Porn pages: Innocent victims on the Internet


— 11:33 AM on January 17, 2000

Heh heh, sounds like some tear-jerker story on 20/20 or something. You can get the full story from this Wired article. Basically this guy in the Netherlands runs a ridiculously popular site involving (what else?) Internet porn. Apparently his site is a list of links to free porn; as a result he pulls in around 800,000 unique visitors per day. That, my friends, is a bona-fide crapload; advertisers pay up to $900 per month to be on the site.

In fact, the site is so popular that people are trying to sponge off it. They'll put his site's name in black letters on a black background or in metatags to attract the attention of search engines. Some have taken it even farther, pretending to be an authorized agent of the site and stealing his domain name via a letter or other correspondence with Network Solutions.

The guy isn't too happy about all of the trouble he has to go through to keep people from ripping off his site, but at least it breaks up the monotony he says. "Every day, he faces the same routine of sifting through stacks of e-mail sent from porn sites... 'It's getting pretty boring.'" Ah, the daily trials of making millions in the Internet porn industry.

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