The “Now what?” beginners guide (but also interesting for models with more experience) (last update January 2nd 2020)
We get a lot of questions from aspiring camgirls (and camboys) who would like to start as a cammodel. This guide will address all kinds of issues or other things you need to take care of, keep in mind or consider on how to become a cam girl. But also models with more experience might find things that they didn't know or haven't used before. Feel free to leave your comments or additions, so I can add them. This guide will be an ongoing process...
Over 90 percent of the camgirls started out as a cammodel for one reason, the money that you can make. Before you start camming, you will (and should) have a lot of questions and the answers to them will help you to be successful. The most important thing is, do your research first. Know where you are getting into, learn from the mistakes others made and be realistic. Yes, there are quite a lot of cammillionaires, but these things don’t happen overnight. However, if you are wellinformt and really put your mind to it, you can live a very good life. The first question for a lot of aspiring cammodels is of course, how much money you can earn with it? As a webcammodel you can earn a considerable amount per month. You can even make enough to give up your dayjob and fully focus on being a webcammer.
Models that make between 3000 and 5000 USD per month are not uncommon and there are even models that have become millionaires. But to be successful you will have to do more than “just” sitting naked before a webcam.
So do I have to be this 18 year old pretty girl to be successful? No you don’t. A lot of successful models have specialized in specific experiences they offer. Most of the men (or women) that visit camsites have a special desire or fantasy. They find these models. And more important, stick with them, to be part of their fan base. This man's fantasy is often not about 18-year-old models or a perfect woman. No, usually a lot of these men fantasize about somebody that could be their neighbour. Somebody that is sexy, but who they can bond with.
In short, not so much... You need the right equipment. A computer or laptop is the first thing you should have. The built in camera of your laptop won’t do and most models use something out of the logitech 900 series (c920, c922 etc).
You also need a decent internet connection. (most people have high speed internet with enough upload to get proper shows) Good lighting is also something that you could invest in, but this is maybe a step for later.
Well, you should think of a name and your cam persona. By picking a name take into consideration that BeckyBlueEyes better sticks than Becky1234. You will have to know of course if the name is not in use yet (not only the site you want to work from, but also other sites to avoid confusion) and if you can use it on social media accounts. Twitter is still a must and there are a lot of sites that you can use to sell subscriptions. We have a cool quick tool that can help you, but it doesn’t cover all the sites there are. However, it will give you a good impression what you can use:
Think about your pesona. You can become whoever you want to be. You can keep it more closely to who you are, or you can be the opposite.
To read some more about your cam persona and how to stand out, please check out this article: https://www.wecamgirls.com/articles/developing-your-camgirl-persona--ponderings-on-the-difference-between-your-screen-name-and-you/
First of all, you have to understand that there are two site concepts, so to speak. You have what is called the “Premium” camsite and the “Freemium” camsite. It is not that one is better than the other and no, there is no “best” camsite. Some work for one, some work for the other.
The difference between a Freemium and Premium camsite in general is that a Freemium site works with tipping tokens, i.e. you perform for a lot of people for “free” and you get tips from the people in the camroom. A Premium camsite, generally doesn’t allow nakedness in the open free chat, but you can take somebody private and then they pay per minute or per session.
When you start as a new model, I think it is a bit better to pick one of the big camsites. They are more reliable, pay on time and a lot of them have extra promo that you can get for being the “new model” on the site.
Here is a list of sites that have proven themselves, however this does not mean that the other sites, that are not on this short list are bad (you can click here to get an complete overview of all camsites):
- Cam4 (freemium)
- MyFreeCams (freemium)
- Chaturbate (freemium)
- Streamate (premium)
- Xmodels / xCams.com (premium)
- XLoveCam / Sex.cam (premium)
- Stripchat (freemium)
- ImLive (premium)
- LiveJasmin (premium)
- BongaCams (freemium)
- Flirt4free (premium)
It might be even better to sign up for at least two (maybe one premium and one freemium) to get an idea of the site. When you apply, also take a look at other models on the site that are working, so you can get a better idea of how they work. You will also get a better impression of the site.
Some sites pay you 30 percent, some pay you 80 percent. However, don’t focus solely on the percentage. Sites that offer a lower percentage often have better traffic (i.e. more customers coming your way). When you get 80 percent but no customers, you still have nothing.
That said, freemium sites usually have a higher payout percentage, but your income might vary more than on a premium site. But, when you hit big on a freemium site, the sky is the limit since you won’t have the “set” rates per minute you will find on a premium site.
You can use the Browse Camsites tool to compare different camsites.
This article might help you take a pick https://www.wecamgirls.com/articles/which-camsite-do-i-pick-to-work-for/
So you decided get your equipment, register at different social media and sign up for 1 or 2 camsites. That’s great! A lot of camsites have perks when you are new. Make use of them, so you can get a kick start building your fanbase.
The perks you get are similar on the different camsites and in general they are all about extra exposure for an x amount of days or time;
- During the first 2 weeks on Stripchat for example, you will be listed under "New Models" and get a new model boost.
- On Myfreecams a model will have the “NEW” tag for her first 10 hours of broadcast.
- With Streamate you will be listed in the very popular “New Model” category for a period of 30 days.
- Chaturbate also has a “New” tag. It will last for 7 days.
Other camsites may have different time periods but in most cases you get to be promoted for only a short period of time. You have to utilize this. This is all “free” promotion, so don’t miss out. You won’t be totally screwed if you miss out and you can still be successful, but you won’t get your new model status back. So in short, make sure you use it, because it will help you get your name out there.
The info on your camsite profile is important. It will be your showpiece, your connection to your customers. Some camsites allow you to write down a lot of information, add links to your social media or theme your profile page and some don’t.
You start your camsite bio by adding basic information, like your appearance, general info about you (for example, gender, sexual orientation, language etc.), videos and or pictures and an about me written in text. Think careful about what you write and how you write it. When customers do searches your profile might (or might not) pop up. So choose your “key words” with care.
On most camsites the layout of the profiles are all the same and matched accordingly with the camsite. There are however sites that are a lot more adjustable. Chaturbate, MyFreeCams and Cam4 for example, have great flexibility and you can even code your own profile page in HTML and CSS. This gives your page a unique feeling and helps you stand out. Coding however is not for everyone, but luckily there are guys who do a really great job at creating a professional and impressive profile page or themes and it doesn’t have to be expensive.
So after you start performing and earn money, you need to be able to receive it. All camsites and clip sites have different options on how to receive money. It matters however, where you live, in order to make use of a specific option. The most used payment options at this moment are the following:
- Direct Deposit
- Bankwire Transfer
To see a complete an overview of payment services, wallets and providers, you can follow this link.
If you are in the US checks are still widely used, but this is not the case in Europe. Here in the Netherlands for example, checks are not used at all. And if you want to cash in a check, the commissions are outrages, which makes collecting checks pointless. But Europe has a major advantage with the Bankwire system.
When transferring money via iBan and BIC (within the EU), the costs are next to nothing. Costs you might think? What costs? Well, receiving money, especially in the adult industry, since it is considered a “high risk” branch are higher than in other branches. You have to pay to receive your money.
So to get paid you need to use a payment option. All these options cost you a bit of money, but there are cheaper and more expensive options. Before you choose, check the rates and fees and if you like to use an ewallet like Paxum, you have to get an account setup there first. There is all kinds of verification necessary, so setting this up in advance, will get you your money earlier.
Most camsites and clip sites work with a payment minimum. You have to earn a certain amount, before you can cash it out. It might also depend on the payment option you have chosen.
The payment minimum when using Paxum for example might be 50 USD, while the payment minimum for a bankwire transfer is 200 USD. (or vice versa)
The different camsites and clip sites work with specific rules on when you get paid. First of all, you need to meet the minimum, but most sites don’t have a daily pay option. They pay for example twice a month (on the 1st and the 15th). Keep in consideration that most sites have a delay of 3 to 4 weeks.
The money you made in May will be paid by the end of June and so on. Some sites do have a daily pay option and when you meet the minimum you can request payment. There rules that come with the daily pay might be more strict, or you might have to pay an extra fee.
If you do shows via Skype for example and need the customer to pay you directly, there are some payment option you should not use. Paypal has a zero tolerance policy towards adult. When you use it to receive money and they find out, they will remove/block or even blacklist your account and you will lose all your money. You might think, well how will they find out? It will probably be the customer. If they contact Paypal and tell them some excuse, “like I’m hacked” they will look into your account and that may result into you losing all your money.
To read a bit more about Paypal and why you should not use it, you can check this article. https://www.wecamgirls.com/articles/why-you-should-not-use-paypal/
For a cam model there are a lot of ways to earn extra income. Some will only be useful if you already have a big following (fanbase) and some are useful to help you get a bigger following. One of the first things you should do when you start out as a cammmodel is to create a profile on a clip site.
All successful cam models sell pics and vids. They produce and sell their homemade porn on clip sites. This is not only a very good way to get more people in your chat, you also earn good money with it, even when you are not online. It’s a great way to have a passive income. Producing and creating your own porn doesn’t have to be hard and there are tons of content selling sites where you can upload your own videos and pictures. The advantages are clear:
- Sales continue 24 hours a day
- You do not have to follow a work schedule
- You can determine how much the customers have to pay for your content
- Extra promotion and passive income as a webcam model
- You can sell your content over and over again
Since there are many clip sites, you can sell the same content on multiple sites. So yes, creating content takes longer than a regular camshow, but a camshow you can only “sell” once. There is no limit on how many times you can sell the same content.
There are a lot of clip sites where you can sell you content. Some are very general and some are very specific. Most of the time you will also have the option to sell your pics and vids through the camsite you are working on. Here is an overview of the bigger players in the content selling world. If a site is not listed here, it doesn’t mean that it is a crappy site, these listed here are simply the biggest ones.
To get a complete overview click here:
Manyvids and Clips4sale are stand alone sites. Their focus as a company has been solely on creating clip sites.
iWantClips is part of iWantEmpire and their main focus also lies with clips and content.
MFCShare is part of the Myfreecams company and Modelhub is the model part of Pornhub, the biggest tubesite in the world.
There are also ways to create your own website and use it to sell your content. You can use free site makers or buy a site. Either way, you also have to take care of a payment provider, which can be a hassle, since you are selling adult. There are sites that have an easy all in solution. They create your site, create the backend and take care of the payments. In return they get a percentage of the money you make, which is smaller than most clipsites. They only make money when you make money, so you have no setup costs. This is a very nice solution to start selling and create your own fan base in the process.
Here you can find examples of sites that work like that:
You might have heard the term Affiliate Marketing and if you have not, keep reading. It will make you a lot of extra money! In short, affiliate marketing is a system/ program that helps you earn money when you refer a customer (through Twitter for example).
This counts as well in retail as in the camworld. Most camsites have their own affiliate program which can help you earn 20 to 40 percent more! Generally speaking there are two types of affiliate programs. You have what is called and “inhouse” affiliate program. Here you can promote the site(s) of one company. For example the AWEmpire affiliate program is the inhouse affiliate program for LiveJasmin. However, you also have CPA Networks.
These are sites that have all kinds of different offers. On Crakrevenue for example you can find MFC, Cam4, Bonga etc. (lots of times there are also offers for different “verticals”, for example dating, gaming, camming)
A lot of camsites have multiple options when it comes to affiliate marketing. The ones that are used most are PPS and PPL. As a model I think PPS will get you the most, but I will explain first some lingo and what it all means:
How does a camsite know that you send the customer? For most camsites you have to use what is called an affiliate URL or a link code. For Chaturbate for example, it looks like this: https://chaturbate.com/in/?track=wecamgirls&tour=YrCr&campaign=lXNWA&room=hotfallingdevil These linkcodes you can get in the affiliate backend of the camsite and in some cases you will find it in the model backend of the camsite too. The RevShare for this link is 20%. Every time a customer clicks on this link and signs up, Chaturbate will remember that it was you, who send this customer and you will get 20% of what he spends. When you analyze this link you see campaign=IXNWA, that code is unique and connected to your account (or in this case, our account). The last part of the URL (room=hotfallingdevil) tells where it will lead. In this case it will lead to the room of hotfallingdevil. The first part of the link is track=wecamgirls. This is for your own stats. If for example you have posted links on twitter you can put in twitter, so you will know this customer came from twitter.
A click is someone clicking on your affiliate url. Nothing has happened yet, just someone that clicked it. It registers as a click and in the backend of the camsite you can find it in your stats.
A lead is someone that clicked on your affiliate url and signed up. To convert a click into a lead, the customer has to fill out the sign up form.
A sale is when someone clicked your affiliate url, signed up and actually spend money. So clicks are easy to get, leads are a bit harder (but it still costs the customer nothing) and sales are the hardest, since actual money has to be spend. A click can get you a tiny bit of money, but most camsites don’t pay you for this. A lead can get you a bit more. On chaturbate you get for example 1 USD for every free registration.
But the real money you earn when the customer actually spends money. On chaturbate again, you get paid 20% of what the customer spends. This is known as affiliate marketing or online marketing.
There are specific abbreviations in the affiliate marketing system. Here is an overview of the most common ways you can earn extra money on most camsites:
PPL / CPL
PPL means Pay Per Lead. Sometimes also referred to as CPL. Here you will earn money for a customer that signs up for a free account. They don’t need to make a sale. On most sites this will earn you between 0.20 and 3 USD per customer (it will depend on where they are from).
PPS / CPS
PPS means Pay Per Sale. Sometimes it is also referred to as CPS. You will earn a fee for referring a new customer to a camsite. The customer will have to make one or more sales (ie has to spend money) before you get the reward. This reward can be a one time fixed sum, in general you will earn between 50 and 150 USD or you can get a percentage of what they spend. This is what is called
Most Revshare is lifetime (ie it doesn’t matter when the money is spend, as long as you referred him, you will always get money). Generally you will get between 20 and 40 percent. (this will be on top of your own performer earnings!)
When you refer a customer (through your social media for example), 9 out of 10 times this customer comes for you! He is more likely to spend money and the money that is spend will probably go to you. So in this case PPS will get you in the long run a lot more money. Especially is you choose RevShare instead of the fixed sum. But even if the customer spends money on a different model, you will still get your percentage.
In this article you can find some pros and cons: https://www.wecamgirls.com/articles/affiliate-programs-make-use-of-it/
Here you can find an overview of affiliate programs from different camsites
The cam world is full of acronyms, abbreviations and terminology that beginners might have trouble to understand. This is a list of things that are common (or not so common) and what is means. I'll be updating this with your new suggestions.
- ATM - Ass to mouth
- BBC - Big black cock
- CFNM - Clothed female naked male
- CMNF - Clothed male naked female
- Contortion - Being able to stretch in unusual positions not ordinary people can achieve
- DP - Double penetration
- Fapping - Guy jerking off
- JOI - Jerk Off Instructions
- Split-camming - You use a software that splits your video streaming to be able to broadcast to multiple cam sites at once
- Trolling - Being a prick on the internet because you can. Typically unleashing one or more cynical or sarcastic remarks / or just simply saying weird and insulting things.
- VO - Voice over
- Age Play - Pretending to be really young or old
- Animal Roleplay - Pretending to be an animal
- Bimbofication - Turning a sissy into the perfect bimbo.
- CBT - Cock & balls torture
- CEI - Cum Eating Instructions
- CP - Corporal punishment
- Cuckolding - Guys fetish seeing their unfaithful wife having sex with other guy
- Daddy's Princess - This is a unique hybrid fetish that covers both Daddy Doms/Littles and Sugar Daddy/Sugar baby communities. This is where a daddy dom gives his princess sugar baby an allowance once a week and give his protection.
- Edgeplay - Fetish play that is very extreme including fireplay, knifeplay, and etc...
- Femdom - Female Domination - Woman dominates sexual interaction
- Financial Domination - ( moneypig, wallet rape, money slavery) fetish of financial slavery or to be dominated in a financial way
- Girl Next Door - She's the girl whom you always admired from afar and were afraid to approach, fearing that any erotic projection toward her would ruin her image as a decent, pure and almost virginal womanly ideal.
- Golden Shower - urinating for sexual gratification
- Lactation - The secretion of milk from the mammary glands
- Panty slavery - Guys become addicted to a girl's panties and want to taste her juices through her panties. Usually, they also want to buy your panties as well.
- POV - Point of view (mostly revers to the camera. The girl or guy who is doing porn holds the camera him or herself, instead of a camera crew filming the action)
- Red Rose - For rectal prolapse
- Roman Showers - Vomit
- Scat/Brown showers - poo play
- Sharon Stone - You are in a skirt and open your legs for a second and close (like Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct)
- SPH - Small penis humiliation
- Sploshing - A full-bodied food fetish
- Cash Master - Male Doms into Financial Domination.
- Jockstrap slavery - Subs love watching their favorite maledom in their jockstraps and want to taste them. They will also buy your dirty jockstraps.
- Sneaker fetish - These guys love worshipping male sneakers and will buy your use sneakers. Cam Masters can also charge more to cum inside of the sneakers as well.
- Straight Jock domination - Straight fit men dominate gay guys.
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Thanks for this! A lot of useful information and I like the links to other articles, I will definitely read those soon. Unfortunately, I didn't know about CB's 7 day New Model status and learned about it after I was verified. I got one session in before the status went away. Any tips for those of us still trying to build a fan base but do not have the new model status anymore? Thanks! xoxo
If you have less than 1000 followers, I'd strongly suggest making a new account on chaturbate and taking full advantage of that first 7 days, it's really hard for models to gain traction if they don't have a decent following from week one.
Awesome and very informative article. Thanks so much for posting!
About the New Model Status, make sure to ask the Live Support of each site you're planning to work on, as the New Model Status may start as soon as you create your account/profiles or when you broadcast/go online for the first time and it should be a pity to waste it. Some of the first clients will definitely get semi-regulars and regulars.