Adult marketing on Google Friend Connect


Tired of Making Chump Change Online?

It appears Google’s Friend Connect/Blog follower feature allows users to fly topless pictures.  Add this to a mix of high volume “social”-enabled blogs and hilarity (and traffic) ensues.

Here’s an example from a fairly popular blog:

The racy profile pic will appear first under the Google Friend Connect/Follower area.  Click Here.

When you click the profile, you get link outs outside of the Google network.  Click Here.

Some issues that come to mind:
Untargeted traffic usually don’t convert well.  However, assuming the right mix of blogs are tagged, a heavy volume would offset the lack of targeting.
Age-sensitivity issues for Google.  This widget could very well appear on blogs visited by minors.  That won’t be a good thing for big G.  Maybe an age-filtering system for profile pics?
Scope and reach.  Just how do profile marketers know which blogs to visit so their profile pic appears?  There’s quite a lot of blog metric tools out there, along with platform information to address this issue.
The deal killer: heavy traffic blogs have a lot of user “churn”.  Sure, your click magnet profile pic might appear once but it is quickly flushed as more users visit the blog.

Other thoughts:  A better approach would probably involve posting only bikini (PG-13 type) shots instead of topless pics.  Probably would result in less banning :)  This would probably work for both mainstream and adult themed sites although the adult sites would probably convert better–due to thematic proximity between picture and target site.


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