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Girlswithguns.org Turns Three
Some changes since the last time I wrote, not the least of which being that I now work for our hosting provider, GoDaddy.com. This has several benefits: the customer service I get is now excellent - since I am it! - and we won't be running out of diskspace anytime soon. [Though since even their economy package comes with 5,000 Mb of space, that isn't an issue...] And it's amazing what you can get away with as "work": no, I'm not writing a review, I'm testing some HTML code for compatibility with Go Daddy's servers. :-)
30% more visitors over the past twelve months than in our second year of existence, even though we didn't have any Google Image search visitors this season. We've snuck up the Google rankings too, and are now the second site listed on "girls with guns", behind only moviebadgirls.com. And we've got our sights on them before 2007. :-) Since 10% of our visitors arrived through typing "girls with guns" into a search engine - and that's not counting "girls and guns", "girls guns" and "gun girls", which were also in the top five queries - it plays an important part in our mission to reclaim the action heroine genre.
Okay, those aside, here are the current top fifteen search terms. As before, I've combined those that obviously dealt with similar topics, such as "ilsa she wolf" and "ilsa koch". The previous year's ranking is shown in brackets.
- (3) ilsa she wolf of the ss/ilsa she wolf of the ss/ilsa koch/dyanne thorne
- (-) wrestling women/women's extreme wrestling
- (12) 2ldk
- (6) barbarian queen
- (9) gladiatrix
- (-) big boobs buster
- (11) chopper girls
- (4) underworld guns
- (7) gloow
- (-) bloody mallory
- (-) fabulous moolah
- (-) bobbie phillips
- (2) anna nicole smith skyscraper
- (-) amazons and gladiators
- (1) aeon flux
It perhaps helps to give you an idea of why the Aeon Flux live-action film bombed, when you note that people were apparently more interested in Amazons and Gladiators and Bloody Mallory. Though given both were, actually, better movies than the big-budget production, we can perhaps score one for public good taste here.
Ilsa pips women's extreme wrestling as the year's top choice, though it was very, very close - 2,564 to 2,549 in favor of everyone's favourite death-camp commandant. [As an aside, I believe Don Edmonds is currently casting for a 21st-century incarnation of the character] It pains me that Women's Extreme Wrestling proves so popular, since the promotion is, from what I've seen, utter rubbish. I'm taking back that point awarded to public taste in the previous paragraph.
Once you got here, what kept your interest? Here are the top twenty pages on the site, excluding administrative ones like the links and contents pages. As above, the previous year's rank is in brackets.
- (8) Aeon Flux
- (16) Wrestling Women USA
- (3) Women Who Kick Butt box-set
- (4) Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS
- (1) Anna Nicole Smith double-bill: Skyscraper and To the Limit
- (-) Women's Extreme Wrestling
- (6) Big Boobs Buster
- (-) Naked and Unashamed
- (11) Gun Girls
- (15) Cape Fear: Action heroines, comic-book style
- (7) The Sidaris Zone
- (10) The Arena - old vs. new
- (-) Lipstick & Dynamite
- (-) Ferocious Female Freedom Fighters
- (19) Wrestling Queen
- (14) Bikini Bandits: Freeze, Motherfu***rs!
- (-) The Lost Angel
- (5) Hell in the Cell
- (9) Underworld
- (2) Kill Bill, Volume 1
At least Aeon Flux ruled the roost here, though this article only discussed the animated-version: having a link from the "Aeon Flux" entry in Wikipedia clearly helps. [We also benefited from a quote of ours turning up in, of all places, the German Wikipedia entry on Ilsa!] The appearance at a high rank of Wrestling Women USA - more than 40% more reads than Women's Extreme Wrestling - gives me cause for hope. Bubbling under are FMW: Torn to Shreds, Lady Terminator and The Fabulous Moolah.
The issue of hotlinking continues to raise its ugly head, with more than 32,000 requests for the site coming from myspace - to put that into context, only google.com had more with, 69,619. However, as noted, we effectively have unlimited diskspace and bandwidth these days, so I'm more mellow than I used to be about this. [Well, frankly, I've got better things to do than track down and hassle the egotistical emo-drone teen drama queens (both male and female!) that largely infest myspace.]
So here's to more action heroines in the coming year. Don't know what it will bring, but there's certainly plenty to keep me occupied. I've just done my first "face-to-face" interview, with Nora Greenwald - better known as former WWE women's champion, Molly Holly - so that'll get transcribed for the March update. Thanks to all those who've taken the time to write over the past year, offering comments, suggestions and articles [that's you, Brian!], and I look forward to making our fourth year the biggest and best yet.
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