Traditionally, the business has depended on small, free sex sites to feed traffic to the larger pay sites. The larger sites usually pay on a per-click-through or new-member-converted rate. That model made many Webmasters at small adult-oriented sites very rich.While they may not be making as much money as before, the industry is snapping up Dot-Com Refugees as more and more techies find themselves unemployed
But tighter wallets are changing the dynamic. "Lots of people are canceling memberships, saying they've lost a job or are stacked up with credit-card debt," said John Distasio, owner of Cyberfoxes.