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2012 in Review: Internet Censorship & the Acronyms We Love to Hate

2012 in Review: Internet Censorship & the Acronyms We Love to Hate
With the new year upon us, two things become painfully apparent in concluding 2012 sans post-apocalyptic bedlam: 1) the Mayans seem to have preferred tequila breaks over finishing their calendaring duties, and 2) there are no more excuses justifying willful blindness to any of the damage done during... More »

Navigating Across The Pacific

Navigating Across The Pacific
Given the widespread changes in the adult marketplace, it is no wonder that marketers are seeking deals wherever they occur. From U.S.-based operators eyeing the European audience to European porn purveyors wanting a slice of the American market, exporting erotica is all the rage. In addition to th... More »

High-End Novelties - A Distributor's Dream

High-End Novelties - A Distributor's Dream
Think of them as being part of a giant grid that powers an entire city or country. Only instead of electricity, picture millions of high-end, luxury sex toys vibrating their way into retail stores around the world. Wholesale distributors — the very lifeblood of these products — are on t... More »

Global Alternative Payment Optimization

Global Alternative Payment Optimization
Alternative payments have been a popular topic for industry publications since about the year 2000, but we began seriously writing about local global payments about six years ago. Early adopters have been reaping the benefits for years, but it’s never too late to add alternative payment option... More »

FSC Elections Open for 2013-14 Board of Directors

FSC Elections Open for 2013-14 Board of Directors
The Free Speech Coalition has sent ballots to members for election of its 2013-2014 Board of Directors on Thursday, December 27th. Ballots were sent electronically to current FSC members who had joined by December 11th, close of nominations and the record date set by the FSC Board of ... More »

Payment Strategies To Maximize Profits

Payment Strategies To Maximize Profits
Long-established billing mechanisms are proving inadequate in the face of evolving consumer needs, causing a growing number of adult website operators to embrace alternative billing and payment means in ways that are not “typical.” One of the first things to get out of the way is a defi... More »

Alt Solutions For Mobile Billing

Alt Solutions For Mobile Billing
You have to give it up for the porn industry. It’s not enough that webmasters were once again on the forefront of technology, latching onto the mobile market as fast as they could figure out how to provide sex on smartphones, but the bean counters were able to nail the quickest and easiest way... More »

ACH, Debit Billing Still Running Strong

ACH, Debit Billing Still Running Strong
Online adult entertainment is enjoyed in many different parts of the world, but exactly how consumers pay for it can vary considerably from one country to another. Although the almighty credit card continues to dominate e-commerce payments in the U.S., it is important that adult webmasters also have... More »

Prepaid Cards A Popular Alternative

Prepaid Cards A Popular Alternative
To a U.S. resident who is hoping to make a major purchase like a house or a car, having a good credit score and a history of responsible credit card use is a major consideration. Yet in many other major developed countries, credit cards are not held in such high regard. In those countries, the major... More »

Pleasure Products: High End, High Demand

Pleasure Products: High End, High Demand
In the pleasure products space, luxury is more than a status symbol among consumers. Highfalutin packaging and marketing helps establish a perception of increased value, but the real defining moment plays out behind closed doors. “Marketing establishes the brand promises and guiding core valu... More »

PROFILES & BIOS

Grand Slam Media CEO Luke Hazlewood Hits It Out of the Park

Grand Slam Media Inc. CEO Luke Hazlewood’s view of the advertising business is one that seems to have solid roots. He says that in an ever-changing marketplace it is a better protocol to lead rather... More »

2017 XBIZ Webstar of the Year Harriet Sugarcookie Dares to Evolve

Start with a heaping helping of charming personality, sprinkle a dash of delightful quirky antics, then lather the final product with a whopping dollop of sensual sweetness… and what do you get?... More »

2017 XBIZ Trans Performer of the Year Reigns Supreme

It’s easy to see Aubrey Kate now — the modelesque, blonde bombshell — and dismiss her recent awards in the erotic arts as inevitable. It’s easy to say that she was simply born with... More »
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