The Guardian reported that in the United Kingdom, porn sites get more online traffic compared with social networking sites (such as Facebook and LinkedIn), shopping websites or news agencies.  According to the article, 8.5 percent of online clicks are directed to legal porn sites. This figure even exceeded the worldwide average of Internet traffic on porn sites, which is 7.7 percent. Additionally, research shows that the most popular porn site in the world gets at least 4 billion page views and 350 million unique visitors monthly. These statistics lead to the question “What makes porn so popular?.”

Back in the days, pornography was expensive. Albeit being legal in most parts of the world, interdictions, regulation and certain constraints on distribution of pornographic materials contribute to the cost of porn streaming. Before the Internet era, porn can only be viewed on cinemas or privately through videotapes and CDs. When Internet was introduced, porn makers seize it as an opportunity to expand their business and go digital. In fact, by year 2000, at least 3,000 porn sites were active online.

Pornography is a profitable industry since there is high demand for it. Just create a site with loads of adult content, integrate a billing software and voila, you can now earn money easily. As the Internet speed got faster, porn makers invested more on clips and movies tackling sex or adult themes. Prostitution also became digital. In fact, online escorts illuminate how the digital format delivers exceptional results for these businesses.

Top Porn Websites

If you’ll ask Alexa, a subsidiary of Amazon that monitors and tracks web traffic across the globe, XVideos is the most visited porn site, followed by xHamster and PornHub. The combined worth of these three sites is a whopping $116 million. Other more familiar porn sites that made it to the Top 10 are Redtube, YouPorn,Youjizz and Tube 8, each valued for at least $3 million.

The popularity of porn sites has reached even the conservative Muslim countries. Huffington Post reported that porn sites are among the most visited sites in Egypt, Lebanon and Tunisia. Even some religious people in the Vatican City are downloading porn using torrent. Interestingly, The Economist showed the top searched porn terms in some countries. These include lesbian in the United States, teen in Canada, wife in Japan, anal in Russia and mom in Egypt.