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I'm not a Maria fan but I found this while doing some reading today. Quite impressive for her to contribute to this and shows how mainstream she is/has become. Congrats to her and her fans.

http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/news/interactive/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002157520

Mike Shields

MARCH 13, 2006 -

Barry Bonds and Maria Sharapova have both been very good to Sports Illustrated’s SI.com. The March 7 posting of an excerpt from a book that provides inflammatory details on Bonds’ alleged steroid use drove 19 million page views, a 55 percent increase over a typical Tuesday. The site also drew twice as many unique users (2.2 million) that day versus an average Tuesday—figures approaching a record for SI.com.

However, this past February saw the site set numerous traffic records, driven by the Feb. 14 launch of its Swimsuit edition content. The first two days of Swimsuit coverage saw traffic exceed 30 million page views per day, easily breaking records, according to SI.com managing editor Paul Fichtenbaum. "Traditionally our best days in terms of traffic are the first few days of the NCAA tournament," he said.

While the early days of March Madness typically general 20 million daily page views for the site, the Swimsuit traffic "blew that away," he said.

Si.com featured triple the amount of Swimsuit photos versus the previous year, including several of the tennis starlet Maria Sharapova along with a body-painted Heidi Klum. That content, combined with the site’s Olympic coverage resulted in a record 440 million page views for the site during February, up from 240 million page views in February 2005. In fact, Fichtenbaum said that traffic guarantees for advertisers which had purchased six week sponsorships in the site's Swimsuit section were met within two weeks.
 

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Si.com featured triple the amount of Swimsuit photos versus the previous year
Well are you really surprised - triple the amount of sexed up photos = more traffic. This was probably helped by the fact that a large proportion of Maria's fans MAY be perverted males. As soon as word spread that she was going to be weary slightly fewer clothes than usual, they gathered collectively, dribbling of what is really soft-core pornography.

Pornography is Huge on line, so no of this is surprising.
 

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Marshmallow said:
Well are you really surprised - triple the amount of sexed up photos = more traffic. This was probably helped by the fact that a large proportion of Maria's fans MAY be perverted males. As soon as word spread that she was going to be weary slightly fewer clothes than usual, they gathered collectively, dribbling of what is really soft-core pornography.

Pornography is Huge on line, so no of this is surprising.

What makes a man a pervert just because he likes to see a pretty woman in a bathing suit???? Sounds normal to me. :lol:
 

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Krystell said:
What makes a man a pervert just because he likes to see a pretty woman in a bathing suit???? Sounds normal to me. :lol:
No no, that wasn't my argument. If a large proportion of Maria's fans, are perverted males, then of course their keep vsiting this one page. That isn't to say a guy who looks at a girl in a bathing suit is a pervert.
 

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Marshmallow said:
Well are you really surprised - triple the amount of sexed up photos = more traffic. This was probably helped by the fact that a large proportion of Maria's fans MAY be perverted males. As soon as word spread that she was going to be weary slightly fewer clothes than usual, they gathered collectively, dribbling of what is really soft-core pornography.

Pornography is Huge on line, so no of this is surprising.
:rolleyes:
youve never been to the beach before?
 

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Marshmallow said:
Well are you really surprised - triple the amount of sexed up photos = more traffic. This was probably helped by the fact that a large proportion of Maria's fans MAY be perverted males. As soon as word spread that she was going to be weary slightly fewer clothes than usual, they gathered collectively, dribbling of what is really soft-core pornography.

Pornography is Huge on line, so no of this is surprising.

Is this a big joke for you or are you really a sniveling twit like you appear?:haha:
 

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Barely clothed female, strategically posing and pouting in ways which some people may describe as sexy is what softcore porn can be all about.

You raise an interesting point on what is and isn't pornographic. I mean, take Mr and Mrs X who go to nudist beach - fair enough. Now, take photo of Mr and Mrs X and put online, why do you think it would be censored?

It's all about context. This shoot was meant to be sexy, yet another female athlete is sexualised - for dribbling sex obsessed males and females. To ignore the implications and connotations is naive.

Though Dan, i must say, i like this name better that that nonsense you were calling yourself a week or so ago. *Hugs* Chow! :p
 

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jacobruiz said:
Is this a big joke for you or are you really a sniveling twit like you appear?:haha:
I can't believe you have the nerve to call anyone else a twit considering some of your posts. hypocrasy! At least i intend my posts to have a hit of humour. What is your excuse? :p
 

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Marshmallow said:
Barely clothed female, strategically posing and pouting in ways which some people may describe as sexy is what softcore porn can be all about.

You raise an interesting point on what is and isn't pornographic. I mean, take Mr and Mrs X who go to nudist beach - fair enough. Now, take photo of Mr and Mrs X and put online, why do you think it would be censored?

It's all about context. This shoot was meant to be sexy, yet another female athlete is sexualised - for dribbling sex obsessed males and females. To ignore the implications and connotations is naive.
Maria's shoot is far different to any other in the magazine. She made a point of retaining a level of modesty and class that suited her....but of course it would be too much to ask for you to actually learn something about the subject before sprouting out crap about it.

Though Dan, i must say, i like this name better that that nonsense you were calling yourself a week or so ago. *Hugs* Chow! :p
your own name isnt any more meaningful than mine was
 

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I can't believe you have the nerve to call anyone else a twit considering some of your posts. hypocrasy! At least i intend my posts to have a hit of humour. What is your excuse? :p
theres only 1 twit in here...and hes a soft, fluffy marshmallow
 

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Dan23 said:
Maria's shoot is far different to any other in the magazine. She made a point of retaining a level of modesty and class that suited her....but of course it would be too much to ask for you to actually learn something about the subject before sprouting out crap about it.

your own name isnt any more meaningful than mine was
:eek: You're being so mean Danny. It's hurting my feelings. *Heart bleeds*
 

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Dan23 said:
theres only 1 twit in here...and hes a soft, fluffy marshmallow
Ugh... You know Dan, i thought you were one of the decent Maria fan, the ones that sometimes make me feel a little guilty for telling the TRUTH (such as Nastac and a few others).

But it seems you have fallen in with the wrong crowd... to even resort to name calling. That is at Jacobruiz/Xan level, or worse yet, F-R-E-A-K, being as low as you can go. It's like you have been brain washed .. unless of course you are just hitting adolescence, in which case you have reminded me why i don't want to have children *shudders at though of teenage kid*. I am very disappointed. I thought you were better than that.

Deeply saddening. I have never not once started calling people in these forums names

*shakes head*
 

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Ugh... You know Dan, i thought you were one of the decent Maria fan, the ones that sometimes make me feel a little guilty for telling the TRUTH (such as Nastac and a few others).

But it seems you have fallen in with the wrong crowd... to even resort to name calling. That is at Jacobruiz/Xan level, or worse yet, F-R-E-A-K, being as low as you can go. It's like you have been brain washed .. unless of course you are just hitting adolescence, in which case you have reminded me why i don't want to have children *shudders at though of teenage kid*. I am very disappointed. I thought you were better than that.

Deeply saddening. I have never not once started calling people in these forums names

*shakes head*
You just save the names and inferences for Maria...

:lol: If we sadden you so much maybe its time to move on and obsessively denigrate some other player
 
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