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Is NiteFlirt Really Playing Fair With Their Latest Play Fair Linking Policy?

In the August edition of NiteFlirt‘s FlirtBuzz newsletter, there was an update regarding Play Fair, the phone sex platform’s department which enforces the NiteFlirt Member Agreement and NiteFlirt’s policies. Along with encouraging Flirts (& other members) to bully and report their fellow phone sex operators (as if more of that was actually needed!), the important part here really is about the linking policy.

Competitive Services

Your listings cannot contain links that connect to competing services in any way, even if the competing service is two clicks away (i.e., the page you link to cannot link to a page that links to a competitor). This includes your personal websites, your twitter pages, or any other page you are linked to, including “friends of” pages on your own personal websites. Watch out for this as it’s the major reason Play Fair will end up pulling listings down. Play Fair never wants to pull your listings for any reason at all. Please help them in staying vigilant and hopefully we can achieve this together!

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I’ll repeat it in bold: Your listings cannot contain links that connect to competing services in any way, even if the competing service is two clicks away (i.e., the page you link to cannot link to a page that links to a competitor). And, per NF’s polcies, “NiteFlirt considers the following to be competitive services: phone calls, Webcam, tributes/donations, recorded content, and content exchanged via email, such as photos.” Though at times it has been unclear if this competition is striclty alternatives for a specific Flirt (i.e. Flirt SuzieQ has linkage at her site to SuzieQ at NF and MPS) or if it is simply any other service period (i.e. Flirt SuzieQ has links to MPS girl MonicaMoans). Play Fair has taken action in both directions, which adds to the confusion.

In any case, this newsletter posting is quite different from the policies written on the NF site itself.

For example, the NF Social Media Policy states:

For Twitter, this means that you don’t mention or link to any pages that mention our competition in your Twitter bio.

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Here “our competition” would seem to mean any links to any phone sex, webcam, or other site that competes with NF in any way. And notice how the update in the August newsletter doesn’t state “bio” only, leaving that to mean anything on the Twitter page or feed.

And here’s the current (if even more meandering and ambiguous) NF policy about personal websites — which the new “two clicks” policy seems to easily refute (bold added by me for emphasis & easy comparison):

We do our best to allow Members freedom to run their own business while also enforcing our policies. We do not want to restrict Flirts, especially those with an established business outside of NiteFlirt, by not permitting them to do link exchanges and such on their personal sites. Therefore, we do not monitor banner ads on personal sites. However, banner ads to direct competitors will not be permitted. A site that only points to banners and does not provide any additional information about the Flirt will not be permitted. But as long as the banners are simply that – banners – and not other ways to contact or pay that Flirt, we allow it. Personal Websites is perhaps the most subjective policy we have and the hardest thing to regulate. We want you to point to your site to entice callers to call you, but we can’t allow Flirts to send our customers to their sites so they can be paid outside of NiteFlirt. It is true that a customer could come to NiteFlirt and find themselves on another site all together. This is true about most sites in the Adult Industry. If we were to prevent banner ads on personal sites, it would deter people from posting their personal sites which we feel often entices customers to place calls.

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While NF talks about how important it is for Flirts to gain the attention of potential callers, and stay connected with current clients, it’s pretty clear to me with this new policy that any links to any competition are perceived as a threat and reason enough for Play Fair to pull phone sex listings. With this “two clicks away” policy, even a Flirt replying to a client’s tweet could be costly — because who knows who else that client may tweet with or link to?

It really does beg the question, “Do they understand how social media and even the Internet itself works?”

The amount of policing involved in such a policy — as in policing one’s own listings and sites, not policing other PSOs — is so absurdly huge that in doing so who would have the time to be on the telephone serving callers?

NF itself skirts dangerously close to breaking their own rules. For example, the official NF blog recently covered the AutoBlow2 male masturbator and in doing so, linked to SuperCompressor‘s review. (A better review here, in case you are interested.)

While the SuperCompressor site does bandy the phrase “phone sex” about, they don’t seem to outright link to any phone sex services — even on the “vice” pages. I don’t suppose they accept any advertising from PSOs either; they only seem to go as far into “sex” with their advertising as “dating”. But, I don’t know, wouldn’t the Mixxxer app be a competing service? (I bet if you linked to it, it would be!) Anyway, SuperCompressor reviewed that app too.

Both SuperCompressor articles were written by Jeremy Glass — whose Twitter account is linked to from the articles (that would be link number two, in this “two clicks away” policy). Glass has over 1000 followers on his rather active Twitter account. The activity includes Twitter conversations with porn star Allie Haze who has 117K followers she converses with. …Pretty sure somewhere in those numbers of adult folks, there’s a link going to a phone sex site or a porn star with a phone sex service.

This isn’t a one time thing with NF’s blog either. Another example: At the end of July, the NF blog dished vibrator history, linking to this article at BroBible. BroBible also talks about phone sex, but seems to steer clear of such advertising. (Not that I asked; their demo is males aged 18- to 34-year-old — which is so not where the real money is in the phone sex business.) But again, they are having plenty of sex talk with their large number of Twitter followers (103K). Not to mention the fact that the folks behind the sex toys and other adult products, who may not necessarily be followers or the followed, do like to interact, retweet, share, etc. back & forth with the product reviewers and website social media accounts to make the most of a review or promotion. Surely there are PSOs in their midst.

All this only serves my point: Who wants to police all that? (Not me.) And just how many clicks away can you actually control anymore? (Answer: None.)

This “two clicks away” policy is why, those who have asked and read about this in the NF forums, the official NF Tumblr does not (and should not, in order to be compliant with it;s own policies) display (link to) the the other Tumblr blogs they follow or posts that they “heart” or “like” — because they do not want to have to police those links, where they are linking, etc. It would be a bitch.

Some argue that at least NF is allowing some links out. That, they say, is “more fair” than MPS and other phone sex platform sites which now have strict “no outbound links at all” policies. But is it really fair to allow phone sex operators to place outbound links when they have no power over the actions and links of who they are linking to — especially when NF has invited & encouraged users of the platform site to police and report one another?

Yes, yes, I get that the phone sex platform sites do not want independent PSOs leaking traffic to a competitor; and it is their right to put into place such policies and controls. But fundamentally, this NF policy is a “no outbound links” policy and the safest thing to do is to see it as such and behave accordingly. If only NF would state it thus, we’d have a lot less pulled listings and a lot less NF members policing of one another.

Update On NiteFlirt Goodie Bags

Goodie Bags have officially gone into Beta for all Flirts on the phone sex platform. I’m not going to provide a detailed tutorial (NF has provided a decent one of their own), but I will highlight some key things to note.

* Goodie Bags are like payment buttons (aka PTV or PPV messages), except that they are bundles of digital offerings (MP3s, photos, etc.), and they are offered in a more interesting visual format. Once files are uploaded to NF, Flirts can mix and match them to make various bundles or bags.

* While these are bundles of files, the files should not be in zip format because part of the gift of goodies is the convenience for customers to save the files in the “player” (rather than having to download them onto their own computers) and watch them while at NF.

* Goodie Bag files require tags, so that potential buyers can more readily find them while searching.

* All nude or sexually explicit images now must meet 2257 regulations. This is important. NF’s 2257 Compliance Wizard means everyone must acknowledging the 2257 requirement by making use of one of three categories:

1. Your content is not sexually explicit.

2. Your content is sexually explicit and you already have a public address where 2257 records for your content can be inspected.

3. Your content is sexually explicit and you do not have a public address where 2257 records for your content can be inspected.

If your content it not sexually explicit, you toggle that option and move along. If, however, your content is sexually explicit, you will need to provide the appropriate 2257 documentation in one of two ways. With option number two on the list above, you must including the address where the records are kept — and this address will be made public. Or you can use option three on the Compliance Wizard, and use NF’s free, integrated third-party record-keeping service, which requires you to digitally provide the correct documentation; then the NF address will be on display.

* Customers (callers) will not find a “Find Goodies” search until there are a number of items uploaded and properly tagged. NF expects this to take a few weeks. Meanwhile, callers can look for the “Goodies” tab on individual Flirt profiles and listings.

What’s Coming To Phone Sex? The Exclusive MPS Interview!

Those of you using MPS know there are always things going on at the MyPhoneSite phone sex platform. That’s why I’m so thrilled that Gary, the owner of the site, has finally been able to participate in an interview!

Hi, Gary, and welcome! Will you please tell us a bit about yourself and your professional background?

I was born in Florida where I spent much of my life. I graduated there with a Bachelor degree in computer science and started my career as a network analyst in Orlando. The job sucked.. 9 hours stuffed into a tiny cubicle and a 2 hour commute through hellish I-408 traffic. It was 20 miles from my apartment to the job but took an hour. On the side I did some freelance work and business was picking up. Eventually I was able to go into business myself full time and work from home.

When & why did you start MPS?

I put together a small team consisting of myself and 3 other developers. We worked on a lot of projects and became very successful at building social networks. This was during the time that most online commerce was moving from static sites to interactivity (Myspace, Facebook, etc). I had the idea to provide a social network style site that gave people the option of connecting via phone, and MPS slowly became a reality.

It wasn’t an overnight idea. I just wanted to find a way to use social networking style modules to generate income on a pay per minute basis, while at the same time giving people the option to create their own site. There are a lot of very creative people that have an entrepreneur spirit, but lack the resources to get started. So I wanted to tap into that market. Interactivity via phone made sense as everything is moving toward mobile. This can then be enhanced to include text messages and much more.

I’m glad you brought that up. I’m dying to know when the paid chat and SMS texting will start.

The paid chat system needs to be well thought out to provide plenty of room for growth. It is also a joint venture with another company so this collaboration requires a bit of team work. We planned on having this finished a long time ago, but as we added new features on MPS we realized that the paid chat system needs to be designed to work with the new features. So we had to delay it while we finish the basic groundwork.

Here’s an example: We are currently developing an ‘all-in-one’ status management system for MPS. This means that soon you will be able to import every operator account you work based on the phone number the account is linked to, regardless of what site that account is on. You will then be able to set the status of all accounts instantly with one click or automate the status (if you receive a call on one characters all other characters show ‘x’). However as we started to develop this we decided to add additional features; like add notes for each customer and receive incoming call alerts.

Our current chat system is ok, but if you work multiple sites it is very hard to chat as multiple characters (unless you open multiple browsers). So we are integrating the new PPM chat system with the ‘all-in-one’ status management system. This means you will be able to open one browser window and chat as every character regardless of what site they are on. If you are chatting as multiple characters and one becomes a paid chat then all other chats will show ‘in private chat’ and you will only see the paid chat. Once your paid chat is over all chat windows will show the character(s) as available again. PPM chats can also be upgraded to PPM calls. But there’s a lot that goes into this and we have to move slowly to make sure it is done correctly. *We are also changing the pop-up call dial pads into the chat window. This means that from the customer’s perspective they will see a chat icon option under your character’s image. If they click on this it will open the dial pad but it will be for live chat. This way if they upgrade to a live call it’s all right there.

There are many other features we are adding to this and we are on course to have this completed this summer.

What are some of the other features you have planned for MPS?

Our pay per SMS will also be built into the status management system so operators can reply to text messages. They will be able to do this over the phone or online through the status management. We are also changing the current ‘book session’ feature on the call buttons. Soon when your characters are offline the customer will have the option to receive an text message once you sign back on. The operator will also receive a text when the customer(s) request this option. There are tons of features we are working on as we are always trying to improve the platform.

Your dedication to improving the platform — and your great customer service with the PSOs — is why I love MPS. Did NiteFlirt and it’s set backs after AT&T purchased Keen have anything to do with settling in on phone sex for your social network? Have you learned anything from NiteFlirt?

NiteFlirt was not part of the decision at all. In fact I did not set MPS up as an adult platform. I just created the infrastructure and let the market decide where it goes.

I appreciate your compliments on the platform. There are some areas for improvement and you will see these areas being addressed as we move forward.

Among the future features, will we be able to better customize our MPS sites and pages?

The templates are very basic and do not give much room for creativity, I know. But we had to have a simple option that basically allowed people to just click on what style they wanted. An advanced option is coming that will allow the web owner to control the header, layout, footer and even CSS. We are developing this in a way that the template will be saved so if the web owner screws things up she can easily go back to the default. It’s a feature that has been requested for some time now and its way overdue. I will do my best to have this available by the summer as well (around July).

Rumor has it that MPS is considering going into the model content business… Is that true?

It’s amazing how fast this stuff gets around.

Well, we phone sex operators are a chatty bunch. *wink*

The answer is, “No and yes.” MPS is not going into the model content business. However we have several contacts with agencies in Europe and there is an opportunity to work with them to create custom image sets and videos. This idea came about as part of our review because there is a real deficit in original model content. So we are setting up a separate business that will handle model content specifically for MPS providers. This means you will be able to log into the site (it will be on a different domain), and view the available models. But this will be different then any normal model content site.

For example you will see results from recent castings and be able to hire models and provide the modeling script (poses, etc). The work will all be custom and exclusive. The contacts we have are able to find ‘real’ people as models and not over glamorized fake looking models. Also all images will be protected. If someone steals the images from you we will be able to track exactly where they are and issue a DMCA. This is all still being put together but most of the work has already been done. An update will be available in a couple weeks.

I’d like to thank Gary for making the time to finish this interview after such a big project as the site-wide reviews.
And I have to say, it sure is nice to have a phone sex platform company that understands the needs of the business — after all, if we PSOs are making money, so is the platform company!

 

2/29/2016 update here!

MyPhoneSite Notices For PSOs

Early this morning, phone sex platform MPS sent out two messages regarding site services.

First message: Pending System Wide Review

We are doing a system wide review to ensure that customers who visit our site have a consistent, high quality experience. The support team at myphonesite.com will be doing this review starting Thursday, March 7th at 10 AM EST.

Before we do the system review Thursday, please take a moment to update your provider profiles and websites to include photos listed in your profile as well as profile text. Any profiles that do not have photos and written legible profile text will be paused until the provider can update the profile.

The second message: Loss Prevention Notification

It has been brought to the support team’s attention from multiple customers that there is a great deal of STEALING occurring on the system. Anytime you do not use the system to complete pay per minute phone conversations will result in immediate deactivation and funds in the provider account will be lost. We have ZERO tolerance for stealing. Stealing is a crime. Redirecting customers to other platforms, arranging payments through other means, having customers call you on your cell/home phone is not permitted. In addition you may also be liable for civil or criminal charges. We have a support team in place to review the system 24 hours a day to prevent theft from occurring on myphonesite.com.

The first message from MPS arrived in my email inbox at 2:22 AM; at 2:24 AM I had no less than seven emails from panicked PSOs who use the site to conduct their phone sex business. While I was rather certain that I understood the notices from MPS to be professional notices warning those who are abusing the MPS platform that they are about to be busted — and not actually about any new policy changes, so many frantic emails had me concerned that I’d better be correct and not pass-along incorrect information. So I quickly contacted MPS. (Before my reply was sent, another dozen or so emails from worried PSOs had arrived.)

I have questions regarding the following emails (below) which are worded more frighteningly than I’d imagine one needs to use… I’d like clarification on these asap so as to avoid any problems. I thank you in advance for the professional courtesy of your reply.

One, regarding the photos: Are images such as logos and icons acceptable? I [use] the image/avatar I have used for years as that is far more recognizable online than my photo.

Two, regarding the “stealing” issue: Many PSOs and other professionals use multiple services for their work. Sometimes it is a competing site, such as NiteFlirt; other times it is for a service not offered by MPS (such as paid chat time, providing design services, etc.). I can understand that it would be stealing if a PSO (or MPS member) uses the MPS platform in any way (be it a link in a profile, a message on the MPS system, during a call, etc.) to lead a client to other payment options; but to say that “Anytime you do not use the system to complete pay per minute phone conversations” is not really a legal thing to say. We are not employees, we are not contracted to *only* use MPS. We are independent contractors paying to use the MPS platform services. To clarify my point, a PSO/MPS member may have options for payment on her website which includes MPS among others — but if that website is *not* linked to from MPS, it is not “stealing”. I would like clarification — clear definition — on this issue of stealing asap.

Just minutes after I sent my email to MPS, I had an official reply from Samantha — and minutes after that, I had her permission to share it with you.

The email was referencing providers not stealing on the MPS network, not telling the providers where they can work. We are aware providers use other services. However there has been an increasing amount of providers using MPS to find customers to pay them directly through Western Union, Paypal, etc. It’s crucial to stop the “bleeding” of loss prevention to keep the company viable.

It is acceptable to use logos and icons. We have been requested by providers that use the system as well as customers to review the system and remove items of concern as well as low quality listings. We hope it will help the providers that have fantastic sites/listings such as yourself with obtaining more traffic.

So, to repeat, things are as I thought. One, the matter of stealing was in reference to MPS policing policies already in place. Two, MPS is going about ridding the site of spam accounts. Both of which are better for all of us, really.

(It is also worth noting, again, that MPS has excellent support communication with PSOs.)

As is so often the case, the innocent worry they’ve done something wrong while the guilty folks just ignore the warnings. Most of you are likely doing nothing wrong, so you needn’t worry. Those of you who are cheating, abusing the MPS phone sex platform, you know who you are — and soon MPS will too and you’ll be gone.

Who Has More Traffic? Which Phone Sex Platform Site Is Biggest?

In reference to comments about NiteFlirt traffic and traffic in general at phone sex sites, Jack’s comment:

I’m a caller, not a PSO. I’ve checked the Alexa traffic of NF vs Myphonesite. MPS is ranked 152,726 while NF is ranked 22,139 (global ratings). [By] these figures NF has a higher traffic. Or is there a catch? I don’t know whether these figures are significant.

As I’ve said, Alexa is imperfect; but that doesn’t mean it should be completely ignored either.

For example, this screen capture was taken by me back in November, when I made my first draft of this post. Note how MPS had already increased its rank from the October rank of 22,139 to 53,950. That means MPS is growing. (You can click the images to see larger, more easy-to-read images.)

If you look at the Search Analytics tab for both NF and MPS, you will get a snapshot idea of what people had been searching for when they came to the sites. Clearly, specific NF users (both PSOs and client IDs) are commonly searched for in terms of finding NF itself (which lends more data in the direction of PSOs using the site), while the most common searching for MPS is related to the site’s name itself (and, currently, “sissy phone” is in the number four spot) which proves the MPS name is getting out there.

These screen captures were taken on 1/29/13; and are likely to change. So checking back again (and again) will yield varied results. That’s great stuff for data junkies — which is why I suggest moderation in any and all data consumption. (Periodic, but not fanatical, checking is wise to see if there’s something new to learn, something you might tweak to get better results. Over-zealous checking and rechecking is not only a huge time-suck, but likely only keeps you running in circles after your own tail.)

However, the reality of the phone sex business for independent PSOs is not about which platform site is the largest in terms of Alexa ranking or even traffic. Can you guess why it’s not?

Do you know what is important about phone sex platforms?

Do you know what is most important in terms of getting callers?

About The Verified Call Platform: The Exclusive Interview With Kurt Vogner

Kurt Vogner, a former vice president at Match.com and an early contributor at SFGate.com, launched VerifiedCall.com last spring. After reading about Verified Call — and watching to see about its survival, yours truly set out to get the interview…

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Hello Kurt, and thanks for making the time for the interview. Introduce us to Verified Call, please.

Verified Call is a platform that allows consulting professionals from lawyers to therapists as well as celebrities, entertainers and performers to speak to customers and fans via a secure phone connection. Verified Call is easy to set up, safe to use, completely secure, and profitable from the very first call. Each person that uses the platform is given their own unique profile page in addition to the ability to integrate Verified Call’s technology within their own websites.

Verified Call is headquartered in San Francisco, California. Over the course of 2012, Verified Call has added over 400 new accounts with new account holders being added daily. The full rosters of the agencies Foxxx Modeling, OC Modeling, LA Direct and hundreds of individuals have accounts with Verified Call.

I’ve read about VerifiedCall on sites like XBIZ and AVN and so I gather adult conversation is allowed; but is this a phone sex site?

Verified Call is not a phone sex site. It actually isn’t a “site” at all as it is not an online destination. You’ll notice from visiting the site that there is no listing of account holders nor any search function to see who uses the service.

Verified Call is more similar to an online service like PayPal. We create the ability for individuals to allow fans to connect, compensate and call. In the same way that PayPal provides online retailers to offer a payment option for its shoppers, we allow individual sites, agency and pay sites, etc. the ability to provide voice interaction between account holder and customer.

For those who do not have a full site to promote their account, we provide a customized and personalized short code for them to distribute through social media to their fans.

Just to clarify, however, phone sex is allowed at Verified Call, correct?

We do not restrict the conversations that our account holders have. We have lawyers, therapists, adult performers who all use the platform. What they talk about with their clients and customers is entirely up to them.

Does a person need to be “famous” in order to use Verified Call?

No, a person does not need to be famous. It helps as they have a larger fan base to promote their availability, but it is not required to have an account.

Since celebrities often operate under performance names, authors with pen names, etc. does that mean a person need not use their legal name when using the Verified Call platform?

Account holders are not required to use their legal name when promoting their Verified Call account. However, their legal name must be given during the verification process for legal and payout information so they can collect their earnings.

Does everyone need to be verified?

Every single user must be verified. There are no blind accounts nor are there accounts that say they connect to one person but actually connect to another (or service)

What’s involved in the verification process?

Every account is verified by a human account coordinator on the Verified Call team. The verification process involves an email exchange, a live phone call, information exchange and finally proof of identification through twitter or Facebook posts.

How secure and private is such information kept?

The information is amazingly secure and kept on two different 256-bit SSL encrypted non-redundant servers…account holders information is split in a way that in the unlikely event that one of the servers is hacked, the information wouldn’t correspond to any other information that could be used to correlate the identification or contact information of our account holders.

How are payments collected and disbursed?

Verified Call handles all billing and collections from customers through online credit card payment with double opt-in approvals, reducing charge backs by 99%. Individual account holder revenue is distributed on a selected schedule and through a variety of methods (check, electronic payment, etc.). Every minute of every call that an account holder participates is paid 100% of the time and at 100% of the account holders desired rate.

So the caller / fan pays the fees; is that correct?

Yes, 100% of the rate that an account holder wants to make is paid to them. If an account holder wants to make $5 per minute for their time ($300 an hour) – they will make that amount. The fees that the caller pays (such as processing and connection fees) is paid to Verified Call. It is similar to buying concert tickets for $50 with a $7.50 “processing and handling fee” on top of the ticket charge. 

Are there now, or will there be, options for texting, sending stories, images, etc. digitally? What about tangible items, such as signed photographs, etc.?

There are several roll outs and expansions of the product scheduled for 2013.

Any sneak peaks or hints about the 2013 features? (“Pretty please,” she said with a little pout.)

Many have asked for hints. Its not that we’re trying to be sneaky, its just that the products are different than what is currently available and we’d rather not announce them until they are completed and ready to roll out.

Ah, well, I tried… 

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Kurt’s a nice guy, and Verified Call sounds like a great new platform; even nicer since we’ve got the info straight from the horse’s mouth. (The callers pay the fees?! Ah-maz-balls!) But before you click on over to Verified Call and fill out the application, there are a few things I’d like to point out.

(Actually, Kurt’s pointed them out; I’m just going to clarify what they mean for you.)

First, that whole part about Verified Call not being “an online destination,” about  “no listing of account holders nor any search function,” means there’s no directory, top list, nor any built-in traffic. That means those non-famous phone sex operators who use Verified Call will need to be savvy marketers, not only creating a fan base, but driving those fans to their business. (Frankly, it’s not that much different from how it really works at the other platform sites; but there’s no leg up here.) But don’t read “profitable from the first call” and overlook this fact. For most PSOs, there will be some cost in websites, blogging, etc. in order to get calls at Verified Call.

Second, with the required verification process, it is not as instant to start as some of the other platforms. But then that verification is the whole point: callers know you are you, and not pretending to be someone else. It’s worth something, so be willing to wait for it.

I, for one, am certainly going to look into adding Verified Call to my options. Especially after he teased about what’s coming in 2013.

UPDATE: Verified Call has changed their billing. Callers no longer pay the fees and Verified Call takes a cut — a rather undisclosed cut. Using the operator rate calculator, it seems Verified is now taking 25% of calls. I tried to reach Kurt & Verified for comment & the opportunity to discuss any other news, but no one relied.

A New & Reliable Phone Sex Platform Site For Independents

I’ve spent the last few months playing with the latest phone sex platform, which seems not only trustworthy, but bankable: My Phone Site. In fact, I’ve found the site so nice that I’ve moved a number of my PSO consultation clients and phone sex fantasy callers there.

Like the others, this platform takes the typical 30%. Clients may, connect via the web, and be a member, or just dial using the PSOs extention.

The primary differences to this new phone sex site, are as follows:

* There are no taboos. This means you can talk about what you want, how you want — as long as you keep the laws of your local community in mind.

* There are no limits to what you can sell. This means you can sell your time, via phone, as well as offer digital sales via messages, as per NiteFlirt & TalkSugar — but you can also sell other add-ons the other sites do not allow, such as blocks of time in chat as well as tangible or non-digital items that you physically ship, such as photos, panties, etc. This allows you to greatly expand your independent phone sex business as you wish.

* There is an affiliate program. Which means you can promote your own business and make a little extra money as well as make money off promoting other PSOs, especially during times you are not available.

* More options for promotion. You get a free subdomain (with the option to use your own domain, if you’ve bought one), which means you can retain more of your own clients. Albeit this means more direct promotion on your own, but there aren’t any limits on the links out that you have. (I.E. You can have a links page to a main blog which does not need to be approved for content by the platform site.)  UPDATE Here. Plus, there are other options too. You may join the phone sex top list, post your own blogs, etc. for free. And, should you wish to invest in it, you may opt to pay for additional marketing services.

* The option to hire your own PSOs. As the website owner, you can allow others to join you in your phone sex business — including setting the operator’s per minute rate and percentage rate. (Example: you may decide to allow an operator to work on your website, and set the operator’s per minute rate to $2.00/minute and percentage to 50%. This would mean that the operator keeps 50% of all call transactions, and you would keep the remaining 20%.) Remember, in exchange, you take responsibility for marketing the site, assisting the PSOs, etc.

* There are no limits to the number of sites or personalities you have. In the beginning, there may be a limit — until MyPhoneSite believes you will keep up with your site. But keep up with your business and you won’t be limited to the number of times a telephone number or credit card is used to register. Those of you with multiple phone sex personalities can even have them on the same site and manage them all with one group login.

* More features? There are semi-regular newsletters and updates for MyPhoneSite website owners, which is rather refreshing and inspiring in this industry.

PS All of this is also available for non-adult phone services such as fortune tellers, mainstream consultants, etc. as well.

UPDATE 2/29/2016: Please read this update!

Phone Sex Service Platforms For The Work From Home Independent PSO

One of the easiest ways to become an independent work at home phone sex operator is to use a platform company — a company that provides the technological backbone in terms of verifying adult callers, performing the billing, connecting the calls, and disbursing fees to the PSO. These service platform companies are like eBay or PayPal; they offer the transaction technology for a slice of the action.

The average slice they take is roughly 30%.

Some will be aghast at such a large cut in each transaction, but with phone sex platforms you have the following benefits:

* No start up costs.

* A web presence along with a telephone number.

* Built-in customer base and expected growth due to their marketing efforts.

* The platform’s established presence and reputation translates to greater client trust in entering their billing information.

* A network of other PSOs for support.

* Work your own hours, whenever you want, from wherever you choose

The two main phone sex service platforms are Nite Flirt and Talk Sugar (closed in 2013). Primarily, they both do the same thing, but there are a few differences:

* Nite Flirt is a US company and Talk Sugar is Canadian, which in this economy and the current state of the US dollar, likely means more to Canadian PSOs than it once did.

* Nite Flirt is the more established company; however, since it sold off Keen (the non-adult version of the site which was purchased by AT&T) there’s been new ownership — and the required transition from the proprietary technology beneath it hasn’t gone as smoothly as anyone would like. However, the new company is responsive to PSO issues via their forum and I can attest to the reliability of payments etc.

* Nite Flirt was the only platform with the option for direct deposit of funds into your bank account (electronic payments via Automated Clearing House or ACH), as well as paper checks mailed to you. However, Talk Sugar has just began direct deposit and wire options. Now the real difference is that Talk Sugar’s minimum is $50; Nite Flirt’s is $10.

* Perhaps the biggest difference between the phone sex platforms is the fact that Talk Sugar limits the number of characters you can have. When you’re just starting out, one is likely as much as you can handle, but, whether you have plans to expand now or not, you should know the imitations going in.

Like eBay and PayPal, both Talk Sugar and Nite Flirt have terms of service (TOS) which are nonnegotiable. You don’t always have to agree with them or follow their reason’s why, but you do have to follow them.

If/when you try to test them, you will be “kicked off” the service and you have very little recourse to return or even receive any outstanding funds owed to you. It is primarily the folks who test the system and get caught who create “I hate” sites about these phone sex platforms or otherwise devote a great deal of time badmouthing them on the web (and, presumably, elsewhere). I won’t go so far as to say no one has ever been booted from either site for “unfair” or ambiguous reasons; but like eBay and PayPal — who both have their loud detractors, the majority of us manage to follow the rules and get along just fine.

If you have any questions or concerns about the policies and rules, both sites have forums for their PSOs. Use them.

And remember, if you were completely independent, you’d have to follow the TOS of your merchant account or billing service and any other service you used or contracted with. Rules are, in fact, everywhere.

Over all, phone sex service platforms are the easiest way to be an independent phone sex operator.

UPDATE: 9/20/2011  I review the latest phone sex platform for independent PSOs, MyPhoneSite

UPDATE: 11/19/2012  I Interview Kurt Vogner, president of the new Verified Call platform.