There is no shortage of websites featuring live women streaming from their homes wearing little to no clothing. And, it’s no surprise they are not doing that for free.
These “webcam girls” share their bodies online for the same reason an exotic dancer does so in a club —
Those dancing and stripping in clubs can make a very respectable living from customer tips. But, do webcam girls make good money and if so how do they do it?
More Than One Way to Earn a Dollar
A prospective webcam girl, or cammer, has a few options when figuring out how to make a living online. One of the first is if they want to produce static content, live stream or both. Once that is figured out they can then try and look for platforms that match best.
The various platforms have their own payment models, but almost all of them fall into one of the three following methods.
Many live streaming websites work on a token model. The way a token model works is very similar to how tipping works in gentlemen’s or strip clubs.
However, instead of a customer handing hard currency directly to a dancer they instead purchase tokens from the platform. Each token has a preset cash value and when a watcher uses them to tip a streamer, the streamer receives a payout from the platform.
For example, a platform may charge $1.00 per token. A customer then buys a batch of fifty tokens from the platform which will of course keep their cut. Those tokens that cost the customer $50.00 might have a cash value of 60 cents each, or $30.00 for the batch.
The customer then tips a webcam performer all fifty tokens to get completely naked and play with their nipples. The performer would be able to trade those tokens in to the platform for $30.00 of real currency.
Every platform’s margins are going to be different, but the idea is the same in how tokens function.
An example of a popular streaming platform that works on a token model is Chaturbate. Even non-sexual streaming apps like BIGO LIVE and Live.me use token type systems to reward their most popular streamers.
A very popular model in recent times is the monthly subscription model. Instead of having customers buy a virtual currency, they instead sign up to a paid monthly subscription for access to archived as well as fresh content.
The content may be anything from static pictures and videos to scheduled live streaming content to special content for different tiers of paying customers.
For example, a basic subscription may grant you access to archived content and recordings of streamed content. The next step up would give you access to live streams. And, the top tier might grant you access to special content that is not shared with those in the lower tiers.
This model can be extremely lucrative for aspiring webcam models, but it also requires a lot more personal promotion than the others.
One of the most popular monthly subscription platforms for webcam girls is OnlyFans.
One of the major driving forces behind all online business is advertising. The adult content world is no different.
Ads tend to work in one of two ways. The publisher receives money either whenever an ad is viewed or instead when an ad is clicked. Clicking usually results in more money than for ads that pay for simply having someone view them.
It can get a little more complicated too where clicking an ad may lead a viewer to a paid offer. If they purchase the product or service the model then receives a commission much like an affiliate marketer. But, this is much less common.
This type of method tends to be used for more static content, such as a video that is made and then posted on a platform. It’s much less popular on live streaming platforms.
One platform that offers ad revenue along with a lot of other ways for webcam girls to make money is Pornhub.
Webcam modeling isn’t just for women. Many men and couples also have successful careers earning money from promoting the sensual side online.
Both men and women can earn a very lucrative income in a variety of ways from earning tips in the form of virtual tokens for live streaming shows to earning fans who are willing to pay a monthly subscription for access to content.
Making money as a webcam girl, guy or couple isn’t as simple as choosing a platform, setting up an account and taking off your clothes though. While a few online models like Andrea Vasile Stage and Monica Huldt are making serious money in the six and seven figure range per year, they are definitely the outliers.
You don’t need to be an Internet superstar to earn a comfortable living though, and many models can replace or even surpass what they were making working a 9 to 5 with a bit of hard work and dedication.