Whether you are just starting out or are a seasoned pro, as cam models, we often find ourselves navigating somewhat aimlessly through our journey. What works for us? What works for us now? What may work for us later? What is the best course of action to today to get us to where we want to be tomorrow?!
Literally, who knows.
Regardless of where you are in your cam process though, there are some building blocks that you should make sure you engage. In so doing, you will cover basic bases, while also opening yourself up for learning and opportunity.
Here are some tips that every model, regardless of experience level, can use that will hopefully help put you on the path to maximize your earning potential and reach your ultimate career goals — whatever they may be today or may evolve into tomorrow.
1. Join cam sites’ affiliate programs and promote using your affiliate link.
Promote other models as well (using your link) and generate income while you aren’t online — or even when you are! This is additional income to what you are already creating from your live shows.
2. Update your page with social media and website links on the sites that allow you to promote said sites.
This is a great way to get more traffic from your existing clients to other avenues of income in your network. Notifying them when you are going to be on and when you log on and then thanking them for coming by not only creates interest but also shows appreciation for the time and money they spend with you.
3. Upload content to your page.
This is a great way to earn additional tokens while online or even offline. Having your content available for sale allows your fans to purchase your content when you aren’t online and live.
4. Export your private shows and upload them as videos for sale.
What better way to get paid more than once for a private show you have already performed in? Resell it! There is a way to export your private cam shows up to three times a month.
5. Offer benefits for your fan club members.
Utilize Snapchat Premium, custom photos, videos and more. Having fan club members is a great way to increase your earning potential while creating loyal fans and friendships.
6. Utilize the notifiers, tip menus and other helpful tools each site may offer.
These tools will automatically post important notices, specials and offers during your show. Take time to search the help section of each site to find out what they offer in terms of explaining the available tools to simplify your shows and automate a lot of your notices.
7. OBS is no BS!
OBS is an external broadcast software that allows you to use multiple webcams and display text, logos and other media, as well as social media links. There’s also other great tools. The quality is usually higher with OBS, as well.
And last, you are able to record your stream. So, if you wanted to resell your shows or use them for whatever purpose you choose, that is always an option.
Check out Anouk Gilmour’s tutorial to watermark your shows with OBS right here.
8. Offer interactive prizes.
Interactive apps, games and bots are a great way to offer prizes for token spends, interact with your room and fans and keep the excitement going during times when things are slow. You can also build momentum.
You don’t need a big wheel in your cam space to make this happen. Your cell phone has free apps available to track raffles, create prize wheels and other games to change up your room and keep your viewers interactive.
9. Encourage your viewers to follow you on various outlets online so they can be notified when you go live.
10. Get a NON-NUDE Snapchat.
Notify potential customers when you are live and encourage them to come see you. (Pro tip: Use your affiliate link so if they are just signing up you get credit.)
11. Encourage your fans to buy you a Lovense tip-activated toy.
Or, buy one yourself. This will help keep the viewers interacting as they tip to keep the toy vibrating.
12. Get creative with your theme!
It doesn’t have to be expensive and elaborate, but streaming from your bathtub while wearing a white t-shirt and getting wet can be a nice change for your room viewers and fans. Use a small pool and cover yourself with baby oil. Glitter shows are always fun, as well. Find some great ideas online and get at some cheap DIYs!
13. Utilize subdomains.
Purchase a domain name and utilize subdomains to point to your various sites, pages, profiles and more. For instance, if you had camgirlmafia.com as a domain that points to your Streamate room, you could easily create subdomains beneath it to point to other sites as well.
14. Schedule post while you are online.
Scheduled posts don’t only have to happen when you are not around. Stage social media posts during your scheduled cam hours to keep your social media active, promoting where you are camming and notifying your readers that you are live. This will help keep you from being distracted by feeling the need to be on social media constantly announcing you are live. It is also a good idea to take promo photos about an hour before your scheduled time to log on to have photos of your look and/or theme for the day readily available.
15. Recycle your content!
Save your Snap stories, Insta stories and other live media you produce, and use them again in the future as a replay. Remember: You get new followers everyday, and they’ve never seen these posts. Also, sometimes those who have seen them don’t have a problem watching them again…
16. KISS: Keep It Simple, Sunshine!
It’s easy to get caught up in the “must haves” of camming and become overwhelmed with feeling like you will never achieve the perfect cam space or room. Or, like you will never have all the tools and neat things that can make camming fun and exciting. It might be difficult, but try to channel your energy elsewhere.
Remember, your goal is to generate income. Making money with the tools you have available is the priority. Upgrades will come.
17. Try streaming on your phone.
I know you are thinking that you will have a decrease in quality and may need to have a backup power bank to make sure your cell phone doesn’t die, trust me: Just give it a try. Being mobile gives you the freedom to move around the house, cam in the tub and even get frisky outside if you choose.
The variety will surely change up your environment and excite your viewers.
18. Use items you already have at home for your production needs.
Consider: lamps for lighting, TV trays for a laptop table, your loveseat for your seating! The possibilities are endless, think about all the other things you may already have at home and get creative.
Lighting is your most important tool. Good lighting can make even the most old school of technology look ten times better. The first place to get creative, thus, is with lighting.
19. Put toys on your wishlist.
Toys can be expensive. Utilize your wishlist and advertise where you are allowed to have your viewers and fans help you acquire the toys they prefer for you to use. From squirting dildos to full-size sex dolls, whatever types of kinky and fun items you think will help you add a little spice to your broadcast are fair game. Your wishlist is a useful tool to help fans anonymously purchase the things they want to see you play with — and for you to use said items multiple times over to generate money.
20. Stay positive.
I know it sounds cliche, but attitude is everything. Camming has its slow times and moments where you may feel utterly alone and worthless. Remember to get interactive and keep the room flowing as best as you can. Talk as if you are having a conversation with someone and watch others chime in as they feel the door has been opened for them. Many guys are socially awkward and don’t have the confidence to approach you without feeling they will be rejected — even if they are spending their money.
Talk about what you are wearing, gaming, movies or something light that is likely to catch their attention and interest them.
Good luck with your journey to webcam success!
Kari “Platinum Puzzy” Anthony is an events trailblazer in the adult industry community. She created and organized BBWFANFEST, the first BBW niche trade and awards show recognizing plus size performers, and BBWCAMHOUSE — the first live 24-hour voyeur house filled with curvy adult stars, cam performers, dancers and more. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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