Lesson #18 – International Webmasterism

Note: This content was originally written by Titimowse ("The Professor") and published on the old Cozyacademy.com over 10 years ago, a site that is no longer live and, as a result, the great wealth of knowledge it provides for the adult webmasters community was nearly lost. I recovered this article from an old archive and no part of this work belongs to me. I republished it here for the benefit of the adult community.

Even in this connected world, it’s hard to envision lives outside of our own borders. Everyone knows the planet is round and there are other cultures, other lands. Just the same, we tend to concern ourselves with what is familiar and local.

The understanding among adult webmasters is that American traffic is the most profitable traffic. Some might assume from the attitudes of the adult online community that one shouldn’t even bother trying to sell to surfers from anywhere but the USA.

This notion is reflected in affiliate programs where it’s common for sponsors to prohibit webmasters from Armenia or China. The sponsors have had so much trouble with affiliates from a certain region or area, they ban the places altogether from their programs. Paysites ban memberships from various locations for reasons like incompatible payment systems or conflicting legal permissions for access to pornographic content. Webmasters who are familiar with their specific market/niche will try to block traffic from cultures that have no common interest. There are reasons why we segregate our content away from particular parts of the world and all those reasons are economic. Everyone wants to be paid and US surfers have proven an ability to pay easily and consistently for online smut. Caution aside, it’s arrogant to assume that the only good traffic is US traffic. As rich and connected as they are, Americans only comprise a small portion of the Internet audience. The remainder of cyberspace is just as populated with horny surfers, as is the land of the free. To shut out the rest of the world is foolish and shortsighted.

Perhaps you are the adult webmaster who lives outside of the US. Or maybe you’re in the US but want to expand beyond its borders just like the Internet does. You’re not afraid to go outside familiar territory. You want to bring satisfaction to surfers far away and you’re ready to find out how. You’ve noticed you’re getting a lot of visitors to your BDSM site from Japan but they’re not buying. You catalogued the large amount of hits your tranny site receives from Germany and you want to know how to turn that traffic into profits. You know you want your business to reach other countries but you don’t know where to start or who to ask to help you. For more on business handling you should have a look to this page.

For the adult webmaster who wishes to internationalize their site, there are some places where you can begin and they’re just clicks away:

Adult Webmaster World
This fine adult webmaster resource site is not only an Xbiz award nominee, it’s also home to a truly International message board. There are webmaster forums for every nationality and cultural group imaginable at AWW. If you want to ask how to market to French surfers, ask French webmasters. Don’t worry, somebody will understand you if you don’t speak the language.

Adult Site Translation
Say you want to make a site for a region where you don’t know the language or the culture. Perhaps you get your desired foreign surfers to you our site but you can’t get them to buy. Suppose you do fairly okay with your foreign site but you know you could do better if your sales text were translated into the language with the proper slang/lingo. You’ve tried translation software but it’s so imperfect. You need a human touch and you need someone that knows your sector intimately. This is the place to go. Their universal staff can translate and design you page to meet the needs of your foreign traffic.

Sex Money
A great place to visit if you’re interested in converting your precious international online traffic. Sex money offers a webmaster program that covers 25 different languages and offers a variety of tools you can use to start taking control of your international surfers.

If a sponsor is banning webmaster accounts from your country, email them and ask them if there’s any way you can prove your reliability? If a biller won’t allow you to use them, find one who will. If you want to bring your business to other places than the confines of your borders, the only thing stopping you is your labor.

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