I have been visiting several Escort Clubs in Second Life by now and I took a job in a bar in the red light district. All the places I visited had one thing in common: no clients! On the other side of the coin, I saw lots of advertising boards for escort girls.
They look like this:
You can find them in all regions where escort services are offered. This one is actually on dedicated escort advertising region. So not only that there is little demand, in addition there is a lot of competition! It feels as if there are more escorts in Second Life than clients.
I have not finished my investigations yet. I still want to talk to some insiders such as Escort Girls, Club owners and the likes, but so far my pre-conclusion is: the escort business in Second Life is dead, dead, dead!
It doesn’t surprise me really, I almost expected this to be the outcome, i might be wrong though.
There is actually a quick way to find out, how much something may be in demand. We know that people use Search Engines to find out stuff about Second Life. In fact this blog gets hits from Google under Second Life related search terms as well.
Here a list of search terms relater to the topic escorts, people used when they found this blog. The number behind the term is the amount of views related to the search term. In other words: 24 people searched for “the best escort in second life” and found my blog (which ranks first page under most of these search terms).
- the best escort in second life 24
- second life escort 4
- sex on second life 4
- confessions of an escort 3
- escort confessions 2
- sex in second life 2
- escorting in second life 2
- how much is secondlife escort 2
- escort freebies 1
Google also is offering a tool, which allows you to find out how often a certain phrase is searched for in Google. I checked it out:
The term “second life sex” as an exact phrase is searched for 6.600 times per month, whilst the term “second life escort” is searched for only 210 times per month. If you expand this to a broad search (means including all possible variations and combinations of the search term) you end up with 18.000 searches for “sex in second life” and only 1.000 searches for phrases related to second life escort.
In conclusion: yes there is demand for escorts in second life, but very little. The reason seams obvious: There is so much free adult content in Second Life, that it simply makes no sense to pay for adult entertainment.
Really? No, wait a minute!
Adult entertainment is not limited to Escorting right? What a about porn? Think about it: There are about 18.000 searches done for “second life sex” and about 4.000 searches for “second life porn” done every month.
That sounds like the better option. What do you think? How could one turn all this obvious demand into money? Anyone got an idea for a business model?