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An old friend contacted me about two weeks ago. He left a voice mail letting me know that he had some work for me but wasn't sure I'd be interested because of the content. I called him back to discuss what the content would be and to get more info on the project itself. He told me that he and a friend wanted to work together and run a couple of adult gallery and porn sites and that he had remembered that I was using Drupal for a lot of my work (mainstream projects).
As he went through all the particulars of the project and how he wanted things to display, I was thinking to my self, wow this is the first person to ask me to make a porno site for them. I was surprised and ready to launch into a rant about standards and how hard it would be to get into that business anyways, but then I started thinking. I wondered if I could do it? He was willing to pay a grip of cash to get it done and trusted me more than someone he didn't know. So, I told him I would think about it and that I would have to do some research to see if what he wanted could be done in a short time.
I went through the list of items, did some research and checked each one off.
1. A random gallery of thumbnail photos that link to full galleries. (Panels, Views)
2. A way to track how popular a thumbnail is and display them in a special gallery. (custom build)
3. Keywords for each thumbnail added and to display a gallery based on keyword. (easy)
4. Rotating banner ads and click through tracking (I would have to build it custom)
5. Link exchange and click tracking (easy)
I still wasn't sure I wanted to take the project on because of the nature of the content and all the legal stuff included. Now, I am a grown man and I have seen my fair share of internet porn so I can't say that I am above it. So on with more research. I googled keywords "Porn Revenue" (without the quotes). Clicked on the first link. WOW! $97.06 Billion in 2006, That was crazy I thought. I did some more research and found that the affiliate marketing revenue made about 14% of this. So, regular people (men and women) with a little SEO knowledge and a fast hosting company that will let them serve porn can make a great deal of money doing this. I kept thinking how easy it would be to do this and that I could quit my day job and just focus on this to make some great cash. I know SEO, I have friends that work at google in Seattle. HA HA HA, I was getting a little ahead of myself. I knew nothing about any of this. Besides, I'm sure there is no way that I was able to make thousands or even millions without having a network of these sites going.
I settled down and thought to myself that I would just accept the project and see how it went. I figured that I would just have to treat this like any other client and focus on the business goals. I told my friend that if I thought at any time that anything was illegal, I would have to stop working on the project. He agreed and we signed that "contract" ;)
So, I started building the site.
The site is http://www.petitekittens.com. My friend and his partner have added all of the gallery thumbs and are starting to build out the link list and the site is still under development. The site focuses on the "Teen Porn" category of gallery sites. I was surprised that the URL http://www.petitekittens.com was actually available and that dreamhost.com would allow porn. Pretty good hosting company as they offer a great deal of space and bandwidth.
It looks as though it is getting pretty good reviews from the porn community. All in all, I think this is a great showcase of how strong drupal is. I was able to build a content rich site in a matter of a week. with some great features for my client to use and manage his content.
Before you report this, or go on a rant about drupal.org standards, really think about how this shows the power of Drupal. I know that adult content is frowned upon. If everyone hates it so much, then why is it the best business on the internet today and for the last 10 years?