Make Money Promoting Camming Affiliate Programs
Affiliate marketing is where an individual or business (the “Affiliate”) can earn commissions promoting a specific product and service. In this case, it’s camming sites, clip sites and other similar networks. There is a lot of money to be made in affiliate marketing. The camming industry is also a very lucrative vertical. Much more so than traditional “paysite” porn. Here’s everything you need to know about camming affiliate marketing.
What Is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate marketing is where an entity (The “Affiliate”) is paid to promote a specific brand or product. The affiliate earns commissions for all new customers or sales that are sent to the company. This is usually in the form of either a share of the revenue, or a flat commission for each signup or sale.
Affiliate marketing is very effective for the brand, as they’re only payout out the affiliates when a new sale is made. This way, the company isn’t paying for marketing that isn’t performing. It’s effective for the affiliates as well, as there is an insane earning potential. Granted, there’s no guaranteed income. But when done right, affiliate marketing can be more profitable for affiliates than other forms of internet monetization.
Types Of Different Programs: Revshare, PPS and PPL
There are three main type of commission-structures; revshare, “Pay Per Signup” and “Pay Per Lead”. Different affiliate programs offer different combinations of these programs. For example; some programs only offer revshare, some only offer PPS and there are others that will offer multiple or even all three different types of payouts.
A “Revenue Sharing Program” (Revshare) is where the affiliate gets a percentage of the earnings. This might be a share of a single sale, or a share of the total spendings from a referral. In camming, a revshare of total spendings is more popular. This might be duration-based (a percentage of spending for 1-year or different duration) or more commonly, a lifetime revshare.
Lifetime revshare programs are generally the most profitable type of program to promote. Especially long-term. This is because the customers and their spending starts to compound on top of each other, creating a good steady stream of income.
Pay Per Signup (PPS)
“Pay Per Signup” (PPS) is where the affiliate gets a commission for each referral. In order to get the commission, usually the new referral needs to make their first purchase, or reach an earning threshold. Once that action or goal has been met, the commission will be paid.
Pay Per Lead (PPL)
“Pay Per Lead” (PPL) is where the affiliate gets paid per each free signup they refer to the network. A PPL is usually a couple dollars (USD). PPLs can seem attractive because you get money on everyone, regardless of whether they make a purchase or not. But you should be careful about PPLs. If you’re traffic is just signing up but not purchasing, you might get kicked out of the program. If they are converting, than revshare would be a much better route to go.
How Much Money Can Affiliates Make?
The earning potential is incredible. That being said, not all affiliates are going to be successful. Because affiliate marketing is performance-based, there’s no guaranteed income. If you’re not able to refer new customers to a network, you’ll never make money as an affiliate.
Another important thing to note is that revshare programs will usually keep getting more profitable over time. That is because the number of earning referrals will keep growing, and the revshares will start compounding on top of each other, creating a large revenue stream.
It’s also important to note that traffic also ramps up over time. It takes a while to build up websites and search engine rankings, email marketing lists and social media followers. As these web properties ramp up, the traffic and commissions will also ramp up.
So how much is in affiliate marketing? Millions annually for the top affiliates. 6-figures isn’t far-fetched, but definitely takes work. 3-4 annually is reasonable, if the affiliate is able to figure out how to generate and convert traffic.
How Referrals / Sales Are Tracked: Affiliate Links
When a webmaster signs up to be an affiliate, they are given special tracking links. These links are used to track the traffic the affiliate refers. These tracking links plant a cookie on the visitors browser. This cookie has a certain duration, or number of days that it’ll track the referral. As long as that referral signs up or purchases within that time, the referral will be counted.
It’s important to note that if the referral uses a different device or browser to register for the site, the referral will not count. In the event where a referral clicks on two different referral links (visits one site than another site) who gets the referral might vary. Some networks give it to the first affiliate to plant the cookie, some give it to the last affiliate to plant the cookie.
Payment Information: How To Get Paid
There are various ways to affiliates can get paid. Some affiliate networks offer a wide range of payout options. Others only offer a select few. Here are the most commonly used cashout methods.
Check – The good old fashioned check in the mail. Checks are usually paid via postal service. Sometimes they’re delivered by a logistics company instead. If it’s delivered via something other than the postal service, they’re might be additional cashout charges.
ACH (Direct Deposit) – Direct deposit directly into a bank account. Direct deposit might only be available in select countries, and the accepted countries might vary based on the program.
Paxum – Paxum is an adult-friendly e-wallet. Much like PayPal. There might be country-restrictions on Paxum accounts.
FirstChoicePay – FirstChoicePay is another adult-friendly e-wallet, much like Paxum. There might be country-restrictions on FirstChoicePay accounts.
Wire Transfer – Most programs support wire transfers. Wire transfers might only be available for non-US affiliates, due to the costs of wire transfers within the United States.
Camming Affiliate Programs To Promote
Before you can start promoting, you have to signup for some affiliate offers. The majority of the camming sites offer affiliate programs. Many of the clip sites and other networks offer affiliate programs as well. You can either choose the network you like best, or promote a wide range of different sites. Our affiliate program directory, linked to below, provides tons of valuable information that can help you find the right programs to promote.
Common Promotional Ad Types Available
The affiliate programs will provide promotional material for their webmasters. Some networks provide tons of different ad types, while others might only provide basic banner ads. Here are the most commonly used ad types, and descriptions of how that ad type works.
Static and animated gif banners. Some programs will offer some amazingly designed banners while others might be very basic. Most networks will provide banners for all the standardized sizes and dimensions.
Pop-Up / Pop-Under Ads
Pop-ads cause a new window to appear, featuring the ad within the new window. Pop-unders are the most common form of pop-ads, as they’re less intrusive. Pop-unders make the ad appear in a discrete new window, rather than making the ad appear over the content the user is currently interacting with.
Online Performer Widgets
Many of the networks will allow affiliates to design their own widgets featuring online performers. These widgets will usually link directly to the chatroom of the performer featured on the thumb, although some direct traffic to a landing page instead. These widgets are usually fairly customizable as far as sizes, colors and what type of performers get featured.
Instant Messaging (IM) Ads
Instant messaging ads (IM ads) are instant messenger style ad types. These ads are most common for dating, but are used fairly frequently for cams as well. A small pop-up will appear in the corner of the browser. This will resemble a traditional chat box like what you’d see on Facebook, Skype or AIM back in the day.
Embedded Cam / Chatrooms
There’s a handful of networks that will allow for embedded chatrooms. These chats can be added anywhere that accepts HTML. Whenever the performer is online, that performer’s live feed will appear wherever it’s embedded. If anyone interacts with it, they’ll be prompted to join the network and the affiliate will receive credit for the referral.
Deep Linking (Specific Performer Pages)
Many programs will support deep-linking. This is useful for linking directly to a specific model profile page. Perhaps there’s select performers in particular you’d like to promote. Deep-linking makes that possible. It’s important to note: Make sure you ask a model permission before using any of their content for promotional purposes.
One of the more exotic ad types. A page-peel creates a magazine-style turning effect in the corner of the browser. If the viewer hovers the mouse over the page peel, there’s a mouseover effect of “turning the page” and revealing an offer on the other side.
A whitelabel is a rebranded brand or service. In camming, a whitelabel is a rebranded camming site. Webmasters are able to customize their whitelabeled version and make it appear under their own website name. The webmaster gets a share of all revenue generated by the whitelabeled version.
API (Application Programming Interface)
An API (Application Programming Interface) allows webmasters to further integrate the affiliate programs into their various websites or applications. This is a more complex concept.
How To Drive Traffic To Affiliate Offers
Affiliate marketing is all about traffic. The better the traffic is, the more money you make. The more traffic there is, the more money you make. There’s many different ways to drive adult traffic to affiliate offers as well. Here are the major ones.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
“Search Engine Optimization” (SEO) can be your best friend, if you learn how to do it right. Getting your website or blog ranked in search engines will provide a steady stream of great traffic. SEO is a lot of work, and there’s a lot to learn. But learning SEO will be insanely beneficial.
With SEO, there’s two main elements: Onsite and offsite. Onsite SEO is doing things to make the actual website more search engine friendly. Offsite SEO is building links and other authority metrics to the actual website. Both elements need to be combined in order to truly be successful.
In order to do proper SEO, you’ll need a website. If you’ve never built a website, this can sound really intimidating. Luckily, web development has gotten insanely easy. There’s platforms out there that make the process simple and easy and there’s tons of web development guides out there. We talk more about it later on in this post.
Social Media Marketing
Social media is another great marketing channel. The best thing about social media is that it is 100% free to get started with. There’s a good chance that you’ve already got a Facebook and possibly a Twitter as well. Therefore, you’re already experienced with social. Most networks behave fairly similarly.
The one important thing to remember with social media marketing is that not all networks are adult-friendly. You’ll have to be very careful when marketing over the “safe-for-work” networks. Posting links or images that don’t comply with the policies of the site will get your account terminated.
There are also some networks that don’t allow for traffic from certain networks. That is either because the traffic generally performs fairly horribly, or because it’s a network where a lot of shady affiliates pose as performers and that creates trouble for the entire network. Make sure you are only promoting networks over social that allow for that kind of traffic.
For networks that don’t allow social media traffic, you can always direct that traffic to your website and shoot them to affiliate offers from there. Another reason why having a website is so important for affiliates.
Email marketing is another way to promote affiliate programs. Email marketing is a lot harder for adult businesses for a number of reasons. Not all email marketing solutions are adult-friendly. There are a few suites that are built specifically for adult. There are a couple mainstream platforms that also accept adult, but you’re going to want to get your sites and content approved ahead of time.
The next step is building the email list. Recipients are going to have to signup for your emails. You can’t simply generate lists of emails and add them to your email marketing. This is illegal, and also very ineffective. After registering for an email marketing suite, you’ll be given various opt-in forms. These forms can be added to your website or blog in order to collect email addresses.
How To Build Camming Niche Affiliate Sites
One of the most important aspects of affiliate marketing is building out affiliate sites. If you’re already familiar with web development, that’s good. If not, it’s time to start learning. Luckily it’s not that hard. There’s tons of CMS (Content Management Systems) that make designing and building a website insanely easy. There’s also tons of guides out there on the subject.
We’re in the process of writing a comprehensive web development guide for affiliates. Once that is published, we’ll be linking to it here. Sorry for the wait, but it’s something so big that it deserves it’s own stand-alone piece of content. Look forward to it being published here within the next week!
Whitelabels: Your Own Rebranded Camming Site
A “Whitelabeled” camming site is a rebranded site. Webmasters are able to configure and design the website. Once the site is customized, they’re able to use their own custom domain. Everything is branded as the affiliate. The webmaster will earn a percentage of all revenue that occurs on the whitelabeled version. The affiliate program handles all the hosting and technical aspects of running the whitelabeled version. The affiliate just has to focus on promotion.
How Much Does Running A Whitelabel Cost?
The only real investment required is a domain name. You can pick up a domain name for roughly $10 USD (depending on the TLD) annually. Privacy protection (if you want it) is roughly another $10 annually. Affiliates pay nothing for the hosting or any other overhead related to the site.
If you are planning on buying traffic or doing any other forms of paid marketing, that is going to come with an overhead. How big of an overhead? That depends on how big your marketing budget is.
How Much Can Whitelabeled Sites Make
This varies all across the board. There are affiliates who don’t see a penny, and there’s affiliates bringing in 5-6 figures off whitelabeled sites. For networks such as Pornhub and other tube sites, it’s even more lucrative. That is because they’re already working with insane amounts of traffic and have the name-recognition within the industry.
The truth is; it all really depends. Whitelabels that are somehow “integrated” into other products and brands tend to perform way better than whitelabels that are created as stand-alone products. Building out “niche whitelabels” (opposed to a very broad and generic whitelabel) will generally be more profitable as well.
Choosing Certain Genders, Ethnicity and Categories
There are certain whitelabeled solutions that are more customizable than others. What can be modified varies greatly from network to network. Some affiliate programs only allow you to customize the design and upload a custom logo. Others will allow you to choose from specific genders, ethnicity, niches, fetishes and so on.
API: Taking It To The Next Level
For those that are a little more advanced in their coding, the majority of the affiliate programs offer an API. Tons of exciting and interesting things can be done via API. Affiliates have been able to make some truly amazing sites. This ranges from robust directories all the way to networks that have integrated facial recognition to help find camgirls based on appearance. One camming site has even figured out seamless integration with another camming site, to give you an idea of how robust the API of certain networks is.
Webcam Model Referral Programs
There are some networks that offer model referral programs in addition to the customer referral programs. If you got performer traffic, this can be a great new traffic source. The model referral programs work just like the customer referral programs. Affiliates are given tracking links and promotional content. Sometimes the same referral links count for both customer and model referrals. Sometimes there’s separate customer and model referral links.