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8 Tips for Successful Business Partnerships

8 Tips for Successful Business Partnerships
2016 marks my 16th year in the adult entertainment industry and the 10-year anniversary of my adult paysite management CMS software company, Elevated X, a still-thriving business formed out of a partnership that began 12 years ago. Like many business owners, I have a business partner. My partner is... More »

Publishers: Here’s What You Can Do About Ad Blocking

Publishers: Here’s What You Can Do About Ad Blocking
Ad blocking is a problem that impacts the whole advertising industry and the foundations of the Internet for free content distribution. Here are some key questions on ad blocking and what publishers can do about it. What Are Ad Blockers? As its name suggests, an ad blocker simply hides all types o... More »

Bitcoin: The Next ‘Must-Have’

Bitcoin: The Next ‘Must-Have’
In early 2015, when I started to focus on bringing Coinsnap’s Bitcoin payment solutions to the adult industry, following successful experiences in similar markets, I had to do a lot of explaining. Most people in the adult world that I talked to — despite being online professionals with ... More »

How to Respond to Chargebacks

How to Respond to Chargebacks
Chargebacks are a topic with which we are all familiar. Unfortunately, a bulk of them in our industry can be attributed to “friendly fraud.” Chargebacks can occur for many reasons, but the most common reasons such as “cardholder does not recognize” or “canceling recurr... More »

Fraud Mitigation a Top Priority

Fraud Mitigation a Top Priority
I’ve always had a holistic approach to our business. We all exist in a complicated business ecosystem with a lot of interdependencies that are not always readily apparent. Internet payment service providers (IPSP) are a critical part in the online high-risk adult industry ecosystem, linking ba... More »

Another Attempt to Blame Pornography

Another Attempt to Blame Pornography
And round and round the censorship wheel goes. Utah state Sen. Todd Weiler is just the latest to try and shape the marketplace of ideas to his own superstitious views of morality. Weiler proposed S.C.R. 9, seeking to have pornography declared a public health hazard. The resolution is hilariou... More »

Will Adobe Animate CC Catch On in a Big Way?

Will Adobe Animate CC Catch On in a Big Way?
Anyone who knows me can tell you I’m not one for flashy things. I do appreciate them, however, and was reminded of my affinity for flashy things as I made small talk with Alec Helmy in the valet line after the XBIZ Awards show and admired the nice cars. One pulled up and I thought, “Hm... More »

Changes in Social Media and What You Need to Know

Changes in Social Media and What You Need to Know
February was a big month for updates on social networks. Twitter updated their algorithm and is talking about expanding to 10,000 characters. Twitter added gif search. Facebook added “reactions” to their like function. Part of what keeps social media interesting is that it is always chan... More »

Stop ‘Borrowing’ Website Terms and Legal Disclaimers

Stop ‘Borrowing’ Website Terms and Legal Disclaimers
During the past decade, I have had the honor and privilege of speaking at tradeshows across the U.S. and Canada with some of the brightest entrepreneurs and many respected legal practitioners. I have spoken about various legal and business issues that the adult industry faces on a daily basis and a... More »

Running a Business in a Man’s World

Running a Business in a Man’s World
Recently I was honored by XBIZ as 2016 Businesswoman of the Year. It was a fun evening and a very gratifying moment for me. Getting to this point in my career took dedication and persistence and wouldn’t have been possible without lots of support from both my SegPay team and my family. Women ... More »

BUSINESS ANALYSIS

Manufacturers Take Action Against Counterfeit Sex Toys

The mainstreaming of pleasure products is proving to be a blessing and a curse for the sex toy industry. As the demand for pleasure products continues to grow, manufacturers are seeing an increase of counterfeiters... More »

Trends in Paysite Design, Content Delivery

Given the highly visual nature of adult entertainment, it is no surprise that many paysites have shown design-forward approaches — some skirting the bleeding edge, while others sought stability over... More »

Surviving Affiliates Seem to Be Thriving

Long a mainstay of traffic generation for adult website owners and monetization channel for tech savvy marketers, “sponsor programs” have delivered countless millions of dollars to affiliates... More »
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