Infographic: Porn vs The Internet [NSFW]

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In the early 2000’s, the media made a meal out of how the pornography industry had been taken to a new level in terms of reach, revenue and types of “entertainment”, thanks to the advent of the world wide web. In fact internet marketers owe the porn industry for being first to successfully adopt now-everyday technologies such as geo-location, videostreaming and e-commerce to name a few.

So what does the online porn business look like today, and how much does it impact mainstream search marketing? Let’s take a look at the most recent studies and stats to-date.

This is part of a special infographic series by Search Engine Journal. 

Jenise Uehara Henrikson
Jenise is the CEO of Alpha Brand Media, home of Search Engine Journal and LinkPatrol, a WordPress plugin that enables users to find and fix outgoing links on their websites.
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  • http://www.earlychidhoodeducation.com/cursor_generator/ Moe james

    Wow. I love the embed feature. This is a great post. Big up to Jenise. Much Success.

    • http://www.alphabrandmedia.com Jenise Uehara Henrikson

      Thanks Moe! It was interesting working with the designer on this one, trying to figure out how to illustrate it
      without getting an NC17 rating 🙂

  • http://iseoforgoogle.wordpress.com Akash Kumar

    A very nice post. It is very surprising that the Porn industry has so much share on the internet. It is the most competitive in terms of online marketing.

    • http://www.alphabrandmedia.com Jenise Uehara Henrikson

      Hi Akash. Porn is one of the most competitive keywords and yet the opinion is that very few people are making money anymore in the industry. Is this thanks to more and more people figuring out how to search and get it for free?

  • http://www.nerdywerds.com Mason Costa

    It’s funny that no one wants to believe me when I say the porn industry revolutionized the internet. Necessity may be the mother of invention, but lust is the mother of the internet. Thanks for the entertaining, yet informative post.

    • http://www.alphabrandmedia.com Jenise Uehara Henrikson

      Well put Mason. Apparently we have the porn industry to thank for everything from VCRs to BBS to webcams! It’s a fact that no one wants to acknowledge.

      • Alan Gore

        It goes back further than that. The Gutenberg BIble, printed in 1454, was the first book printed with a movable type printing press. But it wasn’t a hugely profitable item. The owners of the press wanted to recover their investment in the press. So the second item printed was what we would consider soft core porn.

        Al

  • http://www.inceptdesign.com Tampa Web Guy

    Well it true that whatever way the porn industry goes the media goes. Look at the competing blue ray format battle a few years back. The consumer industry went the same way porn did.

  • Porn company worker

    Maybe relatively “very few people are making money” compared to earlier, but there are still many billions coming in from porn. I bet it is still more than any other industry on the net, but it was more than all other industries on the net COMBINED just a few years back, so….

  • Beck

    Ok I don’t think live jasmin should count because there are a ton of sites like