I don’t have any firsthand info to back this up, but my understanding of the business works like this.
There are a variety of ways to get porn online. At the ground floor there are your basic exhibitionist, and vouyers who post their pictures (of themselves) on the public domain in buletin boards, pic post sites and any other place that allows it. These people do it for free and just for the thrill of it. Next on the ladder is the small private websites. People who get some web spece and take pictures of themselves and a bunch of their friends and post them online. They also do it for the thrill of it, but the figure theres money to be made so they put banners on their page to bring in some money and pay for their web space. The next rung are those private websites that have monthly fees. They generally are still people who are into the thrill of it, but have gotten enough publicity or word of mouth to get people really hooked on their site. They generaly put in more time, have live web cams, and actualy do live chats and video feeds with their customers. There is alot more personal interaction here and the differences are that they don’t want to be an annoymous face online, they want to get you hooked on them. The biggest fish is the big pay sites where its a company that pays the models to pose for them and they usually run every type of operation in the business, live chats, video, pic, and even field requests. Then a different fish is those who simply browse all the available free sites and download anything they can get their hands on and post it on their own site. Things get blurry with these types and they frequently are hacking and stealing pics rom the less proficient webmasters and taking things that aren’t on the public domain.
As for where the money comes in. Well the amatures who just post for fun don’t get any money, but someone who takes their pics will usually put it on their website and make some cash. The small private websites are usually set up by the stripper and her photographer and they make money online like anyone else, from banner clicks and selling home movies, panties and anything else. The bigger private sites that have monthly fees obviously get their money from that, they usually have a couple of webmasters, and a lot of different models who either work directly for that site, or they bring a bunch of indepentant private sites together. The girls get paid out of a pool of cash from fees, and the occasionally have some banners to supplement their income. Finally the big pay sites usually use only pictures of their models who get paid to pose as if they were in playboy or penthouse. They have lots more models, more pics and more bandwidth so they can charge lots more per month. They also are the ones who put banners on the little sites and are smart enough to find ways to innudate your email, and flood your screen with pop ups. They only need one out of every thousand people to sign up and they make their money back. Also those pirates who pool as many free pics they can get usually get all their money from banners, and don’t pay the models anything.
Basically the webmaster controls how much money the models get (they’re usually the guys in most smaller sites too). If he’s good and makes certain that no one can hack in and steal the pics, then the girl can make some good money, and he can trace which models pics bring in the most clicks and fees, and likely pays the girls based on productivity. He also can put good banners on good sites to advertise. I’m sure that most of the small sites are working wifes and computer geeks who simply use the money as household income to suppliment their real jobs. Occasionally these sites will get popular enough to get bought up by the big pay sites and like any other business they can make some serious cash this way.
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