The Reason Why Porn Bots Follow You On Tumblr And Why Tumblr Doesn't Care
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Today I dive into the world of porn bots searching for the truth. What I found was pretty disturbing.

The Reason Why Porn Bots Follow You On Tumblr And Why Tumblr Doesn't Care

"Oh! I got a new follower! People liked my posts.....no wait.....just a porn bot." Does this sound familiar? Today I dive into the world of porn bots. And I found some pretty disturbing stuff.

For this post, I interviewed someone who actually runs some porn bots on Tumblr, as well as people who run blogs of this nature to understand why this happens and how.

These users agreed to chat with me anonymously to get an inside look at their business.

The first thing you may be wondering is if people actually click on the links from the porn blogs. The answer?

Yes. They do. People clicked and viewed and followed a lot more several years ago, but they do still click, which is why you still see porn blogs around Tumblr.

What do these clicks do? You guessed it. They lead to money.

There are too many schemes and versions of porn bots for me to cover all of them, but I'll go over 3 basic areas: how they reach out, what they're trying to get you to do, and how they make money.

1) How they reach out

In the earlier days of Tumblr, before everybody had been spammed heavily by porn bots, the automatic following of thousands of users per day would drive real viewers to follow the porn bot Tumblr accounts. They would build up followers and get people to click on their links.

Each promoter would usually have more than one account and spread them across Tumblr to target users. The sole goal was to get attention.

If they followed you and liked your posts, there is a chance you'd check out their profile and get interested.

"I think I had around 200 Tumblrs under my control at the time. I bought a popular bot that was on market, plugged the accounts in, and the bot did the rest.

It posted, followed, liked, and reblogged."

"I can't remember the exact numbers, but I believe I followed 200 Tumblrs per day per account and pretty quickly, I started seeing activity on my account.

I think at my peak, I had over 70k followers on my biggest account."

"Why did I stop? Well everybody started doing it. Things got way too crowded. It was good while it lasted"

This particular bot manager did not think he was the biggest network of porn bots.

It seems very possible somebody could have been running thousands of accounts with millions of followers a few years back.

These days, a lot more bots target your personal messages. It's more personal than following in mass.

2. What these bots want you to do

Usually, these bots are trying to get you to click on a link. The link is usually linked under one of their images. But this isn't always the case.

Bots several years back sometimes were built specifically to help Google search rankings. Google determines search rankings based on how many web pages reference a specific web page.

Every time somebody liked or reblogged one of the porn posts, it would add a new link back to the bot creator's website, telling Google "this post is good, rank it higher."

Both Google and Tumblr have gotten smarter so this is no longer the case.

In most cases, the bots are trying to convince you to click on a link. The link could be to a number of things. Usually, it's to a porn website filled with ads.

Sometimes it's to a live webcam or chat session. Other times it's to products. And sometimes, even to computer viruses (though rare).

3. How these bots make money

As mentioned earlier, the entire goal for these bots is to make money. How they make money depends on where the link they post leads to.

I'll start with the common ones and end with the most shocking.

If a bot is pointing towards a porn website filled with ads, the bot owner makes a fraction of a cent every time somebody opens the webpage to view porn on his/her website.

Multiply that by a big number and these bot owners could make a decent profit.

Some of these porn sites have a payment required to view certain porn videos, making more money. And yes, some (though few) do pay.

Sometimes the links lead to girls on camera. These usually involve people tipping the performer and paying to either join the chat or have the person do something.

Sometimes these are actually live. Sometimes it's just a recording.

The most disturbing....and most surprising came from the scenarios where the goal was to link people to a chat or start a conversation.

These conversations would involve a real person on the other end, chatting with the sole goal of getting money. In some cases, a real trust would be made before the ask.....

"I can't make my rent this month....can you help me?? I promise I'll pay you back ;)"

"I really like you and I'd like to see you but I can't afford a plane ticket"

These are just some of the lines that these chatters used to get the unwitting person on the other end to give money.

"These conversations were all psychological. We very specifically targeted people who looked like they had money. We didn't want to hurt anybody or take money from anybody who really needed it."

"In some ways we were giving people companionship and nudes. The experience felt real. In retrospect, I do feel guilty."

For these specific cases, all the bot runner had to do was trick 1 person to make significant money. Scary.....

Between all of the people I interviewed, they generally agreed that porn on Tumblr was no longer very profitable and that people were now much more educated about these scams.

The effectiveness has died down.

I did have one last question for these bot managers. Why did Tumblr not just ban these bots?

While nobody knew for sure, one thing was certain: Porn content gave Tumblr a lot of visitors.

Most of Tumblr's most popular search terms are sexual and many of Tumblr's top google rankings are also sexual in nature.

By banning the porn bots, Tumblr would eliminate a big source of visitors.

While we aren't sure about that answer, keeping millions of more people on the Tumblr site does seem like a convincing reason.

So next time you see a Tumblr bot. Hopefully you have a better idea of why.

Thank you to all the anonymous sources that spoke to me for this article.

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