Some weeks ago me and a friend who produces videos in Japan went to have lunch for a business meeting inside a crowded shopping mall. During our search for a Sushi place we rode the escalator up to the fifth level. What I did not know: while we rode the electric stairs my friend placed his iphone on his knee to take upskirt footage of two office ladies standing in front of us. They were certainly worthy of looking at them. However, he insisted on showing off and explaining to me what he was doing. I was slightly surprised and mildly offended. Why would he brag about that in public? The sexy office ladies looked at us and appeared to be shocked. Obviously, they understoof English very well. They threatened to report us to police and security. I made a promise to myself during this unpleasant situation: Never ever meet with pornographers again! The situation started to escalate and the ladies demanded to see his camera roll.
Few months back I wrote a piece about Taiwanese courts rejecting claims of Japanese porn producers regarding piracy:
A few weeks ago, a German court had to make a decision on claims of an American offshore company producing adult movies in Europe. The Munich based court ruled that normal pornographic illustrations and streaming images are not worthy of copyright protection as they are neither considered art nor profession. Their conclusive verdict is an epic defeat of a struggling industry and an ill prepared company who was unable to provide basic evidence.
For many webbies it seems to be like a huge compliment: an agency wants to buy a link from your site and pay several hundred Dollars for your service. No, they don't just ask for their link to be placed on your site. Usually, they require you to publish a page or post on your site with an article they provide. Inside this article they place a link to their website(s). All you need to make sure of is their article will receive a link from your homepage and sitemap.
Arizona based factoring company CCBill is possibly the best known credit card billing company for adult sites (see here for list of programs). They are very popular because they offer consolidated payouts for affiliates and programs. For smaller webmasters it means they are receiving commissions from many different sponsors into one account with weekly payouts. While analyzing my stats and logs, I do see webbies have questions regarding CCBill's payout schedule from time to time.
It's highest quality porn with beautiful Asian girls - although censored in many cases: Japanese Porn. Neutral observers will possibly say it's much more of an art to produce this hot content in Japan compared to lousy Quality of British or American sex movies. Fact is, most Japanese porn in circulation online and on DVD is pirated by the Taiwanese Mafia. Chinese gangsters make the biggest profit off of Tokyo pornstar exploits while expensive to run movie studios from Japan face financial losses.
Does it help to have keywords in your domain name? A question asked so many times. Most SEO gurus will answer this rather diplomatically by saying it won't do any harm. In my own experience it's very valuable for niches and sub-niches where competition is limited to a small amount of players. Of course it helps to pick more lucrative niches that are not exploited by freeloaders such as fetish sites that enjoy popularity among high income customers who are willing and able to spend money on adult sites. Creating micro niche sites with exact domain matches is easy and very little work is needed.
You may have noticed less traffic from Google's image search over the past weeks. Their image recognition servers received software updates enabling them to filter explicit images and even nakedness. Try to search anal sex for example. It shows almost no explicit photos of sex acts. Instead it presents varieties of funny photos with anal sex typed across them. This delivers a low blow for adult webmasters, producers and curious surfers. Obviously, the Palo Alto based search giant wants to clean it's servers off of smutty content and shrink the internet to dimensions suitable for it's advertising platform Adsense. If they can't sell ads, they don't want to please public demand.
Publications of any kind associated to sexual activities are unwanted and illegal in Brazil according to one of it's ministries' interpretations of a controversial law limiting freedom of speech online.
Brazil has been known as one of the most liberal countries in the World. Prostitution is a legal business with brothels in every city, street hookers parading tourists districts and porn DVDs with sex toys sold in stores. Recently, thousands of website owners like Women of the World who had the word "Brazil" mentioned on adult sites received letters from the Brazilian government asking them to shut down as they would consider this an illegal activity. WTF? Read the full letter:
Washington state based credit card billing company Safshop LLC announced termination of their credit card billing facility for December 31st, 2012. Safshop.net used to collect payments for some of the largest adult niche sponsors like TSM Single Travel, World Sex Archives and Interdollars. However, lack of trasactions and increased reporting requirements made them close doors. However, it was considered one of the smaller players with less bureaucracy and quick payouts without holdbacks.
Reciprocal link exchanges have been very popular. Anchor text variations helped search engine popularity and high toplist positions from popular sites increased traffic. There are various toplist and link exchange scripts available like LinkEX. Some hosted solutions like Thunderball and Linkspun promise third-party policed and honest link exchanges. All those solutions have one huge exploit: backlinks to your site can be cloaked, easily.
How does this fraud work? A link partner clicks on your linkEx partnerships to setup a new exchange. After he is done, your link is installed on a cloaked version of his page that will be displayed to your script when it checks for backlink every day. Normal visitors and Google bots will see a different version without your link.
Google's new algorithm update Penguin has hit a lot of adult webmasters. Some of their pages were hit badly, while others saw no effect at all. Last days I was analyzing weblogs of my own sites and found one site that was hit by Penguin. That's from a list of 50 sites on my first server that I looked at. That's not bad at all. Traffic dropped from 1300 to 750 hits a day. It's a very stable site that mostly relies on search engine traffic. It is online since 2003 and I don't spend more than 3 hours a year of work on this site (yes, you read this right. It is a site concept that is easy to maintain).
Google is tweaking it's search algorithm once again. Last year's Panda update lifted quality sites over content farms using duplicate articles and spun text, a seedy method used in mainstream IM. Adult webmasters were hardly affected by it. Today's Penguin update is hitting porn industry hard. It punishes affiliate sites, TGPs and sblogs while tubes rank higher.
Thumb nail gallery posts (TGP) were the first site model that exploited free content distribution for the sake of making money with porn at any price. People would select 12 or 15 images, crop thumbs and make a free gallery with banners. Then they were posted to gallery posts in exchange for reciprocal linking or paid submission password. The concept was much easier than free sites or AVS that were too difficult to build and probably the first and most successful adult promotion model of early days.