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NakedSword Bulks Up

NakedSword Bulks Up
When the dot-com boom went bust, futures and fortunes evaporated overnight. But for those with a diversified portfolio — like the two forward-looking men behind leading gay video-on-demand provider NakedSword.com — the fallout was nullified by a shrewd investment in streaming technology and in a... More »

HotMovies Fans the Flames

HotMovies Fans the Flames
In just three years, HotMovies.com has become a dominant force in the adult video-on-demand space, and its current efforts to generate visibility in the mainstream press could be securing an even stronger position as the market for broadband and adult VOD continues to heat up. In March, Business ... More »

A Look at Cybersocket

A Look at Cybersocket
More than nine years ago, Morgan Sommer sat on the floor of his partner's house, organizing 2,200 pieces of paper containing bits of information that would some day become the first Cybersocket Directory for the GLBT Internet. It was all part of a plan that he and his partner, co-founder and art dir... More »

SOMA

SOMA
California's San Fernando Valley is home to so many adult production companies that it is known as Porn Valley. But 400 miles north sits another district jam-packed with adult businesses. The area of San Francisco that lies south of Market Street, dubbed SOMA by the locals, is populated by a sizable... More »

Cruising the Community

Cruising the Community
It was 10 years ago, when I first placed our sex listings on the Internet. There was no business plan behind it, and no notions that I would actually earn a living from this. I'm sure that wasn't a particularly unique perspective back then. At the time, no one seemed to be making money from the Inte... More »

Adult Content: East to West

Adult Content: East to West
Unlike the Cold War and the gangster rap battles of the 1990s, the East vs. West debate in porn has never turned violent, but the difference in the product coming from both coasts in terms of performers, budgets and overall style is as huge as the difference between Reagan and Andropov or Tupac and ... More »

Getting Gay At Internext

Getting Gay At Internext
The gay audience is one of the most sought after demographics in today’s adult Internet industry and at Internext Expo in Las Vegas last week, a few experts gathered at the Gay and Lesbian Webmaster panel to discuss the state of the market segment and its future. The panel, moderated by Fredric... More »

Mainstreaming Gay Business: Part 1

Mainstreaming Gay Business: Part 1
Whether you still call it the Gay Niche or fully embrace it and call it the Gay Movement - Gay Websites and their webmasters have arrived. Gay Adult Business on the Internet has reached its critical mass and is breaking out of the industry and the self imposed silence that has been the norm for many... More »

Here Comes Darren Austin

Here Comes Darren Austin
If Darren Austin's life goes as planned, the young, silky-voiced Internet radio show host will some day become network television's preeminent talk show host. Oprah Winfrey watch out! According to Darren, it's only a matter of time before his reign as television royalty begins. And when it does... More »

Turgeon Points to Visa

Turgeon Points to Visa
Continuing our XBiz chat with Mancheck.com COO Robert Turgeon, the issue of Visa's new charge-back policy was at the top of his hit list. After explaining his company's decision to transition from an AVS site to a mega paysite, Turgeon pointed again to Visa as being the culprit for many impen... More »

EDUCATIONAL FEATURES

E-Stim Basics: Selling Customers on Powerboxes as Pleasure Tools

Electrosex is a commonly misunderstood pleasure practice for good reason: Most of us have negative associations with electricity; maybe we’ve been shocked after rubbing our feet across a carpeted... More »

Search Oftentimes Is Left to Chance

Adult content is frowned upon in search, whether in paid, organic or social. With the big algo updates from the past few years, Google has cleaned up search, trying to get rid of spammy and low-quality... More »

Five Tips to Generate Repeat Business

A $50 sale is great. But what if you could get that same $50 sale to come back four times in the next few months? Here are some ideas how to achieve that. 1) On your receipts, you should have an option... More »
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