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Starting Your Own Website

Starting your Own Website

​Besides doing live cam shows, many cam models branch out to other things in order to earn more money. One popular idea is starting your own website. Generally this would be a paysite that your fans can join in order to get access to a large amount of your content. It could include your videos, photosets, live show archives, blog, and maybe even a store to sell tangible goods and custom content.​ Members would pay monthly to continue accessing your content. Even if you don’t know the first thing about starting your own website, there are companies out there that make it easy for you to get started.

The first one we’ll talk about, and the one that I use for my own website, is ModelCentro. They’ve been around for a few years now and are a great option. They’re basically a CMS (content management system) platform. That means they provide you with all of the tools that are necessary to starting your own adult paysite. This includes premade forms that easily allow you to upload all of your content, add titles, descriptions, keywords, cover pictures, previews, watermarks, etc. They also provide you with on-site software to do live cam shows for your members. These shows can be free to all members or you can have certain members pay for a show with you. They have a built-in blog that you can use, calendar, about me page, and more! They really are the complete package in my opinion. And even though they already have a decent amount of features, they’re always working to add more. They really listen to the models and prioritize their new features based off of model input. An on-site storefront is currently in the works and should be released soon.

A downfall to using a site like ModelCentro, is that they take a percentage of everything that you make. You keep 67.5% when you use them. They take a percentage out for billing and a percentage out for themselves for providing all of the services that they do. Some models prefer to keep more money, which is fine if you know a bit more about web design and have the time to do everything yourself. You might choose to make a site with WordPress. WordPress is more complicated and time consuming to get to know than ModelCentro. Plug-ins and scripts that fit your needs all need to be found and installed by you. WordPress does provide a list of premade plug-ins, it’s just a matter of finding the right ones and getting them configured to your liking.

As far as making it so your fans have to pay to access your WordPress site, you have several different options. You could always use an adult-friendly payment processor such as CCBill. They provide you with fully functional buttons and forms that allow your fans to input their credit card information, have it processed through CCBill, and then provide access to your members-only content once they’re cleared. Another option would be for you to completely create the join page of your website yourself to include other ways of payment such as Amazon gift cards, GiftRocket, tips on a cam site, etc. In my opinion though, this complicates things. If they join through any of those methods, you’ll have to manually create their member account after you get paid. If you aren’t near a computer as soon as you get the notification that someone paid, that member will have to wait until you’re free before accessing your site. That can be frustrating.

If you 100% want to do your site from scratch, you’ll need to get hosting and a domain name. Unless you’re really experienced in web/graphic design or want to pay a company to create the site for you, I don’t suggest even trying this. Paying a company outright to create a site for you can be very expensive. And you’ll need to find a company that’ll work with adult content. And creating a site yourself, even if you have some experience, is incredibly time consuming.

One last thing… make sure you buy Whois privacy for your domain! It’ll mask your true identity. Without it, anyone can look up the name of the person who bought the domain name, along with other personal information. As a cam model, protecting your true identity is very important. So be sure to do this immediately after purchasing your name. It isn’t very expensive, and it’s most definitely a necessity.

ModelCentro Review

modelcentro review

My thoughts on ModelCentro, a comprehensive Review

​​ModelCentro is a platform that allows you to easily run your own membership-based website with no start-up fees. They make everything very easy, so no previous experience is necessary. Below I rate them in several different categories, giving them a score in each category out of 10. Out of 60 possible points, I gave them ​a perfect 60/60​!

How Much Experience Do You Have With The Site?
I’ve been using ModelCentro for almost a year and a half.

Features ​10​/10:
There are so many great features available to you with ModelCentro. They currently have four premade layouts for you to choose from for your website, each with several different color schemes. Every aspect of your site can be edited with images and text of your choosing. This allows every model using ModelCentro to have a unique looking website.

They make uploading all of your content incredibly easy with their simple to use uploaders. Videos and photosets can be added to your website from your computer or phone with just a few clicks. Once uploaded, you can edit the order of your photos, choose a cover image and screenshots for your videos, add title, description, tags, and several other details. You can choose to show your update only to paying members, or have it free to everyone as a teaser. You also choose whe​​ther or not you want to allow your content to be downloaded by your members. If you have live shows that you’ve done in the past saved on your computer/phone, you can also upload those to be added to your Recorded Live Shows page.

Speaking of live shows, ModelCentro allows you to stream live shows via their own browser app or an external encoder. You can choose to do a public show that anyone can view, a members only show that can only be viewed by ​all ​members of your website, or a private show for select member(s).​ ​During the show, members can chat with you and send you tips. Once you​r​ show is complete, the whole thing is automatically saved to your Uploads page. From there you can download it for editing, publish it as is to your website, or delete it.

ModelCentro is the only website that is integrated with Streamate. If you cam on Streamate, you can greatly increase your profits by connecting your ModelCentro website to your Streamate account. When you connect your accounts, a banner will be automatically generated on your Streamate profile. When your fans click that banner, they’ll be able to sign-up for your ModelCento website. Streamate and ModelCentro both keep a portion of your earnings when you get sign-ups this way. Your fans’ membership will automatically renew each month until they cancel.​​ Your earnings will show on your Streamate earnings page, not your ModelCentro earnings page and you will be paid through Streamate.

There are so many more great features you get with ModelCentro. When signing-up, they give you a free .xxx domain for the first year.​ They have a built-in affiliate program that you can enable to have affiliates promote your site. You’re able to choose all of your own program details and percentages. You can integrate your Amazon wishlist into your website, your SkyPrivate account for Skype shows, your VerifiedCall account, and all of your social media accounts. You can also easily connect your Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools accounts. You’re able to share your personal stories, updates, etc. via your own blog. You can also let your fans know what you have planned for the future from your calendar.

​Besides all of the features they already offer, ModelCentro is constantly working on new features that have been requested by the models. There is a lot planned for the near future including a shop where you’ll be able to sell tangible goods and custom content and a fully functional iPhone/Android app.​

Profits​ & ​Traffic ​10/10:
​The profits you can make from ModelCentro are endless! There are no start-up fees, only a percentage taken from each sign-up/renewal. From direct traffic, there is a 10% payment processing fee taken out and then 25% taken from the remaining amount. So essentially you keep 65% from all sign-ups through direct traffic. If the member is referred from one of your affiliates, there is an affiliate share taken out based on your affiliate program details.

​A lot of your traffic will come from you advertising your own website via your social media accounts or camming profiles. If you enable your affiliate program, you’ll also get traffic and sign-ups from them. ModelCentro gives frequent shout-outs from their models.xxx Twitter account. Aside from that, you can enable models.xxx promotion, which will automatically promote your new content on their models.xxx blog.

Ease Of Usin​g & ​Navigating The Site 10/10:
​The ModelCentro dashboard is incredibly easy to use. Everything is laid out in a way that makes it easy to find. All of the different sections have great descriptions that let you know what each feature does and how to use it. If for whatever reason you’re having trouble finding something, they have a build-in guide that can help you.​

Payments​ & ​Cashouts 10/10:
​ModelCentro holds you responsible for any chargebacks, so your earnings are on a 2 week hold. As soon as your funds are cleared and the payout minimum for the specific payment method is met, payouts are made every Tuesday except on major holidays. For different payout methods, there is a minimum that must be met before payout. That minimum is $100 for checks and Payoneer, $50 for Paxum, and $500 for a wire transfer. When logging in to your Dashboard, your all-time revenue, amount on hold, and next payout information is all displayed for you.​​ You can also view your Transactions List ​for a more in-depth analysis.

Privacy Protectio​n & Geo-Blocking ​10/10:
Your privacy is incredible important to ModelCentro. They’ll never reveal any of your personal information. As far as geo-blocking goes, ​you’re able to block by country, city, state, and IP address.

Customer Service​ & Support 10/10:
​ModelCentro’s customer service is top notch! When you first sign up, you’re assigned a dedicated account manager. If you’re ever experiencing any problems, need to report a bug or glitch, have a question, or need something updated on your site that you can’t do yourself, you can email your account manager and/or support. They are very quick to reply and the issue will be solved in a timely manner. If it’s something that is going to take some time to fix, they keep you updated throughout the entire process.​

Overview:
​Overall, ModelCentro excels in every aspect of what they offer! They are one of the leading CMS platforms in the industry. And even though they haven’t been around for a very long time, they know what they’re doing and they do it well. If you’re a model looking to start your own membership-based website, they are the best option to go with in my opinion. Not only is the payout one of the highest in the industry, but the platform is incredibly easy to use and provides you with a lot of freedom.​