Author - Sarah G

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.

Managing your webcam earnings better

webcam earnings

How to Manage your hard earned webcam earnings better

It’s difficult to save money as a cam girl because you never know how much money you’re going to make each day. Even the top girls with very high webcam earnings fluctuate in earnings each month. Not knowing how much you’ll make each day, let alone each month, makes saving money seem next to impossible. When you have a great day camming it can be tempting to treat yourself and splurge on something fun and frivolous. Unfortunately, with that kind of attitude towards finances, you could find yourself struggling to buy groceries.

If you’re smart about your money you can help avoid an end of the month scramble to pay rent. You could even find a way to save your money for long term goals like buying a house, planning for retirement, or starting a college fund for your children. Depending on your income level there are two fool proof plans to save money. The first plan is the basic survival plan. If your camming income barely covers your rent, food, and bills, you won’t be able to save a lot, but if you put away a tiny bit each paycheck your bank account (and stress level) will thank you.

If you’re on the survival savings plan try to stash away 10% of your earnings each cam session. For example, if you make $50, save $5. It may not seem like a lot but it will pad your bank account and come in handy if you have to miss a cam show or an unexpected cost pops up. If you’re making a larger income than a part time cam model and you can afford to save more then you should think about a long-term savings plan. To keep things simple follow the 50/20/30 rule. Here’s the breakdown:

50 percent of your income should go towards essentials. That may seem high but once you consider what falls into that category it makes financial sense. Things such as housing, food, transportation, and utilities are all essentials. Obviously each person has different essential costs (i.e. you may live in a location where your rent is cheap but it costs you a lot in gas money to get to work) so adjust accordingly.

20 percent of your income should be put towards financial obligations. That may sound similar to essentials but these are items that will help you get ahead financially versus things you need to pay to survive. For example, paying off student loans, planning for retirement, and putting away money for emergencies are all financial obligations.

30 percent of your income (and this is where you can really make a difference in your budget) are items that enhance your lifestyle. Some financial experts would advise against such a frivolous category but quality of life is very important and it’s necessary to have some small luxuries. You work hard, you should be able to enjoy your money. There are some tricky costs in here that may seem like they belong in the financial obligations category. Items like cell phone bill and cable bills appear to be financial obligations but you could sacrifice movie channels for a cheaper cable
bill and you can always decrease the cost of your cell phone bill. Those items are completely personal choices and that’s why we put them in the lifestyle category.

If you’re having a hard time deciding on how to spend less money (and keep more of your webcam earnings in the long run) try these simple tips for cutting unnecessary expenditures:

1) Buy groceries and make food at home instead of eating out or ordering take out. If you spend $10 on each meal out you’re spending $210 or more a week on food. You can reduce your cost of eating by finding recipes that stretch your meals. Think about roasting a chicken on Sunday night and using that chicken throughout the week in burritos, salads, and soups.

2) If you cam from somewhere other than you home try to find a rideshare program to reduce your gas bill. There are tons of programs that help people find rides to and from work. It’s good for your wallet and it’s good for the environment.

3) Write down what you spend your money on everyday for an entire week. Even if it’s a couple dollars on a cup of coffee see where you could save money. That cup of coffee could be made at home for a fraction of the cost of a Starbucks espresso.

If you feel like you’re not able to control your webcam earnings on your own speak to an industry friendly financial specialist. There are many financial advisers versed in the adult industry and the financial trappings that come with working in this field. There are lots of resources that can help you budget your money and save up for things as small as a pair of shoes or as large as buying a condo.

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.

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