Referring Tools

Macromedia Dreamweaver

This is the perfect program if you want to keep up-to-date on dynamic html, layers, and stylesheets. It also has a very simple-to-use interface.

Coffee Cup HTML

CoffeeCup HTML Editor++ is a full-featured HTML editor. It includes Expresso FTP for uploading and downloading (in the registered version only), style sheet help, automatic image sizing, a line reader, and tips. This program also comes with 30 background images, more than 175 animated GIFs, upwards of 140 Web icon graphics, 50 JavaScripts, a frame designer, an HTML stripper, and VBScripts with ActiveX functionality. Other features include an internal browser for testing and surfing, an image-previewing utility, a sound gallery, project management features, support for HTML server extensions, a form designer, WebTV tag support, and special-character insertion.

Microsoft Frontpage

This is the most popular editor out there. It has enough features that there is not much you won’t be able to do with it. You can also take advantage of Frontpage extensions, which allow you to log into your site and make changes to your pages right on the server in real-time.

Aardvark Pro

Very simple to use program for creating dynamic web pages. Comes with already assembled templates for ease of construction.

Graphics Programs:

Adobe Photoshop

This is not the easiest program to learn, but it is well worth the effort. It is, by far, the best graphics program there is, especially when combined with the dozens of plug-ins that are available.

Ulead Gif Animator

A very easy to use and full-featured program for creating and optimizing gif animations for your website.

Microsoft Image Composer

This program is only available with the Microsoft Frontpage Suite. However, it is a pretty good, as well as easy and convenient, program for creating and editing images for your website.

Pov-ray

This is the king of 3d modelling programs. There are many simpler one’s out there, but this is, by far, the best and the most powerful 3d modeller available. If you’re looking for a 3d renderer, you can find several of those listed here as well.

FTP Clients:

 

Cute FTP
demo available
Cute FTP is a very easy to use ftp client with all of the functionality you could ever need.

 

Other Useful Programs:

 

ThumbsPlus
demo available
This program will save you endless amounts of time by instantly thumbnailing your images and creating the tables and webpages.
ICQ
demo available
Doesn’t sound like a “must have,” but trust me, this little program has helped me out quite a bit for getting in touch with other webmasters regarding link trades and many other things.
Code Switcher
demo available
This is a great program to make changing out reoccurring files easier. Great for changing out banners, pictures, backgrounds, IP’s, or just about anything that might need to be changed on multiple pages.
Adult Promoter
demo available
This program is a must-have for the adult webmaster. It will submit your site to the top 10 search engine plus 40 top adult search engines. It will even automatically submit listings that exactly meet each Search Engines’ specifications.
Password Sentry
demo available
Watches for suspicious logins to your membership section (i.e. multiple ip’s), and give you several choices of how to deal with them.
Agent Web Ranking
demo available
Freeware to monitor and improve your search engines position, add url, inspect webpages, and check links.
GTA Access Control
demo available
Affordable, web-based (no programming skills needed) access control to keep hackers and password traders out of your member sites.
Private Eye
demo available
Protect your members area in real time against password abuse, and turn bad users into good traffic by sending them to your preview page or a click-through program.
Webposition
demo available
Track and do research on your positioning on search engines. If you don’t keep up with your search engine rankings, you could be missing out on thousands of hits every day.
Linx Cop
demo available
Automatically check your reciprocal links on other other people’s sites. The program is fully automated, and requires no CGI or programming.
Site Cam
demo available
This is one of the best webcam programs you’ll find, and perfect for adult sites. If you want to post a new picture every five minutes via ftp, it can do it. If you’d rather do a live stream, it can do that, too. A demo is available.
StoreFront Web Creator
demo available
This is a software package that includes everything you need to open your own online store. It includes tools for storefront site creation and management, secure encrypted transactions, and on-line order fulfillment with end-to-end security.
Au2HTML
demo available
This is an essential program for webmasters with huge amounts of pictures which need to be rotated regularly and other tedious tasks. With this program, you can automatically create full thumbnail galleries with little more than the click of a button – this on top of many other useful functions.
Password Cop
demo available
This is an easy to install program that greatly reduces the rate of password thieves entering your site.
Pennywize
demo available
This program will protect your password protected site from illegal entry by password traders.

 

Must-Have Bookmarks:

 

Just about every free download on the Net is here.
Professional shareware programs.
Winshareware.com
More shareware.
Filehouse.com
Several programs specifically created for webmasters.
(to play some video games after you work)

Helpful Articles For Generating Traffic

Sex Swap Trix

This is a regularly updated listing of tips and tricks for surviving in the adult entertainment industry online. Many great traffic tips are on this page, as well as many other useful tricks.

Sending Search Engine Traffic to Your Site

“In the three years I worked on HotBot, I read thousands of email messages and handled dozens of phone calls from people trying to get better placement for their sites in HotBot’s search results.

Marketing Tips and Advice

A nice, sorted collection of articles covering search engines, how to go about link trades, how to advertise, and more.

Newbie Handbook…

AWG Feature – Adult Sites 101

Brand new to the industry and don’t know where to begin? Use this guide to learn all about finding a host, finding content, marketing your site, and making those dividends.

Learning HTML

If you plan to do any web designing, it is crucial that you learn at least the basics of html. Here are some resources that will get you on your way.

Sexynet’s Newbie Tutorial

Learn the basics of starting up an adult site and making it successful. Good tips on finding the right sponsors.

Netpond Newbie Quick Start Guide

Explains how to get started, the tools you will need, how to promote and make money, and even has a page explaining the slang used in the industry.

Child Protection

Our Duty as Adult Webmasters

As distributers of adults-only material, it is our responsibility to protect the rights of parents, as well as the well-being of the children. No matter what kind of site you have, we feel that it should be rated. In addition, we encourage you to join any organization that protects children, especially those related to child pornography. And if you are thinking of placing questionable content on your site which you think may contain underage models, think twice. Besides the fact that it is sickening and wrong, you WILL get busted. Too many of us (adult webmasters) feel far too strongly about the indecency of child pornography, and will not hesitate for a second to turn in a fellow webmaster who violates this important code of ethics. Furthermore, if you do get busted (which you will), you will spend the next several years being real careful not to drop the soap!

Resources For Fighting and Reporting Child Pornography

ASACP

Adult Sites Against Child Pornography…Join it! Support this cause. You might even get a few hits from them while your at it.

U.S. Customs Service

If you know of a U.S. site that is distributing child pornography, please do the right thing and have their site shut down. This is the place to report child-pornography.

Restricting Access From Minors

ICRA

This is the standard for site rating on the Internet. This is the first and most important step in child-proofing your site.

CyberPatrol

Cyber Sitter

Net Nanny

Safe Surf

SurfWatch

Child Browse

This is a browser that parents can buy that will weed out “harmful” content. These guys also pay a commission on all sales referred from your site.

Adult Industry Legal Update

FEDS DUST OFF THE OBSCENITY LAW

Conventional wisdom holds that the War on Terrorism has diverted the attention of the Justice Department just long enough for webmasters to escape the expected onslaught of obscenity prosecutions threatened by Attorney General John Ashcroft back in June, 2002. A whopping 47% percent of the American people polled in December, 2002, thought that the government should violate their civil liberties to prevent terrorism. Unfortunately, nobody told the “Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section” of the Justice Department that it was time to pack up and go home in light of the more pressing foreign policy concerns.

Several federal obscenity cases have been initiated within the last few months, all involving online content to one degree or another. A gentleman from Science Hill, Kentucky was charged with obscenity violations arising out of operation of a Website known as “taboomovies.net,” and his mail-order distribution of a video tape titled “#90 Extreme Underground.” It appears that use of the mail was the problem here, not just operating the Website, although updated federal obscenity laws allow prosecution almost regardless of the medium of delivery. However, the feds found him through the Website and thereafter initiated an investigation. He was arrested on November 5, 2002, and the case is pending in the Eastern District of Kentucky, which was the home of the infamous Thomas case.

Another individual from Kokomo, Indiana, was arrested on obscenity and child exploitation charges for downloading obscene material, including bestiality and child pornography, from the Internet to his personal computer. That case is pending in the Southern District of Indiana. The Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (“the Section”) was involved with both of these cases, and the announcements came from Andrew G. Oosterbaan; the Chief himself.

Each obscenity charge carries a potential sentence of up to five years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000. The government is also seeking forfeiture of all computer equipment involved in operating the Website and downloading the materials. Particularly disturbing in the second case is the government’s position that downloading obscene images from the Internet onto a home computer constitutes a crime. Historically, simple possession of obscene material in one’s home was protected by the Right to Privacy guaranteed by the United States Constitution.

OBSCENE “THINGS”?

Apparently obscenity is not just for pictures anymore. State and federal law enforcement officials have begun applying the concept of “obscenity” to non-media items such as used underwear and sex toys. In one case, a Greenville, South Carolina woman was convicted of a federal felony for mailing “obscene, lewd, lascivious, indecent, filthy or vile articles or things in violation of Title 18, U.S.C. §1461.” Before this case, the federal obscenity law apparently had not been applied to non-media “items or things.”

Indeed, even the United States attorney assigned to the case, Kevin McDonald, recognized the uniqueness of attempting to construe the federal obscenity law in this fashion when he stated that during his research he “couldn’t find any other reported cases.” In another recent case, Texas authorities stopped a woman for DUI and found 17 items described as “obscene materials and obscene devices during the resulting search.” The woman charged is a distributor for the national company known as “Slumber Parties, Inc,” and calls the charge, which carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail, “kind of ridiculous.” “Believe it or not, there’s a lot of women who go to these parties . . . it’s very popular,” she added. Local law enforcement must be behind the times: Although officers were accustomed to finding drugs and guns during such traffic stops, this was the first confiscation of sex toys in the arresting officer’s 22 years of experience.

HITTING CLOSE TO HOME

Orlando, Florida law enforcement authorities have initiated more obscenity cases against local adult bookstore owners last month, using the State’s powerful racketeering laws. Under Florida law, and individual can be prosecuted for RICO violations if he or she manages the affairs of an enterprise which participates in a pattern of racketeering activity. A pattern of racketeering activity can be established by the sale of two or more obscene videotapes within a five-year period. Many states have similar laws, so-called “baby RICO” statutes.

Florida officials recently filed racketeering charges against several individuals associated with two separate video stores, setting the stage for a First Amendment showdown in the Author’s hometown. One of the stores sold a variety of videos, from G-rated films to musicals and adult films. One customer criticized the over-zealous police action by stating: “It looks like they have got better things to worry about than a little place like this.”

Bail for some of the individuals arrested was originally set at $50,000, but was quickly lowered to amounts between $1,000-$5,000. Authorities claimed that the material forming the basis for the racketeering charges violates Orlando’s community standards. It has been well over a decade since any obscenity prosecutions have been brought in this area, and the last State Attorney to initiate such prosecutions in the early 1990’s was voted out of office after a grass-roots anti-censorship campaign took hold. Free Speech advocates are hoping for a similar result this time around.

VICE POLICE HEATING THINGS UP IN THE GREAT WHITE NORTH

A major content producer located in Vancouver was also the subject of obscenity charges last month. On December 9, 2002, Vancouver police seized about a hundred computers and thousands of videos, CDs and files when they raided the studios of Sweet Entertainment Group, a well-known company amongst the adult Internet industry. “This is a major organization that we’ve taken down,” said Sgt.

Doug Lang of the Vancouver Vice Unit. In a prepared statement, Sweet Entertainment Group maintained its innocence and vowed to zealously defend the charges. Canada protects Free Expression in a manner similar to that provided by the First Amendment in the United States. It appears that there is a test case in the making. Given the significant amount of adult content produced in the Vancouver area, many eyes and ears are anxiously awaiting the verdict in this case.

AND THE WINNER IS . . .

Although the choice was difficult this month, the award for the most ridiculous use of obscenity laws goes to Australian police who seized an “obscene” Osama Bin Laden T-shirt on sale in a market in the state of Queensland. Apparently the T-shirt showed President Bush and al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden engaged in a sexual act. Details were scant as to the nature of the sexual act depicted, but one can only imagine . . .

CINCINNATI WHACKO’S AT IT AGAIN

Our friends, err, acquaintances, the Citizens for Community Values, (“CCV”), a Cincinnati pro-censorship group known for threatening hotels with obscenity prosecutions unless adult movies are removed, is back in the news again.

The CCV has now targeted Red Roof Inn in Clermont County’s Union Township, where the group’s President once lived. “We’re going on the offensive and we’re going to stay on the offensive,” said Phil Burress, the group’s president. The CCV is now publishing on its Website, CleanHotels.com, a list of “clean” hotels, those which do not offer adult fare. Ironically, travelers looking for adult fare might find the site beneficial as a directory of lodging to avoid!

SPAMMERS RUINING EMAIL

The flood of spam hitting the average email inbox threatens to drive some people to use other forms of electronic communication. The rising flood of adult material, weight loss drugs, inkjet cartridges, get-rich-quick schemes and silly toys threatens to keep the Web from reaching its full potential as a method of communication, according to experts. The percentage of junk email has climbed from 8% in September of 2001 to 40% in December, 2002. Fewer people are seeing a substantial value in email given the amounts of SPAM clogging the inbox; some of which is considered disturbing to look at. “We’re approaching a time when people are going to stop using email,” said John Mozema, spokesman for the Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email. Currently, 16 states have laws regulating unsolicited email, although federal legislation has been stalled.

WORLD WIDE INSULTS

The bounds of Internet jurisdiction were tested by a pair of competing court decisions involving the concept of Web libel. In early December, 2002, an Australian High Court issued a ruling suggesting that online publishers are fair game for libel suits anywhere their content appears. However, shortly thereafter, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals went the opposite direction, holding that two Connecticut newspapers could not be sued for libel in a Virginia court on the basis of allegedly defamatory articles posted on their Websites.

The Australian decision sent shockwaves through the world of online publishing when it stated that Dow Jones News Organization would be hailed into court to defend a defamation lawsuit filed by a Melbourne, Australia, businessman in an Australian court. The decision of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals turned on whether the newspaper directed its Website content to a particular audience. It held that such content was aimed at a Connecticut audience, and thus the newspaper was not responsible for defending itself in a Virginia court.

UPSKIRT OUTLAWED

The latest state “upskirt” photography ban was initiated by Seattle, Washington. A new law was introduced as a result of a recent State of Washington Supreme Court decision, finding that video filming underneath clothing was legal if it took place in a public area without a reasonable expectation of privacy. Rumor has it that Panty-Free Friday has been reinstated in Seattle workplaces!

NEW VIRTUAL CHILD PORN LAW FIZZLES

At the federal level, the news of note was Congress’ failure to pass a new virtual child pornography law. After the decision by the United States Supreme Court in Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition, invalidating portions of the Child Pornography Prevention Act of 1996, various legislators attempted to push through curative legislation again prohibiting virtual child pornography.

Some members of Congress even proposed a constitutional amendment to prohibit such imagery, but civil liberties groups quickly shot down that idea and the proposal was flushed. Although the House passed a bill introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), the Senate introduced its own bill which differed from the House’s bill. Given that the two competing bills could not be reconciled, they failed to make it to the President’s desk for signature. Apparently the House and Senate plan to work on a compromise to introduce new legislation when Congress reconvenes this month. Get ready for round two in the courts.

GAY DAY AT THE SUPREME COURT

The eyes of the adult industry will once again be on the United States Supreme Court this term, which intends to pick up a challenge to a Texas anti-sodomy law. The issue for the Supreme Court will be whether it is legal for police to charge gays with having sex in their own homes. This decision came shortly after the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Louisiana’s sodomy law. Once again, the Bayou State has set the moral compass for the rest of the country. Don’t forget, Mardi Gras is right around the corner.

11 Ways to Better Market your Biz on Message boards (and reduce flames!)

TDavid explains in depth how to market your site without being too aggressive in your approach. He shows you how the “soft sell” approach works effectively in offline sales as well as online, and much more!

There are literally tons of opportunities across almost every board on a daily basis to market specific products and services and yet not be clearly labeled a spammer and I\’m going to share 11 specific tips in this article. If you want more traffic, better quality traffic, and less webmasters flaming you/your company, then try some or all of these things out.

1) Do not start the very first post you make at a new board with spam. This is not good on any board except for a spam/announcement board where those type of posts are allowed/acceptable. Instead, you should introduce yourself on the main/general boards and not leave your URL, just mention what you do, who you are, your experience if any, and how you came to the board. By all means thoroughly read and follow the rules at the board before submitting your first post.

2) Consider avoiding the use of taglines (also known as signatures) for the first few posts. This shows you are there to check things out and test the waters and not just there on a one time, drive by marketing mission.

3) Be interactive with every post you make, especially in the beginning. This means that if someone/anyone responds to you — positive or negative — then you need to reply back right away. This shows you are responsive and not just cut and pasting things.

4) Avoid at all costs posting identical messages at the same board or different boards. You can probably get away with slight modification on spam/announcement boards, but you cannot do this on the main/general boards. You will at the very minimum have your post removed and likely be torched by one or more board regulars. You should also realize that most webmasters who follow the messageboards tend to read multiple boards, so it\’s almost guaranteed to make a potential business contact groan if they see your name associated with an identical post in multiple places.

5) If you must make a post that is spammy and it leads to a site with webmaster resource buttons or links, then by all means make sure the place that you are posting at has a recip listed too! Very little is worse than seeing spam show up on a webmaster resource board and then the owners / moderator\’s of that board go to the spammed site and see all their competitor\’s banners/buttons and yet not theirs.

6) put up a recip link/button and then post a question about if there are other ways to link services at the webmaster resource site. Those who *ask* before making assumptions always fare better with board moderators and regulars than those who don\’t.

7) Consider writing articles or contributing content of some sort relative to your business. Then when you go to that specific board and there is a relevant post or question, then you can post links to your own articles on that webmaster resource site. It seems a bit bold but it works very effectively and it helps you because you are promoting the webmaster resource as well where you are posting and moderators (and board participants) like that. Almost all articles have links back to the author\’s website so chances are good that you can get traffic from that — and good traffic if your article is well written. As for contributing content, perhaps if you are a designer then maybe you could do buttons or graphics to showcase your work? Some boards allow you to embed images in your post. This can be an effective and yet subtle way to share your artistic talents (and get feedback) and can also open the door to future business.

8) if you have a marketing person, then it is really important to have them stop by webmaster resource boards on a daily basis and comment on the existing \”threads\” of conversation. When there is a business-specific question (and there usually are on numerous boards daily) this marketing person can answer the question with relative links to your website. The rule of thumb here is not to just put up a URL, add a text explanation that does not require going to the URL, but rather makes the URL a supplement to the helpful/useful post itself. This is smart marketing, too.

9) you don\’t *always* have to sell something! I realize that this sounds odd, and perhaps even a bit controversial, but does anybody really like being pitched all the time? Think about it. If all you ever do is work the boards to sell something, then you are missing the point of developing relationships and long term marketing. You wouldn\’t always talk to your friends (or even clients) about buying something from you or you\’d never have any friends (and few clients that wanted to talk to you for any length of time). Business on the messageboards is essentially the same thing, although having a friend relationship with every customer isn\’t always going to happen, nor does it need to. Just don\’t *always* talk business. Comment on things besides your target relative business, but comment most often on subjects directly related to your business or defining who you are and what you do on the web. For example, if you are a designer and people ask questions about how to use Photoshop, then share some of your knowledge.

10) Fill out your profiles! These are free marketing opportunities and some boards like YNOT http://www.ynotmasters.com/wm_directory/profiles/TDavid.html and Adult Netsurprise: http://www.adultnetsurprise.com/view-webmaster/tdavid.html have SE-friendly profiles. Why let a good opportunity for others to find more out about you go to waste? Fill out as much information as you feel comfortable sharing. Most messageboards automatically link your profile with every post you make so again, this is free additional advertising. In fact, register at as many different boards as you can find and put your profile in them all. You just never know who will \”find\” you through these excellent built-in directories.

11) Use the search engine function of the various boards to find relevant business-related posts that you can reply to and position yourself as a \”source\” for a specific area of business. You want webmasters to be able to put your business and you in one to three keywords (and if you do your marketing right, then \”spammer\” will not be one of them). There you go, 11 ways you can better market your business using the various messageboards. I should add that not all boards are equal. Some boards are primarily entertainment-based, some are more business-oriented, some are a blend of the two, some are strictly for a specific niche (like Greenguy\’s Links Messageboard http://www.adultnetsurprise.com/message-board/linkmsgboard/ which helps folks understand why they aren\’t getting listed at some of the major link list sites). And then there are boards where the topic and climate can change from month to month, or perhaps even day to day. Choosing the right board for the right type of marketing is almost as important as how you market on/at them. For example, it wouldn\’t make a whole lot of sense trying to work a board where the primary focus is on marketing gay sites if you only sell straight/heterosexual content. Hopefully some or all of these tips will help out with your messageboard posting and marketing. There are many, many opportunities on the boards and new boards popping up almost daily, with practically all boards vying for new posts from you — the webmaster. Since the board moderators all want quality posts (the posts are the content), and you want more business, it\’s just a matter of making both desires a common goal for a true, mutually beneficial relationship.

TDavid is co-owner, programmer and webmaster for several sites devoted to programming including his own http://www.seotraffichero.com/. He has done custom programming in various programming languages for companies all over the world. Every Friday at 2pm PST you can catch his weekly radio show dedicated to the technical side of webmastering and programming at http://www.scriptschool.com/radio.

Legal Corner

American Civil Liberties Union
This organization should be the first you join if you are an adult webmaster in the U.S. These are the guys who keep us in business.
Blue Ribbon Campaign
Fighting for the right to free speech on the Internet.
Adult Site Sheriff
Copyright and public domain information as pertains to adult webmasters, with easy to understand translations. Offers help with copyright violations and attorney search.
LawGuru
Giant, searchable database of U.S. laws. The site is very easy to navigate, making it easy to find answers to your legal questions.
Law Crawler
A legal search engine. If you are looking for the details about a particular law, this is a great resource.
Global Internet Liberty Campaign
Another organization fighting to preserve free speech rights, as well as the freedom of privacy, on the Internet.
Electronic Privacy Information Center
An organization fighting for electronic privacy laws.
Cyberspace Law Center
A categorized listing of laws concerning cyberspace, such as privacy, freedom of expression, copyright, and commerce.

Advanced HTML – Dynamic HTML & Stylesheets

HTML Guru
If you want to see the best example we’ve come across of dhtml implementation, as well as learn more about how it is done, then you’ll definitely want to see this site.
Webmonkey’s DHTML Reference
Covers a full range of DHTML functionality, giving great examples along the way. Also be sure to check out their lesson on stylesheets.
Webdeveloper.com: Advanced HTML
Here is a huge resource for dynamic html, cascading style sheets, and other advanced web design techniques. If you have mastered html, then this site should be you next step.