Backpage raises rates again, escort-ad revenue jumps 55 percent

01 Apr 2013
Thanks to a rate increase of almost 250 percent in some cases, Backpage.com generated a 55 percent increase in revenue in February from online prostitution advertising in 23 U.S. cities. It was the second time in four months that Backpage, the nation’s leading publisher of online prostitution advertising, raised rates. The most recent increases came mainly in the cost to repost ads automaticall


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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.