I'm writing this not as the most successful cam model in the business, but as a cam model who has seen way too many models fail. I'm also referring to female models, males have different challenges plus a different clientele.
I have been a cam model for about ten years. My situation was that I had a full time career type job, but I needed additional funds for a boob enhancement. I was a very athletic B cup but wanted more, for my own self esteem. Initially I spent way too much time researching the various cam sites, trying not to get taken by the outrageous claims of income. Eventually I settled on LJ and mfc.
Both token sites, I did make money from my beginning but I was only able to cam for about two hrs ea nite. I realized that I probably would age out before I realized my goal........ I was looking at like 9,000$ plus!
I soon jumped into porn, was able to find a reputable agent, made a few trips to LA......and accomplished my goal, while camming as well. Doing porn shoots was an awesome learning experience, about me, the adult biz, and insights into our potential clients. TBH more than I wanted to know. Long story short, I accomplished my goal......
I strongly believe that a woman has to be comfortable with her own sexuality to succeed in the adult biz. If a woman is a total exibitionist, she will certainly attract guys, but no, or v little money. If guys get it for free......why pay?
Choosing the best site is also a challenge, as there is no best site, and the sites are always evolving.......so it's important to check the sites, and try to figure out where you might best fit. I personally decided early on that tip sites were not for me! I have made money on them, but I seemed to attract all the broke out of work beggars. Guys who actually thought that tokens were worth way more than they were. I also got scammed by one site, as my personal information was compromised by a dishonest employee.
Sites that offer 70% or even 90% payments look good, but if there is little or no traffic, they don't make it for me. Even 100% of zero is still 0!
Sites like this can be used as backup sites, new sites do take time to develop traffic and of course, some just never do.
So......how to succeed? Read the terms of service very carefully, and try to follow them. Every violation isn't acted on but models can face suspension or expulsion, with v little recourse!
It should be obvious that a woman who truly enjoys sex, and it shows will do well, overall. Might be good to never do on-cam what you haven't tried privately. I have amassed a substantial toy collection as I initially did toy reviews in return for free products. Realize some toys just don't work for all of us. If they don't do it for you, privately, don't offer them on cam.
I offer a selection every night, toys that I might feel like using......
If it's dead on cam, I check my room via my cell phone to see if I'm broadcasting.
Yes, I do get the occasional request to fuck myself with a beer bottle, or a stripper heel...... I ignore and ban, if persistent.
So it helps to make your time on cam count. I'm now back on cam in about 45sec, I used to take long breaks between, get something to drink, pee,get dressed,etc. I now finish getting dressed with my back to the cam.....hopefully the guys are still there, sometimes a guy will say, don't bother, I'm ready!
I no longer cam with elaborate lingerie....too much trouble and time to get on, ..bikini, ...g string, bikini panties, bra and top, sometimes no bra, under my top.
I also discovered a use for some of my old B cup bras, they can look so alluring.*