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Should You Sell Your Porn at ApClips.com (formerly AmateurPorn.com)?

If you make porn videos of any kind you need sites to sell them on. And there are a lot of sites out there that want to sell your porn! Unfortunately, there are not many good sites to sell your porn on. So, I try to share my experiences on various sites to help others make informed choices.

This post is all about ApClips.com which used to go by AmateurPorn.com but rebranded to ApClips.com several months back. That rebranding always struck me as odd. I mean, AmateurPorn.com is an incredibly descriptive name. If I told you there was a site called APClips you'd have know idea what it even was. The only problem AmateurPorn has is the spelling of the word "amateur" which most people probably spell wrong. Amature? Amatur? Amateure? No, it's amateur.

It's the only reason I can think that they'd change their name. Why is any of this important? Because a major rebranding of your entire company name and identity is often a major sign that your company isn't doing so well. Sometimes rebranding is the best thing you can do. Sometimes it's a small thing that turns "The Facebook" into "Facebook" which just seems easier and better. Other times it's a desperate act of a company not doing well. I'm not saying APClips isn't doing well, but when I saw that rebrand that's when I really started wondering if there was trouble here.

Should I sell my porn on ApClips.com?

But let's get back to the question, "Should I sell my porn on ApClips.com?" I forget how many videos I had on their site over the last (almost) year, but it should be in the 350 range (or approaching 400 maybe). Either way, it was what I think we can all agree is a lot of porn!

Over that time I had a very small amount of sales there. The total I earned there was $202 USD from June 2019 until now (April 2020), just under a year. $50 of that $202 was for writing a blog post for them, so I really only sold $152 worth of porn. That's not a lot for a year of work. It's not even 1% of all of the money I made from all sites in that same period and I only sell on 5-6 sites! And this is why, today, I removed all of my content from their site and deleted my account there. A lot of time and effort down the drain. But it's better than spending time every day uploading stuff there that just won't sell.

Let's dive a bit deeper to see what's both good and bad about ApClips.com so you can decide if they're right for you.

Things I liked about ApClips.com! Because, it's not all bad over there and I want to give credit where it is due...

  1. Good site design, easy to use.
  2. Their upload and product creation system is one of the better ones I've used even if it lacks the ability to make multi-scene preview movies like some other sites offer.
  3. Their support people are easy to reach on their site or on Twitter or via email. They reply pretty fast and are good at offering support when needed.
  4. They offer a payout of 75% so you get 75% of every sale. This is a bit higher than some sites that only pay out 65% or so.


My biggest complaints with ApClips.com...

NO SALES
Obviously, this is the most important thing! I just wasn't getting many sales at all and most of my sales would be $1 photo set sales and very few videos. $152 for almost a year is nothing. Oh, and it would have been $153 except one photo set that I sold had a chargeback (meaning, somebody bought it, likely got my photos, then ApClips had the money taken away from them (stolen card or any number of reasons) and so they take the money away from me. To be fair, this can happen at any site. Though it's only happened to my on ApClips. But we'll call that a fluke and not an issue to really worry about.

TOO SMALL?
ApClips feels like a small company. I normally prefer this to a larger company but a small company in this business sometimes means they don't have enough inhouse talent for marketing, advertising, promoting sellers, PR, programming, support, etc. It often felt like it was run by a guy in his basement in an way (I doubt it is though). Again, not a bad thing, until it shows in your sales. Knowing they were small appealed to me at first but I like helping a small, new business grow!

TOKENS
They use tokens instead of money to buy stuff. This impacts the customer more than myself but I know a lot of people don't want to pay for tokens and then buy porn with tokens, they just want to pay the price of the porn on their card all at once. Tokens are stupid. Period.

NO PROMOTION
I never really felt like ApClips was promoting my content. I wrote a blog post for them and they promoted that a few times and it linked to my content but that was small potatoes. When you have somebody selling 350+ videos (high quality, good lighting, full edited...meaning, not some crappy dark iPhone video) then you should be looking at those sellers and promote them.

Instead, it always felt like they were promoting the newest girls and younger girls along with random alternative people. I don't know what they're strategy was there, I'm just saying that's what it seemed like to me. It seems so odd to me to heavily promote a new solo girl with no following that makes the same solo video as 8 million other girls. Sure, they deserve some promotion too, but it felt like it was solo girl after solo girl after solo girl being promoted. I even asked if they would promote me more and if they did I never really saw any impact from it.

CONTESTS
There should be a special place in hell for porn contests. You know, if hell existed, which it doesn't. They love contests at ApClips. There is nothing wrong with a contest on the surface but when you have endless contest after contest (which many porn sites are guilty of) it just gets old. I know you're thinking, "Stella, then just don't enter the contest!"

I didn't enter them but if a small company is so focused on contests that often means they don't have have other ideas on how to drum up business. Contests are ALWAYS about popularity. They're about getting the models (porn creators) to get their social media following to go to ApClips (in this example) to vote. See why they like contests? Because it gets me to urge my followers to go to ApClips to vote for me and, oh wow, now I just gave them more traffic (and to a contest page no less, not even my own profile on the site).

Worse still, contests are often themed. Create your best nurse getting fucked in the ass while ride a scooter during an Easter parade contest! Then every model rushes off to make a new video specific to that contest. It's a huge time suck for the models and they make a photo set or video that may not sell well outside of the contest anyhow.

When one contest ends, another begins and the cycle repeats endlessly. So new models get sucked in because they think they can win. They can't because it's a popularity contest. Meaning, whoever has the big following already can direct the most voters to make them win. The only winners are the popular models and ApClips. On top of that, it pits models against models in a world where we shouldn't be competing with each other but working with and helping each other.

BYOC
The dreaded "bring your own customers" business model. What is a better business than having other people creating digital content (videos, etc), have those people upload the videos and do all of the work, and then have those same people go find their own customers? It's brilliant! But it only works for content creators with big followings already.

Many porn sites are guilty of this and ApClips is one of them. They seem to rely on me sending them buyers for my videos. Now, think about that. If I have a guy that wants to buy my video then why would I tell him to go to ApClips to buy it? I could just sell it to him directly (that's easy these days). The point of a middle man like ApClips is that YOU are supposed to find buyers for my content, that's why I let you take 25% of every sale.

Why is it zillions of people find and buy my content on ManyVids, Pornhub, Modelhub, and Clips4Sale without me sending traffic to those sites but ApClips wants me to find customers and send them to ApClips? I understand that me promoting my content is PART of the game here, but it should be a much smaller part than it is. I want to focus on creating content, not marketing. Because if I am going to market my products then I'll make my own website and sell direct and take all the money for myself.

OnlyFans is a great example of the BYOC business model and they're more upfront about it. They make it known that they're just providing a website for you and you need to get fans there. This is why it's great for well known models. But for new girls who think they'll make a quick buck, well, they learn that it's not that easy because they have no following and you won't just get discovered on OnlyFans like you might on social media.

To be fair to ApClips here, this BYOC business model is what most adult sites rely on and why the vast majority aren't great for newcomers. At one point, ApClips had a "marketing" type person contact me. She is clearly an SEO expert but when asked for tips on how to grow my sales on ApClips the only advice I kept getting was basically telling me to send my followers to ApClips. Ugh.

Final Thoughts

I can't tell you if ApClips is right for you. I know for sure it's not right for me. 350+ videos and almost a year of low sales and $152 in take home pay is the proof. I would suggest you give them a try. Didn't see that coming, did you!? For real, seems like a good site and good people overall. I feel like they mean well and they want to succeed.

I would advise uploading 10-15 videos and letting them run for 6 months. See what your numbers look like. If you don't get any sales in that time, you likely won't see much after that and then you can delete and move on. But it's probably worth it to try because you may have better luck than I did. I just wouldn't spend tons of time adding a lot of content and end up wasting a ton of time in doing so.

Now, I would NOT advise sending your followers to ApClips from your social media accounts, etc. They are a small site and have the goofy token system. When customers buy you want to make it painless. Porn buyers likely have a ManyVids or Pornhub or Clips4Sale account because those are big sites that have been around. But the same buyer likely doesn't have an ApClips account and to buy they'll need to make one and we all know that making yet another account is often just the thing that gets you to say, "Meh, not worth the hassle." And then a sale is lost. Instead, try ApClips but keep sending your traffic to the more popular sites even if they pay slightly less. Increased sales will far outweigh that extra 10% that ApClips is dangling in front of you.

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