8 Ways to Make Money With Porn – A Comprehensive Introduction to the Adult Entertainment Industry

I haven’t been very active on the blog lately, so today we’re going to “spice things up a little bit” and talk about the top eight ways to make money with adult content (in other words, pornography). This is information that you will not find on any of the regular make money blogs. I’m also going to touch on some things you need to take into consideration before going down this path, not just from a religious or moral perspective, but from a purely business perspective as well.

Please note: I am neither advocating for entering the porn industry or bashing it. I am simply conveying information. Read until the end for more on whether this is an industry you should enter.

Here we go.

1: Become an Affiliate for Porn Sites

As with every industry, the pornography industry is rife with opportunity for affiliate marketers. Usually, you’ll become a CPA affiliate – in other words, you’ll get paid per lead when you refer people to porn sites, such as cam sites and membership sites. You can also get paid per sale if people upgrade to a premium membership.

Which affiliate network should you join? Crakrevenue is the affiliate network you want to be part of if you are going to operate in the pornography industry. You can also become an affiliate for Chaturbate. There are other networks out there as well. If I recall correctly, even Peerfly has a number of adult-oriented offers. However, Crakrevenue will likely only approve you if you already have an adult website or blog. 

How can you send traffic to your affiliate links? Of course, you can start out with advertising. This is a little tricky, because Google Adwords and Bing Ads, as well as Facebook, are off limits if you are promoting NSFW content. However, you can sign up to other search engine advertising networks that do allow adult content. 7Search is the biggest second-tier search engine marketing site, and it does allow adult content. 

You can also send traffic from your own tube site or adult blog, which I will cover later on in this article.

However, there are many free ways to send traffic to your affiliate link (and they don’t involve using a bot to spam male profiles on dating sites!). One relatively common method is downloading porn videos that do not have a watermark and then uploading them to porn sites such as Pornhub, XVideos, and XHamster. What you are going to do is upload videos of cam shows and then direct people to your affiliate link to “see more,” which works especially well if you are promoting a camming site. You will need a website with Hostgator that serves as redirect URL to your affiliate link. You can use a shortened URL from a URL shortening service, but that will make it more likely that your account will be banned. You will paste this link either over the actual video or in the video description. 

There are a number of problems with this method, however. As more and more people do this, porn tube sites and their users are becoming smarter about it. Uploading videos that are not your own may be a copyright infringement, and your account may be shut down. Even if you are adhering to copyright laws, your account may be still be reported and banned.

Another option is not to upload any videos, but to simply create an account on Pornhub and use a racy profile picture of a women’s breasts or genitals. Make comments on other videos, write an enticing description in your profile where you tell people to go to your link to see more of you, upload only a few videos at most, and include your link in your profile (Pornhub has a place for this). Make sure you are active online and that your computer is on with Pornhub open, or else you will not get any friend requests. Men will add you as a friend, and some of them will click on your link. You can do this on XHamster as well. Xvidoes is an option, but they are more likely to shut down your account.

WARNING! You will get more than friend requests 😉 You’re going to have to be okay with men sending you pictures of their erect penises. Your dick pic collection is going to be larger than your gayest friend’s.

An alternative is to work on the other side of the business and refer camgirls to camming websites.

2: Operate a Porno Tube Site

Instead of becoming an affiliate, you can start your own porn site. You are going to need an adult-friendly hosting service for this — Hostgator and TMD are among the few that will allow it.

Your best bet is to purchase a script so that your site is formatted in a similar way to other porn sites out there and you can upload videos easily. There are scripts for WordPress sites if you want to use WordPress.

Adult Video Script is among the best scripts out there. They have a Video Grabber feature that allows you to embed videos on your site from popular porn sites such as Pornhub and XHamster by pulling videos from a URL you provide them. Their Mass Video Embedder allows you to instantly populate your site within minutes with videos that are pulled from other large sites.

How do you get traffic to your porn site? You get traffic from Google. You are going to need to optimize your videos’ titles and descriptions for SEO, just like in any other industry. Keyword research is a must. Backlinks are essential as well. 

Which niche should you target? If you want to make money with a porn site, you are going to need to stand out by choosing a specific niche. If you are too general, you are not going to get that much traffic. There are many smaller kink and fetish niches that you can get into. These fetishes can be confusing and bewildering to those who have never heard of them before or find them unarousing or repulsive, but the market is out there for them. I’ll skip the graphic details; do your own research. 

So how do you actually make money with a porn site? The best way would be by putting ads on your site. There are many ad networks out there for adult sites. JuicyAds and ExoClick are two good places to start. You can also use your tube site to send traffic to your affiliate links.

If you’re more advanced and know how to market yourself, you can set up your own cam site for a specific niche and take a commission of each camgirl’s pay.

3: Become a Webcam Model

Becoming a camgirl is another way to make money in the sex industry. Unlike the previous two options, however, you are doing more than simply operating a porn business as a businessman — you will usually be exposing yourself and/or performing sexual acts. 

Making money as a camgirl is not as easy as it sounds. You are up for a lot of competition. You are going to need to build yourself up over time, and your revenue can fluctuate drastically. You will likely find that over time, you will get a small number of fans who give you most of your revenue on a consistent basis, while the rest of your fans don’t contribute much or anything at all. You should also market yourself on social media, especially Twitter and Instagram.

Being a camgirl is not as lucrative as you think. You have to work hard to build yourself up. Most camgirls come from Asia and Eastern Europe, because Americans simply don’t find the pay per hour satisfactory enough. Many camgirls quit when they don’t see the easy money they thought it would bring them. You’ll have to put up with harrassment from internet trolls and idiots as well. Here is a good post from XoJane about the personal experience of a self-called “camwhore.”

Once you get enough fans, you can create and sell private Skype shows as well.

A good tip to remember is that you should always look at it from a business perspective. For example, don’t do everything for free – save certain sexual acts for when people donate enough money to reach a certain goal.

Whatever you are comfortable doing on screen will depend on your personality and how much of an exhibitionist you are.

There are many cam sites out there, including Chaturbate and iFriends. LiveJasmin is another camming site, and it actually gets more traffic than Pornhub. You are going to need to apply and upload your IDs to prove that you are over 18 years old.

Can a male become a webcam model? It is possible, but it is harder and there is less money involved. You are going to need to be extremely good looking and have a great body. Not all cam sites accept male models. You are also going to need to be okay with interacting with gay or bisexual males. In fact, it’s likely that the majority of your audience will be gay or bisexual. If you are straight, you need to be able to humor them. It’s a good idea to watch other gay models and learn about gay culture and gay slang. SuperMen and CamDudes are two camming sites that are exclusively for males, among countless others. 

Couples can become webcam models as well and perform together.

4: Make Money by Sexting or With Phone Sex

Phone sex and sexting are more private alternatives to webcamming. Phone sex involves talking dirty with men over the phone. There are many men out there who are horny or lonely and in need of a female to talk to.

Sexting is a combination of two words – sex and texting. It involves flirting and talking dirty over text, and perhaps exchanging nude images. (In a previous post, I discussed how girls can make money by simply flirting with guys without dipping into anything sexual – so check out my Phrendly review for a cleaner way to make money online. )

Your phone number is safe if you use a phone sex site, so you don’t have to worry about that. Many cam sites or video selling sites have a phone sex option, and you can also sext over encrypted apps such as Kik or even Snapchat. You can join phone sex sites such as TalkToMe or simply sell a sexting, phone sex, or private video chat session — this works well if you are already an established cam girl or porn star and you have a large social media following.

6: Sell Clips or Nude Images

Another way to make money is by selling video clips or nude images. Sites such as ManyVids allow you to sell sex videos and take most of the profits. You can also join a membership site such as OnlyFans, where people pay a monthly fee to access your exclusive content.

What kinds of videos should you sell? If you are a couple, you can sell sex videos of you two together. You can find a business partner to make videos with. If you are single, you can sell nudes or videos depicting solo masturbation. You can make more if you are using sex toys.

Males can target the gay and bisexual audience.

Again, you should consider targeting a specific niche or fetish, unless you are really hot. 

And again, the key is to building a solid following over time. It is crucial to join Twitter and Instagram. Instagram has policies with regards to nude imagery, but Twitter is more lenient.

7: Sell Sex Toys Online

You can go into the adult ecommerce industry by operating a sex toy shop online. Whether you store the inventory yourself or use dropshipping, there is money to be made — the sex toy industry is over $15 worldwide. Again, consider narrowing yourself down a specific niche. For example, you can sell certain accessories or toys for sub-kinks in BDSM. 

8: Start an Adult Blog

If you are more of a writer, you can start an adult blog about sex and erotica. As with any blogging business, it will take time until you are successful, which is why the majority of bloggers will fail. You should also target a specific niche and community. You can monetize your blog through ads, by selling erotic novels that you wrote, by promoting yourself as a camgirl and selling private shows or clips, or by promoting sites as an affiliate. 

Things to Consider When Entering the Pornography Industry

While the pornography industry can be very lucrative, there are a number of things you should consider before making the decision to plunge into it.

Legal Considerations: Every country has different laws with regards to pornography. Do your research. There are also laws about copyright infringements.

Religious Considerations: If you are opposed to pornography on religious grounds, you have no business either watching porn or making money from other people who are watching it.

Moral Considerations: Are you opposed to porn from a moral perspective? Do you think that it is wrong because it degrades women or because it is addicting? What if you believe that while there is nothing inherently wrong with porn, all too often it ruins people’s relationships, their sex lives, their view on women, and their personal lives (sometimes without them realizing it)?

These are strong ethical issues to consider. Do you believe that porn can be compared to illegal drugs or loansharking, or would you compare it to alcohol and video games, which can also ruin people’s lives but is not something you would shy away from selling? What about extremely destructive and addictive pornography fetishes, such as erotic domination hypnosis and findom (which I like calling findumb, and which can bring a rich man to destitution)? You need to consider this before entering the porn industry, because whether you watch porn yourself or not, you’re making more of it available to others, and you’re profiting from it. I recommend reading Your Brain on Porn  for a good perspective on what research shows about the harmful effects of watching pornography, how it affects your life, your brain, your happiness, and your relationship with women. There are many articles on Psychology Today that you can read as well on both sides of the issue. 

Personal and Business Considerations: How will entering porn affect your personal life? How will your wife or girlfriend react to it? Can it ruin your relationship or prevent you from getting one? What about your close relatives and friends or your professional relationships?

Not everyone needs to know that you operate or operated a porn site or a cam site. However, if you are going to become a camgirl or sell clips or nudes, there is a lot more to consider. It is true that you can block certain regions when you are camming, but let’s face it — sooner or later, your clips and nudes are bound to appear somewhere on the internet, and you may not be successful with discovering all of them and taking them down through DMCA complaints.

If you are selling couple clips, it has the potential of making a breakup messier and more painful. There is also the possibility that being a camgirl will make you feel degraded.

What if in the end you are not successful in the porn industry? It’s a well known fact that new porn actresses have an average lifespan of around six months, often dubbed their shelf life. Most businesses fail, and a porn business is no different. At some point, you may decide that your webcam career is going nowhere and quit. What if you need to search for a job at some point in your life? How will your history with porn affect it? Perhaps it will, and perhaps it won’t. My point is that it is a risk, and you need to be willing to take that risk.

Operating in the porn industry every day will have an effect on you, your brain and your soul as well. It will affect your thoughts throughout the day and your perspective on the world. It can make you jaded and desensitized. You might think about sex and women more. It goes the other way too – it can make you so sick of porn that you can’t imagine how you ever mindlessly binge watched it while stroking yourself. You might feel pity for sad little men who aren’t getting laid and are settling for fake sex and for getting off by watching some other male bang the chick they want to screw themselves. You might start looking down at people who watch porn and consider them losers who can’t get anywhere in life and who have no self control. After all, you’re making money off people who think not with their brains first, but with their penises. 

It can make you lose your meaning and passion in life. It can drag you down and cause emotional problems such as depression. Also, if you are not sure of your decision, you will carry guilt and may have to live with toxic internal shame which can ruin your self esteem and self respect.

In conclusion: There is money to be made in the porn industry. At the same time, there are risks involved, and nobody is saying that you will get rich quick with any of the above methods.I am not here to give an opinion one way or the other; that’s up to you to decide. At the current time of this writing, I am not involved in the pornography industry. There are so many other business methods and industries you can go into. The dating niche might be a good alternative. In any case, I recommend that you sign up for a free Affilorama account if you want to learn how to do regular affiliate marketing and blogging.

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