This post refers to the porn industry, but is really about running a business in general.
Imagine you run a shop, and you decide to earn more, so one day you start charging the customers a dollar just to enter your shop. Or you sell a $5 bread, but when they unpack it at home, the bag only contains a 99c bread.
The first week it might seem like a great idea, you are earning 20% more than the week before.
But how soon do you think it'll take before the customers find other places to shop?
Many businesses are run short-sightedly. For example the music business taking ten years to wake up to "this Internet thing". And many content industries treating their customers like criminals with copy-protected content instead of working with the customers and make it a pleasant experience to buy from them.
Now, it has always been tricky to find ways to promote Domai.com, because there simply isn't any business it fits into. The closest thing is the porn business, and it's really not a good fit (many Domai members hate porn, a few even hate GoddessNudes.com). But anyway, sometimes in years past I have used that biz for promotion. One of the most popular ways, before the rise of the "porn tubes" site was "Thumbnail Gallery Pages" (TGPs), which is just long lists of links to free pages of pictures.
The TGP business is or was absolutely rife with shady and tricky ways of running a business. Typical tactics was to send customers off by falsely labeled links or thumbnail pictures to sites which paid by click but which the viewer had not elected to go to. And "circle jerks" which is these sites trading traffic by sending viewers to each other, again by sneaky means, so in the end, the viewer was just running in circles trying to find the actual content, or even just find any place to pay for good content!
It's been a few years since I used these sites, but I thought I'd try it again once or twice, see if I could freshen the traffic up a little (I make my living mainly by word-of-mouth traffic). And so I studied this market again, and it looks like it has collapsed by the weight of its own stupidity. The only site I found which operates like normal and where I was able to figure out how to submit a gallery for listing is the same site which was always both the biggest and the most honest and the most simple. It's a site run by a German, it's called the Hun, thehun.net. Dead-simple interface, simply a long list of text links. No false links, no long lists of paid banners before the content, no odd demands of webmasters even though he gets way more submissions than he can use, etc.
And by running this business in a simple and clean way, he has stayed the largest, and I'm betting he's earning a fortune on it.
Sure, it's just a simple mainstream porn biz kinda thing, but that's a business where straightforwardness and honesty is rare, so I respect him for that.