Adult camming can be an incredibly profitable profession. It’s also something that you can do out of the comfort of your home. Getting started is incredibly easy. The only requirement is that you’re over the age of eighteen, and have all the equipment. This guide will go over the process of getting started as an adult webcam model.
This guide will also present to you some helpful tips to helping you get started. This includes everything you need to know about protecting yourself and your privacy online, how to promote your shows and services and much more. There’s also many links to additional in-depth reading on various topics. Enjoy!
How Much Do Webcam Models Make?
This is always the first question people ask. It’s also a very difficult question to answer. The earnings are performance-based. There is no set salary or hourly wage. The various sites will provide the platform for streaming and generate tons of traffic for the models. From there, it’s up to the models to get tipped or taken to private chat (charged per minute). The networks will take a cut to cover expenses and their profit margins. That percentage varies from site to site.
The earning potential is based on a wide number of things. Personality, attractiveness, streaming quality and type of shows / performances all impact the earning potential. Camming is highly interactive, so models that do better with people typically earn more. It’s also important to note that once you build up a fan-base and some good regular customers, you’ll enjoy better earnings. Earning a couple hundred bucks per day is possible, and not uncommon. There’s also going to be slow days.
While many models enjoy success, camming isn’t for everyone and there are models that don’t make money. It’s important going into it to know that success isn’t guaranteed and earnings need to be worked for, it’s not handed to you on a silver platter. The linked-to article below explains the different factors that impact a model’s earning potential.
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Here’s How To Get Started As A Webcam Model
What’s Required To Get Started
There’s some things you’ll need before you can get started. This includes all the hardware and everything needed to broadcast. Here’s what is required in order to get started as an adult webcam model:
Must Be Eighteen Or Older
In order to get started camming, you must be eighteen years old or older. You’ll also need a digital copy of photo Id when registering for any of the sites. This is for age verification purposes and something that all sites are required to do by federal law. All sites need to verify that anyone performing is over the age of eighteen. That information must be documented a certain way. This is something that all adult networks will require.
Learn More: Why Adult Performers Need To Submit ID
You’ll need a computer to run the camming software. Any modern laptop or PC should be able to run the camming software. The requirements aren’t that great. If you need to purchase a computer to get started, anything brand new should work perfectly. Most camming sites will work with both Windows or Mac, but there’s some that require the Windows OS. Check your camming site’s requirements when registering.
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A direct internet connection is highly preferred. It’ll make your shows that much faster and more clear. Wifi connections will work, but it’s not recommended. The faster the internet the better. The internet must be high-speed. Networks won’t allow models with too slow of internet connections, and you’ll need to high-speed internet to keep the shows from lagging anyway. You won’t get a full chatroom or make very much money without high-speed internet.
More Info: Internet Requirements For Webcam Models
Webcam (HD Preferred!)
You’ll definitely want an HD webcam. You can pick one up on Amazon for under $100. Most networks require an HD webcam. There are some networks that will let you register with a stock laptop webcam, and that’s alright to start if it’s your only option. If you’re starting with a stock laptop webcam, you’ll want to upgrade this ASAP! Consider tossing it up on a Wishlist and offer up some free content or shows if someone purchases one for you.
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Place To Perform
You’re camming location is really important. You’re going to want a clean place that is private and secure. The last thing you’d want is someone walking in on you in the middle of a performance. Besides being very embarrassing, it’s a distraction from the actual show and there’s privacy concerns. What if whoever walks in on you calls you by your first name while knocking or entering? You’re going to want a clean and clutter-free area with nothing that’ll distract the audience from you. Make sure the lighting is as good as possible and there’s plenty of room for you to perform.
Learn More: Setting Up Your Camming Room
Choosing A Stage Name
Before you register for any of the sites, you’re going to want to pick out a stage name. Your stage name should be a real name, just not your real name. Don’t pick a username, especially one that uses words such as “teen” or “18” which might not be applicable to you in the next couple of years. It’s alright to go by a username, but you’re still going to want a [fake] name to associate to that username. That way people have a name they can refer to you by. This is the name you’re going to go by when registering for any networks, social media sites and any other websites.
Learn More: Picking Out A Camming Name
Suggested Additional Equipment
There’s also some things that aren’t necessarily required, but will make your shows better. Here’s a list of suggested items:
Lingerie / Outfits
You’ll want a wide selection of outfits to wear during your performance. It’s best to have different layers that you can take off to make the show more teasing and incentivize people to keep tipping to keep you taking it off. Having different outfits allows you to change your shows up. You’ll want anything you’re wearing to be as sexy as possible, of course. If you’re doing any kind of costume-play shows, you’ll need the appropriate outfits for them. Lingerie is something that you can purchase as you start making money, if you don’t already have the selection.
It’s beneficial to have a wide selection of toys. The more toys you have, the more variation you can have in your shows. It’s worth having all your toys on display in the area you’re camming in, even if you’re not currently planning on using them. It lets the customers know all the options available. It also lets them know you’re serious about camming and providing high-quality shows with lots of action. Certain toys might be required for performing certain kinds of shows and the more toys you have the greater the options available.
Props For Shows
Think about what kind of shows you want to perform. Certain shows might require certain things. For example, you’ll need body oil if you’re planning on doing an oil show. You’ll need different food items if you’re planning on doing a food fetish show. You get the idea. Consider what other props or items might be good to have around the house. You don’t need to acquire everything at once, but the more prepared you are, the wider range of shows you can perform.
You’re going to want good lighting for the location you’ll be camming at. You might get lucky and already have your room (or wherever else you’ll be camming) setup in a way where the light is already going to be great. If not, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to shift some lamps and other lights around to make it work. If this isn’t the case, it’s worth going shopping for some cheap lamps you can set up around the room. Play around with the lighting and see how you look on cam. Keep doing this until you’ve got the lighting setup to perfection. Not all rooms are the same, therefore not all rooms require the same lighting arrangement.
Learn More: Setting Up A 3-Point Light System
Wireless Keyboard and Mouse
Wireless mouses and keyboards are useful for creating a cleaner and better camming environment. This way, you don’t have to be right in front of your computer in order to constantly be typing or clicking. You have the option of laying on your bed or you can at least be lounging in a much more comfortable position. Be sure to keep extra batteries close by, in case one of the two runs out,
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Security Concerns: Protecting Your Identity
Privacy and security concerns are huge for all adult performers. Many people don’t want to make it public knowledge what they’re doing. Here are some ways you can protect your privacy and remain safe online.
Adult Performer Name
Before you even register for a camming network, the first thing you’ll want to do is pick out the name you’ll be performing under. Obviously for privacy reasons, you don’t want to use your real name. It’s suggested you use an actual name (just not yours) instead of a screen-name like CuteBrunetteChikxxx69. It gives your fans a name to call you. Pick out a name that sounds sexy and you like. Bonus points if you can also make it clever or fun.
Learn More: Choosing A Pornstar Name
Privacy Protection / Regional Blocking
Most cam networks have features to let you block out specific regions. Some let you block out specific states (USA models) while some are limited to blocking entire countries. Check out the privacy protection features when comparing camming networks. You’ll most likely want to block areas where there might be someone you know. This helps prevent people you know in real life discovering your profession.
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If you build a website for your camming services, it’s highly suggested that you purchase WHOIS protection when purchasing your website name. WHOIS contains data on the website owner and operator. For an additional small fee (usually around $10 per year) you can hide this information. This will prevent people from learning your real identity.
Social Media Privacy
Cam sites have the ability to block specific regions. This isn’t possible with social media accounts. This is important to know when building up a social media following. This is also a reality when registering for any network or site outside of your camming network. These sites might also not have regional blocking capabilities. Also make sure that any camera or cell phone isn’t saving geographical data as metadata inside images posted to social media accounts.
Removing Stolen / Pirated Content
Many of the camming sites allow you to block specific regions. This regional blocking doesn’t do anything for you if your content is being pirated and posted on other sites. Major tube sites, torrent sites and other websites don’t block people you might know from accessing it. Luckily there’s some ways to fight stolen and pirated content. Learn more!
Learn More: Removing Capped / Pirated Camming Shows
Choosing The Right Camming Site
Now it’s time to pick out a camming network. There’s plenty of camming sites to choose one and all will have different features. There is no “best” network. What works good for one model might not work best for you. It’s best to compare all the cam networks you’re interested in and choose the one you feel is best. Some networks get more traffic, some payout better than others and some allow for different functionalities and for models to sell services besides just camming. Here’s some things to keep in mind when shopping for your camming network:
How Much The Camming Site Pays
There’s more to look at than just what percent the company pays models. For example, certain camming networks will deduct any chargebacks (usually due to theft) from a model’s salary, while others don’t. Different camming networks have different payment schedules and offer various methods of payout. Read the terms on payments very carefully when shopping for your network.
Learn More: What Camming Sites Pay The Most
How Much Traffic The Site Gets
The traffic that the camming network generates is huge and definitely something to consider when registering for a camming network. Cam sites do a lot of their own marketing and drive tons of traffic to their sites. This traffic will end up in your chat room and the more traffic the network drives in general, the more traffic you’ll generally get. This results in more money for you. Keep in mind that bigger sites are generally more competitive, however.
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What Features The Site Has
Different camming sites have different features. Some sites might not let models work for tips in public chat (private chat only), some sites offer other services that models can sell and some sites offer tons of cool free tools and bots that will help you stay organized and perform different functionalities inside the chat room. Not one camming site is identical to the others. Compare all sites for features before making a decision.
How Competitive The Site Is
The more models performing on the site, the more you’ll have to compete for the visitors and their tips. Keep in mind that sites with more models generally have greater traffic as well. If the traffic is greater than the competition, it’s all good. When the model-to-customer ratio is low, there’s more competition. Make sure you’ll be able to stand out from the crowd when getting started.
Hardware / Software Requirements
If your computer and operating system don’t meet the requirements for a particular network, you won’t be able to cam with them. Check out the hardware and software requirements before registering for a camming network and make sure your computer will work.
Certain camming networks offer their models helpful tools to market their shows. These tools might include social media integration, messaging features, fanclubs, enabling fans to follow models and know when they’re online and more. Be sure to check out what tools the networks offer their models before making a decision.
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Promoting Your Services and Building An Audience
The various camming sites do a lot to drive traffic to their networks. This will help fill up your room without the need for doing your own promotion. That doesn’t mean there isn’t value to doing your own promotion as well. Doing your own promotion will make your chatroom even more active and earn you additional revenue. It’s also a great opportunity to stay in touch with your loyal fans and best customers. Here’s some tips on promotion.
Building A Following On Your Camming Network
Building a following on the network you’re camming for is crucial. The bigger the following you have, the more traffic your chat room will generally receive. Most networks have some feature where people can see what models they follow are currently online. Others let you message your followers, letting them know you’re online and what kinds of shows you’re planning on performing. You’ll generate a following over time. Having a good attitude and being personable helps a lot. Camming is a very social thing.
Building A Social Media Following
Social media is another place you definitely want to be. There are many adult-friendly social networks and there’s some that aren’t as adult-friendly. Social media makes it very easy for your fans and followers to share your content. This expands your reach and gets you new followers. You can then work on turning that new following into new customers and letting them help you gain even more exposure.
Website and SEO
It’s definitely worth while to invest in building a website. Your website is your main hub. It’s also worth learning the basics of search engine optimization (SEO) and trying to make your website as search engine friendly as possible. People might see your name on a particular network but might not know your camming. They might punch or adult name in Google to find out more about you. As long as your website comes up, they’ll be able to learn more about you and register for any camming networks or other sites that you sell your services on. By including content describing the type of shows you perform, you’ll also get valuable search engine traffic from those people looking for the exact type of content you offer.
Learn More: Building Personal Model Sites
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Model Directory / Profile Sites
There are many camming model directory sites all across the internet. These sites can provide valuable exposure and traffic. Most camming directory sites will allow you to list all the networks you belong to, as well as links to your website. This will drive valuble exposure and traffic that will turn into tips and sales.
Other Networks For Selling Adult Services
If you belong to other adult networks, such as sites for selling homemade adult content, you can use all these sites to help promote your cam shows. If someone finds you on another network and likes your content, they might Google your name or click on a link to your profile. If they discover your camming network and camming shows, they might become a loyal customer.
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Get Featured On Blogs and Articles
Many camming networks have their own blogs where they occasionally feature members of their networks. This is usually in the form of an interview or other kind of blog post. Getting featured on your camming network’s blog is a great way to gain valuble exposure. They’ll also share you and the blog content through their social media channels which can drive more followers.
Camming Tips and Suggestions
Want some more tips on how to make more money camming? There’s tons of ways to improve your cam shows. We’ve got a post on live adult camming tips and tricks. It’s separated into sections for easy ready and contains a wide variety of tips. Learn how to improve your streaming quality and feed, be a better performer, do your own promotion and make more money in the adult industry. That page will be updated with new tips in the future.
Offering Other Services
Camming isn’t the only service you can offer. There’s tons of ways to get paid as a performer in the adult industry. The only real requirement for doing any of the following is that you must be eighteen years old or older, just like camming. You can also offer any combination of these services as you want. Some of the camming sites even support additional services like selling clips or phone sex. Here’s how else you can get paid.
Producing and Selling Clips / Galleries
Producing and selling your own adult content is a great camming alternative and another way to get into the adult industry. The great thing about selling adult content is that you don’t need to be online in order to make sales. There’s tons of sites and networks to partner with that will let you upload your amateur content, set your price and sales will occur in the background.
Learn More: Produce and Sell Porn
Phone Sex - Talking and Texting
Phone sex is one of the oldest forms of adult entertainment. Mobile technology has done a lot to revolutionize it. Now you can get calls routed directly to your mobile phone. In addition to paid calls, you can also get paid to text. Your phone number is connected through a 3rd party and encrypted, keeping your contact information and identity safe and secure.
Learn More: Becoming A Phone Sex Operator
Adult Skype Shows
Skype shows are very similar to camming but different in a lot of ways. You don’t have a public chat room with Skype chat. Pretty much every show is charged by the minute and most shows are scheduled and booked in advance. Skype shows have great earning potential but require a little bit more work with marketing and booking. Luckily there’s tools to help.
Learn More: Selling Adult Skype Shows
Running A Fanclub
Starting a membership site will create a residual income from monthly rebills. When you run your own membership site, you’re fans must pay to gain access to the Members Only section that contains all the content. There are tools and platforms out there that let you easily deploy your own membership sites, 100% free and with minimal technical knowledge.
Learn More: Running A Fanclub
Selling Snapchat Subscriptions
Snapchat is a popular photo / clip sharing app. It’s used by many adult entertainers as a marketing tool and a way of generating additional income. Although it’s against Snapchat’s TOS to sell subscriptions to accounts, that doesn’t stop models from doing it, or networks from facilitating the tools for it. There’s plenty of sites that specialize in the sale of Snapchat accounts, and it’s a great way to make additional income from your mobile phone.
Learn More: Make Money Selling Snapchat Subscriptions
Selling Tangibles - Panties, Signed Photos, Toys and More!
Selling tangibles is also a great way to make some extra cash. There’s a huge market for worn panties and other lingerie. It doesn’t stop there though. Signed photos, used toys, art and anything else you can imagine can be sold. Hell, you can get a chocolate molding of your butthole made and offer that to your fans. Get creative. Keep in mind that tangibles do require shipping, making it a little bit more involved than the sale of digital goods.