Webcam Modeling 101: Terms and Definitions

Webcam Modeling Glossary Definitions Terms

Webcam Modeling 101: Glossary of Terms and Definitions

This page of webcam modeling terms and definitions is a work in progress. I’m doing my best to gather together every keyword and meaning I can think of, so that my readers will have a central place to reference all of this vital information. Please bear with me as I continue to work on this massive list. And as always, if you have questions or comments… or if I’ve failed to mention some important terms / definitions, please let me know in the comments form at the bottom of this page.

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  • 1-877-CAM-FAME: This is the actual toll-free phone sex number that is built in to the iFriends review Fanclub feature. As an iFriends model, you can charge your members up to $4.99/minute to call you on the phone. If you were to join my own Fanclub, then you could call that number and talk to me securely on the phone. Feel free to test the number yourself to see how it works. (Since you’re not a member, you won’t be connected to me and you won’t be charged.)
  • 100% Links: iFriends review is the only adult cam service that offers 100% payouts to their models. They will give you a special 100% link (mine looks like this: http://www.ifriends.net/visitme/AMYLOCKHEART). And any member who joins your Fanclub through that link will be a 100% Member for life. Meaning that you will earn 100% of the revenue he/she spends on you in video chat, on the phone, in your Fanclub, through video sales, etc.
  • Webcam Sites With 100 Percent Payouts100% Payouts: Most adult cam sites have payouts between 35% and 50%. But with some sites you can boost your payouts by recruiting new members to the site. Through the use of special affiliate links, Chaturbate review allows you to increase your payouts from 50% up to about 70%. Streamate review has a similar system where you can boost your payouts from 35% up to about 60%. But iFriends review is the only site that allows you to increase your payouts all the way to 100%. It works like this… when you recruit a new member through your special 100% affiliate link, you will receive the increased payouts on everything that member spends on you for life. So use your affiliate links on Twitter, forums, blogs, etc. And everyone who comes through your links will be tied to you at the increased pay rates.

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  • Affiliate: An affiliate is a person who promotes a product or a service and is paid a commission based on his sales and/or referrals. Affiliates are the people who drive all the traffic to the cam sites. Without affiliates, the cam sites would have only a tiny fraction of their traffic. When you’re promoting yourself as a webcam model (on Twitter, for example) you should check to see if you can also earn affiliate revenue. Chaturbate review is *perfect* for this because their affiliate program is built-in automatically. When you promote yourself with a Chaturbate link, you build traffic to your own chat room AND earn an extra 20% affiliate commission every time your referrals purchase tokens (whether they spend those tokens on you or not)! Check out the CB affiliate program right here.
  • Apps (Chat Apps): This is a unique feature on Chaturbate review. They offer dozens of special programs (called Apps and Bots) that you can plugin to your chat room to create unique games and experiences for your viewers. Examples include: OhMiBod, Token Keno, Slot Machine, Roll the Dice, Crazy Goals, Battleship, Lucky Numbers, and many, many more. These apps are wildly popular and are designed to maximize your tips/tokens.

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  • Ban / Block: When a viewer is being rude, making inappropriate demands, or just generally acting like a dick, you can block and/or ban him from chatting in your room. Different sites handle this differently, but the end result is usually the same. The difference between a “Block” and a “Ban” is that a block is generally temporary, while a ban is permanent. Interestingly, on Chaturbate review you can elect your own trusted members as moderators who can handle blocking and banning for you, so you don’t even have to worry about it. To my knowledge, Chaturbate is the only service that offers that feature.
  • BBW: BBW stands for “Big Beautiful Woman.” It is a popular niche in the webcam modeling world – especially for models who have large breasts or big butts. So if you’re overweight, don’t let that keep you from becoming a webcam model(!). Embrace it and be good to yourself. Chaturbate always has lots of BBW cams running.
  • Bio: The personal area of an adult cam site where you list details about yourself. Age, Gender, Likes, Dislikes, Sexual Preferences, Pictures, etc. All the cam sites handle Bio pages differently. Some are fairly simple with just rudimentary information, and others (like the iFriends review Fanclub) are extremely robust, including options to charge monthly subscriptions to your members. If you want, you can check out my own Fanclub right here.
  • Webcam Modeling Geo-Blocking PrivacyBlock Zones: Block zones, also known as Geo-Blocking, are geographic locations that you can prevent from seeing your content. So if you live in Washington, you could block the entire state of Washington, and nobody who is geo-located in Washington would be able to access your feed. I think all the major cam sites offer geo-blocking, but some are more granular than others. Live Jasmin review only allows blocking by Country. Chaturbate review and MyFreeCams review allows blocking by Country and State. iFriends review and Streamate review allow blocking all the way down to specific Cities and Zip Codes. Three words of warning though… Block Zones are good, but they’re not bulletproof protection. Geo-blocking cannot prevent users from taking your pictures and posting them elsewhere outside of the cam site (in a forum or something). Also, when you block an entire region (like California), then you’re saying that you won’t accept *any* business from that area. That can seriously affect your income. Finally, on several sites, when you enable block zones that disqualifies you from certain promotions and advertising opportunities. So activating block zones could negatively effect your traffic.
  • Broadband: High Speed Internet. Each cam site has their own suggested minimum speeds. These minimums refer to UPLOAD speed, not download. So use a tool like Speedtest.net to ensure that your broadband speed is sufficient for the cam site(s) you plan to use. You should have at least 1MBPS to reliably stream your feed. Faster is better. If you have a choice, aim for 3MBPS or more.
  • Broadcaster: Broadcaster is the term Chaturbate review uses for a Webcam Model.

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  • C920: Refers to the Logitech C920 USB Webcam. It is probably the most popular HD webcam in use by webcam models today, and it’s a perfect choice for brand new models because it’s cheap and it works great.
  • Cam to Cam: Some sites offer 2-Way video chat (also called Cam2Cam). This is usually only an option when you’re in a Private Show with a single member (though Streamate review allows multiple Cam to Cams at once). With Cam to Cam, the viewer has an opportunity to turn on HIS cam so that you can watch him while he’s watching you.
  • Camgirl: Common slang term for a female webcam model.
  • Cam Score: The Cam Score algorithm is used by MyFreeCams review to sort the chat rooms on the front page of their site. The higher the cam score, the higher the model will rank toward the top of the page. Maintaining a high cam score is instrumental in driving more traffic to your chat room. This is controversial because it’s very difficult to compete and stay well ranked. And there are numerous reports that some models and studios have manipulated/cheated the cam score system to give themselves better front page exposure. The cam score issue is one of the top reasons I recommend that brand new models choose Chaturbate review over MyFreeCams when they’re first starting out.
  • CB: Short for Chaturbate review.
  • Chargebacks: Chargebacks occur when a viewer buys a Private Show and then calls his credit card company to reverse the transaction. Oftentimes, chargebacks occur because the credit card company sees an “adult” transaction on the card and they (the card company) freezes the charge automatically. Then if the viewer plays dumb, he can claim the card was stolen. Or sometimes, the viewer is a total sleezebucket and he intentionally racks up the bill knowing in advance that he was going to charge it back. Either way, it sucks. The question is… who covers that chargeback? Chaturbate review, MyFreeCams review, and Streamate review almost always cover the chargebacks themselves. So if there is a chargeback, they eat the loss and you still get paid. iFriends review and Live Jasmin review pass chargebacks on to the models and subtract those refunds out of her earnings. Note: iFriends does offer a “Guaranteed Payout Option”, but it reduces your payout percentage from 50% to 35%. This is another reason I always recommend Chaturbate first. They cover the chargebacks, and still pay 50% to 60%.
  • Chaturbate: My #1 Recommended adult webcam site. If I were starting my webcam modeling career today, there’s no doubt in my mind… I would start on Chaturbate review. Chaturbate is built on the same Free Chat and Tipping model that MyFreeCams first popularized in 2007-2009. But Chaturbate took all of the good features of MyFreeCams and made them better. They also did away with some of the bad features on MyFreeCams, like Cam Score. Chaturbate doesn’t use Cam Score. And they opened the doors so that *ANYONE* is welcome to host live shows there, including males, couples, transgenders, etc. MFC is open to women only (age 18-45). All of these improvements have been *WILDLY* popular with viewers, and while other cam sites have stagnated, Chaturbate has grown at a breathtaking pace since their 2011 launch. For more key information about Chaturbate, please see my complete review and my Free E-Book, Amy’s Master Plan.
  • Chaturbating: Spending time on Chaturbate. The act of masturbating while video chatting online.
  • Cht.xxx - The New Fastlink to ChaturbateCht.xxx: The New Fastlink to Chaturbate – http://cht.xxx – This is the fastest way to share links directly to your Chaturbate chatroom (example: http://cht.xxx/YOURNAME). This is particularly effective in places like Twitter, email signatures, forum links, etc.
  • Clickcash: The affiliate program for iFriends review. ClickCash has paid out $100s of MILLIONS to their affiliates over the years and it’s a spectacular way to boost your income. For example, they pay up to $200 for each new paying member you recruit to iFriends. As an iFriends webcam model you are automatically enrolled in the ClickCash system, and you’re instantly eligible to earn recruitment payouts. You can explore the ClickCash program right here.
  • Couple: On webcam sites, the term “Couple” almost always refers to a Male + Female couple. Female couples and/or Male couples are usually not grouped in the “Couples” category.
  • Crazy Goal: This is one of the many cool and fun Apps available on Chaturbate review. These apps are special interactive plugins that make your chat room do special things, like play games, set goals, offer rewards, etc. Models love using the apps because they’re designed to dramatically boost the number of tokens rolling in. Viewers enjoy the apps because it keeps the action interesting, makes each show unique, and they can earn prizes from their favorite models.
  • Crazy Ticket: Another popular app available on Chaturbate review.

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  • Direct Deposit: Almost all adult cam sites will direct deposit your earnings into your bank account so you don’t have to wait for a paper check in the mail.
  • Download Speed: When shopping around for the best high-speed internet, webcam models should be more focused on the UPLOAD speed, not the download speed.

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  • Elite Member: iFriends review offers three membership levels for their viewers. Basic ($0.00), VIP ($6.95), and Elite ($9.95). An Elite member enjoys many features not available for the Basic and VIP members.
  • ePayServices: Electronic payout service used by MyFreeCams review for their Eastern European and Russian models.
  • Exclusive Show: On Streamate review, Exclusive Shows are very much like Private Shows, in that regular Free Chatters are blocked from seeing your feed and only those who are paying your per-minute rate can see you. The difference between Exclusive and Private is that in Private you can have multiple viewers paying you at once. In Exclusive, it’s truly one-on-one. Therefore Exclusive Shows are generally a bit more expensive than Private Shows, but you can set your pricing however you wish.
  • Exhibitionist: On Chaturbate review an Exhibitonist is a Broadcaster who is not setup to earn money on the site. He or she is not interested in turning a profit; they simply want to be watched. Exhibitonists are given a special badge over their thumbnail image to indicate their status. To my knowledge, Chaturbate is the only major cam site that offers this option. You can check out all the Exhibitionist cams right here.

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  • Webcam Models FanclubsFanclub / Fan Club: Some adult cam sites offer an extended Bio section for each model, called a Fanclub. Models generally populate these areas with special “Members Only” content, like pictures, videos, webcam replays, naughty stories, etc. Subscription rates for Fanclubs are generally between $10 and $30 per month, and depending on the site, the model will keep 25% to 100% of that revenue. Of all the adult webcam sites in existence, iFriends review offers the best, most robust Fanclub platform. Nobody else even comes close in terms of functionality, features, and retention. And iFriends is the only service that offers true 100% payouts on Fanclub subscriptions.
  • FemDom: Extremely popular webcam role play fetish in which the viewer (male) is subservient to the model (female). Femdom fantasies and role plays explore all sorts of role-reversals including bdsm, bondage, humiliation, cuckoldry, financial domination, pegging, and on and on and on. If you can specialize in some key Femdom fetishes, then you will do quite well as a webcam model. There’s a big demand for these kinds of specialized role plays, and the guys are willing to pay really good money to explore them.
  • FinDom: Short for Financial Domination. Findom is an elaborate role play where the model uses various methods to milk every possible cent out of her subservient male viewer. The viewer is complicit, but he’s helpless, and he must comply with every demand his Findom Mistress imposes on him. Again, just like Femdom fetishes… if you can master the art of Findom, you can earn insane amounts of money on cam.
  • Follow / Favorite: Just like on Facebook or Twitter, viewers can Follow/Favorite their most beloved models. This is important because the viewers receive an email every time their favorite models login for a chat session. So ALWAYS remind your viewers to Follow/Favorite you, that way you’ll always have traffic immediately after you logon.
  • Free Chat: Free Chat is just that… Free. There are no running $$$/Minute clocks, and when a viewer is in Free Chat he’s not paying you. But your job is to use Free Chat time to [A] Earn Tokens and/or [B] Upsell viewers into a Paid/Private show. Expect to spend most of your time in Free Chat (especially at the very beginning). It’s important to note… Some sites (like Chaturbate review and MyFreeCams review) are heavily geared toward the Free Chat + Tips model. While other sites (like iFriends review and Streamate review) are more focused on the Free Chat to Private model. On CB and MFC, you will have more traffic, and you’ll be working for small tips from a large crowd of viewers. On iFriends and Streamate the reverse is true… You’ll have a much smaller crowd (often only one guy at a time), but Private Shows generally earn MUCH more per individual viewer.
  • Free to Private: This is what iFriends review calls their Free Chat to Private Show sessions. Streamate review and Live Jasmin review work the same way. You start out in Free Chat. Generally non-nude. And as guys come in and out of your chatroom you’re making small talk and introductions. As you show off your wit, charm, and sensuality, you want to get the viewers teased up (and horny) enough to click the “Go Private” button. Once you have him in a Private Show, he’s paying you $X.XX/minute (you set your own rate) and nobody else can see what you’re doing. So at that point, you can go nude, fulfill requests, etc. The idea at that point is to keep him in a Private Show for as long as you possibly can. The longer he stays, the more $$$ you make.
  • Freeloader: A freeloader is a guy who sits and watches you in Free Chat day after day after day. He asks a thousand questions, makes requests, issues demands, and never, ever, ever, ever intends to pay you a dime. He is an utter and complete waste of time. The bad news is, there are lots of freeloaders out there. The good news is all of the cam sites have ways to deal with them. Depending on the site, you can ignore, block, or ban them. On Chaturbate review, you can even elect moderators to help you keep freeloader intrusions to a minimum.
  • FunBot: One of the many cool Apps available on Chaturbate review. These apps are special interactive plugins that make your chat room do special things, like play games, set goals, offer rewards, etc. Models love using the apps because they’re designed to dramatically boost the number of tokens rolling in. Viewers enjoy the apps because it keeps the action interesting, makes each show unique, and they can earn prizes from their favorite models.

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  • Geo-Blocking: Geo-Blocking also known as Block zones, are geographic locations that you can block from seeing your content. So if you live in Georgia, you could block the entire state of Georgia, and nobody who is geo-located in Georgia would be able to access your feed. I think all the major cam sites offer geo-blocking, but some are more fine tuned. Live Jasmin review only allows blocking by Country. Chaturbate review and MyFreeCams review allows blocking by Country and US State. iFriends review and Streamate review allow blocking all the way down to specific Cities and Zip Codes. Three words of warning though… Geo-Blocking is good, but it’s not bulletproof protection. Geo-blocking cannot prevent users from taking your pictures and posting them elsewhere outside of the cam site (on Twitter or something). Also, when you block an entire region (like New York), then you’re saying that you won’t accept *any* business from that area. That can seriously effect your income. Finally, on several sites, when you enable block zones that disqualifies you from certain promotions and advertising opportunities. So activating Geo-Blocking could negatively affect your traffic.
  • Webcam Modeling on GlamCamsGlamCams: GlamCams is one of THOUSANDS of Streamate WhiteLabel clone sites. When you’re broadcasting on Streamate, you’re simulcasted across these thousands of other clone sites. What’s nice about GlamCams is that it was designed to appeal to high-roller webcam clients. It has a rich and glamorous feel. So if you’re a Streamate review model, you can promote yourself to elevated clientele using a direct link like this:
    http://glamcams.com/cam/YOURNAME/.
  • Go Private: When running a Free to Private chat room, you’ll generally be non-nude, and you’ll have a stream of guys chatting and flirting with you for free. During this time you will be asking your chatters to “Go Private” or “Take you Private.” The instant one of the viewers decides to click the Go Private button, two things happen… [A] The clock starts running and he’ll be paying you $X.XX/Minute and [B] Your chatroom will be visible only to the guy paying you. Nobody else. At this point, you’re in Private, so you can feel comfortable getting nude, fulfilling requests, etc. Your task at this point is to keep the viewer in Private as long as possible.
  • Gold: Gold is the term Streamate uses in place of Tips or Tokens. So instead of “Tipping” a model you “Give Gold.” La-Te-Da!
  • Gold Show: Gold Shows are exclusive to Streamate, and I explain them in detail on the Streamate Review page.
  • Granny/Grannies: A slang term used in the adult/porn/webcam industry for older, mature models. Generally 60+. Some are very surprised to learn that there’s a significant demand for “Grannies” on webcam.
  • Group Show: The term “Group Show” could have two different definitions. Traditionally it means a group of people (more than two) broadcasting from a single chatroom. Threesomes, Foursomes, Moresomes. That’s a traditional Group Show. But on Chaturbate review there’s another type of Group Show as well. It’s very much like a Private Show (1 model and 1 viewer), but instead of one single viewer, you can have up to 5 viewers in a Group Show. Generally, the $$$/Minute price for a Group Show is a fraction of the price of a Private Show, but since there are 2 to 5 viewers the model can earn just as much (or more) money in the same amount of time.

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  • HD: Different sites have different definitions for High Definition (or HD) cams. Some are more lenient than others. I can’t regurgitate all the different rules and definitions here (because they change fairly frequently), but suffice it to say… Do everything you can to make sure your cam feed is labeled HD on the site you’re using. Quality matters. So my advice is to get the fastest internet you can, the best High Definition webcam you can, and a modern computer. Then you should be good to go.
  • HD Encoder: Streamate review uses a special program called HD Encoder to broadcast your live feed. If you want to be highly ranked on the front page of Streamate, it’s essential that you take the time (and endure the aggravation) to setup and configure the HD Encoder properly. It’s a pain in the butt, and it is notoriously finicky, but it’s not impossible.

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  • Web Cam Modeling on iFriendsiFriends: My #2 Recommended cam site. But to make big money on iFriends, you really need to have a strategy and understand what you’re doing. That’s why I don’t recommend iFriends to brand new beginners; Chaturbate review is better. Please see my in-depth iFriends Review and my Free E-Book, Amy’s Master Plan, to learn how I used iFriends to generate over $2.5 Million.
  • ImLive: Another old school webcam site. They primarily operate on a Free to Private system like iFriends review, but they don’t offer the robust Fanclub features that iFriends does. So ImLive is not one of my recommended sites.
  • Independent Contractor: As a webcam model on any of the top cam sites you will be considered an Independent Contractor, not an employee. This means, among other things, that you can come and go as you please. There are no time or scheduling demands. There are no sales quotas. And no big boss man breathing down your neck. It also means that the webcam site will not provide you with traditional employment perks like paid vacations, retirements plans, insurance, etc. Finally… independent contractors are responsible for their own taxes. You are considered to be self-employed… so the webcam site will not withhold your taxes out of each check like an employer would. You have to handle all your own tax obligations – which in the USA, means you’re required to send tax payments to the IRS 4 times per year.
  • Cam Modeling on InternetModelingInternet Modeling: Internet Modeling is one of MANY notorious webcam modeling studios online today. Listen to this advice… DO NOT EVER, ever, ever work with these people. I will leave it to other people to call them a scam, or whatever. I’m not saying that. I’m just saying that there are dozens, if not HUNDREDS, of stories from models who were extremely disappointed with the policies and practices of “services” like Internet Modeling and i-Camz. Please scroll down this page to the “S” section on this page and read about Studios. In short, they’re a bad deal 99% of the time and there’s ZERO REASON to work with people/companies like that.

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  • Jasmin: Short for Live Jasmin review.
  • JOI: Short for “Jack Off Instruction.” This is a relatively new fetish that has gained lots of popularity in the webcam world. It fits in the category of Femdom, where the female has total control over her subservient male playmate. Lots of guys are looking for webcam models who will dominate them and dictate their pleasure (and non-pleasure) with JOI shows. Since they’re so individualistic, JOI shows are only suitable for Private 1-on-1 Shows. So platforms like iFriends review or Streamate review are the best for offering JOI shows.

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  • King Tipper Bot: One of the many cool Apps available on Chaturbate review. These apps are special interactive plugins that make your chat room do special things, like play games, set goals, offer rewards, etc. Models love using the apps because they’re designed to dramatically boost the number of tokens rolling in. Viewers enjoy the apps because it keeps the action interesting, makes each show unique, and they can earn prizes from their favorite models.

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  • Web Cam Modeling on JasminLive Jasmin: If you’ve ever surfed any porn sites, you’ve probably seen a dozen Live Jasmin review popups. Jasmin is the most trafficked adult webcam site on Earth. More than MyFreeCams or Chaturbate. BUT… more traffic doesn’t necessarily mean more profit. Live Jasmin operates on the old school Free to Private system, which is gradually falling out of favor with many webcam enthusiasts. And Jasmin’s payouts are some of the lowest in the industry. I don’t generally recommend Live Jasmin; read my full review for details.
  • Logitech: The most popular webcam manufacturer among webcam models. The Logitech C920 is probably the most common HD webcam in use today. While you can buy equipment of higher quality, at $70 or less, nothing that I’ve seen competes with the C920 in terms of price vs. features vs. picture quality.
  • Lovense: Like OhMiBod, Lovense makes sex toys featuring “teledildonics” technology. That is a fancy way of saying they make dildos that react (vibrate harder) when they receive certain bluetooth signals. This means the sex toy can be activated and adjusted from many feet away, and even over the internet. Well the geniuses at Chaturbate review offer several “Apps” that interface with these teledildonics sex toys; they listen for the different sounds made when someone tips you. And then the app automatically activates the dildo accordingly. So if someone tips you 10 Tokens, you get a light buzz. If they tip you 100 Tokens, a harder buzz. And for 1000 Tokens they rattle your teeth. You can set it up however you want, but the viewers absolutely LOVE being able to control the vibrations with their tips and these apps generate obscene amounts of Tokens on CB. You can see how it works (and how popular it is) by checking the #OhMiBod tag on Chaturbate. It’s consistently one of the very most popular topics on CB. If you want to know more, Hyori Kim produced this video about the OhMiBod and Lovense vibes.

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  • Mature: Usually refers to webcam models over the age of 50. Some may be surprised to learn that there’s a significant demand for mature webcam models. Chaturbate review always has a lot of Mature Cams running.
  • MFC: Short for MyFreeCams review.
  • Miss MyFreeCams: This is a monthly contest on MFC review where they reward the Top 100 models (based on the Tokens they earn during that month). Each of the top 100 receive a prize (ranging from $100 up to $1000) and the 1st Place Winner is crowned Miss MyFreeCams. It’s a (mostly) friendly competition and it inspires the models to work as many hours as possible to climb up the prize ladder. It should be noted that most of the major cam sites offer similar competitions with various rewards and prizes, but I think Miss MyFreeCams probably carries the most prestige.
  • Moderator: On Chaturbate review you can elect your own trusted members to be moderators. When your chat room gets really busy (as it often does on CB) these moderator members can handle blocking and banning for you, so you don’t have to worry about it. To my knowledge, Chaturbate is the only service that offers this unique feature.
  • Web Cam Modeling on MyFreeCamsMyFreeCams: MyFreeCams review is one of the most trafficked webcam sites online today. It was the first to focus on the Free Chat and Tokens system that has swept and revolutionized the industry. They are unique in that they are the only major site I know that does not allow males, couples, or transgenders to broadcast on their platform. If you’re thinking about becoming a webcam model on MyFreeCams, I hope you will read my thorough review. I cover many of the pros and cons of working there. Also… consider Chaturbate review as well. They are similar in functionality but CB offers more traffic and better features IMO.

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  • Non-Nude Camming: Many models want to enjoy the profits of a camgirl, but are shy about being nude on cam. I totally understand that(!). But the truth is, relatively few have been successful in non-nude camming. The competition is fierce, and most guys will just move on to someone else if they find out you won’t show some skin. BUT! I don’t want to leave you with the idea that non-nude camming is impossible. It can be done; it’s just hard. To make it work, you’ll probably want to be on a Free To Private site like iFriends review or Streamate review. And you’ll need to specialize in a niche that is conducive to non-nude shows. For example, FinDom, Femdom, JOI, Humiliation, Girlfriend Experiences, etc. There are endless possibilities, but you’ll have to be very creative and you’ll need to promote yourself properly.

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  • OhMiBod: OhMiBod makes sex toys featuring “teledildonics” technology. That is a fancy way of saying they make dildos that react (vibrate harder) when they receive certain bluetooth or audio signals. This means the sex toy can be activated and adjusted from many feet away and even over the internet. Well the geniuses at Chaturbate review offer several “Apps” that interface with these teledildonics sex toys; they actually listen for the different sounds made when someone tips you. And then the app automatically activates the dildo accordingly. So if someone tips you 10 Tokens, you get a light buzz. If they tip you 100 Tokens, a harder buzz. And for 1000 Tokens they rattle your teeth. You can set it up however you want, but the viewers absolutely LOVE being able to control the vibrations with their tips and these apps generate obscene amounts of Tokens on CB. You can see how it works (and how popular it is) by checking the #OhMiBod tag on Chaturbate. It’s consistently one of the very most popular topics on CB. If you want to know more, Hyori Kim produced this video about the OhMiBod. You can find a variety of OhMiBod vibes on Amazon right here.

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  • Paxum: Paxum is one of the more common electronic payment companies in the adult biz. It’s similar to PayPal, but more suited for adult-related transactions. Paxum will issue you a debit card. Then when the webcam company sends payment to your Paxum account you can withdraw the cash via ATM or at any point of sale that accepts debit cards. Chaturbate review and MyFreeCams review both offer payment by Paxum.
  • Payment Hold: Some webcam companies hold some or all of your paycheck for a set period of time. This is to insure themselves against fraud, refunds, or chargebacks. Some of the sites, like MyFreeCams review and Chaturbate review have very reasonable, short hold periods (1 to 7 Days). Other companies, like Live Jasmin review and Streamate review, hold your money for 3 to 4 Weeks. Then there’s iFriends review… they only hold 10% of your check, but they hold it for a full 6 months.
  • Payoneer: Payoneer is probably the most popular electronic payment company in the adult biz. It’s similar to PayPal, but more suited for adult-related transactions. Payoneer will issue you a debit card. Then when the webcam company sends payment to your Payoneer account you can withdraw the cash via ATM or at any point of sale that accepts debit cards. I believe all of the major webcam sites offer Payoneer payments.
  • Payout: The term Payout can refer to both [A] the percentage a webcam site pays you and [B] the actual payment you receive from them.
  • Payout Percentage: The percentage the webcam company pays you. If their payout percentage is 35% and you earn $100, then your actual payout will be $35. Try to work with companies that offer the highest payout percentage. Some companies start as low as 30% and others go as high as 100%.
    Webcam Site Payout Percentage
    Chaturbate review 50% – 62.5%
    iFriends review 50% – 100%
    Live Jasmin review 30% – 60%
    MyFreeCams review 50% – 63%
    Streamate review 30% – 35%
  • Per Minute Rate: This is the amount you charge for your time during a Private Show. Generally between $3.99/minute and $5.99/minute. Some sites tend to draw lower paying members and the models seem to have cheaper prices (like Live Jasmin review). And other sites often draw a richer clientele so that the models can command higher prices (like Streamate review).
  • Phone Sex: A few adult webcam sites have incorporated phone sex into their live chat platforms. When you’re in a Private show (or an Exclusive Show on Streamate review) the viewer can call into a special toll-free number and talk to you on the phone while you’re camming with him. But iFriends review has taken it one step further. They’ve built a full-featured Phone Sex line right into their Fanclub system. So your Fanclub members can call 1-877-CAM-FAME and they’ll be securely connected to you – even if you’re not hosting a live cam show. Of course, you can set your own availability and you will charge for this special service (usually $2.99 to $4.99/minute).
  • PPM: Short for Pay Per Minute.
  • Premium Member: On Chaturbate review a viewer has the option to become a Premium Member. For $19.95/month they receive a small variety of special perks exclusive to Premium Members.
  • Privacy Wrapper: When a cam model is taken into a Private or Exclusive Show all the other people in the chatroom will be instantly blocked from seeing the feed. That block is sometimes called a Privacy Wrapper or simply a Wrapper. Interestingly, on iFriends review models can choose “Standard Chat” which includes a Privacy Wrapper for everyone by default. In this mode, there is no Free Chat. In other words, NOBODY can see the webcam feed at all until he/she clicks the “Go Private” button.
  • Private Message (PM): Just like on Twitter of Facebook… A private message goes directly from the sender to the recipient privately – nobody else can see the message.
  • Private Show: In a Private Show the only person who can see the model is the person paying her the $X.XX/Minute rate. All others are blocked. All adult webcam sites offer Private Shows in a similar fashion, but they have subtle differences. For example, on Chaturbate review they have Group Shows, which are essentially Private Shows, but the cost is split between 2 to 5 viewers, and it’s not limited to just one single viewer. Group Shows are nice because the model can earn more money with the same amount of work.

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  • Replay Videos: When you’re in a Private Show, many of the cam sites will record that show automatically and archive it for later viewing. You can generally opt-out of live show recordings, but viewers like them, and you will often have more luck selling Private Shows if you allow them to watch the replays. On iFriends review you can actually make money with your Replay Videos. Besides selling individual videos and Fanclub subscriptions, you can set your Replay Videos to play in a loop whenever you’re offline. And then members can pay a reduced per-minute price (usually $1.99 to $4.99/minute) to watch your replays.
  • Reserve: Also called a Payment Hold. Some webcam companies hold some or all of your paycheck for a set period of time. This is to insure themselves against fraud, refunds, or chargebacks. Some of the sites, like MyFreeCams review and Chaturbate review have very reasonable, short Reserve periods (1 to 7 Days). Other companies, like Live Jasmin review and Streamate review, have 3 to 4 Week Reserves. Then there’s iFriends review… they Reserve only 10% of your check, but they hold it for a full 6 months.
  • Roll the Dice: One of the many cool Apps available on Chaturbate review. These apps are special interactive plugins that make your chat room do special things, like play games, set goals, offer rewards, etc. Models love using the apps because they’re designed to dramatically boost the number of tokens rolling in. Viewers enjoy the apps because it keeps the action interesting, makes each show unique, and they can earn prizes from their favorite models.

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  • Screen Name: This is your stage name. Your Brand. Your Trademark. It’s the name people will type into Google to search for you. In my opinion, many models fail to see the importance of choosing an optimal name. I wrote an article about selecting the Perfect Screen Name, and I even created a Name Checker Tool to help you ensure that your name isn’t already in use by another webcam model. You can access the article and Name Checker Tool right here.
  • Speed Test: Broadcasting your live webcam feed requires good, fast internet. I recommend that you check your UPLOAD speeds regularly… Upload speed is more essential than Download speed when broadcasting. Speedtest.net and TestMy.net are good resources for speed tests.
  • SplitCam: If you want to simulcast on multiple sites (for example Chaturbate and iFriends) at the same time, you’ll need a webcam signal splitter like SplitCam. It’s a simple (free) software program that works well with a huge variety of webcams and adult cam services. There’s another similar program called ManyCam (which is Mac compatible). But I’ve personally had the best luck with SplitCam.
  • Standard Chat: On iFriends review the default chat room is called “Standard Chat.” It is different than most other sites. When in Standard Chat, you’re hidden behind a Privacy Wrapper. Guests can’t see you. Members can’t see you. No one can see you. People can text chat with you, but they can’t see your video feed. The only way they can access your video feed is to click the “Go Private” button. Standard Chat is a very old-school system, and most viewers don’t have patience for that anymore. When they click your thumbnail, they expect to see YOU, not a privacy wrapped video. So the only time Standard Chat is really effective, in my opinion, is if [A] you’re a long-time chathost with a huge following or [B] if you’ve made a prearranged appointment to meet one of your regular fans online. Barring those two scenarios, you should always run a Free To Private room on iFriends (IMO). EDIT: There is one other reason you might choose Standard Chat on iFriends. I cover that in my Free E-Book, Amy’s Master Plan.
  • Stats: Every adult chat site has a Stats area. This is where you will find a log of all your shows and check your earnings.
  • Webcam Modeling on StreamateStreamate: Streamate review is one of the top 4 or 5 adult cam sites in terms of traffic and popularity. They primarily operate on a Free To Private system, where the model spends most of her time in Free Chat working to tease her viewers into Private Shows. Streamate also offers unique shows called Gold Shows, which are unlike shows available on any other webcam platform. Check my full-length review to see all the pros and cons of modeling on Streamate.
  • Studio: A Studio could be either a company or an individual who works to find and recruit webcam models. Most of the time – as in 95% of the time – studios are scum of the Earth. They suck. I hate them and so should you. If you’re an aspiring webcam model, never, ever, ever, ever sign up and work with a studio. They pretend to help you and care about you, but they don’t. All they want is a portion (often a huge portion) of your earnings. So my advice is to always go straight to the webcam company and sign up with them directly. You DO NOT need a middle man to help you. If you have a computer, a webcam, and high speed internet… that’s all you need. The “Model Page” buttons at the bottom of this page will link you directly to the cam sites where you can sign up. NOT a studio.

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  • Tags: A lot of cam sites are now using tags to categorize their live cams. When you go live, be sure to fill in all the tags that apply to you, for example: BBW, MILF, BigBoobs, BigTits, Brunette, OhMyBod, Anal, etc, etc, etc… Many viewers use the tags to find exactly they types of models that turn them on. If you skip the tags, you will miss out on a lot of traffic.
  • Talk Live: On iFriends review when a viewer is paying for a Private Show the model can (optionally) allow him to call her on the phone. This feature is called Talk Live. The entire system is handled through iFriends’ built-in infrastructure, so the viewer will never have access to the model’s actual phone number. Streamate review offers a similar feature.
  • Teen: In the adult webcam biz, “Teen” always refers to 18+. Underage models are never allowed and all the major cam sites require proper age verification documentation. It should be noted that some sites will not allow you to use the words like Teen, Baby, Daughter, etc… It’s always a good idea to check the rules on that sort of thing before you create a Screen Name.
  • Tips: MyFreeCams review was the first adult web cam site to popularize the current Free Chat Tipping Culture. On MFC and Chaturbate review the models are primarily working for tips (in the form of Tokens). The name of the game is to come up with wild, inventive ways to get the viewers to throw their money at you. The better you are at drawing viewers into your room, keeping them in your room, and entertaining them… the more tips you’re going to rack up.
  • Token Keno: An extremely popular tipping game on Chaturbate review. If you want to see how it works, poke around the #TokenKeno Tag on CB.
  • Tokens: On Chaturbate review and MyFreeCams review members don’t tip dollar amounts; they tip Tokens. To do this, the viewer must first purchase tokens. Each token will cost him between $.08 and $.10, depending on how many he purchases at one time. If he buys a huge quantity, he gets a discount all the way down to 8 cents each. Each token is worth $.05 to the model. So if she accumulates 2000 tokens in her account she will receive a check for $100. ($.05 x 2000 = $100.00). And boyyy do those tokens add up! Check this epic screen shot from ChronicLove’s 21st Birthday Bash on Chaturbate… 252521 Tokens = $12,626.05. How’s that for a Happy Birthday!?
    Chaturbate 252000 Tokens
  • Troll: Internet Trolls are everywhere. From YouTube video comments to Amazon product reviews, these malcontents go around spreading grouchiness and irritation everywhere they go. And yes, there are plenty of them haunting webcam sites from every corner of the globe. But you can’t let them get to you. Just block or ban them and move on. On Chaturbate review you can elect your own trusted members to be room moderators. And then you can let your Mods deal with the jerks. HINT: Some of the most prolific trolls are actually other wannabe cam models who are jealous of your success. They’re sad little creatures. They’ve failed at life, and the only way they can feel good about themselves is to tear down others. Don’t let them get to you.

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  • UltraBot: Another one of the many cool Apps available on Chaturbate review. These apps are special interactive plugins that make your chat room do special things, like play games, set goals, offer rewards, etc. Models love using the apps because they’re designed to dramatically boost the number of tokens rolling in. Viewers enjoy the apps because it keeps the action interesting, makes each show unique, and they can earn prizes from their favorite models.
  • Upload Speed: When shopping around for the best high-speed internet, webcam models should be more focused on the UPLOAD speed, not the download speed. So use a tool like Speedtest.net to ensure that your broadband speed is sufficient for the cam site(s) you plan to use. You should have at least 1MBPS to reliably stream your feed. Faster is better. If you have a choice, aim for 3MBPS or more.
  • USB: When you’re just beginning as a webcam model, I suggest you start with a USB Webcam. USB refers to the type of connector it uses. Almost all modern computers are USB compatible, so just make sure you have a port that looks like the pic below, and you’ll be fine. As for the ideal starter webcam, I recommend the Logitech C920 USB Webcam. It is probably the most popular HD webcam in use by webcam models today, and it’s a perfect choice for brand new models because it’s cheap and it works great.USB Port

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  • VCH: Short for Video Chat Host.
  • Video Chat: Just like it sounds… A chat room with live video.
  • Video Chat Host: This is a term invented by iFriends review waaaaay back in 1996 or 1997. The term is not used as much anymore; instead, the terms “Webcam Model” and “Camgirl” are much more prevalent.
  • VIP Member: iFriends review offers three membership levels for their viewers. Basic ($0.00), VIP ($6.95), and Elite ($9.95). A VIP member enjoys many advanced features not available for the Basic members.
  • Virtual Gifts: Virtual Gifts are cool. On iFriends review Fanclub Members and video chat viewers can give Virtual Gifts to their favorite models. The Virtual Gifts range in value from $5 all the way up to $200. When a model receives a gift, she receives a Tip in that monetary amount added to her weekly paycheck. She also gets a cool image of the gift added to her Fanclub wall.

    Virtual Gift - FlowersVirtual Gift - ChampagneVirtual Gift - Louis VittonVirtual Gift - DolphinVirtual Gift - Diamond RingVirtual Gift - Red Car


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  • Webcam Studio: A Webcam Studio could be either a company or an individual who works to find and recruit webcam models. Most of the time – as in 95% of the time – studios are scum of the Earth. They suck. I hate them and so should you. If you’re an aspiring webcam model, never, ever, ever, ever sign up and work with a studio. They pretend to help you and care about you, but they don’t. All they want is a portion (often a huge portion) of your earnings. So my advice is to always go straight to the webcam company and sign up with them directly. You DO NOT need a middle man to help you. If you have a computer, a webcam, and high speed internet… that’s all you need. The “Model Page” buttons at the bottom of this page will link you directly to the cam sites where you can sign up. NOT a studio.
  • Webmaster: In the adult webcam business, the term webmaster usually refers to an affiliate, which is a person/company that drives traffic to the webcam site. Webmasters are paid a commission for bringing paying customers into the site. Without webmasters/affiliates, the cam sites would dry up. They’d have only a tiny fraction of their traffic. When you’re promoting yourself as a webcam model (on Twitter, for example) you should check to see if you can also earn affiliate revenue. Chaturbate review is *perfect* for this because their affiliate program is built-in automatically. When you promote yourself with a Chaturbate link, you build traffic to your own chat room AND earn an extra 20% affiliate commission every time your referrals purchase tokens (whether they spend those tokens on you or not)! Learn about the CB affiliate program right here.
  • Wheel of Fortune: Another one of the many cool Apps available on Chaturbate review. These apps are special interactive plugins that make your chat room do special things, like play games, set goals, offer rewards, etc. Models love using the apps because they’re designed to dramatically boost the number of tokens rolling in. Viewers enjoy the apps because it keeps the action interesting, makes each show unique, and they can earn prizes from their favorite models.
  • WhiteLabel: A WhiteLabel site is a re-branded clone/copy of an existing site. These are extremely common in the adult webcam industry. Chaturbate review has THOUSANDS of white label clones sites. Similarly, Streamate review has THOUSANDS of white label clones. These copied sites are a GOOD thing. They are used to draw enormous amounts of search engine traffic into the cam sites and quality traffic is literally the lifeblood of the business. It’s more important than *anything* else. So don’t be confused by white labels. It’s the same models. The same chat rooms. The same video feeds. They’re just packaged with different brand names and graphics. Here are a few examples…
    Original Site White Label Site
    Chaturbate review Wetcams.net
    iFriends review Fetish.net
    Live Jasmin review SexcamsUnlimited
    MyFreeCams review MyFreeCams does not have White Labels
    Streamate review GlamCams
  • Wish List: Many webcam viewers love (and I mean LOVE) to shower their favorite models with gifts. So it’s common for camgirls to build Wish Lists on places like Amazon or Victoria’s Secret. But you have to be EXTREMELY careful doing stuff like that. Sometimes it’s impossible to know which sites will reveal your personal information and which ones won’t. I’ve never had any trouble with Amazon.com. But it’s always better to play it safe. When in doubt, see if your cam site offers a built-in Wishlist System. I know iFriends review has one. Also… there’s a new service called DeliveryCode. They are a a luxury wishlist service that securely hides your address from the buyer. Here’s a YouTube video explaining how they work:
  • Wrapper: When a cam model is taken into a Private or Exclusive Show all the other people in the chatroom will be instantly blocked from seeing the feed. That block is sometimes called a Privacy Wrapper or simply a Wrapper. Interestingly, on iFriends review models can choose “Standard Chat” which includes a Privacy Wrapper for everyone by default. In this mode, there is no Free Chat. In other words, NOBODY can see the webcam feed at all until he/she clicks the “Go Private” button.

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Well as you see, I have a tendency towards verbosity. It’s a curse. Nevertheless, if you found these webcam modeling terms and definitions to be helpful, please like and share them with others who might benefit.

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