2012’s Most Popular Autostraddle Posts And Top Search Terms

2012’s Top Search Terms Bringing People To Autostraddle 

1. Autostraddle

2. lesbian sex

3. jillian michaels gay

4. lesbian sex tips

5. how to have lesbian sex

6. lesbian sex positions

7. best lesbian movies

8. lesbian fashion

9. ellen page gay

10. is jillian michaels gay

11. top lesbian movies

12. lesbian movies

13. lesbian tumblr

14. heidi rhoades

15. megan rapinoe

16. glee

17. lesbians

18. curvy models

19. alternative lifestyle haircuts

20. good lesbian movies


2012’s Top Search Queries Abiding By Search Query Structure  “[Person] + [Sexual Orientation]” 

1. jillian michaels gay (#3 overall)

2. ellen page gay (#9)

3. freja beha erichsen gay (#29)

4. kristen stewart gay (#34)

5. andrej pejic gay (#43)

6. jillian michaels lesbian (#58)

7. evan rachel wood bisexual (#59)

8. tom cruise gay proof (#74)

9. whitney houston gay (#75)

10. shaun t gay (#86)

11. dianna agron gay (#92)

11. jessie j gay (#131)

12. kreayshawn bi (#171)

13. jenny owen youngs gay (#222)

14. katherine moennig gay (#227)

15. megan rapinoe gay (#233)

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    The ‘Epic Gallery: 150 years of Lesbians…’ post is truly brilliant and certainly one of my favourite pieces that I read (from any publication – online or offline) at any point during 2012.

    On a separate note; as a massive SEO nerd this post makes me so happy! I would be particularly interested to see what people search for within Autostraddle internally – ie. what the regular readers and members search for within the site, rather than the general interweb arriving here trying to find out who’s gay.

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    I feel like I must have been MIA for most of 2012, as I can’t remember many of these posts that are featured in all these top lists. Clearly I have some catching up to do.

    Also, I’m with JC on telling everyone ever to read the Taylor Swift article. Also the comments. I always tell them the comments add to the brilliance of the commentary Riese brings.

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    ‘150 years of lesbians …’ was absolutely wonderful. Definitely down as one of my favourite ever Autostraddle posts. Heartwarming kinda stuff. Also, I know that one of my ex-lecturers, whom I was totally smitten with, would love it. She’s gay. She’s a history lecturer. She likes pictures. What is there not to love?

    I really appreciated ‘Texting your ex-girlfriend’ too – all for comedic value. Enjoyed recommending it to a friend who really needed the advice as well.

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      Just re-read it and the comments. The article was definitely interesting – I still have mixed feelings about it. But, the opportunity to discuss it in a meaningful way quickly fell apart. It was unfortunate that people weren’t able to agree or disagree with differing parts of the article without someone with an opposing view calling them either insensitive or too sensitive.

      The events around that article is an outlier – AS comments/commenters are generally awesome.

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        Yeah, I find that 9 times out of 10 when the comments go to hell, it’s usually because of jerks from another site who flood the article, not because of our regular commenters. Our regular commenters are awesome!

        One thing that made me happy about my ponies post is it’s a rare case where we got flooded with outside commenters (because it got linked on several MLP fansites, including the most popular one, Equestria Daily) but the commenting quality was still awesome. Probably because most of them were bronies who were like “Hey, someone said something nice about us for once and actually did their research instead of resorting to stereotypes!”

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      and i think i just read the entire comment section on the taylor swift article. i get the impression that the editors of this lovely website have basically just given up on going anywhere near that. i feel like if autostraddle was a family christmas gathering where everyone is wearing cute sweaters and having intellectual discussions over the tofurkey, then that comment section is the drunk uncle that sits in the corner, yells out obnoxious shit, and hits on your girlfriend, and you’ve just all decided that if you ignore him, maybe he’ll shut up eventually.

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    So I was reading the comments on one of these articles, and then the Infamous Fingernails Article was linked in a comment, and of course every time that link comes up I have to re-read it… is that just me?

    Also, *shudder*

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    Nice retrospective. Witnessing (and occasionally commenting on) your journey for the past few years has been aces. And now, I will revisit some of the posts mentioned, starting with Laneia’s most-commented-on post; I recall thinking it was moving and charming, and it mentioned something about boats (?) that made me laugh.

    [I wrote this while listening to Everypony’s gay for Braeburn, brought to me by Equestria Daily, via this, because why not. Boats.]

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    Yeah, this is immature and irrelevant as Taylor Swift herself but it gave me lols: “Never was this bunnyrabBITCHild persona more exploited than it was after the VMAs.” Sometimes even dyslexia can be fun.

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    Wait a sec, did AS not invent, or at least popularise, the term Alternative Lifestyle Haircut?

    So this has propogated throughout the internet and now people use it to return to the very cradle of ALH?

    I feel like somehow this is very meta and cyclical and the world will soon be sucked into a vortex of asymmetrical queer coiffures.

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      it was first said during a gay pimp podcast episode starring me and carly – johnny was joking about how he could tell from our alternative lifestyle haircuts that we were lesbians (i had a different haircut then, obvs!) – and then we popularized it and now everybody uses it everywhere b/c we rule

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    But! Half the replies on http://www.autostraddle.com/there-must-be-at-least-five-ways-to-text-your-ex-girlfriend-138626/ are mental spam from bizarre randoms singing the praises of a myriad of witch-doctors who will get your ex back for you.

    Do the spam comments count? Having said that, it was the most marvellous article, one that I should have re-read yesterday. Perhaps then I would not be suffering from this massive bout of message-outbox alco-shame. Le sigh.

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    I enjoyed this post so much!
    Thanks for all of this great content 🙂
    The femme article was great. And I just read Rose’s pony article. So strange, but SO WELL DONE. Another site with lower standards would have massacred topics like this.
    I also love that AS can admit when things are ‘a disaster’ or a fucking shitstorm.
    If the most googled stats were dependant on me Peanut butter cookies would be no.1. Cos i cannot tell you how often i’ve needed that recipe in an emergency.

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