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    So What Will Next Years Fads Be In The Gay Market?

    So far as new paysites or gay market niches go?

    This year we saw the rise of the Gay Asian, Ebony and, Reality site but, with so many more sub niches of the gay market left to be explored what does 2004 hold?

    I know of at least 3 fresh gay sub niches that are going to be coming up shortly and both GA and Myself were VERY suprised at the lack of paysites out there for these quite literally, MASSIVE gay sub niches.

    Certainly from where im sitting right now the gay market is about to explode in 2004 with fresh site ideas.

    On another note, what type of sites do you all think we will see the end of in 2004? Personally i think the smaller reality sub niches in the gay market are going to start to dwindle especially as reality tv would seem to be scraping the bottom of the proverbial barrel right now.

    I guess only time will tell though ultimately, so ome on, share your thoughts on whats going to be hot and whats not in 2004 :groovy:

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    Lee


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    Xstr8guy
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    Anything but TWINK!

    Seriously... I'm amazed at the lack of variety in the gay market. When I go searching for a new sponsor, all I find is twinks twink twink!


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    Xstr8guy
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    And don't get me started on the big sponsors and content providers (other than Ounique)... they have no clue about the gay market! My favorite example is a plug-in called "Bears and Cubs". I can't remember who the company is, but the site features a chubby bear standing next to an anemic looking blonde "boy"... that is not a cub! And the movies they list are absolutely hilarious! Hardly a hair to be found!


    ... done ranting for now


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    RickUK
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    I honestly think the reality thing at its best will be hard to beat -- ever. I remember the first time I saw The Bait Bus. It was just extraordinary and quite unlike anything in gay porn before. Was it real or faked, it was hard to be sure even as a webmaster, though common sense said it was faked.

    It was so well executed in the early days, with humour too and everyone was talking about it. It was ground breaking. I had friends round watching it. Plus they matched it with a good affilate program -- where the webmaster could direct traffic back to his site, turn pop ups on or off, choose the tours etc. It converted like crazy.

    No one has equalled it, though the latest Top Bucks stuff looks pretty good. But it will never match the original for novelty value.

    When reality came along, it was kind of like when TV moved out of studios and began shooting more on location (I don't know if that happened as much in the USA as it did in Britain in the early 1990s?.

    I don't think reality is finished by any means. The problem is that it has got lazy to the point where some can barely be bothered to keep up the pretence that it is 'real' and no one believes something that is exactly the same every week.

    As Xstr8guy mentioned, there is some badly researched stuff that doesn't hit the spot. The fake 'real marines' videos that look nothing like, the bored twinks etc etc. But there are always possibilities in every niche if things are done well.

    As for niches and ideas, well I have a few of my own but I am keeping them to myself for now :-)

    I think the stereotypical 600 x 400 glossy member site 'look' with the 3d text will be dead in the water by the end of 2004. For me it just says 'lack of imagination' and I'm sure it turns off an increasing number of surfers too. Many sites have been going for more of a 'web page' look for quite some time. Again, I think OxCash helped lead that change in design.

    Video will become more important in every area as more people get DSL and bandwidth costs continue to go down.

    However its true to say that there is a real shortage of good gay sponsors that sell. I have one that still does 1:150 on a good month. But many don't sell at all. I find that my visitors aren't keen on the offerings from the bigger companies, whereas small single-site sponsors with good content often convert superbly. Maybe because my visitors have seen the big stuff before elsewhere...
    Last edited by RickUK; 12-30-2003 at 09:29 PM.


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    Well, if anyone's interested in whispering those "few underdeveloped niches" in my ear, you've got my attention. We haven't made one sale yet with the lesbian site. sigh.
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    BDBionic
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    Sure... twinks get a little old (bahdahBOOMch)
    But twinks in to watersports is converting mighty fine for me! hehehe


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    mirepup
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    Originally posted by BDBionic
    Sure... twinks get a little old (bahdahBOOMch)
    But twinks in to watersports is converting mighty fine for me! hehehe
    Interesting looking site. How is the content? Easy to find? Mostly amature or do people produce this too? (Silly newbie question).

    And - one more question - why do you give your exit traffic to Disney instead of a mainstream sponsor or alternate site? This is something that was pointed out to me recently and makes sense, but surprisingly few sites do it....


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    Ounique
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    Originally posted by BDBionic
    Sure... twinks get a little old (bahdahBOOMch)
    But twinks in to watersports is converting mighty fine for me! hehehe
    Hmmmm, I guess you could be singing "You're in the money, you're in the money"

    LOL!!! Git it? If you don't, say it out loud and you will. Har dee har har. :goof:


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    Ounique
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    Originally posted by Xstr8guy
    And don't get me started on the big sponsors and content providers (other than Ounique)...
    Awww, Xstr8guy, you always make my day. :sunny:


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