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  • #4997 Reply

    This is actually a multiple part question:

    1) Adult site owners and affiliates, how long did it take you before your sites became the primary source of your income?

    2) From what I understand, things have changed drastically since affiliate programs started. There’s now more competition. So, assuming someone isn’t doing something completely stupid, how long would you expect it to take a new site to grow to the point where it would be a primary source of income?

    3) Do you think people will need to have more than one site to make enough money to be the primary source of income? If so, how many. Again, this is assuming they aren’t doing anything outrageously stupid.

    #4998 Reply

    My background is probably different from others, but I started out as a starving artist (photographer) before starting an adult site. I already had a fairly low-cost standard of living. The area I am living in is very affordable, but rich with resources to work from. Because I have no staff, all the media and design are done by me. There are no serious expenses yet, but the site is still in it’s infancy.

    My website is 4 months old now, and already taken over as my main source of income. As things stabilize more, I will continue to venture out with more projects as well as rekindling old ones that have been pushed off to the side in the 6-month build process of my other project.

    I don’t know of a world where money flowed easily in this business. I jumped in at the worst time, and still going strong This forum offers such great advice for long-term goals, but has so little on bootstrapping it from the ground up. There are ways to cut costs and live within your means to do well. The checks keep coming and keep getting bigger!

    #4999 Reply

    My first adult site was only a hobby for me for the first few years. I could have quit my normal job a couple of years before I did but I just didnt have the confidence to do it.

    So for me it was more of a confidence thing than amount of money it made (apart from the first 2 years)

    If I look at new projects I start (not as a part of my first site), I often put in lot of monay in the start then wouldnt expect to see any return any earlier than 1 year down the line.

    #5000 Reply

    A lot depends on what kind of site you are talking about. Paysite? Tube Site? TGP? Blog? Social Net Site? Each has their own time frame.

    #5001 Reply

    I’ve been doing it (“it” = affiliate blogs) pretty seriously for about a year and a half, but had traffic before that (just wasn’t trying very hard to monetize it). I now make about a third of my money off porn, but the other 2/3rds comes from mainstream stuff where I’m well paid (hourly work). It really depends on your costs of living. I’m in Manhattan, so I’ve got pretty high costs. If I were somewhere cheaper I could have lived off porn 6-12 month ago…

    #5002 Reply

    while it is possible to make money almost immediately as an affiliate, most people don’t. usually it’s because their own interpretations of what they’re told is based on beliefs that aren’t true or their opinions, which are not founded on experience and tend to be wrong.

    of course, if you have a little seed money it doesn’t hurt.

    as far as making your money via a paysite, there are a LOT of variables here from how much you pay per update, how often you’ll update, to your experience marketing and even your niche. i’ve known people who started entire paysites on under $3000 total and made money and people who spent up to $100,000 before launch. i also know people who spent $25 per update and people who spend over $3000 per update.

    more important, i know of one site with wonderful downloadable HD content, real pornstars half the time, 100% hot models – and their site makes $1000 a month before expenses, not even enough to pay their models most of the time. someone else could do wonders with what they have – i’ve seen sites in the same niche with lesser models and content that do well – but the owner of this site can’t even break even after two years. so as you can see, the site owners’ marketing knowledge and experience are paramount to making a site profitable.

    and when it comes to affiliates, the same is true. i know a guy who started a small str8 program with 3 non exclusive – in fact, VERY non exclusive – sites. through the fact he was well known and well liked years before his launch, he had a good number of webmasters sign up and send traffic as he launched his program. then due to VERY smart use of boards, he brought in tons more active affiliates. he had over 100 sites sending over 1000 hits a day within the first month and tons more sending 1 to 100 hits a day.

    yet i know another guy who started a program with 3 sites in the same niches as the other guy plus a fourth site in another niche in his network. most of his content was exclusive. he lost money hand over fist. he did EVERYTHING wrong including deciding who to listen to. when he finally sold his network after a year, he had lost over $150,000 – but the guy who bought the program started making money almost immediately, partly because he knew how to upsell well and partly because he simply knows his stuff. over two years since the network was sold they’re doing well and the program is solid.

    so there’s no answer – it’s entirely variable.

    #5003 Reply

    As an affiliate, I noticed regular sales about 6-8 months in. Part of that was because I was pretty green and listened to the wrong people. Also, it really started off as a hobby more than anything as I love to write and blog.

    Then I met the right people and was offered some work with others. This set the foundation for full-time employment in the adult industry. Between this and my last Affiliate Manager position, blogging, uploading and writing for others, as well as affiliate sales from my own blogs, free sites, and TGPs, I manage ok. The cost of living here on the West Coast of Canada can be a bit much depending on where you live. I’m in a middle class neighbourhood, so we make out ok – my partner and I.

    #5004 Reply

    Aside from our original content we had on hand, our one site paid for itself fairly quickly –

    our site continues to generate income for us but is not the only source of revenue from our adult business enterprises – we are fairly well diversified from dvd sales to PPV and VOD revenue, licensing fees, consulting fees, production revenues, etc, etc…

    I always recommend that people diversify.

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