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Missing articles restored

I’m not quite sure what happened, but I returned from holiday to find a chunk of posts published in April had gone completely AWOL, I guess related to a server hardware update. Luckily I managed to dig out cached copies to publish them again and backdate them.

In case you missed them the first time, links to the posts are below. Apologies for any confusion!

Another Billboard article: Stars are making latex mainstream

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Billboard interviews Dawnamatrix

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Goldfrapp and Shakira both featuring Kim West Latex

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Jenni Vartiainen – Turvasana

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The Latex Clothing Search Engine

What is it?

A Google Custom Search Engine. But what’s a Google CSE? The creator of a Google CSE feeds Google a list of addresses, and Google uses its powerful search algorithms to comb those websites and only those websites. If you search regular old Google for a specific type of garment, for example ‘latex toe socks’, only about half of the results link to vendors offering latex toe socks to the private consumer; the other half are links to wholesalers or other irrelevant content, such as YouTube, DeviantArt or Pinterest.

Google Search Latex Toe Socks

Let’s try the same search on the latex clothing search engine:

 

CSE Latex Toe Socks

Now the results are exclusively shop fronts or item pages, with the vast majority of links being directly relevant to our search. You will also notice how an ordinary Google search separates out image results to the top of the page, whereas the custom search includes each image next to the website from which it’s sourced, giving a nice preview of the item for sale.

Limitations and best practices

Google custom searches are capped at 100 results (10 pages). Unfortunately, this means for searches of common terms, like ‘catsuit’ or ‘skirt’, the bigger brands will dominate the results and smaller designers may even drop off the last page entirely. It’s advisable to use the tabs to filter by geographical location, because filtered searches will still return 100 results. This search engine really comes into its own when using more specific search terms, such as ‘neck entry catsuit’ or ‘pencil skirt’.

 

With over 300 latex designers and resellers indexed, the latex clothing search engine is a powerful tool to help you find the item of your dreams with less time wasted in the pursuit.

Try it out!

Changes to the site

I haven’t made many updates for a while now, and not from lack of enthusiasm. In truth this is my first website so I’m getting to grips with all of the technologies involved. Also I’ve decided to make two big changes:

1. The name of the website. It’s now Wear Latex. First off, this makes it clearer that the site refers to latex clothing, and not some silly, uninventively named markup language! But specifically if reflects the site’s focus on the wearing of latex, and the search for and buying of latex clothes, and all of the considerations that entails.

2. The site has moved to its own domain. As well as being more memorable, more personal perhaps, using my own domain and hosting allows a lot more customisation so the site can evolve into my final vision.

That final vision is itself evolving, but coming soon is one of the major features I’ve been working on, a latex clothing search engine. Using the power of google, you will be able to search only those websites which sell latex clothes, i.e. search for ‘latex dress’ and every result will be a shop page from various designers. No more irrelevant results, youtube videos, or news articles about Kim Kardashian, just dress after delicious dress available for you to buy.

WearLatex.com: more than a blog

The website was only launched a couple of days ago, but it’s something I’ve had in mind for over 2 years now. I’ve wanted to make a site which would address the main difficulties one runs into when looking to buy latex clothing (drawn from personal experience). Namely:

  • Where can I find specific item x?
  • Is vendor x trustworthy, reliable and supplying good quality?
  • Am I getting the best quality and value for my money at this price range?
  • Which vendors are currently offering promotions and discounts?
  • Where can I find unique and original designs by lesser known latex brands?

I have a couple of strategies for addressing these problems, and some have been in development prior to the launch of the website. In the coming days and weeks the site will be rapidly evolving as I begin to integrate some of these systems. Bear in mind a lot of this is still at the idea stage, and I’m still questioning which are good ideas and which not so good:

A latex clothing search engine: using the power of google to search only the websites of latex clothing sellers as opposed to the whole web. If you search plain old google for a specific item like ‘latex toe socks’ many of the results may be latex wholesalers based in China, youtube videos, or other irrelevant links. A custom search engine would deliver results for shop item pages of the thing searched, and nothing more.

Vendor reviews: the passionate latex loving community maintains several helpful lists of latex vendors elsewhere, but for the uninitiated buyer these can be hard to locate and search, and they don’t present much information about the vendor being linked to. One of the most important things a buyer needs to know before purchasing is other buyers’ experiences, and this might be collected together in an easily accessible format.

Price comparison: buyers want affordable latex, but this shouldn’t come at the expense of quality. Combined with reviews, the buyer can make an informed decision about just what to expect for their money.

Discount updates: there are hundreds of latex sellers, and many of these can be offering discounts and promotions at any given time. It’s hard to keep up to date, when there are hundreds of mailing lists to subscribe to. A website that collected this information together would be a boon.

Item/vendor spotlights: there are always up-and-coming latex designers, and unfortunately many fall by the wayside despite their obvious vision and craftsmanship. If the problem is lack of exposure, I’d love to be able to help address that somehow.

Overall then, the aim of the site is to make buying latex an easier, more exciting process, so that more people might be encouraged to do so, and do so more often. You might call it latex evangelism 🙂

Welcome to WearLatex.com!

From the About page:

Wear Latex aims to keep you updated about the latex clothing world, highlighting the latest fashions, sharing news of latex featured in the mass media, and shining a spotlight on the newest designs from the best latex designers.

There are lots of sites out there showing off pictures of this daring, sexy material on gorgeous models, both amateur and professional. Bloggers – I salute you! Instead I want to focus on the buying of latex clothes. So whilst I won’t be able to refrain from posting the most stunning latex eye candy, rest assured each time I’ll let you know exactly what’s being modelled, and where you can buy it.

With hundreds of latex designers out there, it’s hard to know what’s available, short of browsing site after site and poring over their entire collections. Whilst this is a fun activity I would recommend to anyone, we don’t all have the time to spare. If this site can aid in finding the item you’ve always dreamed of – or sparking new dreams entirely – then it will have served its purpose.