We don’t talk much about the site because we don’t think it’s all that interesting how we make the sausage. We watch movies, we write down who’s in them, and we lather, rinse and repeat. We’ve been doing it since 1999; hey! we’re 15 years old this year! For some of that time, we’ve relied on banners and purchases thru the “Buy this Movie” links to help keep the lights on. But, DVD sales are diminishing, the web stuff we do list is converting OK but not great, and the banner advertisers are slowing down, so we took a look at what we could do.
We could add more ad zones to the pages, but we didn’t want to clutter things up; we like our minimalist look. (We’ve had it forever!)
Then, one of our advertisers approached us about piloting silent pop-unders — they had to be silent or we didn’t want them — and we agreed to give it a try.
So, from today thru May 4 (and possibly beyond) our ad network partner, GrandSlamMedia, is showing pop-unders on our site at a rate of approximately 1 popunder for every 24 pageviews.
We know the last time we tried non-banner advertising (the chat windows) it was met with mixed reactions, and we expect the same here.
We also know that ad blocking software exists, and if these sort of advertisements really really upset you, you might want to look into that sort of thing. We ask that you don’t, obviously, as we get paid by the impression (each time they show an ad, we get a tiny tiny bit of money; but eventually those tiny tiny bits add up) but if you do, we understand… maybe we’ll find that there’s a market for an ad-free version of the site; tho such a thing would require us to build an infrastructure to handle users and passwords and password resetting and lots of potential customer service issues… but who knows. We know that the time has come for us to grow and mutate and make changes and I’ve been busy programming trying to roll out new tools for our editors, and different table layouts in the database and all kinds of things, so thanks for sticking around.
We don’t tend to roll out new features with much fanfare, so you might not have noticed that we’re tracking “honors and awards” now. You might have guessed that something was up based on our award-season blog posts, and you’d have been right. We’ve been building a database of awards shows and honors and using it to generate those blog posts, and we also list the honors on the film pages as well. (Performer honors are in the pipeline; we have the data, but we don’t have a layout that gracefully deals with the added info to display.)
So, nestled down the movie page between the scene breakdown and the reviews, you’ll see a new section:
We’ve got a scattershot of award show sponsors and honoring bodies; but we got most of the big ones:
- Adam Film World
- Adult DVD Empire
- Adult Entertainment Virtual Convention
- Adult Film Association of America
- Critics’ Adult Film Awards
- Erotic Lounge
- FlavaMen Magazine
- Gay Producers Association Awards
- Grab Magazine
- Gram Ponante
- Legends of Erotica
- Urban X
- X-Caliber Adult Film Awards
And we’ll be adding more as we go.
The most recent award bestower we added was XCritic who just gave out their 2013 Editor’s Choice Awards, and as I was dutifully entering their selections, down in the Special Recognition category, I discovered that we won some special recognition!
In XCritic’s words:
With turbulence in the adult industry over the past few years, many adult sites have cut staff, reduced what they do or curled up in a little ball and died. Not IAFD who plowed forward as strong as ever continuing to tackle the unimaginable task of accurately cataloging all the work done in the adult entertainment industry. It’s a thankless job, one which they do at a level that’s just amazing. IAFD is the last word on who has done what and will always be THE resource we at XCritic turn to to make sure we are always on point and accurate with our attributions.
Thanks to the editors over at XCritic for the nod, it’s very appreciated.
Might you consider voting for us for Best Fan Site in the XBiz Awards?
It’s pretty simple, STEP 1: just go to the voting page, choose us and VOTE!
Then, it gets a little confusing because there’s two other steps, but no real way of knowing if they’re required to make your vote count.
Step 2 is to click the Twitter icon, and tweet out that you voted for us. (“I just rocked the vote for @iafdcom for the 2014 @XBIZ Awards! #xbizawards xbiz.com/news/172158 “)
Step 3 is to follow @Xbiz
So, help us out — Let your voice be heard!
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They offer same day shipping, so you can get your porn fast. They respect your privacy and won’t every sell, rent or give away your personal info; nor will they send you any unsolicited/unwanted emails.
Their store has been awarded the BizRate Circle of Excellence Platinum Award seven times so far.
They’ve been around a long time, and we’re pleased that we can offer their catalog as an option in the price search.
We’re experimenting with some new advertisers and some new ad placements, so if you see some stuff sliding in or around the right margin, it’s expected. We know it’s there.
If you’re an advertiser, you can reach out to us at email@example.com
Let us know what you think in the comments….