Backpage’s escort-ad revenue drops 1.4 percent in June

08 Aug 2011
By Mark A. Whittaker ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (Aug. 5, 2011) – Revenue from escort and body-rub advertising at Backpage.com, the classified-advertising site owned by Village Voice Media, declined 1.4 percent in June to $1.95 million, the AIM Group estimated. Despite the slight decline at Backpage, that site and others that advertise prostitution services collectively continued t


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Mark Whittaker

Mark Whittaker joined the AIM Group as sales director in March 2009. His career in newspapers spans 30 years as a reporter, editor and online manager. He spent seven years as online managing editor and online director for PittsburghLive.com and the Tribune-Review Publishing Co. in Pittsburgh, and later worked as interactive media director for Beaver Newspapers Inc. in suburban Pittsburgh. At Beaver Newspapers, he was responsible for day-to-day advertising, design and operation of the company’s Web sites, supervising a staff of eight. At Tribune-Review, he oversaw about 20 Web sites, including ad sales, coordination between the Web sites and affiliated newspapers, and negotiating partnership agreements. He is based near Pittsburgh.