Not the most social person in the world but thought I’d drop one of these here introductions. Got into the adult internet world back in the mid 90′s and remember back when this here Condom was the new kid on the block going up against that Y site…
After doing free, tgp, cjs, pay, hosting etc I sold out and moved on from adult stuff to mainstream and e-commerce and hosting and got completely out of technology after the bubble burst – went back to managing and dj’ing titty bars while I worked on my masters degree.
Now I’m stuck in a mind numbing dull corporate IT consulting existence. One night I’m sitting bored and started brainstorming ways to get back into the internet side of life and while registering domains decided to check if my first domain name was available… lo and behold it was so I registered it back… being a pack rat that never deletes anything and with the help of the internet way back machine I reconstructed the site and put it back up as a ‘museum piece’ ROFL. While doing that I realized that I used to make money in this industry and it was actually enjoyable – so I dove back in full force – been spending the last month or so like any common n00b, reading the webmaster boards, researching tools, reading the webmaster boards, investigating sponsors, reading the webmaster boards….
I don’t know if I’ll make money this time, but just the enjoyment I get out of it is worth more to me than my current job.
Oh, and my one and only claim to fame (besides making a living at it) in the adult world – back when the old Sex Swap was a fledgling enterprise ran by Andy, I was a charter member (number 87 if I remember) and turns out I was the first to ever use a transparent gif with text on it as a blind banner – made me quite a bit of bank before Andy and the rest of the webmasters caught on
For a not real social person, I sure can be long winded, but I look forward to rebuilding my network of sites, business partners, and friends
oh and by the way, that ‘museum’ piece still stands – if you want to see all it took back in the mid 90′s to make some money check it out
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Online porn has always been a business of "who can give away the most free porn and still make a profit." Surfers always flock to sites that give away the most easily accessible, high quality free porn.
In the beginning, webmasters gave away a few pictures on pages with loads of banners (pic posts) and made profit. Profit margins were huge.
Then TGPs came along and destroyed pic posts. TGPs consumed more bandwidth, hence profit margins were squeezed slightly, but were still huge.
Then MGPs came along and started offering the surfer even more free porn in the form of videos. Again, margins were squeezed, but profits were still good.
The adult industry has now taken a monumental leap forward with giving away free porn. I guess someone out there had an idea to build a site which gives away so much free porn, it could never possibly be out done. Hence, your first porn tube site was born. Profit margins are now as thin as they’ve ever been, but at least there is still profit being made, which is why tube sites continue to proliferate.
Tube sites are still relatively new, so most webmasters do not yet understand what kind of long term effect tube sites will have on our industry. Basically, the net amount of joins in our industry will decrease year over year. That means everyone’s ratios will worsen, to what climactic effect, no one knows.
Personally, I think paysite owners will still continue to do well, even in the long run because their profit margins are so huge. Individual webmasters however are a different story. I think the number of new webmasters in our industry will either stagnate or decline as time progresses. Mainly, because the barrier to entry is the highest it’s ever been and margins continue to get squeezed.
Some proponents of tube sites state that webmasters should evolve with the times and use tube sites to their advantage. That’s fine in the short term. However, unlike pic posts, TGPs, and MGPs, tube sites pose a serious long term threat to our industry. The biggest tube sites out there, which get millions of visitors per day, are not only free, they’re better than most paysites.
In conclusion, I believe our industry is experiencing a long downward spiral, which will accelerate with the proliferation of tube sites.
What does everyone else think? Agree? Disagree?
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First off I own many pay sites and promote many others, I deal with a huge amount of quality traffic and between my own network of sites and the tons of sites I market its easy for me to spot trends etc.
In the past few weeks ive seen more posts about “Recent signup drops” and more topics related to that than ive seen in a long time, expecting sponsors to chime in and say yes “We have seen a drop” is silly simply because what program would want to admit to that.
Instead the replies from sponsors are usually “We have been doing above average this past month” and from affiliates its usually “sales are down big time you can thank the torrent and tube sites for this”.
When you see a drop in sales in any business the best thing to do is a) ask yourself what EXACTLY has changed and b) figure out how to work around that, get more creative etc.
So what has really changed? Well yes we know tube sites and torrent sites are everywhere but how about hard drive size? Not too long ago a computer that had a 20gig hard drive was great now any standard PC comes with a 200gig HD +, that means that consumers no longer have to delete anything off their drive and they can simply stock pile massive amounts of porn on their PC, and they sure as hell do ask any computer repair shop owner, imagine if a virus hits the net that wipes people wmv and mpg files off their HD clearing their porn stash, I think billing servers will crash that day.
What we also fail to realize is that there was a huge rapid change from most people using dialup to most people now having high speed connections, not to long ago we where all encoding videos for 56k modem members. And there is no doubt that faster connections = surfers being able to download your members area 100x quicker and it will have a effect on signups and rebills big time.
So the huge increase of consumers with high speed internet + huge hard drives is most likely more responsible for a sales drop then the tube and torrent site issue combined.
As much as I hate finding my stuff on free sites the fact is the tube sites that feature short promo clips and torrent site that only have parts of a movie with a watermark of a site on it send tons of signups daily, and those who run sites simply need guys like removeyourcontent.com etc to scan the web for full movie files and remove as much stolen stuff as possible, yes most tube sites will remove your movies with a simple letter to them.
As far as torrent / piracy sites go, I predict (and yes its hard to imagine this happening) that within 18-24 months extreme laws will be passed to stop this, well your thinking who the heck cares about people stealing porn, well laws wont be passed because of this industry but rather because the music industry and movie industry are hurting to a point where we will see major studios and record labels go bankrupt pretty soon thanks to those sites most studios already announced serious production cut backs for 2009.
Many in this business are convinced that as long as you have a 2257 link on your site you can simply screw the surfer with hidden and complex cross-sells etc. the prisons are full of those people who seriously and honestly didn’t notice that their billing practice will land them a nice long prison sentence, the sad part is that the average affiliate has no clue whats going on but should the govt. decide to turn this into a RICO case whereas the affiliates where part of a conspiracy to defraud millions of consumers we will see truckloads of people sent off to prison (yes even if obama wins).
Everyday crews of people get together to come up with a scheme similar to what others have already done and they convince each other that the only reason the others got caught is because of this or that and how their plan is better in some cases they convince each other that the way they are doing it is 100% legit and sure enough it does not take long before they get caught as well, although this applies to a select few in this business im hoping this wakes certain people up.
In the coming months more pay sites will realize that securing their content will be a must, may it be DRM or another method.
Allowing right click save as was good when hard drives where small and internet connections where slow and torrent and file sharing wasn’t as common as sliced bread.
Tons of pay sites will be gone within the next 12 months, by gone I don’t mean their page wont load, they simply will stop updating as many have already done.
In addition more and more people are losing their credit cards here is a article that was written today about the seriousness of the upcoming credit card crisis, more alternative payments are def. needed.
Its better to face reality now and make changes accordingly, people will continue to spend billions on porn a year its just a matter of keeping up with times and being ok with making drastic changes on how you do business.
Post your thoughts.
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