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Adult & the Law

Adult & the Law
2012 was a very busy year for the adult industry’s legal news. This past year brought with it the obscenity-related conviction of Ira Isaacs, renewed life in the Free Speech Coalition’s battle against the constitutionality of 18 U.S.C. §2257, the failure of the Stop Online Piracy Ac... More »

South Korean e-Sales - $1Trillion+

South Korean e-Sales - $1Trillion+
You know I’m often writing about emerging markets and other regional revenue opportunities, especially as regards local alternative payments.  ZDNet.com has just published results of 2012 e-commerce sales for South Korea, and they took off last year to an all-time high - 1,144 trillion wo... More »

Traffic: Unfriendly Search Algorithms May Increase

Traffic: Unfriendly Search Algorithms May Increase
The last year has brought many significant changes to the way traffic is acquired and evaluated. In 2013 webmasters will be faced with an increasingly unfriendly search engine algorithm, the dangers of buying recycled traffic from an ecosystem that replicates clicks intentionally and unintentionally... More »

‘Fifty Shades’ of Inspiration

‘Fifty Shades’ of Inspiration
The erotic bestseller is nothing new. But “Fifty Shades” feels different. For one thing, it is the bestselling book of all time in the United Kingdom. Take that Harry Potter. “Fifty Shades” feels like “Deep Throat” — a cultural watershed. XBIZ spoke with mai... More »

Paysites: Extensions of Proven Practices Drive the Sector

Paysites: Extensions of Proven Practices Drive the Sector
Each year around this time, print and online publications alike become so jammed full of predictions that you can hardly throw a rock without hitting an article guessing at what the year to come will bring. As I’ve never been one who is able to resist peer pressure, below you’ll find my ... More »

Mainstream Maneuvering

Mainstream Maneuvering
For Internet marketers seeking the sweet spot, “diversification” has been high on the list of business requirements for some time now. Evidence of this can be found amongst adult webmasters currently operating, or contemplating, mainstream websites and offers. This move is often chosen i... More »

Kegels for Fun and Profit

Kegels for Fun and Profit
All during high school, I spent four years toiling away in the Ocean County (NJ) Public Library’s technical processing department, checking in books on zillions of topics. Many of the themes for non-fiction kids books would be “Blah, Blah, Blah for Fun and Profit” and they’d ... More »

AEVC II Exceeds Expectations

AEVC II Exceeds Expectations
I was honored once again this year to deliver the welcoming address at the second annual Adult Entertainment Virtual Convention (AEVC), where I took time to discuss the need for excellence and innovation; how technological change drives opportunity for entrepreneurs; and how the extre... More »

Online Retailers Offer Forecast of Internet Shopping Trends

Online Retailers Offer Forecast of Internet Shopping Trends
XBIZ made a quick survey of online retailers to get a feel for the upcoming trends and their expectations for the upcoming selling season. What’s currently driving online sales? “What we’re seeing driving online sales is devices,” Gamelink Vice President of Business Develop... More »

Consumer Accountability

Consumer Accountability
It is well known by everyone, including consumers, that consumers bear no responsibility for protecting their information from others. If their information is used, and they decide that they no longer want it to be used, then they merely have to dial up their bank and say, “I did not authorize... More »

BUSINESS ANALYSIS

Retailers Talk BDSM Shopping Trends

These days, BDSM is so mainstream that it is being depicted in everything from beer commercials to telenovelas. Floggers, paddles, ball gags and handcuffs were once considered the bad boys of adult retail;... More »

Specialty Manufacturers Talk Popularity of Handcrafted BDSM Gear

The proverbial cat is out of the bag for fetishes — and the dog, and the dragon, and a whole other slew of kink accessories that put blindfolds and handcuffs to shame. “Fifty Shades”... More »

Mainstreaming of BDSM Broadens Category, Consumer Reach

It’s been just more than 30 years since Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke lit the silver screen on fire in “9 ½ Weeks” with the film’s underlying themes of BDSM. And more than... More »
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