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November 18, 2011

Portland, OR – With a memorable name and the goal of creating unique high quality eye-catching bustiers that are suitable for wearing out on the town or in the bedroom, DivaBitch.com has launched featuring three high end leather designs with more coming after the new year.

“Diva Bitch is a new company with some fresh ideas we felt there was a niche to be filled in the market with designs that you would not typically find at your local lingerie store.” said president and co-founder Scott Owens.

Diva Bitch is also expecting to roll out an affiliate program in the coming months which will provide affiliates with generous payouts and access to high quality content to promote the brand with.

“We feel are a lot of people out there with high quality traffic looking for something new to promote and we hope that Diva Bitch can prove to be an attracive product for a wide range of affiliates both mainstream and adult.” said Scott

New models and high qaulity, high resolution photos will be added to the site regularly to encourage visitors to comment and participate in contests.

For more information contact Scott@Divabitch.com or visit http://divabitch.com

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November 07, 2011

Portland, OR – Well into the 12th year online for EroticBPM.com, Killshot Productions has announced the addition of a new exclusive contract model.  EroticBPM will feature new content from  “MaryJane” every week in addition to the weekly multi model cam chats every Saturday.  MaryJane will be modeling exclusively for EroticBPM.com and will not be seen on any other adult sites.

MaryJane commented, “I’m super fucking excited to work on EroticBPM exclusively. Not only are the models gorgeous, but the community is awesome, and the site owner is amazing. I’ve never been on a site like this before, and I doubt I’ll ever find a community this tight and connected.”

EroticBPM has had a strong community since its inception with members participating regularly for years on end due to the friendly atmosphere and original content.

“EroticBPM gives everyone the chance to get together, meet new people from all over, look at GREAT porn, and perv on all the sexy ladies. It’s nice that you can actually interact with the models and get to know them on a more personal level. Saturday night cam chats are filled with lots of awesome boobs, interesting conversations, and are all around a good time. I love EBPM and everything it stands for, and I’m proud to be a member.” Said MaryJane of the community.

“MaryJane has a great personality and really enjoys connecting with members. Working closely with MaryJane will provide a steady stream of sexy content while we continue to push forward with exciting new ideas” Says Killshot Productions’ proprietor, Scott Owens.

For more information, contact Killshot@eroticbpm.com or visit http://eroticbpm.com

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Aug/11

24

Zencoder Is Awesome

The state of web video right now is pretty frustrating. Long ago, putting video on your site was a nightmare. If you chose one format you risked a certain percentage of your users being unable to view the video because they didnt have the right codec or software installed. Webmasters frequently had to encode video in multiple formats.

Then flash video came along and became widely adopted. You knew that 99.5% of your visitors were going to have no problems with flash and flash started to become pretty standard. Flash certainly had its own set of problems but we dealt with it.

Now with html5 quickly being adopted and pushed along by the popularity of the iPad, webmasters are suddenly pushed back into the multiple file encoding problem again. Only now with HD video you can expect to devote even more cpu time to dealing with the problem. Except you dont.

I recently discovered Zencoder. It’s not free, but the prices are very reasonable, their support is really incredible, and they don’t have a problem with adult content so long as you set your visibility to private.

Their API is very powerful and you can easily convert every video on your server to the multiple formats needed for html5 video plus a fallback to flash if needed.

I was a bit disappointed at one point that they did not have a feature I would have found useful. I went into support chat to express my displeasure and they had the feature tested and live on the site within 30 minutes. Very impressive considering at that point I had only given them $40

I’m not normally one to plug random products and services but knowing there are plenty of other webmasters out there experiencing this pain until a video standard is decided on. I felt I needed to get the word out!

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Apr/11

23

Changes

Relocating back to Portland to be with the rest of the Killshot Productions team.

Very excited to get some delayed projects in gear and rocking for 2011.

Stay tuned.

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Last week Lightspeed & Grooby filed suit against hundreds of bittorrent users who allegedly downloaded their porns.

It really saddens me to see this happening for a myriad of reasons.

First, let’s look at how well this worked for the RIAA.  The RIAA  spent $58 million suing file sharers over the span of 3 years and got just over 2% back.  Has file sharing slowed down?  Not a bit.

Do you think that the threat of being sued will stop someone from downloading porn? And more importantly, do you think that the threat of being sued will make someone decide to pay instead?  Very unlikely, especially considering that free porn is not scarce.  The sheer volume of it provides plenty of alternatives for anyone short on money and scared to hit up pirate bay.

More importantly are privacy issues.

The three companies now join a handful of other adult companies that have pledged to stomp out piracy. Adult studios Titan Media, Corbin Fisher and Michael Lucas Productions each have recently filed suits targeting swarms of John Doe bit torrent users.

In all of the legal cases, the companies have asked for motions to discover the identities of the defendants through their Internet service providers.

The biggest reason that porn exploded onto the internet is because people could view whatever they wanted in the privacy of their own home.  No need to go to a local porn shop and hope no one sees you or feel awkward if the clerk looks at you funny when you place whatever kinky titles you chose on the counter.  By finding out identities of people they may be able to shakedown a lot of people by offering a settlement.  “We won’t tell the world with a lawsuit that you downloaded Truckstop Trannies 4 if you pay up $1000 now.”  But, that kind of behavior will only serve to make consumers dislike the industry even more.

Recently, I have been looking for better ways to monetize AwfulPorn. The traffic to the site has been steadily growing and my hope is that it will gain a decent income source to make the time spent on it a little more worthwhile.

Unlike most review sites, the whole concept of the site is to tell people not to sign up for the porn sites it reviews.  It does have a “good porn” section where I recommend a few great sites, but since the good porn section is not the focus of the site, it will never get me very many referrals.

I decided to explore some ad networks.  The one I signed up for in particular had a lot of great reviews and indeed their interface and signup process was excellent.  Also excellent is you get to filter out ads that you do not feel are appropriate for your website.  I had a huge list of hundreds of ads in front of me to go through and in the end I had disabled at least 75% of them for the following reasons.

Penis Pills

Penis growth products are an outright scam and prey on insecurities of men to make money and that same insecurity to guarantee that no one is likely to take them to court and say to a jury that they took a whole bottle of penis pills and still have a small penis.

Photoshopped Cum & Underage Girls

The hottest trend in the adult industry right now is “Ex Gf” sites.  Unfortunately, a large percentage of them are stealing photos of underage girls on social networks and photoshopping cum on their faces for their tours.  It is not child porn, but not only do I think that it is unethical to photoshop cum onto any persons face without approval, but extremely unethical to do it to children and then use them to sell access to porn.

Trademark Violations

I am a HUGE supporter of trademark and copyright reform.  But I certainly believe that no one should be able to slap someone else’s logo on their product to make a sale.  A popular theme for adult dating sites is to use the facebook logo or for porn tube sites to use the youtube logo.  I can not in my right mind allow those ads to run.  Especially since profiting from them could bring a C&D from a lawyer if the wrong person saw it.

What did this leave me with?  A handful of cam sites, shitty CGI porn and some ebooks on how to fuck any woman you want.

Really?  This is all the industry has to promote?  All of that crap is the only thing making money?

Being an adult site leaves your options quite limited as no ad network advertising mainstream products will let your ads run on an adult site. Where can I find good decent adult products and services who are looking for some exposure?  Are there any decent ad networks out there?

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July 01, 2010

Portland, OR / Maui, Hawaii – Marking their 11th year online, Killshot Productions has announced the addition of the first exclusive contract model for EroticBPM.com.  The site will be featuring new content from the “Kitteh” every week in addition to her regular presence in the new webcam section of the site.  Kitteh will be spending her time as an alt model exclusively with EroticBPM.com

Kitteh commented, “I’ve been around the block in alt porn…I have been a member of many different sites and have had the pleasure of being a part of many different online communities.
I’d have to say this is the best site I’ve been on so far and I am super excited to be joining the site officially and getting naked for such a large and welcoming community. I can’t wait to bare all for the members and models alike.”

EroticBPM continues to push forward with new features and ideas to keep their customers engaged, entertained, and happy. “Although we have had many long lasting relationships with our talent, by working so closely with Kitteh, we will have the opportunity to really explore and execute some great ideas while of course keeping members entertained with a lot of sexy content.” Says Killshot Productions’ proprietor, Scott Owens.

EroticBPM is also gearing up to roll out version 5.0 of its community area this month with a wide array of new features and tools to keep members engaged and in contact with all their Ebpm friends.

For more information, contact Killshot@eroticbpm.com or visit http://eroticbpm.com

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I just discovered these anti piracy PSA’s done by the Free Speech Coalition & several adult industry performers and producers.  Joanna Angel even makes an appearance.

I have generally supported the free speech coalition’s attempt to lobby the government on free speech issues to make sure that consenting adults can produce and/or consume porn without fear of prosecution.  However, this latest stunt is just a waste of resources.

Hey industry, remember when the RIAA and the MPAA did these kind of ads and no one cared?  Yeah, you are doing the same thing.

It’s true, there are a lot of good, hard working people in this industry who are just trying to make a living and do what they enjoy.  I am one of them.  But as a whole, this industry has been pretty damn shitty to the consumer.  The people you are asking to support you now, have been mislead, overcharged and ripped off time and time again.

How about charging a reasonable price for your content?  How about providing good customer service?  How about making sure the affiliates who represent you are being ethical and not misleading people or sending them off to a big circle jerk?  As a whole, the industry stopped giving people a reason to pay and they are not going to feel sorry for anyone.  Not for whiny porn stars with families in a PSA and not even the many honest people out there like myself and others who do provide good service and content.

The only way anyone is going to make it in this industry now is to give people a reason to buy.  Really put some thought into how you are going to connect with the customers and make them feel happy about supporting you. Lots of people are already doing it and successfully, it’s just a matter of who is going to jump on board and who is going to get left behind.

There is a post over at Altporn.net detailing some recent controversy surrounding a newish alt site and their investor.

The gist of the situation is that the alt site got some investment from a more mainstream company which happens to own one of the many “ex girlfriend” type sites that have been popping up around the internet lately.  This somehow resulted in a model (or several) ending up on a site they had no idea they would be on, with cum photoshopped onto their faces.

Supposedly the whole thing was just a mistake which has been “cleared up.”  I would say this issue ties in very well with my post a while ago on the perception of ethics in alt porn.

But today I am talking more about economics than ethics.  Because, this is not an isolated incident.  This is a big trend right now and lots of sites are thriving through misrepresentation, theft, and photoshopped cum.

So why would a website need to photoshop cum onto someone’s face anyway?  If you look at the economics behind it, the motivation becomes clear.

Is there a shortage of models willing to do hardcore porn?  Not at all, there is likely even a surplus.  But there is a shortage of alternative models willing to take a cum shot for the $60 or so many alt sites pay for a nude photo set these days.  Times are tough and alt models work for cheap because most of them are not making a career out of it.  It is usually more about expression, creativity, and fun.  (For the record, Ebpm pays a more decent rate than most.)  Pictures of cute punk/goth/raver/scene girls marketed with the premise of being ex girlfriends/hacked/stolen are selling really well.  But they sell even better with a little cum on their face.  Where are they going to get that content from?  Burning Angel isn’t going to sell it to them.  And *most* alt models just wouldn’t be interested in working for these sites.

Larger mainstream adult companies have had little success cracking the alt porn market because they have difficulty creating something authentic and maintaining the social aspect that is so common in alt sites but rare in the mainstream.  Their normal formula of just producing & buying what sells best and building their affiliate network has not worked quite as well.  With the ex girlfriend / hacked photos style sites, they are finally able to use and market content typically associated with alt sites without having to create an actual alt site or suffer any of the consequences that would be had if an actual alt webmaster tried to pull any of this off.

Misrepresentation, photoshop, and theft are the best tools for these companies to get what they want and the profit potential far outweighs the random DMCA takedown notice.

I will save accusations of specific companies for another post.  In the meantime, I feel sorry for all the models and webmasters who have had their content stolen and/or defaced.  I hope eventually these people are put back in their place.

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Mar/10

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(Re)Connecting

Lately I have been seeing a lot of old faces coming around Ebpm and it is always really cool to catch up with them and see what is new in their life.  I have formed many friendships through the site and the thousands of conversations I have participated in through the forums and chat room make up quite a large part of my life.  However, I have come to the realization that a large percentage of the people who participate daily on the site and whom I have regular communication with are all very old-school members.  Usually having been around for 6 or 7+ years.

Sure, people have always come and gone, and there are always going to be quite a share of “lurkers” about.  But, I feel that I am missing something.  The ability to connect with the people who visit your site is vital in my opinion.  When people feel a good connection is made, they are more likely to maintain it, and you get lots of valuable feedback.  It makes the whole experience of running a website a lot more fun when it becomes a collaboration between yourself and the members and models.  If you take out the community interaction, it just becomes a one way content delivery system.  Television is a one way content delivery system and we all know how old and busted TV is.

Years ago, I would have a huge pile of email every day.  I got fan mail, hate mail, and of course a lot of customer support requests.  Most emails resulted in an actual usually pleasant conversation.  Even when people were canceling a membership.  I would chat a bit with them to find out what they liked and didn’t like and find out what might make them stay longer.  Sometimes it was something as simple as “X model is my favorite.  If you get a new set of her let me know and I will sign up again.”  I would make a note of it and be sure to let them know when that happened.  Sure, the whole process was time consuming, but as far as I was concerned, it worked well.

But now,  Things seem different.  People almost never respond to my emails.  For example.  Password issues are common.  Often it is a simple problem such as they are using the wrong password, forget about case sensitivity, etc..  Sometimes there is a glitch where maybe their new account doesn’t get recorded.  They email me, I fix it, and respond nicely and ask to let me know if everything is working ok.

In the last 6 months, the only people who have responded to that email are the ones to tell me if they are still having trouble.  In previous years.  I would usually at least get a quick thank you email, especially since I tend to respond to support requests very quickly.

So what has changed?

Is it that people communicate differently now?  Might they consider that real communication takes place on facebook and twitter and email is just for spam?

Are people more cautious of who they speak to now?

Do they feel that I am not “real”?  Perhaps people do not expect actual communication because they might not experience it on other sites.

How can I better directly connect with the tens of thousands of people who visit Ebpm every month?

I am going to put together an experiment and try to reach out to a bunch of past and present users.  Both those who have paid and who have not.  My goal is 1000 to get a good sampling and then see how many I successfully communicate with.

I will report back on this.  And since I am quite a geek, expect lots of graphs and charts and such.

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