      crashcromwell 9 years ago from Florida

      I understand that DJ, and while your advice is tempting, I'm going to pass. My reason for doing this page in this particular style was because I wanted to see how much traffic I could generate without using images or overtly graphic text.

      As far as link capsules are concerned, you are right there. I do need to learn that, and I suspect that will be a good activity for the daylight...I'm off to bed!

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      DJ Funktual 9 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      With that in mind the first thing you should do is learn to use the link capsules and start promoting your other work. ALSO, when this is listed on say, Hot Hubs or whatever they can see a photo. If you don't post a photo ON THE HUB they give your avatar.

      No offense but do you think your face is gonna draw more or less traffic than if you posted at least one photo of as hottie, even if it's your wife. Trust me on this.

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      crashcromwell 9 years ago from Florida

      DJ - Thanks for the info. It is truly illuminating.

      I have a general announcement to make regarding this hub. At present, this hub is my highest rated hub. It's also got nearly three times the traffic volume of the next most visited of my hubs. It's already got the most comments by far. So things are cooking with gas here!

      Jim H.

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      DJ Funktual 9 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      Crash, you are taking a very Scientific approach and I can appreciate that so I'm going to offer you some humbling statistics that maybe you can use to gauge future endeavors.

      My 6 most viewed hubs are..

      6) My Hottie Hubber thing

      5) Movie Songs

      4) Worst Songs of All-Time

      3) Wanna Look at Beautiful Breasts While you work, be a DJ!

      2) TOP 5 Hottie Videos Ever  (Music Videos)

      1) 100 Hottest Women in the World

      Now my only desire is for stimulating conversations.  But facts are facts.

      I've written over 100 Different Lists / Hubs on Music, Movies, Songs, etc. but the ones that get traffic are the hotties.  Maybe we stimulate the flow once in while with it hoping to draw attention the hubs we are truly proud of. 

      In this case, i think the Movie Songs one, is my best hub of the lot. Worst songs is pretty good but the others in the long run are fluff. RE #6: I didn't really know what the term social-networking was until it was described as such, which it is.

      So I'm only batting .333 on stuff I care about (long-term).

      Hope this helps. 

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      weblog 9 years ago from 1India

      Hi Crashcromwell, thanks for that fan mail, and this is a nice hub as I already commented. I'm happy to see this one still on top of the hot hubs. Keep it up.

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      keyspinktoe 9 years ago from California

      Well Said My friend! I like your style!

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      DJ Funktual 9 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      I was just kidding crash. Testing thy worth, if you will.

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      crashcromwell 9 years ago from Florida

      Actually it was Dorsi's hub that inspired me DJ. She posted on the Hubber's Hangout that she was getting unprecedented traffic, and I decided to see if I could replicate the experiment. Feel free DJ to post your link here, so others can read yours.

      Jim Henry

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      DJ Funktual 9 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      So you went and stole my idea.   Good for you.

      Imitation is the highest form of flattery.

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      crashcromwell 9 years ago from Florida

      I have to admit that when I conceptualized this page, I had absolutely no clue what kind of response it would get. Desert Blondie - I'll take that as a supreme compliment. Jazzbychas - thanks for your note. Amen!

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      jazzbychas 9 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Being relatively new to the hub business, I'm still learning the ropes, as it were. But 'sex sells' has always been a thorn in my side, and I find myself agreeing with Crash in that 'sexy' is always more an attitude than a physical attribute. Now, don't get me wrong, a nice body is a work of art...problem is you can't interact with a work of art but on a very one-sided level. And that would be very boring!

      So here's to adults who have gotten past the hormones, and realize that life is more complicated (and interesting) than just sex.Amen!

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      desert blondie 9 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

      Boy, do you have one very lucky wife! But gotta admit, I'm wondering if I could handle/write a 'sexy' hub as well as you have?? I could use some more traffic! But agree with ConstantWalker, I stopped by because of you and the mention of Dorsi in your summary text.

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      dotchianni 9 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Oh thank you! I now have a great word count idea. I couldn't really find anything.

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      crashcromwell 9 years ago from Florida

      I'm not sure about how many words is needed, but I read somewhere that 750 words is a good hub size. I would guess that 500 would be a happy medium. The initial draft of this page was about 250 words, which was clearly too small.

      VioletSun - to answer your question, this sexy test page has become my highest visited hub, with 75 more hits than the next highest hub, and it's continuing to grow. It's also my highest rated hub at present, though there are a few that have been going back and forth for that honor over the past few days.

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      Ananta65 9 years ago

      The Sexiest Hubber List (http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Sexiest-Hubber-List)

      This hub has been in my list of "hot" hubs ever since I published it, VioletSun :) Score may not be the highest, traffic is. 

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      VioletSun 9 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      So how is traffic going with the word "sexy"? Inquiring minds would like to know. :)

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      dotchianni 9 years ago from San Diego, CA

      How many words should we be aiming for for each hub anyway? I started thinking about that when I was reading the word counts in your article.

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      dotchianni 9 years ago from San Diego, CA

      I was just trying to figure out what a sexy test was LOL.

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      PLM 9 years ago

      I like to make with the Sexy time ooh la la!

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      Doc Rich 9 years ago

      Capital idea...and well executed fun as well. Fun can be sexy right?

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      Steve Andrews 9 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Well, I am trying an experiment too now using the word sexy in the title and featuring a video of a song entitled Sex with a photo of my friend Margarita who is singing it also on a magazine cover with SEXY emblazoned across it! I am calling the hub Sexy Singer Margarita met Yoko Ono and I have added a pic of the two of them together to back up that claim and add celeb appeal. So far the score is a miserable 44 so it's not working well! lol

      And to answer your question of how I would define sexy in people its whatever we find attractive in another person and whatver we associate mentally with sex!

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      crashcromwell 9 years ago from Florida

      I would be the last person to try to define substandard or how they develop hubscores here. Others may have a clue, but I don't. I know that having a hub with too few words is supposed to make it substandard, but it seems as if you have a hub with pictures it can make up for the lack of words. Don't quote me on that though.

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      Shadowkobun 9 years ago

      So,is Flash Fiction,substandard?

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      cvaughn570 9 years ago

      Well, I learned something from this hub. Most of my hubs are substandard.

      I guess they will have to be that way because I am not going to do what you were forced to do to bring the hub to "standards". I think quality content is worth much more than how many words you have. Too bad that you had to do that to meet the standard because I thought that your hub was perfect without it, but who am I....lol

      As for your test, a very interesting concept because I came to your hub just to see what the test was...lol

      Great Job!

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      crashcromwell 9 years ago from Florida

      I'm glad you saw the tongue in cheek humor in the title. I've commented about this in the forums, but I'll say it again here. I have no problem with sex or sexuality, but this is the closest you'll ever see me write about this subject on hubpages, because it's not what I want associated with this hub. My initial goal when I joined hubpages was to gain exposure for my book. As I've become more involved with hubpages, though, we've expanded into other areas.

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      VioletSun 9 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      It's interesting, I was drawn to the title " this is sexy test", felt the humor in the title so here I am. I was touched by your hub... it's true that sexiness is not only about looks but how we carry ourselves and even how we treat others.

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      crashcromwell 9 years ago from Florida

      OK Lifedancer, I just did a google search on Marilyn M. Good, and I found an obit online for her, but it didn't reveal anything about an experiment. Can you elaborate?

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      lifedancer 9 years ago from California

      Yes, sex sells, even dead sexy people like Marlyn M. Good experiment.

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      CherylTheWriter 9 years ago from Humble, Texas (the ultimate oxymoron)

      Constant Walker is right . . . I'm reading all of these "sexy" Hubs just for the fun of it. I think it's a great joke on the gallery Hubs (that I don't read, or view, hey, not my type) so my page hit is probably skewing your results, crashcromwell.

      I do find your comments on your wife and children to be touching and very sexy, though. Thanks for the beautiful thoughts and the thought-provoking idea.

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      Cailin Gallagher 9 years ago from New England

      Great idea...I think this is an interesting social experiement!

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      compu-smart 9 years ago from London UK

      I have quite a lot of hubs regarding sexy and gallerys etc and some do better than others..i also get a whole lot more traffic with my PC tips hubs and dont think anything in this field of testing is conclusive!!..

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      Constant Walker 9 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      I'm happy that you've got those numbers. I really am. But, It's SO worrisome.

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      weblog 9 years ago from 1India

      Good test :D

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      crashcromwell 9 years ago from Florida

      Sixtyorso - as I said before, I have no intentions of playing games with trying to generate huge volumes of traffic by using words like sexy. This was merely an exercise to see if my experience was similar to Dorsi's. After less than a day, I'd say the results are conclusive, if not entirely scientific. Hits are going through the roof!

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      Clive Fagan 9 years ago from South Africa

      Interesting bit of research. I hope it stays research. But I rather suspect that a lot of hubbers are trying to drive traffic up any way they can. As I said in a previous comment I write for me and anyone who may have an interest in what I have to say. Getting ad sense ratings or hits is a bonus. So lets hope we don't have an explosion of non contextual (consensual?) hub headlines. This sort of becomes like the Tabloids then.

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      Clive Fagan 9 years ago from South Africa

      Constant are you developing an alter ego?

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      Clive Fagan 9 years ago from South Africa

      Ok But Just to contribute as I believe commenting also drives up hubscores.

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      Constant Walker 9 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Dorsi, that's Constant, not "constance."  Weird, that's the second time that's happened.  I'm going to develop a complex pretty soon!

      And, not to brag, but I've definitely got "the sexiest mac & cheese."

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      Ananta65 9 years ago

      I had the same idea (although I've approached it quite differently): sexy sells. And I now see I owe Dutchie my apologies.

      Nice hub, Cromwell!

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      crashcromwell 9 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for the comment....you're always invited!

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      Susan Keeping 9 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Fun stuff :) Very sexy...

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      crashcromwell 9 years ago from Florida

      Naaaa, plagiarism is most definitely not sexy!

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      dutch84 9 years ago

      I'm thinking of doing a Sexy Hubbers list. I think it's a good idea.

      Along with: The Best of Hub PagesSexiest men of HubpagesSexiest women of HubpagesFunniest Hubs on HubpagesBest Recipes on Hubpages

      I think anything that gets the hubpages community interacting would be good for your hubscore, good for your traffic and good for the egos of other hubbers.

      Don't steal my ideas though...I might decide to use them one day.

      Actually, I think I will.

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      Dorsi Diaz 9 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      Great idea to test- I think Constance is right though- I got lots of traffic from fellow hubbers checking out the sexy hubbers...lol...but the only way to test this theory is to do a hub like this!! I am so happy to see you being creative with this- it's good to think out of the box- and I agree that I would hate to see people doing hubs just for the sexy factor!Pretty soon we'll have a hub on the sexiest mac & cheese!!

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      crashcromwell 9 years ago from Florida

      I won't speak for other hubbers, but for me this is a one-time thing. I have nothing against sex, but as anyone who visits my hubs can attest, it's just not what I choose to write about. Thanks for the comment Constant....Anyone else?

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      Constant Walker 9 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      I think hubbers are going to "Sexy" hubs by writers they know to see if they're mentioned - especially the Top-5 ones. C'mon, all, be honest. And now it's gotten kinda fun to see who's gonna do what next.

      I really, REALLY hope that this stays "just for fun." I would hate to see all the good writers doing "Sexy" hubs just for the numbers.