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The Question of Cross Sales

The Question of Cross Sales
Recent Card Association decisions and closer inspection of cross sell practices and account coding are all conspiring to change the way many programs conduct business with credit card joins in this lucrative revenue generation area. New restrictions on external cross sales may be impacting your rev... More »

The Rise of the Hybrids

The Rise of the Hybrids
When porn first came online it was much less centralized than it is today. Most people earning money in the digital market didn't even know who their competition was, and the majority of site owners worked in solitude. The advent of affiliate marketing changed all of that as site owners sought to fi... More »

Drawing Mainstream Attention to Adult Products

Drawing Mainstream Attention to Adult Products
Picture yourself as a consumer, wandering around inside a sparsely populated shopping mall. You spot a sign on a closed door that reads, "Want porn? Come on in." From within the room, you can hear the hustle and bustle of all sorts of activity. Your curiosity piqued, you swing the door open — only... More »

Country Snapshot: Turkey

Country Snapshot: Turkey
Often referred to as the country where the East meets the West, Turkey recently bitterly marked 50 years since its first application to integrate formally with Europe, a date overshadowed by its troubled EU accession talks. Turkey is home to 75.7 million people, 35 percent of whom have access to ... More »

Organic Search vs. Paid Placement

Organic Search vs. Paid Placement
Webmasters, take heed: If you're not on the cutting edge of marketing through search engines online, you're not in the game. So say the experts in this vital field of play. "Nothing in the search engines can be done as a part-time job," said Johnny V., web traffic consultant for Wildline Corp.... More »

Increasing Foreign Traffic

Increasing Foreign Traffic
In the United States, many adult webmasters have prospered by catering primarily to North American traffic. But as the economy becomes more and more global, foreign adult markets will become increasingly attractive to American webmasters — and increasing foreign traffic will be important to the fi... More »

WIA Profile: Kathi Stout

WIA Profile: Kathi Stout
Each month, industry news media organization XBIZ spotlights the career accomplishments and outstanding contributions of Women in Adult. WIA profiles offer an intimate look at the professional lives of the industry's most influential female executives. How did you get into this? What in your bac... More »

Watch Your Websites!

Watch Your Websites!
Some recent activity on the hacker front prompts me to write this warning. One of the latest trends for malware proliferation is to hack legitimate websites, load their evil wares and leverage the site's popularity to spread infections. Websense, a web security company, said in a recent report... More »

Opportunity Lost

Opportunity Lost
Complacency — that "take it easy, it's all going to be ok" attitude, which is at the heart of so much "change" in America these days, has taken another victim. On Aug. 6, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger put an end to more than 160 years of the state's heritage by banning suction dredging... More »

WebsiteSecure.org: Certifying Websites for Consumers

WebsiteSecure.org: Certifying Websites for Consumers
In recent months any webmaster who has been paying attention to the business overall can recall hearing about "shady" billing practices ranging from sites that were posting cross-sales below the submit button on their join pages, to sites with less than ethical terms stated in their Terms of Service... More »

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