There seems to be a lot of confusion about Alexa Ranks and what it means. Mr. Ross tried incorrectly to point out that he has more traffic than you do. Let me explain Alexa so that even people in porn can understand it:
Your Alexa Rank is simply a snapshot of where your site finishes in the world wide race for traffic. Google for example finishes first with an Alexa Rank of 1, Yahoo is fourth with a rank of 4, twitter is twelfth with an Alexa Rank of 12.
Now lets look at the porn “news” sites
Yours, mikesouth.com, is 73,570 Meaning that of all the websites in all the world Alex believes that there are 73,569 with more traffic than you
Gene Ross at adultfyi has 77.585
Lukeisback is 100,402
avn.com is 26,051
xbiz.com is 24,267
and KylieIreland.com who claims to have 500,000 views a month is 2,662,549
You clearly outrank Gene Ross, but you outrank him by more than you think. Gene requires and extra click to read every article and Alexa factors that in because a visitor spends more time and clicks more pages on his site than on yours. if you both had identical traffic adultfyi would rank significantly better than you, just because of that.
When you claimed that it is easy to “game” Alexa you are correct, if you look at xbiz.com and avn.com it is clear that their Alexa Ranks are artificially good, they don’t get that much more traffic than you and adultfyi.
Alexa is also good for initially validating claims, Kylie Ireland claims in the Public Service Ad that she did that she gets a half million views a month. Given her Alexa Rank there is no way that statement can possibly be true, or even anywhere near true.
When Cindi Loftus tries to sell her site, lukeisback.com, for 50K a look at her Alexa Rank says it probably isn’t worth that but it could be, that is when you ask to see the server logs, the ad revenue and any contractual commitments she has from advertisers.
Now let us take a look at www.gfy.com, with an Alexa Rank of 4,410. Does that sound too good to be true to you? It is and here is why. Alexa bases their rank largely on visits to a site by people who have Alexa installed on their browser, they figure that a certain percentage of all surfers have Alexa and from that they derive the rankings, if you don’t have the Alexa installed your visit doesn’t count much to Alexa. So what is gfy? it is an adult webmaster forum and almost all of the visitors are adult webmasters and they have Alexa installed on their browsers the result is they get a disproportionate amount of visitors that have Alexa.
It is relatively easy to make your Alexa Rank artificially good, I won’t tell how because that isn’t the point, What is not easy is making your rank artificially bad, as in the case of Ms Ireland, if she has half a million visitors a month there is no way she can make her Alexa Rank that bad.
All of of this taken into consideration you really do have very respectable traffic on mikesouth.com. Keep up the good work my friend.
Rob Black MikeSouth.com Person of the Week
Yes you read that right. I thought long and hard about this one, obviously, but I have always believed in giving credit where it is due, good or bad. I gave Rob a lot of credit for the bad things he did back in the day, I called him names, I was confrontational and he wasn’t exactly in the Mike South fan club either. But those days are gone. Rob and I had contact about a month ago and it was civil, adult even on both sides, he didn’t apologize nor did I but we certainly showed deference to each other.
Once off parole and free to remake himself Rob wasted no time. he saw, as I do, that porn was being taken over by people who don’t even much like us. The happy go lucky, good natured attitude of most porn people was exploited and Rob Black started calling things the way he sees them, and surprise surprise he and I were saying many of the same things.
I believe Rob wants to take the biz back from Manwin and the FSC and he is putting it on the line to do so when he probably could have sucked up to Manwin and gotten a job as a director for one of their sites. Instead, in typical Rob fashion he goes off and takes it over the top, but that over the top is getting him a lot of attention and it has revitalized Gene Ross’s site, which like Lukeisback has done, was falling off the radar.
I don’t agree with everything Rob says, nor he with I but if we were just alike one of us is unnecessary. Like myself Rob is opening a lot of peoples eyes, people in the industry and agree or even like him or not, he is making people think and that is always good, specially for porners.
never in a million years did I think I would be writing this post….Keep going Rob, God Bless ya man.
My buddy Jaybird posted some old pics on facebook yesterday that brought back some fun memories of the Tampa Shows from many years ago. Porners aren’t doing anything extraordinarily stupid so I figured we’d take look back at 12 years ago.
Mike South, Tim Case, Felicia Fox, Cori Love Not sure who the middle girl is
Mike South and Julie Rage, wonder whatever happened to her
Mike South race car, the girl on the car is Anna Malle
Mike South Car Wins
That’s Mister Felicia Fox To You
Mike South, Layla Jade, Cori Love
Felicia Fox and Cori Love
Friends… Those Were The Days
The more I look at things right now the less sense they make. There’s so much about porners that I will never understand. Consider this; Piracy is the single biggest problem our industry faces, hands down. Tube sites have decimated our customer base and have forced many people out of business. Everyone in porn agrees on that, me, Rob Black, AVN, The FSC, Vivid, Digital Playground, Wicked, Jules Jordan…all of us say the same thing.
The face of piracy in 2012 is Manwin, they own 8 of the worlds largest tube sites, they built their entire empire on pirated content and yet…who owns Digital Playground? Manwin. Whose DVDs did Jules Jordan Distribute? Manwins. Who runs Wicked’s web sites? Manwin. Who owns the FSC? Manwin. Who owns APHSS? Manwin. is there a Manwin connection to AVN? yes I believe there is without a doubt.
How is it that Manwin has made their way directly into our house and are even welcomed by many? Simple. they threw around money. It was paltry sums by comparison but hey porners are whores by definition and we have proven ourselves to be cheap whores at that.
Any other industry would have shut them out.
I actually had a guy contact me from one of the Industry only forums trying to sell me his services while listing Manwin and pornhub as two of his clients. I’m like HELLO? Do you not know a damn thing about me? But he was undeterred and he continued telling me how great he must be because Manwin companies use his company. pretty clear he has never read my site, nor does he have a fucking clue who I am or what I do….
Who’da ever thought I would find myself agreeing so much with Rob Black….or is he agreeing with me? regardless that was unforeseen, but Rob and I both have the same ideas in mind, we want to take back this industry. Who is with us?
Last weeks letter from Peter raised quite the stir, some think it’s fake some think it’s real but very few people really took it for what it was…a really good warning.
Alex Chance went out of her way to go get tested to prove she didn’t have Syphilis so it couldn’t have been true and must have been someone trying to exact revenge on her or whatever. AVN of course fawned all over that part of the story but you didn’t read word one about the original letter there or the implications of it until Ms Chance took them her test results.
Alex Chance never denied being an escort on TheLuxuryCompanion, even having admitted to it, it just became all about the STD’s
I even had one guy who works in the biz apparently as crew telling me that I should be helping the FSC to win the fight against AB332, apparently he misses the point….I AM trying to help them…Admittedly to no avail. he says if it passes he will hold me responsible for him not being able to feed his wife and kids…As if my cheering for a monkey trying to play chess will have any effect other than to excite the other monkeys.
He is following the “hazmat suit”, “we have a system that works”, “fax your assemblyman” crowd and he will blame me if they fail…sorry bro but if you are that stupid maybe you deserve to lose your job, I hear McDonalds is hiring, that doesn’t require much thought.
The solution is actually pretty simple and we had the ability to implement it and ward this legislation off ages ago..but we didn’t
1. Condom neutral, period
2. Companies carry workers comp insurance as required by law
3. companies pay for testing as required by law
4. (this is the tougher one but not as tough as fighting AB332) Get the STI situation in porn under control. Expand testing, close loopholes that allow performers to cheat the system and start weeding out the performers that wont comply
Pretty simple really…and Measure B and AB332 would never have happened. We were told back around 2006 to do it or they would do it for us, we didn’t and they are.
I rode my bike 550 miles and back to visit my friends Lindsey (Lovehands) and Al this weekend, but more on that later, time to catch up.
First things have been quiet on the manwin front mostly until Friday when manwin was served with a suit for patent violations regarding their popunder adds in most of their free sites.. Thats all fine and dandy but I expect a BIG BOMB to drop on Manwin soon…stay tuned.
Just an observation but if there are two bigger attention whores than Farrah Abraham and James Deen I am uncertain who they are….these two should marry. Throw Steven Hirsch into the mix and you have the Trifecta of attention whoring.
I noticed Mister Marcus actually commented here in a couple of threads, gotta give him credit for thick skin at least….That and not playing the race card all the damn time.
Im following up on the letter from Peter in a bit.
10. The bartender told me I wasn’t drunk anymore
9. I thought I faked the breathalyzer test
8. That was a false positive from when I was drunk last week
7. Lexington Steele told me breathalyzers are racist
6. Its embarrassing but not as embarrassing as the fact I drive a Hyundai
5. I wasn’t driving it was a little blonde white girl named Karma and she got out and disappeared
4. AHF set me up
3. It’ll all be ok the FSC is handling my defense
2. The APHSS Test said I wasn’t drunk
1. It’s all a ploy by Steven Hirsch at Vivid to get more PR for my comeback video
TMZ actually broke the story. Mister Marcus was arrested last night in Hollywood for DUI. He was pulled over in a Hyundai Elantra around 2:30 AM after cops noticed the car weaving all over the road. He failed the breathalyzer and was arrested and is still in custody.
I find it sad, because it seems one of the best places to get porn news now is TMZ. What’s up with that?
AVN is pretty much following the pattern of everything else Manwin takes over. They take something that is a fairly well known (and even somewhat respected brand), very quietly take it over, put people nominally in charge, and let it go. They hire people to do the virtual version of making sure the neon sign outside works all the time, and to polish up the outside of the building to make it look legit and active, but inside there is little but empty virtual offices. The actual work, the support, the accounting, the business… it all happens in one of Manwin’s tax shelter havens. Nothing happens where it happens, if you know what I mean.
The result is that the properties degrade from the inside out. The neon sign glows brightly, the facade of the building is perfect, the lawn is mowed. Inside there is 1 guy trying to fake being an entire company. In the case of AVN, it appears that they take the approved news releases, and run them more or less verbatim. AVN may not be getting ads, but someone, somewhere is making bank off of getting this stuff in print. Meanwhile, this one poor guy is trying to make the magazine go, and it’s not working out well.
At some point, the facade crumbles, and instead of seeing a business inside full of people working, we discover that the thing is rotted from the inside out.
Manwin has taken over many decent online brands (Twistys, example) and totally killed them. They are in the process of doing the same with Nastydollars, using cheaper eastern European filler content, getting rid of their “contract” stunt cocks, and so on. 37 sites in the program, but barely 10 of them seem to update anymore. Babes is the same thing, started with a big flurry and now all but ignored. It gets new content, but almost no promotion. The account reps on these programs generally are poor to VERY poor, interested only in getting placements for their ads and not worrying about anyone making money. It’s not hard to see that they are working to drive traffic, not specifically sales.
Anyway… when you wonder what is up with AVN, it’s just that past actually buying these things and integrating them into their “money management” system, Manwin doesn’t appear to have a clue on how to maintain them. Without the tube sites driving traffic, they likely would have run out of cash a long time ago.
Now reading his post about “it’s a bird, it’s a plane it’s superbug…Not” on AVN would lead one to believe that Gonorrhea is not becoming antibiotic resistant. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Now that particular strain claimed to have been found in Hawaii is a hoax BUT Gonorrhea has been increasingly anti-biotic resistant for years and a superbug like the one found in Japan that was reported to have jumped to Hawaii that is resistant to current treatments is very much coming.
I would strongly suggest Mister Kernes to stick to writing what he knows about….Oh wait that would leave him unemployable. Mark, it’s one thing to be stupid, it’s quite another to expand that to recklessness. Bottom line I wouldn’t publish you on mikesouth.com if you paid me….
From the CDC:
Gonorrhea is the second-most commonly reported STD in the U.S., according to the CDC. It is caused by the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterium, and has been treated with antibiotics like penicillin since the 1940s. But over time, genetic mutations have increased the bacteria’s resistance to penicillin, necessitating higher doses until the 1980s when several strains of gonorrhea resistant to penicillin and tetracycline antibiotics became widespread in the U.S.
Doctors then moved to using fluoroquinolone antibiotics to treat gonorrhea in the 1990s and early 2000s, but resistant strains popped up in East Asia and the United States. By 2007, about 5 percent of U.S. cases resisted the antibiotics, leading the CDC to no longer recommend them. This left cephalosporins as the only remaining antibiotic recommended for treating gonorrhea.
Following the pattern, strains resistant to cephalosporins began appearing in East Asia in the early 2000s, and eventually strains resistant to the cephalosporin Ceftriaxone made their way to Japan, France and Spain by the end of the decade. In a 2011 issue of MMWR, the CDC warned doctors to look for cephalosporin-resistant strains and report any cases to health officials.
Now in the latest report, CDC researchers said cephalosporin-resistant strains of gonorrhea might be emerging in the United States, with increasing rates being seen especially in men who have sex with other men (MSM) living in the western United States.
“The development and spread of cephalosporin resistance in N. gonorrhoeae, particularly ceftriaxone resistance, would greatly complicate treatment of gonorrhea,” wrote the CDC researchers, who added the previously recommended treatments can’t be routinely prescribed either.
That’s why they’re calling on doctors to “prevent a return to the era of untreatable gonorrhea.” Doctors should ask patients for their sexual histories, screen sexually active MSM and high-risk women for gonorrhea at least once a year, if they have it, treat them with a newly-recommended treatments which include cephalosporins and different antibiotics like azithromycin and doxycycline.
“Experience and current data suggest that public health actions outlined in this report provide the best chance of averting the unfavorable outcome of multidrug-resistant gonorrhea,” they wrote.