Being a cam girl can be easy money that pays the bills and then some. It can even be your ticket to a good life!
However, actually becoming a cam girl is often the hardest part. In order to be a successful cam model, you need to know how to choose the best cam site, how to choose the perfect cam girl name for your profile, as well as what equipment you need.
You also need to understand exactly what you need to do in order to attract and convert viewers.
The good news is that this ultimate guide is here today to show you how to become a cam girl. We’ll be covering absolutely everything you need to know, and we’ll also point you in the direction of the best sites that will boost your earnings!
Ready? Let’s make a start.
How To Choose The Best Cam Site
First things first, you’ll barely make a dime unless you choose the best cam site that a) has good traffic and is reputable and b) pays well and suits you and your needs.
This part isn’t easy because there are a lot of cam sites out there. Chaturbate is the most famous and most popular because it’s one of the best ever. It’s modern (it now accepts Bitcoin as payment), it’s safe and secure, and viewers like the fact that private shows are available.
Plus, it’s easy to find on Google which means you’ll always draw traffic.
However, there are a few more things you need to take into consideration when choosing the best cam site. For example, Chaturbate is what’s known as a token site. On this type of cam site, you must perform a live show for people who tip you with their virtual tokens. That’s how you make money, and you’ll make more money the more you interact with your viewers/fans and perform some of their requests.
Chaturbate also lets you perform private shows for your fans, and these are very lucrative. However, most of the money you make will be via tips.
As well as token sites, you also have the option of private sites. LiveJasmin is a decent example of a private site, but the problem with this site is that it’s used by people who are already very loyal to their favourite models. As such, signing up to a private site and trying to build a following for yourself can take a lot of time and effort.
The main aim with a private site is to amass a few fans who then pay you for a private show. Yes, these private shows can be big money-makers but as we mentioned it’s very hard for beginners to build up a good following. That said, private sites are ideal for those who are a little shy and don’t want to interact with a public audience (such as on a token site).
As well as deciding between a token site and a private site, you also need to take into account the rates of commission. For example, on Chaturbate, ranking is determined by how many viewers are in your room relative to the amount of time you spend online. And because ranking is carried out each day for those online, you won’t suffer any long term losses.
This is a much better payment model than that offered by MyFreeCams, a cam site that determines your rank by how you earn per hour over 60 days. This sort of thing puts a lot of pressure on you because if your earnings are low, your ranking will fall. Thus, it becomes very hard to be a high earner.
Once you’ve decided on a cam site, the next step is to check the user reviews. How do other cam models rate their experiences on this site?
How To Choose Your Cam Girl Name For Your Profile
Now that you know which cam site you want to sign up to, you need to choose a cam girl name.
This is an important step because, along with your profile picture, your name is what will help you stand out and grab attention.
Naturally, porn stars who use cam sites don’t have to try hard here. They can just use their porn star name, a name that people already recognise. You, however, need to come up with something that a) reflects your persona and b) catches the eye.
There are different ways you can go about choosing a cam girl name. For example, maybe you’ve always had a certain nickname for yourself that you love? Maybe now is the time to project it onto the world.
Or, you could come up with something entirely new, but which matters your online persona.
You could even just use your real name, provided you’re comfortable with that and provided you feel that it says something about you and what you wish to be known by online.
Whatever you choose, it needs to be unique and it needs to be something you can build a brand around. This is a key point to make because the reason some cam girls are more successful than others is because they’ve managed to build a brand around their name. Here are some more tips:
- Don’t choose a name you’ve seen before
- Try something that rhymes (it’s more memorable)
- Pick a name that’s true to you, and which reflects your personality
- Make sure it appeals to your audience (a girly name won’t resonate with a BDSM audience)
You can either go down the cute route (Birdie Girl), the traditional route (Charlotte Ashley), the fun route (Ivy Love), the bold, confident route (Melanie Monroe) or the daring route (Viola V).
These are just some ideas but it’s really up to you to pick your own.
Equipment You Need Before Starting
Now that you’ve decided to become a cam girl, you will need to invest in specific equipment before starting. The webcam site you sign up to won’t purchase these items for you – you need to buy them yourself.
It’s worth mentioning that, yes, your equipment can cost a lot of money initially. But you have to remember that quality equipment will lead to more fans. This, in turn, will help you to generate lots more $$$ as you go along.
What equipment do you need? Let’s take a look:
- A good laptop
Not all models use their laptops built-in camera. But when it comes to streaming your show, it’s highly recommended that you go down this route. Why? Because it’s just a lot easier because you won’t have to keep changing the lighting and angles of your camera as you go along.
There are lots of great laptops out there, and of course they vary in price. A 13” MacBook Air is easily one of the best options, but with prices starting out from $999, it’s not cheap.
For a cheaper option, you could look at a HP ChromeBook, whose prices start out from just $199.
Another laptop that’s popular with cam girls is the Samsung Galaxy, whose prices start out from $999. This is a touchscreen laptop, which is ideal for whenever you’re replying to your fans during a show.
- External webcam
The better your webcam is, the better your video quality will be. This will help you to attract more fans and thus make more money. After all, no one wants to sit there and watch a grainy SD model when they could be watching a classy HD one!
As such, your best bet is to invest in a High Definition webcam, such as their HD C922X Logitech webcam. Prices for this start out from $99.99.
Yes, your external webcam will come with a built-in microphone. But sound is just as important as image. Your fans want to be able to hear you talking to them, and they want to be able to hear every moan clearly!
A good microphone will cost anywhere between $50 and $100. We recommend the Shure MV5, which costs $99.
Lighting is a very important consideration. Warm, sensual lighting makes you look sexier, while a cold, poorly lit room can be a real turn-off to your fans.
Like all equipment, lighting isn’t cheap. But you need to make room in your budget for a main light, a fill light and a back light in order to create a three-point lighting setup. This setup is even used in movies and TV shows, and it creates depth to your performances.
- Sex toys
Now for the fun bit!
In order to keep your fans entertained to the end, it’s essential that you use sex toys. They’re a part of every cam girl’s starter pack and they make remote sex feel more interactive.
Sex toys you could buy include vibrators, dildo’s, strap-ons and butt plugs.
Outfits are another essential cam girl item that will set you back a pretty penny. And, of course, you probably won’t want to be seen wearing the same outfit all the time, which means you’re going to have to invest in a few different ones.
You can, of course, focus on a specific niche – for example, you could be known as a lingerie cam model. However, it’s a good idea to buy a variety of outfits that will surprise and even shock your viewers. These can include:
- High heels
- Mini skirts
- Pencil skirts
- Little black dresses
- Silk blouses
- Stockings and suspenders
- Sports bra
- Cotton panties
- High speed internet connection
Unfortunately, your performance will be nothing if you haven’t got a high speed internet connection to back you up.
It’s important to note that, when most people talk about a high speed internet connection, they’re referring to download speed. As a cam model, you need to focus on upload speed.
So, for example, if your internet connection is offering 50mbps download speed, it doesn’t matter if upload speed is poor.
You can run your upload speed through an online speed tester. If your upload speed isn’t good enough, call your service provider to discuss an upgrade.
Attracting and Converting Viewers
Cam girls don’t just sit around, chat, strip and fuck themselves on screen.
Well, they do do that. But they only do it with a goal in mind – that of attracting and converting viewers.
See, it’s not enough if you’re squirting on screen and getting real nasty but not getting paid much. It might be fun for your handful of fans but it’s not going to help you pay the bills.
As such, cam girls have a specific goal in mind – that of persuading people to a) tune into your show and b) give you tips (or even request a private show with you).
So, how do you do these two things? A lot of work is required but fortunately the steps to success are simple.
The first thing you’ll want to do is treat your camgirl career as a business. Lots of newbie cam girls aren’t aware that they now run a business and that their whole camgirl persona is a brand. To that end, you must advertise your services. This includes creating an interesting and sexy profile on the cam site you sign up to, but it also means creating social media accounts (specifically Twitter) and raising awareness of your cam girl performances on there, too.
For example, you can let people know exactly what kind of performances you do, what sex toys you use and what outfits you wear (wearing a sexy outfit in your profile picture is a MUST).
Also, each time you’re live on camera, it’s not good to look bored. If you just sit around and puff your cheeks out while waiting for something to happen, it’s going to turn people away. Guys and girls tune into cam sites to be entertained and they want you to be as talkative and friendly as possible (along with being dirty, of course).
To earn tokens, meanwhile, here are some more tips:
- Be positive when on camera
- Be your authentic self. Don’t try to be something you’re not!
- Be friendly and chatty
- Listen to what matters to your audience. This will help you to give them more of what they want
- Don’t repeat the same performance over and over
- Don’t get distracted – always keep your eyes on the chat and read a few messages out loud
Earning tokens is, of course, helpful because it means you will earn some coin. However, what you really want to do is guide your viewers into a private show.
Because a private show is the real conversion. This is where you make the big money and it should be the number one aim of all cam girls to get viewers into a private show.
How do you go about doing this?
You need to maintain a friendly front with your fans at all times. The moment you disrespect them is the moment you lose them. Remember, a lot of people who watch cam models are lonely and in need of interaction. Just as you might want to feel special sometimes, they want YOU to make them feel special right now.
This means flirting with them, being kind to them and responding to their messages. The nicer you are with them, the more you will build up trust. This will then encourage them to pay for a private show.
That all said, as well as not disrespecting your viewers, the number one thing you must never do is pressure a viewer into a private show. A viewer isn’t just a viewer – they often feel like they’re your friend. And as we all know, friendships are meant to happen naturally.
It’s the same with converting a viewer into a paying customer. You can’t force them to ask for a private show. It has to feel entirely natural.
How do you manage to do this?
The easiest way is simple: Be your authentic, sexiest self on camera. This means teasing them, flirting with them and giving them what they want. Play with your body, invite them to play with you and maintain communication with them throughout your show. Make them feel as though you’re doing this for them and that they are in the same room as you – as opposed to being on the other side of the camera.
Ultimately, attracting and converting viewers is all about being friendly and entertaining. Your aim is to build trust with people and you can only do this by being a nice, kind and considerate person.
Of course, as a cam girl you also need to do the sexy stuff, too.
How To Build Loyal Followers and Repeat Clients
When a viewer converts and pays for a private show, it’s very awesome.
But what happens if they pay one time and then disappear forever? You’re hardly going to make a career out of being a cam girl that way.
What you really want are loyal followers and repeat clients who turn into your dedicated fans. This way, you’ll be able to keep generating the money without having to worry about trying to attract and convert new viewers all the time.
I always think it’s best to specialize in order to stand out from the thousands of other cam girls who you’re competing with. By specializing I mean becoming known for something. For example, maybe you’ll become known for squirting on screen, or for wearing knee-high boots, or for going all the way. Or maybe you’re a dominatrix.
Or maybe you’ll have a certain look that you’re known for?
See, it’s important that you zone in as early as possible on what your audience enjoys. That way, you can start to give them exactly what they want each week, which will encourage them to keep coming back for more. If, on the other hand, you try to please different people with different tastes, you’ll end up pleasing no one.
It’s a good idea to spend your first few weeks getting to know your audience. Pay attention to their messages – what are their needs and desires? What do they value? What are they looking for here and how can you satisfy these things? If necessary, write down an audience persona that will help you to define your ideal viewer/fan.
Other than that, nothing will help you increase loyalty more than a personal connection. This is when you connect with them on a friendship level and give them the idea that they are super important to you. They matter. You can’t simply remain at a distance as a cam girl – you must interact with your fans, engage them, answer their questions and ask them questions. Involve them in your life, make them feel like they’re special.
Also, don’t forget why your viewers are here in the first place – to escape the humdrum of their daily life. As such, you need to play out a fantasy world for them. Don’t drag them into everyday dramas but instead make them feel positive around you. Make them feel that, whenever they tune into your channel, they’re able to escape their life for a short while.
How Much Money Do Cam Girls Make?
Cam girls can make good money from performing. In fact, the average girl makes just over $1,000 per week. To make that amount, she only needs to work 18 hours.
Naturally, how much a model makes depends on a few factors including what site she’s signed up to and whether or not she’s earning tokens or landing private shows. But some of the experienced “pros” can earn over $6,000 per week in the U.S. Beginners who are finding their feet, meanwhile, are usually content to earn around $100 per week.
Of course, the more hours you put in and the more effort you put in, the more money you will earn.
Becoming a cam girl isn’t hard – you just need to find the right site and perform. But succeeding as a cam girl? That’s something different altogether. Use the tips in this article to find the right cam site that suits you, invest in the best equipment, and attract and convert fans into loyal followers.
If you do everything right, becoming a cam girl could be a dream career move for you. I wish you all the luck!