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.
It's logical to think adult webmasters need to maintain records of their models' age to make sure they just deploy images and movies of legal adults on their sites. Most European countries maintain strict laws regarding underage content. Publishers are fully responsible for all content on their site - no matter if producers, secondary publishers or normal bloggers. If investigated they will need to prove legal age of models beyond any doubt - even when just holinked. There have been various legal cases in UK and Germany where webmasters were ordered to pay high fines as they had "juvenile models" on their site and were unable to prove age. I believe they just copy/pasted content from others. While this European systems works well, there is no record keeping requirement that mandates a formal arrangement of data. In the USA things are more complicated. Of course it is illegal to post non-legal content and doing so will be prosecuted.
A daily updating blog with fresh galleries and showcasing new graphic content is cool, but as long as each blog post is accompanied by affiliate links, it will most likely be considered as spam and traffic received will be of poor quality. It's commonly known that Google and Bing frown upon excessive affiliate links and banners. Imho it's much better practice to keep growing a blog with lesser frequency and larger, quality articles. Mix related outbound links and sponsor banners. Why not post a link to a Wikipedia page about a famous pornstar or a news article about female sextourism in Bali on BBC? It will do good! Over the past 5 years I have grown around 100 adult blogs and found sites with real genuine content that are updated once a month, are producing outstanding results compared to daily updated picture-sblogs.
I was reading about it a couple of days ago: Megaupload.com founder Kim Dotcom alias Kim Schmitz was arrested in New Zealand together with his partners. Accounts, estates and valuables of 150 Million Dollars were seized and bail denied. Kim and his partners face long years of prison if allegations by the FBI were to be supported by a court. His site Megaupload.com has been among the top 50 internet sites for the past years allowing users to share files that included copyrighted material like songs, movies and TV shows. Now, it hosts one image, only: Owned by the FBI! It also hosted large archives of porn paysite contents that were downloadable for free or for a premium fee.