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Are Social Networking Sites More Popular Than Porn Sites?

There’s an unholy trinity of money making niches that are said to be perpetually profitable.

If you’re looking for a ‘permanent niche’, look no further than ‘Pills, Poker and Porn’.

By some estimates, Porn (abbreviated from pornography, and sometimes going by it’s synonyms ‘adult sites’, pr0n, or pron) is the biggest segment of the three. [Though it's difficult to get quantitative data on gaming/gambling, pharmaceutical and adult sites]

porn and social networking

So Laura Alter’s post “Social networking overtaking porn?” got me thinking: Could Social Networking sites really be more popular than porn sites?

Reader Paul Johns has suggested that social networking sites could be an avenue for people to meet up for sex or to exchange naked pictures.

Although this might be true for some sites like Facebook or MySpace, I doubt this ‘tactic’ would work as well on StumbleUpon or Del.icio.us or Digg, just because of the way it’s structured.

As for exchanging pictures, I think someone would better get their jollies, downloading full length movies from a P2P network instead. Pictures are so Web1.0…

Here’s what I think is happening.

Most Web 2.0/social networking users have accounts at multiple service provider. For example, I have accounts at MyBlogLog, BumpZee, Affiliate Marketing Buzz, MySpace and a multitude of other services.

Does the fact that I have 15 Social Networking accounts, mean that I represent 15 unique visitors?

Just like a free webmail account, most social networking sites have free membership. It’s also an ‘incentive’ to create tons of accounts, and only use one or two services.

Does the report factor that some spam marketers are creating millions of MySpace and other accounts for spam purposes?

Well, if it does, I wouldn’t be surprised that social networking is ‘overtaking’ porn sites!

Here’s the bottomline, financial figures generally don’t lie.

If a niche is generating sufficient profit for people to make a full time living from it, then it’s worth pursuing.

Remember too, that for most Social Networking sites their value lies in their subscriber base (which is the rationale behind NewsCorp’s $580 million acquisition of MySpace).

It’s nice to have large subscriber figures, but for most small businesses, a hefty profit will make more sense.

29 comments on Are Social Networking Sites More Popular Than Porn Sites?

  1. Paul
    April 26, 2007 at 7:31 pm (7 years ago)

    Now imagine if there was a social porn site. It would take over the world!

  2. Andrew Wee
    April 27, 2007 at 4:54 am (7 years ago)

    Paul,
    There is.
    It’s known as Pornotube (dot) com.

  3. Murray
    December 23, 2008 at 10:43 pm (5 years ago)

    I think this is true, I look at porn more than i go on bebo or facebook.

  4. Cameron
    September 21, 2009 at 3:06 am (5 years ago)

    Interesting point that webmasters having adult sites like webcam girls and adult youtube sites might be actually mass joining these web 2.o sites in order to get more inbound links. I never considered that as far as putting the figures together and realizing that thier actual member base might well be inflated. Good point.

  5. yan,s
    September 27, 2009 at 10:00 pm (5 years ago)

    There was a social porn site lke fuckbook with a facebook design

  6. bob
    October 7, 2009 at 12:38 am (5 years ago)

    Pornotube sucks all the clips are like 2 mins. go to spankwire dot com Way more content and the clips are not limited.

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  8. hunk
    November 26, 2009 at 5:23 pm (4 years ago)

    hey…
    i too visit more porn sites then social networking sites

  9. john
    December 11, 2009 at 8:42 pm (4 years ago)

    THERE HAS GOT TO BE MORE OUT THERE THAN DAMN PORN SITES…….NOW THAT I THINK OF IT, PORN IS A HARDWIRED BRAIN DRAIN VERY FEW HAVE ANY CONTROL OVER…NOW IF YOU COULD FIND SOMETHING DECENT TO DO OTHER THAN CORRUPT THE WORLD WITH ANOTHER DAMN PORN SITE,WOULD THIS NOT BE A GOOD THING?
    SOMETHING SAY,YOU COULD INVITE YOUR CHILDREN TO HELP YOU WITH?
    GET CREATIVE OR GET LOST IN THE SUFFLE…..THINK PEOPLE,,THINK!!

  10. JOHN HEATH
    December 11, 2009 at 8:45 pm (4 years ago)

    IM IN THE MIDST OF TRYING TO GET SOMETHING OFF THE GROUND HERE..
    JUST NOT SURE WHAT DIRECTION TO TAKE..WOULD LIKE TO DO SOMETHING WORTH WHILE THOUGH,SOMETHING OF SUBSTANCE,,

  11. Voyage Montreal
    January 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm (4 years ago)

    I would say adult sites are more demanding, but in terms of return visitors, social networking sites get my vote

  12. Voyage Montreal
    January 13, 2010 at 12:38 pm (4 years ago)

    lol..that sure is a smart idea. A great name as well

  13. random
    January 15, 2010 at 9:44 pm (4 years ago)

    far more people would use social sites i rekon. most ppl i no my age use face book, i rekon less than half that would use porn. this is mostly cause the women arent much into it, the “good boys” don use it and the blokes with girlfriends don really need it.

  14. radom
    January 15, 2010 at 9:45 pm (4 years ago)

    my age is about 20 btw

  15. Richard Cummings
    April 21, 2010 at 11:32 pm (4 years ago)

    I think porn definitely wins this battle. However, I think the money-making ability of the porn sites will definitely dwindle…there’s just too many freebies out there now…or so I hear ;)

  16. Haka
    June 16, 2010 at 7:15 pm (4 years ago)

    i agree with Richard, there are too many forums where pirated movies are posted for porn sites to make money today. However, one type of porn sites, live chat, probably isn’t affected as much.

  17. Aubrey Harris
    July 16, 2010 at 9:34 am (4 years ago)

    But, you cannot watch sex toys on the tube and use them. that is why i got out of the porn movies industry and changed it over to sex toys. I am actually getting sales and i started about a month ago. The traffic is coming and i have ways to make the traffic come pouring in when i am ready. I am new at this and I am afraid i will panic if i got 10 tyo 30 sales hitting me all at once. Sex toys is the best way to go.

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    October 1, 2010 at 3:17 am (4 years ago)

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  20. Jonha | iJustDid.org
    January 20, 2011 at 7:08 am (3 years ago)

    Two different niches, two different results.

    Now here’s a question: Do you think content curators will overtake or replace Community Managers and slap the SEO people?

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