I finally cancelled our subscription to ccbtools (which we’ve been using to deliver promos, link codes, etc.); they haven’t updated in years, our banners disappeared (again), and now their site is totally down. I tried calling them yesterday … no response. So our license is invalidated. It’s still working a little with what we’ve got, but we need to come up with an alternative.
YOUR LINKS STILL WORK – this doesn’t impact you as an affiliate (you can totally keep using our tools as they are now, and we probably can keep adding to them but I fear something could break further and the whole thing be dumped) except it makes it more challenging for us to deliver promos to you in an efficient way, and really it’s high time we re-assess (as webmasters, affiliates and sponsors ourselves) how we sell stuff.
The past couple of years I’ve been slowly coming out of denial: we can’t do it all — can’t sustain doing things by other people’s standards (that I’m old enough now to recognize I can mostly reject) and just HOPING we can squeeze in doing things to our own standards. I’ve stopped doing pretty much everything obligatory, and am in a grieving and hibernation period that I expect to emerge from doing fewer things, BETTER. Unfortunately that has not left room for me to build promos or do the things I want to do to help affiliates make money on our sites. But I still want to. In the meantime, I apologize. Delia’s site is still awesome and regularly updating, and you should promote it … and the rest of our sites are still valuable (especially to augment Delia’s and our unique stories – there truly are no sites — no couple — like us with a collection spanning as many years and CHANGES as we have and still updating) enough to promote.
The sites in our network have incredibly unique homemade content. I very much want to bring more old-school dawn-of-the-internet porn and autobiographical sites into our network to be good stewards to the herstory of do-it-yourself porn on the internet and how all of that came to be, preserving what some amazing unique people have created and challenging the standardized corporate-controlled templated bullshit that reigns supreme nowadays. And because I care about the people who made (and still make) independent porn and all kinds of naked self-exposing content.
We are passionate about homemade porn, the wild spirit of the old WWW — how it connected us and encouraged true entrepreneurship and creativity. We care about (and know that people out there CRAVE) personal stories unfiltered unmanipulated unFUCKED-with by what facebook or the porn industry or “new media” or google say is popular or acceptable.
We want the freedom of the the nineties-internet back with the speed and tools of today, and to do meaningful pleasurable intimate work with it. People in the porn “industry” have never understood how much our success is about love and providing love stories to people. Surfers want to fall in love: with us, with themselves, with sex, with work, with risk, with bravery … with something (someBODIES) unique and valuable. That’s why crowdfunding is an unstoppable hit; people want to feel invested in someone’s story and passion and see it play out. If you can harness that as an affiliate — that enthusiasm (which you should have yourself for anything you promote) eager to follow A STORY — you will make money. You will even add meaning that people are desperately searching for in a sea of clickbaity bullshit, shallow memes and cookie-cutter content.
Best of luck to all of us, and stay tuned … my site’s members-only area turns thirteen in just a few days / on May 1st. And I still love it and want to live there. Forever.