The adult entertainment industry is not going anywhere anytime soon, with new websites run by everyday people opening almost constantly. Whether you're doing it because you're an exhibitionist and like to be on camera, or you're running things behind the scenes and just want to make a few extra bucks, running an adult website can an interesting and rewarding experience.
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Things you need
- Release forms
- Webhosting space
- Merchant account
Check your local laws. Some cities and states prohibit the production of pornographic content. If your local law does allow it, you still need to comply with state and federal laws. You need to have proper legal clearance, as well as signed release forms and photo identification of every person appearing on your website. A generic disclaimer will not hold up in court. If you have access to an attorney, have him or her verify that all of your legalities are in order.
Decide what type of content you want on your site. There are thousands of adult websites out there, so you will need to find a way to get yours noticed. Try finding a niche in the adult community. Google some of your ideas. If there aren't many search results, this could be a good niche in which to specialise. When you have a model sign a contract, require that his or her content be for your site only. If models work for any other sites, they should provide separate content for those.
Build up your finances. Starting an adult website can be costly. You will need to think about buying hosting space, paying any models and photographers, and establishing a merchant account for setting up your website to accept credit card payments.
Look for a webhosting company that permits adult-themed websites. Not all companies will accept these kinds of sites. Read the terms of service thoroughly. If your site is shut down due to violation of TOS, most companies will not refund the money you have given them. Companies that will host adult websites often charge more than regular hosting companies.
Advertise! Once your site is set up, you need to get it out there. Many adult sites offer link exchanges, where they advertise your site somewhere on their page in exchange for you advertising their page on yours. Try finding forums that are specifically for advertising adult models and adult content websites. There are also people who will review your website in exchange for a temporary free membership (a month is a good rule of thumb).
How to Create Your Own Adult Website
Tips and warnings
- Do your research. Don't rely on hearsay when it comes to the laws. Call your local city authorities and specifically ask them what the laws are for your city and/or state.
- Running an adult website can be time-consuming and costly. If you don't have the start-up funds, you should save up first to avoid putting yourself in the red.
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