Category - Making Money

Networking for Webcam Models

Networking: interact with other people to exchange information and develop contacts, especially to further one’s career.

Anyone in the professional world can talk about networking and how important it is for a multitude of different reasons. Unfortunately, I think this is an aspect in the cam world that a lot of models overlook, and quite frankly there is no reason for it. Networking is something that you should take advantage of and hone your skills on, no matter what industry you are in. That being said, sometimes in the adult industry it isn’t as simple as throwing a party or going to a mixer for a company that you work for, and passing out business cards. (although, side note: I am a firm believer in a solid business card for yourself, no matter what it is you do as a career.)

So, if you can’t go out for happy hour drinks and network with people that could help further your career at the TGI Fridays down the street or at your company Christmas party, what does networking mean for you as a cam model?

The first and probably most obvious out of all of them is SOCIAL MEDIA. If you’re surprised by that, I don’t know why. It should be pretty obvious that having a strong social media presence, especially in this day and age can make or break your career. No longer do you need an agent to put you in contact with all the right people, and no more of having to work with someone to get to know them and become friends.

The most important thing about social media is that you need to look at it as if it’s your professional portfolio. Every picture, every interaction with a fan, every video should only be your highest quality. IF someone was going to want to work with you, this is what you would present to them. Your profile page is your virtual “business card” so to speak. Not only do you need to always be presenting your best so that you get noticed, you also need to have an easy way to contact you where people can see it. My recommendation is to have your business email in your bio. On every bio. In this day and age all it takes is a quick tweet, DM or like on Instagram for a photographer to want to set up a shoot, or another cam model wanting to set up shows. Start interacting with the type of people that you want to be working with in the future, get to know them, establish a healthy, friendly working relationship…. and I can’t stress the working enough. It’s so important to stay professional in every situation. Networking 101 is you never want to burn a bridge unnecessarily, because even if they aren’t working out the way you wanted them to, you never know when you could use that connection to your advantage in the future. Am I saying to let yourself be taken advantage of? Hell no girl, don’t be crazy. Be a firm business savvy diva if you need to be, but always know to keep it respectful. Respect will take you a long way in people’s eyes and as far as networking goes, reputation is everything.

The second is going to expos and conventions. This one obviously takes more time, effort and money, but is the best and strongest way to network in the more traditional sense. There are multiple conventions that go on through the year but the ones of most prestige and note are: AEE (along with the AVN awards) XBIZ and CamCon. The AEE is the pre-game to the AVN Awards in Vegas. All of the big players are here, including all the talent and most of them have booths where you can walk right up and get more information, make contacts etc.

Xbiz and Camcon take place at the same time in MIami. Xbiz is another big player convention however this one seems to have more emphasis on the behind the scenes industry people. The producers, webmasters, affiliates, site owners… you get the idea. In my humble opinion, this is one of the BEST places to be to network. Building strong relationships with the actual industry workers that aren’t the models can be extremely advantageous, and you never know when you’re going to want to have that connection in your back pocket.

Camcon on the other hand, is definitely geared more towards the cam model. It’s a newer convention that has been running for a couple of years. This is all about the cam model. You can network with each other, set up shows, film content, go to workshops and there is even a fan meet and greet day where your fans can meet you, take pics get autographs. I haven’t been personally, but I hear that have full security detail for the models on that day as well as hair and makeup. OH you fancy, huh?

Now you might be thinking, “I’m a cam model! What is this crazy Bish talking about? Why would I waste my time networking when I can just as easily log onto my big box site, make money and call it a day?” Well.. You can. No one is saying that isn’t a perfectly apt way of camming. However, it’s important to recognize that the way that cam models are treated in the industry is changing. The age of social media and Skype where we can have direct contact with fans and the ability to create our own traffic has started a shift in the way from things once were. Many established veterans in the industry have said that cam models are the future of porn. We are our own future, and by networking within the industry and building strong ties and relationships we can ensure our own success. No longer do we have to stay in the background and hope that the white labels and the cam sites are doing their job with advertising so that we have enough people in our room. The time is now to start treating yourself like the bad ass business woman/man you are and create your own destiny. That starts with networking. Period. So go print up those business cards and get ready to shake hands and kiss some babies.

Perfect the webcam model snapchat takeover.

There are a lot of things to be said about snapchat takeovers. Sure, it’s yet another platform and some might be thinking it’s just another pain in the ass app taking up space on your phone in order to stay legitimate in the social media world. However, the truth of the matter is that snapchat can be a GREAT way to market yourself and broaden your fan base, and if you learn to network with other accounts, you can uncover a social media goldmine.

Snapchat Takeovers are a not only a great way to gain new followers, but it can also be an extremely easy way to increase your revenue and let your fans gain a little insight into your “personal” world. Takeovers are awesome because you can build quick brand loyalty by letting them “hang out” with you for a day, let new people know who you are, and pimp out all your other social media accounts/links, yet time and time again I see models letting their takeover day slip by them without taking full advantage of what they have at their disposal.

There are a few things that are important to take into consideration when doing a snapchat takeover. The first being that everyone and their brother is going to ask you to do one for them. This is when I’m going to be very clear and let you know that all snapchat takeovers are NOT created equal. It’s important before agreeing to take over an account, to think about what you are willing to do for your time on their snapchat. Are you going to do an actual show? Are you comfortable with saying yes if they want you to show nudity? How many hours do you like to have control of their account for?

It’s a good idea to write down a list of how you run your takeovers. There will be some people who treat it like a business transaction, and others who are just wanting to call you the dreaded “sweetie” and “hun” and let you know that they can really help you out! *eyeroll* (If it isn’t self explanatory, the latter are the people who you should avoid.) In my experience, they are usually fanboys who think that they are “pros” in the industry because they run a couple social media accounts and have the ability to take advantage of naive girls. Not cute.

The key is to treat takeovers the same as you would any other aspect of your business. It’s not only networking but also a business interaction. You are supplying your brand for them to promote their snapchat account, and in turn they are providing you with marketing. By treating it in a strict business fashion, you will attract more of the mainstream accounts (Redtube, Pornhub, Manyvids etc.) and I can tell you from experience that those accounts are the cream of the crop in regards to takeovers. Pornhub alone has over 120,000 views on their snapchat so getting a takeover like that is a huge boost to your social media game, as well as to your brand as a whole.

What Questions to Ask When Asked to do A Takeover:

-How many views do they have? (Obviously this is an optional question, but if it’s under 1,000 views I don’t feel like it is worth my time.)

-Are they okay with you responding to messages or would they prefer to have you stick with purely posting on the storyline. (This is one that I didn’t ask at first, but you WILL get bombarded with messages and some people do not like it if you are opening them.)

-Let them know what you expect on your end from a takeover. (ex. How many hours you’d like to have it, whether or not you show nudity etc.)

-Schedule the takeover in advance. This way you can set up any deals you want to run, and have a day planned where you can devote your attention to the takeover. (Personally I schedule at least 1 week in advance)

Keep in mind that if something happens where there is a scheduling conflict, that it’s the right thing to do to let them know that you won’t be able to do the takeover. Don’t just NOT do it on the day of, I’ve seen that happen before and it looks so unprofessional.

Once you have the actual takeover scheduled then it’s time to prepare. It makes me sad to see the lost potential that happens on so many takeovers because the models aren’t using the platform to their advantage. They snap a few snaps, say hi, act cute, yada yada… but they don’t engage their audience. They aren’t CONSTANTLY reminding them of their social media handles, they aren’t running sales or spending all day on there posting an almost obscene amount of snaps. The fans want to be entertained, so entertain them damnit!

Tips for the actual Takeover

It’s important to let them know a little bit about you before you start throwing links and sales in their faces. Introduce yourself, post some silly snaps of your morning routine or some sexy snaps of you being a bad ass bitch. If you’re allowed to answer their messages, let them know that you will be answering their questions throughout the day, that way they know to start sending them. Throw out your Twitter/Insta/Snapchat handles so they know where to follow you. Then, right when they bite onto the bait on your fishing line, start reeling them in.

BAM! 50% off my premium snapchat for today only! Go HERE: xxxxx.xxxx

Then post more teasing snaps, answer a few more questions….

BOOM! Premium show tonight! See it by going HERE: xxxxx.xxx .

You get the idea. I also recommend only using one place for them to get your snapchat, If you can do one simple link for ALL of your stuff even better. People like easy, so if you have a link that says vitametavegamin.supercalifragilisticexpialidoscious.com/findme/snapchat/premium/modelnamehere, chances are they aren’t going to take the time to type it in. Streamline it, shorten it, make it easy to remember. The $10 you’ll spend a year on a domain name is going to pay itself off in no time. SNAP(modelname).com or PAY(modelname).com Easy to remember, easy to type in.

Now, I know what some of you are thinking. “It’s only snapchat, I would rather spend my time on making money” If you’re one of the ones thinking this, then you are not realizing your earning potential. At all. My highest earning day ever was on a Snapchat takeover. I brought in over $3,000 alone from sales of their fanbase in a single day. So excuses are just that, excuses.

If you aren’t sure where to start, post on your social media that you would like to do takeovers and tag promoters. Start networking and messaging accounts asking them if you can do one. Once you start, the offers will come to you. 🙂

A million Eggs in your Basket

I consider myself an entrepreneur. In fact, I consider every cam model one. Technically, you are running your own business, and camming on a site is just an extension of that. Sure, it would be easy to log on and cam every day and have that be your sole source of income, and I’m sure that for a lot of models that is the case. There’s nothing wrong with that. However, in my opinion, it is imperative to create multiple sources of income so that you never fall to the trap of depending on a site more than depending on yourself.

Take #Streamgate2015, for example. A day (and by day I mean MONTHS) that will live in infamy for the rest of existence. Streamate glitched and crashed extremely hard back in August of 2015, (and honestly, hasn’t really recovered 100% since then.. But I digress) and guess what happened when the site was barely workable? Models freaked out. They lost their minds. They screamed, they cried, they bitched. They feared for their paychecks and the bills that they owed, yet all of a sudden weren’t sure if they were going to be able to pay. It was a mess.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to sit up on my pedestal and preach to the masses about why the models shouldn’t have been upset, because trust and believe I was right there with all of them. However, I learned a very valuable lesson. One that I take with me every day in my business, and that is that you can never have too many eggs in your basket.

It was literally the worst feeling when the site that I depended on crashed. It was extremely difficult to stay connected and to make money for around a month. It was terrifying, and there were some days where I ate nothing but ramen noodles, and yes, I admit, my electricity was even turned off. I vowed to myself that would never happen to me again. Sure, you could just start on a new camsite, but it isn’t that simple is it? You have to be approved first, and then you have to wait an average of an extra two weeks to even start receiving any money which, at that time I was not financially stable enough to do. I think I can speak for all of us when I say that it is a scary thing when you don’t know whether or not you’re going to make enough money to feed you and your family.

Part of me actually wants to thank #Streamgate2015 for happening. We survived, we prospered, and hell, my income is better than ever because of what I learned from it. My number one takeaway? Multiple Streams of Income.

I realized that in order for me to never be put into a situation like that again, I was going to have to buck the F*&% up and guarantee my own financial stability. Who knows when something like a site crash could happen again?

First, I started making clips (trust and believe, I absolutely loathe clip making) and right away I started seeing an increase in my passive income. Was it thousands? Hell no. Was it enough to pay a bill or two every month? You bet your sweet ass.

Second, I started a white label…. and then I promoted the CRAP out of it. This took a couple months to see a return on, but now I receive 2-4 checks a month in the mail of passive income from members who spend on other models.

Third, I started investing time now to make money later. By that I mean, I started to spend a lot of time (and I mean A LOT of time) on social media. I didn’t see anything from it for a while, and there were days where I would get so frustrated that I wanted to scream, but then after about 6 months of spending at least 3 hours a day on my social media presence, my ish blew up. In a BIG WAY. I can now take damn near 3 weeks off of cam if I feel like it, and sustain more than enough to pay all of my bills and live comfortably off my snapchat sales alone. (Gain followers, engage your audience, the potential for becoming brand ambassadors, spokespeople, and a brand to be reckoned with is there. You just have to invest your time to see a return.)

Fourth, I picked some model websites that I enjoy and I signed up for affiliate programs to their website. Now I can make money off of their work as well as supporting other models in the industry (which in my opinion, makes for a stronger industry as a whole.)

Finally, after all is said and done I started to take a look outside of the adult industry. Now I’m at the point where I am going to invest. That way I can watch my money make money.

So long story short, here I am, 10 months after #Streamgate2015, and I have so many sources of income hitting my bank account that it take actual effort to keep track of what I get paid and when. I feel completely financially stable, and more importantly 100% in charge of how I run my business. If a cam site isn’t working for me, I don’t stress anymore, I adapt, and the only reason I’m able to do so freely is because of branching out of my comfort zone and making sure that the only business I depend on to keep me financially stable, is my own. My advice to you is for you to do the same.

Trending Cam Store Items

Popular Cam Store Items

Many cam models are expanding their business and doing more than just live cam shows. Starting your own website, selling videos on clip sites, and opening your own store are all popular routes to go down. These are all extra things that you can be doing to increase the amount of money you’re making and to get your name and image out there to more people across different websites.
 
Storefronts are huge right now. There are many different adult sites that let you have your own storefront. Some of the biggest ones right now are ManyVids, Extralunchmoney, and Cam Model Store. Sites like the ones I just mentioned allow you to sell more than just your premade photosets and videos. You can sell custom content, access to your private Snapchat account, and even tangible goods such as your used panties, other lingerie that you’ve worn before, autographed photos, used toys, etc. The possibilities are endless! Recently, models have been getting more creative about the items that they offer in their stores. Some of the newer items to come out have really taken off! So while these items are hot, it’s best for you to get in on them while they’re still trending and popular amongst cam model fans.
 
One of the most popular store items right now are cock ratings. For me personally, they’re my number one selling item on ManyVids. Every model offers different things when it comes to cock ratings, and it’s completely up to you how you want to do yours. I’ve found the most popular option to be a cock rating video. In my videos, I look at the pictures and let the viewer know my initial thoughts on their cock length, girth, balls, hairiness, and overall appearance. After that, I grab one of my dildos that’s around the same size as their cock and use it “test out their dick”. Most models don’t do this in their cock rating videos, but I’ve found that I sell lots more when I do and I can charge more for them as well. After that, I recap my thoughts on their cock and give them a number rating between 1 and 5. My cock rating videos usually run about 5 minutes long and I charge the same price for them as I would for a 5 minute custom video. And in most cases, they’re a lot easier than a custom video because they’re basically all the same and I don’t have to worry about a script or anything. Other popular options for cock ratings are through a paragraph or on Snapchat. These are generally cheaper than a video because they don’t take as much work and you can pretty much get them done within a few minutes. For the paragraph one, I just basically write out what I think of their cock and put the rating at the end. So it’s the same as the video, except written out instead of spoken. For the Snapchat cock ratings, I usually send them three personal snaps: the first two with my initial thoughts on their cock and the final one with their number rating. I’ve found that guys love to have their cock rated! You should definitely be taking advantage of this popular trend!
 
Another thing that’s popular right now is the GFE, or Girlfriend Experience. A lot of guys are really into have a girl to talk to for a certain amount of time that will make it feel like they’re actually in a relationship with them. This can involve flirty messages throughout the day, cute little pictures or even short video clips, telling each other how your day went, watching a movie together and chatting about your thoughts, etc. Anything that a normal couple might do. The amount of time that you offer and how much you charge for this is completely up to you. It can be very time consuming, especially if you get a really needy guy. It’s definitely important to put all of your rules and restrictions in the description of your item for this, otherwise the guys may try to take advantage of you. Some models will only offer an hour or a couple hours at a time, while others will set aside an entire day to chat back and forth with their “boyfriend” for the day. If you decide to offer the GFE to your fans, be sure to set your prices high enough to compensate the amount of time you’ll have to spend doing this. It’s also a good idea to put in the description that they need to schedule a day and time with you in advance. Some guys will buy the item and expect you to contact them and start chatting immediately. This isn’t always possible because of your own schedule or timezone. So definitely put that in the description somewhere so they plan a date in advance.
 
Not quite as popular, but still worth adding to your store, is a hotel stay. Basically your fans can purchase you one night in a fancy hotel. During your stay, you should spend the majority of your time shooting new content. The fan who purchased your hotel stay should get the content for free and then you’ll have all of that new content to put for sale in your clip store or to put up on your website. Shooting in the same location can get boring for both you and your fans. So mixing it up with some hotel content can really be a lot of fun and a big seller.

Win Big On ManyVids

ManyVids Contests

If you aren’t taking advantage of selling stuff on ManyVids, you’re really missing out! ManyVids has quickly become one of the most popular clip and store sites in the camming/adult industry. With their growing popularity comes lots of new and exciting opportunities for models to have some fun while earning extra cash! Over the past few months, ManyVids has announced several new contests and events where you can win big!
 
WINNING WEDNESDAY
On April 29th, ManyVids launched their first Winning Wednesday contest. The way the contest works is that they pick a theme and members of the site vote for who they think has the best themed picture. Any model or studio account can enter and every member of the site gets one free vote per model/studio. After using their free vote on someone, members can purchase extra votes for that model if they choose to. Since the contest ends up being more about who has the fans willing to spend the most on votes and not so much about the person who has the best themed picture, ManyVids gives out two prizes. The first is $300 to the model or studio that collects the most amount of votes. The second is $100 to the model or studio that the ManyVids staff thinks has the most creative/fun themed photo.
 
These contests don’t happen every week, but still pretty often. They’re usually announced 1-2 days in advance so you have time to take your photo. They only last for a few hours, usually from 1pm – 5pm EST. Besides displaying your photo on the contest page, you can also put in some text. Most models will offer prizes to the members who purchase votes for them. You can either list your prizes right there below your picture, or tell them where they can find a list of your prizes (public Snapchat account, Twitter, in your photos section on ManyVids, etc.). Another great perk… whenever someone purchases votes for you, you keep the money that they spent on the votes! You keep the same percentage as you do throughout the rest of the site, so 60%. So you’d earn $60 if someone buys $100 in votes for you. If you finish in the top 5-10, they sometimes send you goodies as a way to say congrats.
 
SUMMER SPLASH
ManyVids Summer Splash event is definitely something to check out! Every month, they already hand out $10,000 to their top earners every month. But for July, they’re doubling it! That means the top 25 models and studios who earn the most in sales throughout the month of July will get double what they normally get! The below chart shows how much you win if you place in the top 25:
 
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MV DAILY GRIND
ManyVids is giving out even more cash throughout the month of July with the MV Daily Grind event. Every day in July, they will be giving out $500 to the top earner. The winner will be announced daily and the cash goes into your account right away. You can check out the leaderboard here or visit your profile page to see what place you’re in. On the top of your profile, below your tabs, you can see your rank and also see a drop down menu where fans can donate extra to help you win. You’re free to offer prizes if you want in exchange for tips.

Getting Paid To Talk And Text With Your Fans

Earn Income texting with your fans

​It’s now easier than ever to stay in contact with your fans throughout the day and get paid for it! Pay-per-minute phone calls and pay-per-message sexting is all the rage right now! There’s lots of different networks out there to help you monetize this trend. Whether you’re new to the adult industry and maybe nervous about getting on cam right away, or you’re a veteran looking for more ways to earn cash, this is a great option for you!

You no longer have to worry about privacy issues from giving out your actual phone number. When you use any of the services out there, they provide you with an anonymous phone number that will route all phone calls and text messages to your actual phone. This way, your real phone number is never given out to your fans.

Most of the different networks allow you to choose what you want to accept: whether it be just phone calls, just text messages, or both. If you choose to accept phone calls, make sure your voicemail message does not mention your real phone number in it. If a fan calls your anonymous number and you don’t answer, they’ll be sent to your voicemail and will be able to hear whatever your voicemail message is. Although your privacy is of utmost importance to these companies, most of them do not offer any form of regional blocking like you get with cam sites. They do allow you to block specific members if there’s someone you don’t want to continue talking to, but at that point they’ve obviously already found out what you do.

Payout percentages vary by site, but you’re always able to set your own prices. You can set your own prices per minute for phone calls, per text message sent, per text message received, per picture message sent, and per picture message received. So it’s fully customizable to fit your needs. Most sites pay out weekly and give you multiple payout options: check, bank transfer, Payoneer, etc. You can easily keep track of how much you’re earning per customer and/or per phone call or message on every site. You can also switch your availability on and off at your convenience. Depending on the network, if your availability is set to off, you won’t show up on their site until you switch your status back on. On other sites, your customer will either be sent to your voicemail or routed to an automatic messaging system that informs them you’re not available at the moment.

All of the different networks out there have different features. One of the coolest features that I’ve found is called Shout-Outs. It’s available on Ringhop and a few other networks. If you have a photo, video, voice message, or text message that you want to share with all of your contacts at once, you can send it out as a mass message. Your fans won’t have any idea that it was sent to multiple contacts. They’ll only be charged if they unlock the message or on some sites, reply to the message. This can be a great way to engage with all your fans and earn some quick money. The majority of the time if a fan opens that message, he’ll also start talking to you afterwards.

Check out all of the different networks that offer phone/messaging services.

To Film or not to film? That is the question…

Income Generation from Filming Videos

There comes a time in every cam girls life where she has to ask herself one simple question.

“To Film or Not to Film.”

Sounds easy enough, right?

The truth of the matter is that deciding to take the dive and film clips can be ridiculously intimidating. “What do I use? What type of content should I make? Do I have to pay for a decent video editor?” So many questions to consider. Luckily, they all have pretty simple answers. So if that’s you hiding in the corner, shying away from putting that beautiful booty on film, it’s time to stand up, step out into the limelight and conquer baby, because we’ve got this on lock.

Where Do I start?

Let’s start with the basics. If you’re new to making clips, chances are you haven’t invested in a top of the line video camera, and that is OKAY. Using the same camera that you use to cam with should do the trick, as long as you have decent lighting. Personally, I use my Logitech C920 for everything, and it hasn’t failed me yet. (Note: Lighting is the key to making your videos look high quality. If you can’t afford to purchase a kit, take 3 floor lamps and put one on each side of the cam, and one directly behind it.) If you can spare a few dollars for a lighting kit, you can find nice quality and affordable priced ones on Amazon. (Wish List anyone?)

Okay, phew. Step one down.

So what’s next?

The next step is a beast to which many a cam girl has had to conquer in her quest to making the perfect clip, and that beast is content.

What the Hell do I make?

You’d think that after spending hours a day diddling yourself and playing perfect fantasy to people online, that this part would be easy, breezy, beautiful…but if you’re anything like me, than you like to over-think and over-analyze every possible situation and this becomes a task that can be the most daunting.

First off, trust me when I say there is a person out there for everything. (Sick? Film that snotty nose, girl and make you some money!) Take a second and think about what your favorite thing to do is during a show. Maybe, you’re the straight missionary get ‘er done type, or perhaps you lean towards being a savant of the Jerk Off Instruction. Whatever your style is, roll with it. The best content is going to be made when you’re comfortable and confident in the product that you’re putting out.If you’re still struggling about figuring out what to film, I recommend setting up your cam, hitting play and then getting yourself off like it’s your birthday. (Go Shawty…) Why? One, because you deserve it. Two, because at the end of that glorious orgasm, you will have a clip that needs barely any edits and you can sell it as “Hidden Cam”. BOOM.

(Side Note: Sometimes, when I have a hard time thinking of new ideas, I will run a special on custom videos. That way, I let my fans think up the content for me, get upfront payment and then turn around and re-sell for maximum profits.)

Okay, so… you’ve got the cam and the lighting. You’ve filmed the content. Now what?

Next, my dears, is editing. There are hundreds of video editing tools that you can use, and honestly, most of the ones that are worth a damn will cost you some money, but invest a little to make a lot, am I right? (Plus a tax write off! HOLLA’!)

However, for arguments sake, and so that this article doesn’t turn into a dissertation, we’re going to keep it to the basics.

Windows User: Windows Movie Maker
Mac User: iMovie

These are both free editors that will get the job done, and let you put out a decent project. If you’re not familiar with how these work, there are tons of video tutorials on youtube, and both programs are fairly easy to learn. A couple of quick snips where you need it, along with a nice intro, and you’re good to go!

As far as watermarking goes, in Windows Movie Maker there is technically no way to watermark. However, the simple fix is to click on “caption” (under edit) and change the length of the caption to fit the length of your video. Then you type in whatever you want your watermark to be (ex: Selene Adams) and voila! Your clip is “watermarked.”

iMovie watermarking is a more labor intensive process that involves a series of steps. The short and skinny of it is you need to create an image of your watermark to import into iMovie. You can go to macworld.com and they list it out for you Watermarking on iMovie will have the step by step instructions (with pictures!) If you’re using music in any part of your clips, be careful about what type of music you use. Believe it or not, it’s a big no no to use music without permission. Don’t worry, this is an easy fix! A simple Google search for “Royalty Free Music” and you should be able to find some that you can use without worrying about The Fuzz knocking on your door.

Still with me? Good.

You might think you’re done at this point. You’ve filmed the content, edited the video, so what else could there be? When you’re in your final steps of saving the video you just edited, you need to think about the following question. What Format Should I be saving this clip? …I’m so glad you asked! The most widely used format is MP4, so always try and save your content in this format. WMV and MOV are also both popular, so those are good secondary versions to keep on a hard drive. (Did I mention that you should invest in a hard drive? Clips take up a ton of space, and in honor of trying to make computers fast and streams glitch free, it’s best to keep everything on an external hard drive.)

Pick whichever format you’d like and click save. That’s it! You’re done! You’ve made your first clip! Congratulations!

Now go out there and sell it to the world, BB.

Why Social Media is so important for webcam models

Enhancing your fan base and your wallet with social media

Did you know that there are women making six figure incomes using social media sites like Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and Kik? Seem like an impossible task? It’s actually easier than you think.
Creating a strong social media presence is as important as turning on your camera for your cam show. You want to build yourself up as a brand—a bankable brand. Having lots of followers can lead to endorsements, ad sales, affiliate sales, or in some cases, a modeling contract.

If you’re new to the social media game it can seem intimidating to jump in. It’s best to start with the most adult friendly platforms like Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram. Instagram isn’t entirely adult content friendly but they’ll make exceptions if you censor your images (i.e. use Emojis to cover your nipples).

Instagram is far and away the best platform for becoming a ‘fit tea girl’ which is an Instagramer insider joke for women who promote detox teas and waist trainers. Those girls make serious money advertising weight loss products and exercise gear. Other girls use Instagram to show off their favorite lingerie or swimsuits and get paid to promote the brands they love.

How do they do it? First, they amass a large following, then they tag their favorite companies in their photos and mention them in their captions. The companies will often times reach out to the cam girl and offer either a discount on their product, an affiliate code, or they’ll pay for a sponsored post. Sponsored posts make anywhere from $30-$1,000 which means you post the brand’s picture for an hour and then take it down. Some girls will leave the posts up but other girls don’t like to be so blatant in their advertising.

Advertising other brands isn’t the only thing Instagram is good for. It’s also a great way to advertise your shows (and your other social media outlets.) You don’t want to make a habit of posting solely about your upcoming shows, but a flirty photo and a link to your cam site (in your bio) could be a great way to drive traffic to your show.

If posting photos of your everyday life to make money isn’t your thing, then consider joining Twitter. Twitter is a great tool for promoting your shows and showing off your, ahem, assets. A lot of girls set their Twitter account to private and charge money to their fans during cam shows to unlock access to their Twitter account. Cam girls typically charge fans between 100 and 200 tokens for access to their Twitter account.

Snapchat is another great social media tool for making money or building up your brand. Snapchat stories allows you to piece together a daily story showcasing your life which is something your fans will definitely be interested in seeing. There’s even a program called Snapcash. Snapcash allows fans to send you money directly through Snapchat. So if a fan wants to talk to you, you can charge them via Snapcash.Because Snapchat is a no-holds-barred venue for cam girls to connect directly with their fans there are tons of forums where you can find potential fans looking to interact with cam girls. The only problem with Snapcash is that some fans will cancel payment directly after they request a photo or chat with a girl. It happens frequently on Paypal and other money transfer services as well, so be wary of new customers.

The fourth social media platform you should jump on if you’re a cam girl is KIK. You can chage your fans to talk to you on KIK and have one on one conversation. It’s an easy way to make your fans feel connected to you, which typically equates to larger tips in future shows.

No matter what social media platform you choose to use (and really you should choose all of them) you need to be extremely consistent. Post everyday, at least three times a day to all your accounts and vary your posts. No one that’s paying for unique content wants to see the same selfie on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. Give your customers some variety and they’ll be followers for a lifetime. The most important aspect of any social media campaign is to think of yourself as a brand. Don’t post things that are off topic or too sales-pitchy. It’s ok to talk about yourself and tell people what time you’ll be camming, but they want to see you as a human being, not just another face selling a product. Ingratiate yourself with the fans, make them care about you, and soon you’ll be raking in the tokens.

Investing 101 for Cam Models

Investing your webcam money

The first rule of investing: you’re never too young to invest. Investing can seem awfully intimidating with all that financial jargon but once you break it down it’s pretty simple to understand.
Most cam girls invest to make a little money on the side, or bulk up their savings for retirement, or to beat inflation. If you’re already setting aside money in a savings account you’re ahead of the game, but unfortunately, that money is just sitting there earning less than 1% when it could be making you more money.

The first thing you should look into is investing your retirement savings. This is more than just naming your saving account “retirement funds”; you need to put your money into a retirement fund like a 401(k) or an IRA. There are three main types of IRAs: Traditional, Roth, and Rollover. Each has its own advantage.

In a traditional IRA you make contributions to your account with money you might be able to deduct on your tax return. Potentially your earnings can grow tax-deferred until you withdraw them for retirement. A lot of retirees find themselves in a lower tax bracket than they were while they were working so the tax-deferral means your money might be taxed at a lower rate.

With a Roth IRA you make contributions with money you’ve already paid taxes on. If you meet certain conditions (your bank will be able to go into detail about the conditions you need to meet) you could have tax-free withdrawals in retirement.

Finally a Rollover IRA is a Traditional IRA intended for money that has rolled over from a retirement plan. This means you would take money from an employer-sponsored plan such as a 401(k) or a 403(b) and move it into an IRA.

So why would you need an IRA? For starters your savings have the potential to grow or compound faster than they would in a taxable account. Even if you have a 401(k) from an employer you will still need up to 85% of your pre-retirement income in retirement and that 401(k) may not cut it.

An IRA will help you supplement your current savings, take advantage of tax-deferred or tax-free growth, and help you gain access to a wider range of investment choices.

If you use your IRA to dabble in investments that are out of the mainstream (meaning you go off the beaten path from the typical offerings of banks and mutual funds) you’re going to want to do some serious research beforehand. For example, some people buy coins with their IRA. Lots of people buy gold and silver coins because they’ve been measurements of value for thousands of years.
Coins tend to be stable when stock markets crash or inflation soars but that’s not to say the price of gold and silver doesn’t fluctuate, because they do. A lot of mainstream IRA custodians such as banks and mutual funds don’t offer coins as an IRA option. IRS regulations require storage be overseen by a custodian but custodians don’t have to offer this service. The same holds true for precious metal bullions like gold or silver bars. IRAs allow for metals such as gold, silver, palladium, and platinum to be purchased with an IRA but many financial advisors say it doesn’t
perform over time and probably isn’t worth the hassle of getting it appraised and valued every year.

If you’re a first time investor your safest bet is to invest in mutual funds. Professional investors collect groups of securities and you can invest in these funds without picking every individual stock or bond yourself. This lets you diversify your portfolio without worrying about which stock to pick. Which leads us to the most important rule of investing: diversify. You never want to put all your eggs in one basket. That’s the quickest way to lead to financial disaster. Always diversify your investments because you never know what stocks will fall and what stocks will rise.

Try not to jump on the stock of the moment, otherwise known as hot stocks. There’s always a stock that’s generating buzz but it’s better to research the company that’s being buzzed about than to jump on the stock of the moment and buy a ton of it. If you do play the stock game don’t let the morning news dictate whether you should buy or sell. Active investing (buying and selling stocks strategically and frequently) doesn’t work for most people and it’s not always a sound investment.

Don’t get wrapped up in a stock for sentimental purposes. If a stock performed well in its past performances but the security is falling, you have to be willing to let go. Securities are only as a good as how they’re currently performing, so be prepared to let go of a stock that may have been good for awhile but has turned bad. It’s also bad to get caught up in checking the stock ticker all day as markets and stocks go up and down every day. And never invest money you need fast access to. Experts suggest you should never invest money you’ll need within five years because if the market goes down you won’t recoup those costs.

Securities, IRAs, and investing can be overwhelming and risky so it’s always best to consult a professional. There are tons of great resources out there that will help you invest your money wisely. If you want to learn more about investing contact a financial planner or a wealth adviser or even an automated online investing platform.

Profiting from your Instagram by selling plugs or products

The most successful cam girls know that in order to make serious money they can’t just rely on camming to support them. The top earners in the cam world spread their talent throughout all kinds of social media platforms increasing their following and their cash flow.

Social media sites like Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram are free and easy platforms to increase the amount of eyes on your personal brand (more on that here). Why does having a social media presence matter? Think about it from a fan’s point of view. They log on and want to watch your cam show but you’re not there. If your profile links your fan to your social media network they can look at you, engage with you, and feel like you’re with them even if you’re not live at the moment.

Instead of going to another model’s page they are now engaging with you which gives you a chance to engage back, increasing the likelihood of that fan watching your show and tipping you at a later date because the fan feels like they made a connection. The same logic applies to would-be fans. They see you interacting with people like them on social media and think they could have a chance to interact with you on a personal basis using social media. Now you’ve got two engaged fans willing to spend money and time on you. Once you reach a solid amount of fans on your social media sites you will also start being approached by brands that will want you to become a brand ambassador. As a brand ambassador you can either receive free merchandise (such as jewelry, lingerie, or swimwear) and post about the brand to your followers, or you can become an affiliate of the brand and make a commission from each sale. As an affiliate you’ll receive a special code, place it in your social media bio and each sale will be tracked through that code.

Once you’ve developed a following of 5,000 fans you can begin to reach out to companies that you want to work with. Don’t be shy about contacting companies that you think are on brand for you and vice versa. For example: do you wear a certain brand of lingerie? Post a photo of yourself wearing their brand and tag them in the photo and mention them in the caption. Any good brand will like the photo or comment, which opens up the door for you to direct message them about working together.

If that’s not your style then privately email them and ask about their brand ambassador program or find out how you can work with them. You can work with more than one brand at once so be sure to send out plenty of messages. Making money on social media is all about making connections and developing relationships with other brands. If you’re wearing a brand’s clothing and they have 100+k followers and they repost you you’re going to gain a lot of followers, which could turn into fans with tokens. Instagram isn’t a fast way to make money but if you do it right and build a good reputation the brands will come knocking down your door.

A lot of cam girls set their Twitter and Snapchat accounts to private and only allow paying customers to access their profiles. It’s a smart move because you can send virtually any kind of adult content on those platforms as long as you’re over 18 years of age. Instagram doesn’t allow nudity or adult content but you can get away with modeling lingerie or posting suggestive photos. Lots of cam models use Instagram as their main branding platform because it’s 100% visual and easy to use as long as you have a cellphone. You can post photos, use relevant hash tags, and build an audience very quickly. The key to running a successful Instagram account is to be consistent and engage with your followers whether it’s two followers or 200,000 followers. This article goes into more detail about the do’s and don’ts of Instagram.

It may seem overwhelming to try to build a strong social media presence but it’s easier than you think. During your show let your fans know you’re now on Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, etc. and tell them to follow you. You can even offer to follow back the first hundred followers. Don’t feel bad about promoting your social media accounts on your cam profile because the people in the room are there to see you and are going to be more than happy to watch you on all your social platforms. Making money on social media can be easy and totally enjoyable. The key is to be
persistent, engage with fans, and soon enough you could be one of those Instagram girls making over $100,000 a year in sponsorships and ad placements. Remember, even those girls started with 0 followers.