I want to be a cam girl
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...
How to become a cam girl
What do I need to start?
What to do next?
Picking a camsite, where to work
Freemium or Premium
The Big camsites
Percentages, the higher the better?
Your “New Model” status, use it
What is this new model status?
Your camsite profile
Basic camsite profile bio
Creating your camsite profile
How to get paid on a camsite
Payment minimum and fees
When to get paid
Some payment options you should not use
How to make more money as a cam girl
Selling pics and vids
The major clip sites
Creating your own content selling site
Making a lot more extra money
Understanding the affiliate marketing lingo
PPL, CPS, Revshare WTF!?!
So do I use PPL or PPS?
Cam lingo, know your acronyms
(more) General Cam / Porn Terms
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.
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 connexion. (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.
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:
click here to get an complete overview of all camsites):
Xmodels / xCams.com (premium)
XLoveCam / Sex.cam (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.
You can use the Browse Camsites tool to compare different camsites.
This article might help you take a pick
- 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 most used payment options at this moment are the following:
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 transfering 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.
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)
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.
To read a bit more about Paypal and why you should not use it, you can check this article.
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.
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 sites that have 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 proces.
Here you can find examples of sites that work like that:
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)
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:
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.
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 RevShare. 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!)
In this article you can find some pros and cons:
Here you can find an overview of affiliate programs from different camsites
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
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
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.