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I never thought of writing this post, but I don’t want to waste the content I had in my mind. So here it is. Before that, I would like to stress that free porn is something more popular than Facebook or Google. The more you see, the more you get addict. Porn Internet Marketers use this simple logic to attract millions of visitors and earn billions (and even more) through that. You can check the Internet Pornography stats for that.

This post is purely for “learning” purpose, like how porn (adult) websites make money as a business. You can learn a lot from this if you are a blogger or if you are a webmaster. Let’s find out how adult websites make money now.

How Porn Websites Make Money?

1. Premium Content

Who hates “free porn”? The fact is that they don’t provide all for free, they also have a premium section that provides HD quality content and unlimited access to the videos available.

Premium Ads

Normally below every streaming video (on tube sites) you can check banners like these tempting users to register and purchase a premium membership from them.

Premium Ads

They also show distracting advertisements and offering them a way to remove them, i.e., buy a premium account. These streaming sites use something called Adult Video Script (AVS) for making a clone like YouTube. This is a common way how porn websites make money; you can easily identify that.

A Sample Premium Membership Facilities

  • Download all available videos
  • 21,360 full DVDs
  • 134,710 HQ scenes
  • No Ads and Pop-Unders
  • Profile promotion – be popular!

2. Video Ads – Tube Sites

Streaming sites are quite popular for porn, thanks to YouTube, the concept of streaming applied widely. Like YouTube, they also show advertisements on the videos. Sometimes they display ads during the play, but the users will have the option to close it. They also show ads when a user pauses the video.

Video Ads

Typically the users will get confused like they’ll think that the advertisement is the real video and click it. Big bucks for the site.

Ad networks like JuicyAds act as a marketplace for both publishers and advertisers. You can sell your ad space as well buy some ad space.

3. Affiliate Ads

Yes, Affiliate Marketing is also popular here, why? Because porn sites have targeted users. They have good demographics base; they know what kind of visitors they will get. So by placing such affiliate advertisements near a video can easily tempt the viewers to click on it, rest is history.

affiliate ads

They request you to join their services for free and afterward, hidden charges. Normally there are three types in Affiliate Program.

1. Per-Click Program: They give you up to $1.00 per each unique visitor per day.

2. Percentage Program: The more traffic you send, the more you earn with their percentage program.

3. Per Order Payout: Some sites pay you up to 70$ for any order placed on their site.

Portals like AWEmpire are ruling the affiliate market in this industry with various content promoting materials.

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4. PPS Program

PPS programs are nothing but, Pay Per Sale Programs. For every sale referred by you, they’ll give the commission, sometimes like 70-75% of the price.

Health Product Ads

If you can see the advertisements above you won’t be surprised why they are popular. Porn sites sell drugs and other kinds of toys that are widely prevalent among sex addicts. They won’t mind spending few bucks to increase their lust.

5. Live Webcams

Live Webcams are very popular in this industry. It’s like you are having a Skype conversation with an artist who performs adult-related things. I saw how popular live webcam sites like LiveJasmin works and they have a dedicated hub for all the performers.

fake chat

But there are plenty of fake advertisements that fool you with scripted windows and stuff, don’t fall for them. For some agencies, this could be the rise of Internet Porn.

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6. Online Dating

If you are a “Forever Alone” guy, then chances are you end up in a porn site one day or another. So big brands out there targeted this particular audience and introduced the concept “Adult Online Dating” or “Adult Dating”. Popular dating program Adult Friend Finder is a successful business through this.

So if you see any advertisements popping up and asking whether you are free tonight, make sure you think thrice before clicking that ad, it is entirely up to you.

7. Online Porn Games

This is also quite popular nowadays. Online porn/sex games are both available in free and premium version. Just like the #1 point, they’ll provide you the trial version for free and will prompt you to pay for getting the full version. Hidden charges in short.

Online Porn Games

These games are also very popular on mobile phones and iPad.

8. Through Fusion Marketing

I’ll start with an example for this one, you are downloading your favorite song from Rapidshare, and unfortunately, the downloaded file is a small porn clip with an URL to visit the main site. It is just a matter of preference, whether people will see it or not. I recommend not to try this one with ‘dark’ intention.

I’ll tell you how to adapt and adjust. They use a particular type of Marketing called Fusion Marketing. Here you still give people what they are asking for; that’s the highlight. We are talking about legitimate Fusion Marketing, not porn oriented. A Fusion Marketer will give you what you want and also at the same time ride along with his marketing message, i.e., the advertisement.

Example (Real World) : Seeing movies advertised on the cups of soft drinks served at KFC. Yep, we call that as Fusion Marketing. Porn Marketers use Fusion Marketing in a wrong way, in other words, they use ‘Bait-and-switch’ method. This irritates the customers a lot. Bait-and-switch is a form of fraud, most commonly used in retail sales but also applicable to other contexts. First, customers are “baited” by advertising for a product or service at a low price; second, the customers discover that the advertised good is not available and are “switched” to a costlier product.

9. Credit Card Tactics

Internet Marketers and Bloggers still use this trick to grab customers’ attention. Moreover, it also makes easier for consumers to make a buying decision. Consider this incident for example (of course, for example only), you are visiting a porn website, and you are attracted towards a short (& sexy) clip of your favorite porn actress (hmm, why not Brianna Banks?).

Now obviously you are interested in seeing the full clip, but before you can view the entire clip, you need to cross one quick step. Now you are asked for your credit card details (and you gave it, damn) since there are several reasons for asking them. Maybe they wanted to verify that you are above 18 years old, or they are giving $1 trial offer for the first few days of access. Now you are viewing the full-length video. Bingo! But the fact is, after one month you will get your credit card bill, and your soul won’t know the charges (yet). Now that will be great for the porn sites and dangerous for unsuspecting consumers.

10. Embed Videos on sites

Larger sites pay smaller tube sites to embed their videos, and they both earn from ads within the video player. Some sites even pay to provide short clips of the beginnings of a video for tube sites to upload. Sometimes they earn a cut from each sign-up.

Sharing Traffic and Money

If you are watching a porn video on a random website, you could have seen example.com’s logo or some branding, this is the real reason for that.

Such porn companies pay the tubes to feature their content, so it can direct some traffic to their pay sites. Though most of the famous tube sites and porn sites are all owned by the same company.

11. PPC & CPM

Like regular websites, adult websites also use such Pay Per Click (PPC) and Cost Per Impression (CPM) programs. Of course, they earn 100x than natural sites. But they can’t use Adsense and those normal ad networks because they won’t accept adult/porn content usually. But there are some special PPC and CPM programs exclusively made for such sites.

They also earn money through direct advertisements, like selling ad spaces directly to the advertisers. Porn websites easily attract advertisers. There are many such ad networks exclusively for this. A good advantage for them is, if there is no advertiser available to buy your ad space, then their network ads will display on your site so you can earn money through their CPC program.

12. Donations

They set up a donation system to allow visitors to give money of their choice. The most common and easiest way, as you know, is PayPal. They set up a simple PayPal donation so that their readers and visitors can easily make the payment.

It works if they have a good number of regular visitors, and they have a blog attached to their site where they can discuss with their readers/viewers.

13. File hosting and Image hosting

File hosting and image hosting are some of the good ways to earn from a porn/adult website. How? They host the adult content on their sites, and they make big money when someone downloads your files from those hosting sites.

By this, porn site webmasters and internet marketers are indirectly promoting the file and image hosting sites. They also get traffic by making their download link URL viral.

14. Content Locker or Content Gateway

Some sites have Content Lockers or Gateways like the visitors should complete some surveys before they can view the main targeted content. By this site webmasters have been earning thousands of dollars each month.

Content Locker

They prevent you from accessing the main content and ask you to pay them before proceeding. You would have eagerly visited the URL from another link or another part, but they’ll prompt you to pay them for viewing the content.

15. Short URLs

Another interesting way is using short URLs/links while sharing images, videos, or any online link. There are several URL shorteners like Shorte.st who monetizes and generates a short URL for you. You can virally spread it in all the available networks and generate decent revenue from this.

If you are running a popular adult/porn website, then you can check out AWEmpire’s Affiliate Income Calculator to know how much your website is capable of generating revenue in this business.

Though some of these tactics are also applied on normal sites, why, even your own blogs but porn sites make them, even more, appropriate because the kind of visitors they have. That’s what we call “Sexy.”

Earlier I wrote a post – 15+ Blogging Tactics I Learned From ‘Porn’ and you can compare both, the tactics are quite explained there.

These are in fact some of the known ways how porn websites make money; they have some hidden tactics as well.


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    92 Comments

    • guntaka subba Reddy

      Interesting facts are very much interesting yes its a billion dollar industry great industry and evergreen industry.

    • Mark

      The article is really informative. The points 2nd and 5th are really important for an adult website business to earn some good amount of money.

    • dev

      #pardeep can u tell me how can start my porn website from india.?

    • Ben

      Thank you, Pradeep Kumar. It’s a research from a deeper researcher and thoughtful thinker too. But know you can’t stop anyone from joining the big horns in there games of earning big. Our world’s are living in blind truth that even the masses still don’t understand the rules of all the churches, porn sites and politics. These are three most powerful businesses in control of our different economies. Everyone believes in sin, while sin kept in secrets are there billion dollar ways to multiple more

    • busty

      About live cams you are not right, fake chats its only banner but if you go to livecam site then you will chat with real girl

    • pradeep

      Hi Folks,
      Name me any free blog hosting site which gives me free blog space to create porn blog and make money by applying above tactics.

    • Adrian Culbert

      Thank You so much Pradeep Kumar for this valuable post. I got lot of information from your post that will guide me to make profit in this industry.

    • pradetyoherdian

      oh no money for membership for porn don’t pay again
      for waching porn movies videos on tablet

    • Kamal

      Thanks for your awesome article, i use juicy ads they pay good money

    • Brandon

      I’m an advertiser with moderate success so I can tell you a little bit about the industry. First, advertisers like myself bid on the ads. It’s based on traffic. If a site doesn’t have at least a minimum of a million hits a day, I won’t bid. Personally, I use the CPM model. I pay anywhere from 25 to 75 cents for a thousand views. It all depends on when the ad is being shown. If you are a small site, you can still make money, but you aren’t going to be making jack. Smaller sites typically get 20 cents per milli. And they have very few milli’s to begin with so do the math. There are numerous advertising networks, you really have to watch your back though because some of them have shady business practices, such as using bots to shill bid and drive up the price. The best way to counter this is to do research, look for reviews. Some of the networks:

      Black Label Ads
      Juicy Ads
      Traffic Factory
      Traffic Junky
      Exo Click

    • Captain Crunch

      The $ sign goes on the left of the amount – for example $100.

    • Himanshu

      I just want to say Adblocker rocks !

    • shawn

      i have a question, i was on a porn site and and an automated webcam video chat thingy popped up and it knew my hometown i was in how so?

    • Maduras

      Making money with adult sites depend from where the traffic come through too, lots of country are paid very low from ads companys

    • kartik

      interesting article pradeep, i am curious to know how indian adult sites make money when it’s illegal here, they can host in other country but how can they route their earnings to india, i mean they have to justify the income to tax departments…

      • Pradeep Kumar

        Honestly most of the adult sites make money without considering tax mate, that’s the benefit of online business. Hosting Adult content might be illegal here but they work foreign ad agencies so their income won’t be affected in any way.

    • Bhupendra Shukla

      well written article…. i know some site whose daily earning is more than 25000$ / day….

    • chris

      Yeah, I must say the reason that Im starting a heap of porn video sites is simply ‘money’
      this generation doesnt hold much value on porn…well until you get a little older.
       
      like everyone else I have tried doing things ‘by the book’ but I was told that the money is in ‘what people keep secret’ and this is from a CEO of a betting company.
      After a very long think about it, he was right.
      So here I go jumping into the abyss of the porn world.
      I would rather peddle porn that have a ‘squeeze page’ full of pre made text to simply BS the ‘end user’ with false promises of money, fame and success.
      somehow porn is more honest than BS to people,
      if it works? cooool
      if not? then I tried another angle.
      but sex is the second oldest business on earth beside death so why not cash in if you look at it from a business perspective.
       
      sex is everywhere, you simply cannot hide it.
       
      wish me luck
      ** for the christians? who many priests are busted for sex with children everyweek?
      think about it for a second before you pass judgement, please dont forget YOUR weakness what ever it may be

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    • Genera

      I did want to do a porn blog. But from reading the article, I realize one of the sites I was on was ripping me off and taking unsolicited money out of my account for unknown services. I had to change cards. I would still like to blog and youtube porn for money. May as well enjoy both the physical, psychological buzz and make money at the same time.

    • Tom

      Huge money are involved in this industry. If you know how to do it, you will be laughing.

    • suraj@blogname

      Pardeep Nice article, I think porn websites earn much more than normal websites. And definitely porn ads has high Ctr also.

    • Narender

      There are few more tactics by which you can earn in porn industry.

    • Vijayraj Reddy

      Interesting post, but starting a porn site is illegal in India 🙁

    • Alisha

      The problem with these sites is that its very hard to drive traffic in the start and to maintain it later. You have no idea how much tough competition it is and low paying ads.

      • Narender

        Yes alisha you are right but there are lots of way by which you can drive handsome traffic to your site. Do not depend on Google. It’ll not help you anymore in the case of porn site but yes there are thousands ways by which you can get good traffic and even you do not need to be depend on ADS. you can earn enough without any ads on your porn site. Though you can put ads on your site.

    • Mark

      Well i wasn’t aware there are so many ways for adult sites to make money !

    • vishnudath

      Awesome Plans and Great Networks. Any one here executing these plans 😉

    • Ujjwal Kumar

      Awesome idea you have here. Are you implementing it on some website? 😉

    • Andrii Rabiniuk

      I would have added an article. There are some sites, called cj, they generate traffic to sites with premium content. A good way to start your own business on the Internet – is to your sentence:

      Understanding this industry is ever-green many people started ad networks for this. 🙂

    • Yuri

      I think most porn website makes their money is mostly because any users are allow to upload contents into the website. Its kinda like another version of youtube, but instead with porn.

      • Narender

        Nope. Its not the same as you think. As pradeep mentioned various ways they follow these ways exactly. I owned a porn site and i really following one of the ways he posted in this article. Being honest porn sites are not depend on Ads like adsense. Porn ads are nothing if you have a good traffic. Who does not like free porn in this world?  Yes. Free porn. This word tell everything. Just get your stuff upload them on good file host and share with the whole world. Thats it.

    • sai@dailyblogtools

      haha very nice networks for porn sites 😉

    • Twesh Mishra

      You really seem to be giving the wrong type to attention on porn sites.
      It is commendable that managed to 'extract' so much from such a stressful environment.

      Nonetheless, a very informative article, impressive and somewhat tempting net savvy users to indulge in the porn industry.

    • Amandeep Singh

      You have done quite a lot of research to put this all together, haven't you..

      Really nice stuff Pradeep… I have read your other article as well – blogging tactics from P0rn… quite informative, both of them… lots to learn from the tacts they use to earn big bucks…

    • NITIN GUPTA

      hey nice research cuz youth is easily attract to these types of things and now i am also thinking to own a porn site to earn money…!!
      but i have a question that where from the videos and the pics which are to be uploaded on porn site.. are came..???
      means the source..

    • Swapnil

      wow after reading your post, even i want to own a porn site 😀

    • Adam

      Thanks for the amazing research. I am sure this might help some of the interested business developers in setting up as well as improving their websites. As for me, I think the porn business will always be a huge success no matter how stiff the competition is and the information provided by you will help people plan their marketing strategies.

    • Jai @ Tech India

      I am afraid that if you will start a porn site (Just KIDDING), this is a picture perfect guide for those who are planning to make money online by starting some porn/adult niche websites.. awesome research.. kudos dude.. 😉

    • Ashok

      Great research Pradeeep! By reading what you wrote, one can see how people are earning tons of money through what is often called the oldest profession. Now, you can call it the "newest profession" online. Really amazing!!!

    • Mark | Free Download Buzz

      Really cool.. There have been many ideas also which can be obtained from Porn Websites as well..

    • Goa Resorts

      Hi,

      You have great idea about how to we can make more money with what kind of ideas and this is very true these kind of things attract many visitors who don't know about all this.

    • Eapen

      Heheh…. You are very well read in this Niche dude ! I suspect you run a lot of them 😀 The next Hugh Hefner in the making …!

    • Itender rawat

      Interesting post HBB…..these sites consist of lot of high paying ads like adult friend finder…..It pays a lot with every register

    • Charles Ceccarelli@moveable hitch

      Wow, this is a big revelation. I am a huge porn consumer and now after reading and reflecting on your post, I tend to agree that it is an addition and it lures you very easily into itself. Thankfully, I have not spent any money foolishly on it. But the points that you have made about how the chains of taking you from one to another work with the advertisements and all that is very true. I have been swindled a little in that trap. But maybe for people who advertise such products that are sex-related the best place to do so is porn and the best thing to do is to use the power of porn to lure people in a positive way of sorts.

    • Bhupendra Sharma

      Hi this is Awesome post, even i can't think how porn sites make money. Thanks for sharing great information.

    • rahul@top10india

      lol… very good written

    • Vidya Sagar Garg

      Really awesome tips… but can you tell me it is really work.. and how to get ads for p*** sites

      • S.Pradeep Kumar

        I can't refer or share any sites mate, but they earn from many ad networks. To know more, check this infographic : http://hellboundbloggers.com/2011/06/29/internet-and-pornography-stats/

    • Sanjan Bikram

      @Aashish, Same here..
      Pradeep made me think on this niche.

    • Gaurang

      Yaa, Very True.. And Youth are easily attracted to these tricks and they tempt to click on them.. Great article 😉

    • Softmace

      You did some research here :))

    • Ashish

      nice research.. have to think about this mega niche..

    • sham

      Pradeep, The Porn researcher 🙂

    • Karla Campos

      Hi Pradeep , glad you have done the research so some of us don't have to ; ) the premium content approach is one that I think is a fair approach. I don't like to be "switch and baited" so I wouldn't go for that approach regardless of how much money I could make by doing it.

    • Ankit

      LOL :P,seems you have done lots of research.Also to write about it you need right knowledge and guts.
      Thanks for sharing how they make huge money.

    • MIhir Naik

      Yes, It's true. porn sites are making huge bucks. We also can do it. But I am against porn and adult sites..:D

    • Jeet Dholakia

      First of all great work brother. the data, screenshots and the way you have presented this article is too good. classic article for learning purpose and i came to know many hidden things that how this guys makes huge money 🙂 personally i liked it so much.

      Thank you.

    • Saurabh Mukhekar

      Haa … Really True ,many marketers earn more from this industry !!!!!!

    • Danish Mughal

      Sparking topic this is ! Gonna ignite the fire here in comments 🙂

    • JamesW

      Haha, very different and interesting post, making money online is big niche, and this proves that, from porns to games, this is huge market and people will always be interested in this. thank you Kumar for sharing this with us.
      I'll be writing the similar article on my blog soon. 🙂

    • Chitra@SocialVani

      Very genuinely written Pradeep. Whether it is the ancient days or the 21st century, sex sells, hence the porn industry is playing in billions…all of the above strategies really work.

      • Kristen Caven

        Thank you for this post! It’s surprising how little I can find online to explain to parents what their children see when you leave them alone with an internet machine for very long.

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