How is professional porn still profitable these days?

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Gone are the days of magazines and DVDs/VHS which is how much people got their pornography.

Here are the days of original amateur porn creators on sites like OnlyFans not to mention all the free stuff out there but despite this the premium porn industry is still booming.

Not that I’m against porn (still enjoy it like most) but what is keeping it alive when there are so many free options out there.

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I guess a push to keep premium content behind a paywall and maybe a lot of sex workers/content creators are able to interact directly with their audience and provide exactly what their customer base wants (fetish, requests, etc). Also, just because platforms like porn hub are free to use, doesn’t mean they aren’t making money that can be invested into creating more content.

Porn is cheaper to make today, duplication of discs and tapes is expensive.

Sturgeon’s law = “ninety percent of everything is crap”

That means that amateur video of any kind is not as good a professional video of that kind, even when the type of video is “amateur style porn”.

That small margin can offset the small distribution costs to make a profitable business.

There is so many fan made animation / indie animation out there, why do you bother paying to go to Pixar movies?

Because its a brand, the brand promises quality and enjoyment. and because its VERY HARD to find indie/small studio or in this case “homemade” videos to match the quality and quantity to constantly pump out entertainment for you to enjoy.

And because the producers KNOW about the niche thus they are able to repeatedly produce what their paying mass desires. Like its not 5 guys in a basement pumping out videos here. Big brands have their market analysis, team that collect viewership data to find the trend, teams that do market research. They know their shit. If you did a macro study, you’ll find porn subscription to be on the cheaper end.

To someone with a wage of 50k+, paying 10$ a month doesn’t really affect them when their average monthly expense is 1000+. Its why playboy still exists and why porn continues to be profitable.

depends on what you classify as porn. There’s something for everyone and whats popular will flourish and what isn’t will wilt away and die. Just like music or video games or any other form of entertainment.

Premium content is behind pay walls so if you want good quality without torrents you have to pay.

Ads before videos and on pages generate revenue as well.

Digital distribution is extremely cheap compared to physical so overhead costs have gone down.

My theory is most modern porn is trust fund kids, spending their inheritance to fuck girls and is not actually a real money making business at all.

Most people are actually not that good with technology or don’t want to spend time on finding whatever online video gets them off. They go to where they know they can get porn, a professional website or a porn store. Most people who spend money on these things do so because they have an addiction or the money to spare. Also, not everybody has a computer or smartphone. Someone can wank it to porn for cheap without that investment.

Still profitable because:

– unlike indy, the established, traditional “free and click here to see more at $ site” model works soooo damned well.

– indy has yet to realize that even near zero total membership costs become immediately prohibitively expensive as anyone who can add knows.

It’s free for you to use/view the site but since you are there you count as a user, 120 million users per day generates ad revenue. Also people are willing to pay for “unique” or “custom” content.