Getting views to your sex blog — or any website — is essentially a numbers game. And while I advocate making content the focus of building an audience and increasing your views, there are other ways to do it.
None of these are “hacks” designed to decrease creating damn good content on your sex blog. Your first and top priority should be the content you create — whether you’re writing or not.
These methods (platforms, actually) are tools that many of us think belong to the “vanilla” (non-sex writing) world, when we can definitely use them, too.
In order for these options to work, you need to be consistent and patient — and be willing to play by very narrowing defined rules. You’ll be building a separate audience on these platforms and encouraging them to visit your blog. Like everything else, it takes time and effort.
Did you take a sexy picture for your blog? Share a slightly edited, less full-frontal nudity version on Instagram. In the caption, let people know that they can see the NSFW version on your blog. Make sure your blog is the link in your bio. If you have a short and easy URL, you can include it in your caption, but since it’s not clickable, keep it in your bio, too.
For this to truly work, you need a growing and thriving audience on Instagram. To get that, you have a few options:
- Post regularly, at least once a day, but more would be better.
- Use hashtags that get used frequently.
- Post images that get attention and fit the audience you want to build.
I don’t want you to become a slave to Instagram likes and follows, but if you notice certain images get attention, and you’re comfortable sharing them — post as often as you can. My butt selfies in cute panties get a lot more attention than pictures of my dog or my coffee on my Kayla Lords IG account, so when I feel like it, I post my butt. And every day, I get a few views from Instagram over on my blog.
Now that I’m posting more on the Smutlancer IG account, I’m (slowly) getting views from there to here, as well. It’s about speaking to the audience that fits you, whether it’s sexy, smutty, informational, educational, etc. (Or all of the above.)
Pinterest isn’t really a social media platform (not in the traditional sense), and it’s not adult-friendly. It’s a very stifled, uptight search engine, but there are sex, kink, and erotic accounts to be found there. And an audience hungry for the information. In fact, there’s a lot of potential on Pinterest — if your content and your pins are good enough.
I have a sex toy retailer client who gets hundreds of views from Pinterest a month — primarily from three or four pins that got popular. It’s the only reason I believe it’s possible for the rest of us.
Here’s what you need to remember about Pinterest:
- No nipples, no butts, and nothing that even hints at nudity. They’re haphazard about flagging stuff, but get flagged too often, and they’ll shut you down. I’ve had an entire Pinterest board deleted. And you can get dinged for sharing someone else’s “bad” pin — even if what you’re uploading is “safe.”
- Informational posts paired with good images will do better than random pictures. The pictures might get shared and saved, but the informational posts will get clicked on — and you want your link to get clicked on.
- You can share multiple pins for a single post — just make sure the image is different for each pin.
- Hashtags make a big difference. Use them with every pin.
Canva is your friend on this one. They have a ton of templates that let you upload an image, change the colors a bit, and swap out the template title for your own. Voila, you’ve got a pin that actually looks good. Use something like Buffer or Hootsuite, and schedule it.
I’m referencing YouTube more than anything else here, but any video platform can work well — eventually. Nothing is a panacea, and nothing works immediately. While YouTube is notoriously unfriendly to adult accounts that doesn’t mean you can’t use it to your advantage. The downside to YouTube is that it can be labor intensive. But it’s also as easy as turning on the camera in your phone and talking, too.
Tips for YouTube:
- Use the “age verification” option for your videos when appropriate
- Don’t start YouTube thinking you’ll become rich off monetization. It’s difficult for everyone, and even harder for adult accounts.
- Just be yourself. Not everyone will love you, but not everyone needs to.
No, video isn’t for everyone, especially if you’re concerned about your anonymity. But you don’t have to record your face either — try screen captures. Did you give a presentation on sex or kink? Did you have slides or notes? You can record yourself giving that presentation over your slides and upload it to YouTube or wherever you’d like. It’s a great option if you want to position yourself as an educator.
It’s not a quick way to build an audience, and your early videos won’t be as good as later videos. In fact, not having perfect lighting or sound (or hating how you look) are all reasons most people avoid video. It’s like any other form of content, though — if you offer something of value, people will pay attention. And you can and will get better over time.
The nice thing about video is that it can also be the basis for a blog post. Write up an intro, include bullet points for your audience, and add links where appropriate. Now you’ll get views from your blog audience, too.
You’ve probably noticed that all three of these options come with massive caveats because they’re not friendly to sex blogs and adult accounts. And you’re right. They can be absolutely awful. But if you’re willing to play their game and stay within their rules (as best as you can), you can tap into an audience that really does want your content.
It’s okay if you’re not willing to do that. I’m late to the idea of using these three for views and to grow my audience — because I resist using anything I know is unfriendly to adult content. But (for me) as long as I don’t rely on these platforms and only use them as the tool they are (for as long as they’ll let me), it’s worth it.
I also know that at any point they can shut me down and I lose that audience stream. Which is why it’s so important to put the main focus on your content. But as long as they’re available, use them while you can.
None of this is revolutionary information, but it’s easy to think that some sites and platforms are completely off limits to sex blogs — which isn’t always true. So, now it’s your turn. Are you using these platforms to promote your blog — and is it working? Do you use other platforms with any success? Share in the comments below or talk to me on Twitter!