Six Figures From a Tube Site – Month-by-Month Analysis of “Journey to 1 million visits per month” (Part 1)

Building a successful tube site in the adult content world is a journey full of challenges and rewards. Today, I’m kicking off a series inspired by a journey that motivated me to start my own passive income porn site. This journey was documented by Deleted member 1268968 on the BlackHatWorld forum. You can read the entire forum post here, or you can follow this detailed month-by-month summary of the journey to building a successful tube site, based on the analysis of the forum post “Journey to 1 million visits per month [ADULT TUBE]” by Deleted member 1268968.

May 2019

  • Starting Out: Began the journey with a general adult tube site.
  • Goals: Build traffic through social media (Twitter, Reddit, other tubes), generate €5 in ad revenue, and have 50 users per day.
  • Content Strategy: Manually edited and watermarked the first 500 videos, adding custom intros and embedded watermarks.

June 2019

  • Early Efforts: Began uploading 5-10 videos daily, optimizing for SEO, and promoting content on social media.
  • Traffic and Revenue: Reached nearly 1 euro per day in earnings, with increasing organic traffic and improving bounce rates.
  • Challenges: Faced a police raid, resulting in the seizure of computer and phone, which severely impacted content creation capabilities.

July 2019

  • Traffic Drop: Experienced a significant drop in traffic, likely due to reduced Reddit postings. Traffic is now at 274 daily users.
  • Backlink Strategy: Increased backlinks, but with some concerns about the quality and impact on traffic.
  • Goals: Set new goals, including generating €60 in ad revenue, and considered building a separate niche website.

August 2019

  • Reddit Traffic Surge: A viral Reddit post led to a significant spike in traffic, although the bounce rate suffered.
  • Revenue Increase: Earned around $20 in a single day from Reddit traffic.
  • Traffic Quality: Observed better traffic quality with niche content compared to the generic tube.

September 2019

  • Steady Growth: Continued to build traffic, focusing on niche content.
  • Challenges: Faced issues with server stability and targeted keyword rankings.
  • Traffic and Revenue: Revenue remained modest, but the site began showing signs of organic growth.

October 2019

  • SEO Improvements: Continued to optimize for SEO, targeting specific keywords.
  • Traffic Strategy: Shifted focus from social media to building organic traffic through SEO and backlinks.
  • Revenue: Saw gradual improvements in revenue, but still faced challenges in reaching significant earnings.

November 2019

  • Major Backlink: Secured a significant backlink from a high-traffic site, boosting traffic.
  • Technical Issues: Dealt with malware on the server, causing redirects and affecting site performance.
  • Revenue: Revenue reached $240 for the month, compared to $178 in October.

December 2019

  • Traffic Recovery: Managed to restore traffic after technical issues.
  • Revenue: Continued to see modest improvements in revenue.
  • Long-term Goals: Focused on reaching 1 million visitors per month, maintaining consistent effort despite challenges.

January 2020

  • Organic Traffic Growth: Finally out of the sandbox with 1000 users/day. Began seeing improvements in organic traffic.
  • Revenue: Doubled revenue compared to the previous months.
  • New Initiatives: Started a new family adult content network site, expanding the business.

February 2020 to May 2020

  • Steady Progress: Continued to build traffic and revenue, focusing on organic growth and SEO.
  • Technical Challenges: Faced occasional server issues and targeted attacks.
  • Revenue: Maintained a steady increase in revenue, aiming for higher monthly earnings.

June 2020 to August 2020

  • Significant Milestones: Reached 126,301 unique visitors/month.
  • Revenue Growth: Saw substantial revenue growth, achieving $200 per day at times.
  • SEO Dominance: Began to dominate target keywords, significantly boosting organic traffic.

September 2020

  • Maintaining Growth: Focused on sustaining traffic and revenue growth. Now at 168,290 monthly users.
  • Challenges: Continued to deal with technical issues and competition in the niche. Switched to KVS Ultimate from AdultScriptPro.
  • Long-term Strategy: Aimed to further solidify the site’s position and explore additional revenue streams.

December 2020

Significant Milestones: Reached 126,301 unique visitors/month.

January 2021 to April 2021

  • Peak Performance: Achieved peak traffic and revenue, with significant daily visitors. Site was doing 250,000 to 300,000 unique visitors per month and grew to 500,000 visitors per month in a few weeks. Ranking #1 on targeted keyword in target geo.
  • Future Plans: Considered expanding the network of sites and exploring new niches.
  • Reflection: Reflected on the journey, acknowledging the hard work and persistence required to succeed.

April 2021 to December 2021

  • Peak Performance: Trending towards 1 million monthly visitors at 800,000/month. On October 7th, hit 1.3 million visitors/month.
  • Milestones: Expanded to multiple sites, reaching over 7 million monthly users combined.
  • Personal Milestones: Overcame personal challenges, including time in prison, while still growing the business​​.

May 2022

Peak Performance: The site is now at 2.1 million per month.

June 2023

Peak Performance: The site is now at 7 million per month for the first site with a combined total of 10 million visitors per month combined from all sites.

Tube Site Unique Visitors/Day Plot (18-months)

The chart illustrates the daily visitor progression of the tube site from May 2019 to December 2020.

Initially, the traffic was modest, with gradual increases in the first few months. However, as the months progressed, there was a noticeable upward trend, particularly from June 2020 onwards, where traffic surged significantly, reaching up to 15,000 by the end of 2020.

This remarkable growth underscores the importance of playing the long game. It highlights that persistent efforts, consistent content creation, and strategic SEO practices can lead to substantial financial rewards over time. Success doesn’t come overnight, but with patience and dedication, long-term gains can be achieved.


The journey to building a successful tube site was marked by persistent effort, strategic SEO, and continuous adaptation to challenges. Despite initial setbacks and technical issues, the site ultimately achieved significant traffic and revenue, demonstrating the rewards of perseverance and trust in the process.

This analysis was made possible by using AI to sift through and extract valuable insights from 102 pages of the forum post “Journey to 1 million visits per month [ADULT TUBE].” If you’re on a similar path, trust the process, stay consistent, and the rewards will follow.

Final Notes from Deleted Member 1268968:

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