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Country Snapshot: Pakistan

Country Snapshot: Pakistan
Google search trends show Pakistan, Egypt and India as the top three countries in the world where surfers search for "sex" on the Internet. According to Google, surfers in Pakistan search more for the magic three-lettered word with them than do surfers in any other country. With this in mind, it... More »

Gay Industry Awards

Gay Industry Awards
Hot House Entertainment, the San Francisco-based company that faced bankruptcy not five years ago, received the most trophies at this year's 16th Annual Grabby Awards. Their blockbuster prison tale "Justice," starring Shane Rollins, received five awards, including Best Video at Gay Chicago's annu... More »

Bonny Hall

Bonny Hall
This month's WIA Woman of the Month is Bonny Hall, Head Buyer for LoveHoney: What is your role at LoveHoney? Head buyer and presenter of Sex Toys TV (LoveHoney's very own web channel). How long have you been in adult? I joined LoveHoney four years ago. What advice would you give to women ... More »

Do it Virtual

Do it Virtual
At the intersection where online video games meet social networking websites, there's a new way to buy all kinds of naughty stuff, virtually and, increasingly, for real. While the use of virtual worlds for marketing and purchase of real products is in its infancy, the possibilities are endless. N... More »

The Dominator

The Dominator
The year 1993 was a seminal time for Ilan, CEO of the hugely successful online adult retailer, GameLink.com. He'd been working in the hotel business, and as he puts it, "I was bored. That's a business where you're surrounded by people all day long." Not that Ilan is a misanthrope, but he claims t... More »

Indie for All

Indie for All
He seems pretty mild-mannered for a smut peddler. Camera-shy Eon McKai, the creator of alt porn, is a boyish man, more emo than straight edge if you were to identify him by his style. His porn moniker is a tribute to D.C. punk rocker Ian MacKaye, of the bands Minor Threat and Fugazi. You'd never ... More »

Steven Toushin

Steven Toushin
Steven Toushin, president of Bijou Video, has been involved in adult entertainment for nearly four decades. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native was passing through Chicago in 1968 when he joined the avant-garde Aardvark Theater group, sparking a career in adult that has spanned over the course of 8mm film, t... More »

A New Formula

A New Formula
Early this year, Jack Mardack hit the road to do some marketing for Earl Miller. Mardack, who had already been an affiliate manager and webmaster of AdultFriendFinder.com, visited some strip clubs during the marketing trek and found something he wasn't expecting. "I was surprised to see how much ... More »

The Crossover

The Crossover
Less than two years ago, Pamela Butkowski was working in mainstream distribution, and wondering how she could get into something new that would take advantage of her marketing background. At the close of 2005, the Cleveland native saw her chance. DVDs For A Buck, an adult DVD program that had been o... More »

JT's Stockroom

JT's Stockroom
Adult fetish retailer JT's Stockroom is arguably the oldest sex toy company on the Internet — its store was online back when the World Wide Web was merely a sparkle in the eyes of Internet shoppers. Stockroom founder Joel Tucker began his fetish store — at the time called JT Toys — in 1988 ... More »

OPINIONS & VIEWS

Paysite Meetup: Catching Lightning in a Bottle

We just completed the first XBIZ.net Paysite Meetup in Prague. We caught lightning in a bottle. I first heard that expression from a friend who works in TV. He started in TV in the 1960s selling advertising,... More »

Why a Traffic Network Killed a Popular Offering

Change begets change. Nothing propagates so fast. If a man habituated to a narrow circle of cares and pleasures, out of which he seldom travels, step beyond it, though for never so brief a space, his departure... More »

Luring Cam Users With the Right Ad Format

The live cam marketplace is highly competitive filled with big-, medium- and small-sized players. So how do you stand out from the crowd to attract new users or persuade users to come back and spend their... More »
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