I haven’t blogged here as much recently. Part of the reason was that I took it easy over the summer but the main reason is that I have begun writing for the Vivastreet Blog, two posts a month, and that has sapped a fair amount of my patience for sitting at a laptop and writing about escorting! And I have also started working with Vivastreet on an escort podcast, which also requires a bit of preparation.
I feel a bit stilted and silly writing the Vivastreet blogs because I have been giving sort of general advice to escorts and, although I guess I secretly love to give advice, I am aware that my advice probably isn’t suitable for everyone. I only know what works for me and the way I work – there are lots of different ways to work and something I may never consider doing could be just perfect for someone else. But, I write what I believe to be true for myself and my escorting friends.
But for my escort podcast with Vivastreet, I’m trying to focus more on information for clients. Vivastreet’s marketing director and I get together on Skype and talk about different topics. I reprised my blog post on Visiting an Escort in a Hotel and I thought it came off rather well. Then, we recorded some tips based on my post How To Get The Most Bang For Your Buck: Tips on Booking An Independent Escort . This time, we sorted out some of the audio quality issues. If you’d like to hear it (and hear my grating American accent) you can listen to it here:
Apparently, it’s also on iTunes where one can subscribe. I don’t know why anyone would want to subscribe to hearing me babble but there you go.
I’ve noticed that at the start of the podcast, Damian plugs Vivastreet’s new video feature for escort’s profiles. That is something I am going to have to get done – just as soon as I get a chance to have someone hold the camera for me! I’ve looked at the videos on other profiles and I’m a bit intimidated… most of them are of girls caressing their boobs and looking lasciviously at the camera and I’m not sure I can do that. But I will think of something – perhaps a quick “about me” introduction video… with or without breast caressing.
Recently, fired up with the desire to stop being so complacent and relying entirely on Adultwork for bookings, I resolved to put real effort into my personal website, look for as many free directories as possible and spend a bit of cash on other advertising. I considered anywhere I thought I could effectively market myself as an independent mature escort.
I’ve talked about Vivastreet before, and how my experiences haven’t been great. In spite of the fact that they rank very high on just about any escort-related Google search, and in spite of their fantastic customer service, the relatively high cost of advertising with them hasn’t generally paid off for me in the past. This has been because, while the phone would certainly ring, the vast majority of callers were from generally undesirable fellows.
But, curious to see if linking a well-made website would make a difference, I put an advert on Vivastreet a couple of weeks ago. I bypassed most of the expensive upsells like the VIP carousel, featuring, and automatic reposting, but did spend a bit extra to be able to move my location for touring and being able to link to my website. It cost just over £100 for the month – a relatively large investment compared to many other directories and Adultwork, but it would only take one booking to be paid for.
As previously, things didn’t get off to a great start. The phone began to ring immediately but they were almost all men that I didn’t want to see: asking daft questions, using crude language, asking me for services that I don’t provide. However, I did get one hour booking from it that first week and so I didn’t lose money on it.
After a week or so, the phone stopped ringing as much as my advert dropped down the page, beneath all the featured profiles and beneath the more recently-added non-featured profiles. And then, just this week, something strange happened: I started getting high-quality inquiries and bookings. February is a notoriously slow month in this industry and if I’d been relying entirely on Adultwork I would have been unhappy. But every day this week I have had one or two good hour-long bookings with very nice men who had read my entire profile and sometimes even clicked through and read every word of my website and blog!
As I’ve said before in my advice post, “How To Get The Most Bang For Your Buck” taking a bit of time selecting the right escort can make the difference between a fantastic experience and a bitterly-regretted waste of money. I find the experience more enjoyable on my end, as well, because I’m more likely to meet the client’s expectations and we’re both more relaxed.
I’m not sure why suddenly Vivastreet has been working for me. Is it just a fluke? Or is it because I’ve linked my website and it’s attracting the more discerning client? Perhaps it is because I’m now buried about three pages down and only the clients determined to book an independent mature escort would find my phone number.
I asked my clients this week how they used Vivastreet and why they selected me. All of them said that they had used the search feature to narrow down the selection to find specifically an independent mature escort. Obviously, these were all gentlemen who booked me, so that makes sense. But when I am featured and displayed on the front page to those who don’t search, then I get a lot of calls from men who don’t seem appropriate for me.
I know that Vivastreet works hard to market the website – even going so far as to launch a controversial campaign with mobile billboards and bus stop posters. This put them out there in the “real world” – catching the eyes of men who might otherwise have never thought to look for an escort. Meanwhile, Adultwork tends to be very far down in the search engine rankings, buried many pages deep if you come across them at all. I sometimes wonder how clients even learn of Adultwork’s existence – perhaps through blogs like this one or on escorts’ twitter accounts? This does mean that Vivastreet is appealing to a more naive sort of punter, some of whom seem to have very little idea of how any of this works. But, perhaps that’s preferable to the very jaded punter “hobbyists” who think they know everything!
Vivastreet also reaches out to escorts directly – they have a representative who posts to the main UK escorts forum, answering questions and taking on our feedback. A few months ago, some of us complained that our adverts were getting buried by the agency profiles and Vivastreet separated them so that clients could look at one or the other category. And they have very good customer service: whenever there’s been an issue with one of my adverts, a phone call usually sorts it straight away. This is a stark contrast to Adultwork, who are aloof and anonymous and sometimes downright unhelpful.
I’m really encouraged by this and I am going to continue advertising with Vivastreet for the foreseeable future. I think it has become an excellent advertising medium for the independent mature escort.
In the past, I have blogged about my experiences with some of the escort directories in the UK. For a long time I have been saying that I need to get out of the Adultwork rut: it’s too easy to become over-reliant on AW. AW is by far the busiest escort directory in the UK and it is absolutely possible to make your living advertising solely on that site. However, if the website goes down, then what do we all do?
Also, it is not unheard of for someone’s profile to simply be removed from Adultwork for what may seem to be spurious reasons. The reasons are not spurious to AW, who has the unenviable task of trying to weed out as many scammers as possible, but because they are so overwhelmed, they don’t have the time to fully research every complaint about every profile. For example, it is against the AW rules to use your main photos anywhere else on the Internet. Unfortunately, scammers will steal photos and put them elsewhere either on their own fake profiles or in order to make a wannabe new directory look as if it is full of good information. So, your photos end up somewhere else without your knowledge and AW just suspends your profile. You then have to grovel to get it back.
There are SO MANY directories out there, and it can be hard to figure which ones are worth the time and money to advertise on. I have two methods to try and do this. One is to ask friends where they advertise. This is sometimes helpful but since every girl is different, not entirely reliable. Another is to Google things like “Mature Escorts in Manchester” or “Independent Escorts in London.” Amid all of the agency sites, there will be several directories and one can assume that at least some clients are going to find the same places.
I have spent a lot of my time today attempting to add myself to various directories, focusing primarily on the ones that are either free or very inexpensive. Thus far that has been BackPage (who are now back with a workaround to their legal problem accepting credit cards), Pleasure To Meet You, AdultZone, Escort.co.uk, and Ace Massage. There may be a couple of other ones in there, as well, but I am honestly not sure! They start to blur together after a while.
My experience with Adultzone has been particularly positive: their prices are very reasonable and their customer service via email is great. Sharon helped me link my website to my advert very quickly. And, I have to say that not only do I get calls from Adultzone, the gentlemen who call me always tell me which website they found me on. It can be a real headache to try and keep track of where calls are coming from, as a lot of my callers don’t seem to know exactly which web sites they’ve looked at. Like I said, they can all blur together – but somehow Adultzone manages to stand out.
The easiest site to use is PTMU.co.uk – Pleasure To Meet You is somehow connected to Vivastreet and is absolutely free. The layout is just lovely and easy to navigate for both service providers and service seekers. You can update your information quickly and it automatically zips to the top of the page. My friend in London says it works well for her but I haven’t had any bookings from it, myself. However, since it’s free and easy, I do refresh my profile regularly.
The one I am holding back on for now is VivaStreet. VivaStreet is a big, busy site that has done a fine job of marketing themselves on billboards and have gotten themselves to the top of Google. But nearly every girl I know who advertised on Viva has found it to be a bit of a nightmare because of the caliber of clients who call – that is to say oddballs who ask creepy questions or want to haggle over rates. I may get three dozen calls before accepting a booking. And they are expensive compared to most other sites. That said, they do get the phone ringing and I really cannot fault their customer service. I will probably try them again in the near future.
Herein lies the paragraph for the search engines:
In this paragraph I say a bunch of stuff about the fact that I am an independent escort in Manchester, as well as the fact that I am a mature escort who is (sometimes) in London, and just generally an American call-girl who provides incalls and outcalls and that sort of thing.
Mature American Escort in England… visiting a city near you soon!