A Few Things I Learned in My First Year as a CamGirl

How this year has flown by! I have been camming for a year now–first streaming, then independent Skype based camsites. In fact, August 4th is my anniversary date for when I joined my first Skype based camsite. That was the best business decision I could have made for myself, as a cammodel. I know that there are powerhouse camgirls out there who rock it on streaming platforms and have more notoriety than me. But that is fine with me. I am not cut out for streaming. I live and breathe Indie Camming.

I may not know it all, but I am one smart woman, and I have learned a lot in the past year. I thought I would share some of my lessons–especially if you are into Indie Camming. In another post I am going to talk about taxes (yawn) and other legal stuff that is a must if you are in this business for the long haul.

1. Your Performer Name
It is your brand. Think of your self as a BRAND. Start today. Now. Choose a performer name that is easy, memorable, unique, relate-able and YOU! This sets you apart from the rest. Try to stay away from common names.

-Use your performer name (or as close as you can get to it) on EVERY Camsite, Social Media Platform, Email, Account (google, twitter, instagram, etc…). Name squat on popular streaming sites–signing up under your performer name to prevent others from taking it. Think BRAND AWARENESS. This makes it easier for guys to find you, where ever you are. Trust me, they are going to search.

2. Buy Your Domain Name TODAY-and make it your performer name.
You may not think it is necessary, you may not be interested in having your own website, at least not yet. But there are other advantages to buying your domain name.

-Some streaming camsites will trick you into “get your own website to get more traffic in your camroom.” That may help you on that ONE CAMSITE, but you don’t own it. And now a camsite owns your performer name in a domain. They own all the rights associated with it. They make money, not you, on guys searching for you, and finding you on THEIR camsite. Long after you leave their site, they are still making money on guys searching for you.

-Even if you don’t want to build your own website (yet), you can redirect that URL to your preferred payment processor. You can redirect that URL to the Camsite Profile that you want. When guys search you on google, and they see your domain, it will take them right to the profile or payment page you want.

BRAND AWARENESS! On your social media accounts, tell guys to find you at YourDomainName.com. This gets guys thinking of you as a brand and not associated with one camsite in particular. I don’t even tell guys what camsites I am on anymore. All social media is tied to me- KLttyKat.com. I own my brand.

-You may very well one day want to build your own website. When that day comes, you will be glad you bought your domain name. I bought mine the second week I was camming. I knew then it was important.

-To buy your domain name, my recommendation is to go through NameCheap. Other sites like GoDaddy.com advertise domains for as little as .99 . However, they tack on huge fees for WHOIS protection and they do not offer autorenewal. NameCheap offers WHOIS protection at no extra cost and has an autorenewal program, both are a must.

-Buy every TLD extension and common misspelling of your performer name that is available (e.g. .net, .club) and redirect it to the URL of your choice if you do not have your own website. Buy variations of your performer name and do the same. This prevents camsites or others wanting to profit off your BRAND from doing so. NameCheap makes it easy to do this, and often has those lesser domain extensions for under $1 USD. This helps protect your brand.

3. Studios
Some studios are shady, take a huge cut, and prey on cammodels. If you are streaming and they bring you more traffic, then it might be worth it for you. But often “Studios” are just a person who takes your earnings from camsites and takes a cut before paying you. Essentially a middle man, and those percentages add up quick. We already have to pay huge commissions, so why are you letting someone else touch your money and take more of it away?

You really need to decide if it’s worth it for you. If it’s the Daily Pay feature that is attracting you, then consider joining sites that already offer that feature. Many do. for no extra cost (or a much lower fee). And if it’s the site that’s paying you, one less person touching your money.

If you are attracted to studios that are handling payment (and not bringing you more traffic) because you are having trouble hitting minimum payout, you might want to rethink your business strategy.

4. Payment Processors

UPDATE  December, 10, 2018

Every independent camgirl must have options on payment processing. We can talk all those other processors (paypal, google wallet, etc…) another day. In this article, I am focusing on real payment processors. We all need them. And every camgirl should have options and should have a legitimate payment processor. I use Unblur. I ditched IndieBill because they were hurting my business, and now Unblur is my preferred processor.

There are lots of options out there today that offer higher payouts than we used to see in this industry. When I was new to indie camming, there was only ONE site that offered payment processing at a rate of 85%. Now there are at least 5 that I know of. And there are several INDEPENDENT payment processors now. I am partial to these–because why send *YOUR* customers to a camsite with thousands of other models to choose from? It may be a little more work, but using an independent payment processor, in my opinion is worth it in the long run.

I know IndieBill is a name we all know by now, but they are a failing company. I closed my account with them and moved to another processor. One that is professional and pays me on time. IndieBill is having a cash flow problem, and they commonly pay performers late. You can read more about IndieBill’s problems and why I think you should stay away from them here.

Now, you can use a more established payment processor. They are newer, but they are backed by one of the most trusted names in the Indie Camming industry. AND they pay out in bitcoin too! Bitcoin payment are received same day. I myself opt for ACH and I have never had a problem being paid on time.

Another issue that is common with IndieBill is lackluster support. When IndieBill was 8 weeks late with my payment of over $4,000, I never heard a peep. Issues with a client, issues with a payment not going through, nothing. Now, you don’t have to worry about those problems by choosing Unblur. Support is available almost always. They are very proactive.

5. Which Indie Camsites Should I Join?

Updated December, 10 2018
Indie Camsites are different in many respects than streaming sites. They are typically smaller than streaming sites. Usually they are Sole Proprietorships or LLC’s (Limited Liability Corporation) if owned and operated in the US. They are usually owned and operated by one person or a small group of people. While some may have a small traffic base, many rely on YOU to bring your own traffic. As mentioned above, if you worked hard to find your own customers, why bring them to somewhere else? Use your own independent payment processor. But joining Indie Camsites can add a bump to your income.

Join with caution. In another post I will be talking more about security, but be cautious. Be extremely careful of any site that is not secure, asks for you to email in copies of your government ID’s. It’s not safe. You have to decide if it’s worth the risk. A small scale developer like me can add a way for a user to upload their ID onto a secure server, so maybe ask why that camsite hasn’t invested the 20 minutes into doing that?

DO YOUR RESEARCH!–Forums (mentioned below) are a great place to get the dirt on all camsites. Some forums have places you can read reviews of the camsites. Keep in mind that some reviewers have an axe to grind and are very biased. However, you can get the general idea of a site by looking at the reviews as a whole.

I wish I had known about this when I was new and green. I joined every indie Skype based site because I thought they were all going to be like the first site I joined (which is the best Indie Camsite out there). I had one owner blackmail me with exposing my personal information. As the owner was based in Brazil, there was little recourse for me.  Another owner is notorious for preying on cammodels, forcing them to cam with him, while holding their earnings hostage. He would call me on my phone, message me on KIK, and constant sexual harassment through Skype and other means.


6. Networking
There are some great forums out there for advice and networking. Keep in mind that the camworld is like the vanilla world. There are a lot of personalities out there. Despite that, there are a lot of women out there with a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and they are willing to share it.

Networking with other camgirls on a personal level is great too. Again, this is the real world and not everyone is altruistic. Don’t take it personal if another camgirl doesn’t welcome you graciously. I have met people I regret having opened myself up to, but I have also made some of the best friends I have ever had in the camworld. Caution is what I suggest.

7. Geo-Blocking–to block or not?
I am working a longer piece on this topic for later on. I am still ferreting out the pros and cons of Geo-Blocking (as opposed to local blocking of specific IP addresses). The blocking being discussed here is they type most indie camsites are capable of–blocking specific countries. Most of these sites do not block these countries from viewing their sites, but only from paying. Leaving you vulnerable to timewasters adding you on Skype, looking for “cam sex now” and often calling you on Skype until you are able to block them. It is a nuisance and frustrating.

Recently, I revamped my website. I started to block countries not only known for attacking websites, but the “cam sex now” club. I blocked these countries on all the major indie camsites I am on as well. For me, this seems to be working. It has cut down tremendously on the amount of random guys I get adding me on Skype. I may change this in the future, but for now, it seems to be helping.

I hope this post helps you with some basic questions. And if you have other questions, feel free to ask me. I have a contact form and I am more than happy to connect with other cammodels. We are stronger when we work together and when we are more informed. Happy Camming 🙂

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