How to Become a Cam Girl – Best Cam Sites – Ultimate Cam Girl Guide

So, you’ve heard from a friend who is earning thousands per month, while working from home as a cam girl and now you’re curious of how to become a camgirl?

That was me 6 years ago, I was nervous, excited and didn’t really know if I had what it takes to do something so extroverted. 😳

But I swallowed up my doubts and did it anyway and boy am I glad I did!

So you don’t have to waste time, I have created this ultimate cam girl guide to help you get started, learn some valuable tips and help you choose the right cam sites for you.

Sites For Cam GirlsChaturbateCamSodaStripChatLive JasmineBongaCams
These platforms have high payout percentages for models and a variety of options to make money.

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Cam Girl Earnings

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The million-dollar question that everyone wants to know, yet it’s the hardest question to answer. As you can imagine, the numbers vary widely.


Cam Girl Average Income

On average, a cam girl earns $2000-$4000 per month. But this amount depends on how many hours you work, which cam sites you choose to use. 


Most models cam on average 80-100 hours per month and those models will usually see a higher income.

Becoming a successful cam girl is all about consistency. By creating a regular log on schedule and entertaining your room well, your efforts will pay off.

It also takes time to build a solid client base, it takes a year of consistent camming to build a group of regulars who keep coming back to pay you.

You need the patience of a saint in the first 6 months of camming, you need to ride out the quiet times until you get to a place where you have a room of at least 20-30 regulars.

It’s so worth it in the end.

Best Cam Sites for Cam Girls 

Picking the best cam sites when you start camming can be a struggle, some sites may be unsuccessful for you and other sites will be amazing for you.

Below I have narrowed down some popular cam sites for models, the payout percentage and their features.

SitePayout Percentage %Type of site
Chaturbate5 cents per token Token Based & PVT
Strip Chat5 cents per token Token Based + PVT
Cam Soda5-7 cents per tokenToken Based & PVT
Manyvids8 cents per token Video Content & Live Cam
Onlyfans80%Fan Page & Live Cam
Loyalfans80%Fan Page & Live Cam

How To Make Money on Cam Sites

There are so many ways to make money as a webcam model, which is what makes it such an exciting job to do (especially if you’re prone to getting bored like me 🧐).

You can just pick one option to earn money or several. I always recommend having at least 2-3 income sources within the adult industry.

Often, one site can be slow and others are thriving, and this changes every month, so by having 2-3 income sources you are guaranteeing a more secure income.

1. Live Camming – Private Cam Sessions 

The most popular way to make money as a cam girl is with Private Cam Sessions.

These are the kind of sites where you are logged on and waiting for a guy to enter into a private cam show with you.

Sites like CamSoda is great for this. 

Most sites let you decide your per minute rate to charge your customer. Keep in mind, all sites pay a % to you and keep a % for themselves.

So, if a site has a 60% payout, you will get 60% of what you charge.

Once a guy enters your private chat room, greet your customer and ask for his name and what he’s into, the more you know, the more you can perform a better cam show. Try to do this in the sexiest way possible, with a lot of flirtation involved. 

Guys want to get the impression that you’re into them and that you are also enjoying the experience. It’s great to have a range of sex toys and tools to make the cam show interesting.

After you’ve completed your cam show, thank your customer for an amazing experience and the chat will end. 

Each customer that receives an amazing cam show from you is a potential returning customer. 

If you are shy, then one-to-one private cam shows are going to be far more suitable for you. However, the majority of these kinds of shows almost always involve using sex toys. 

2. Live Camming – Token-based Cam Sites 

With token-based sites, your money comes from being tipped, your room is open and free for all to see and all your customers enter the room at the same time, some will stay in your cam room to chat and tip, others come and go. 

Guys can tip for things like a boob flash, foot flash, or tip for games you can set up.

You can also set a target goal of tokens that all guys can tip and contribute towards for you to get naked.

There’s also the option there for guys to take you private too for a one-to-one. 

Token-based cam sites like Chaturbate and Strip Chat are great for models who aren’t shy, quite sociable and who are comfortable entertaining a group of customers.

The great thing about token-based cam sites is that you don’t have to do in-depth sexual things if you don’t want to.

3. Make Money Selling Video Content 

Many cam sites allow you to sell your video content too, which is an easy way to earn more money. Sites like Manyvids have this option. 

When you’re live on cam it’s useful to have different things that you can sell to your customers to encourage them to tip.

4. Make Money Selling Panties 

On most cam sites you can make money by selling your used panties. Not all cam sites allow this, so please make sure you check first.

This is an easy way to earn some extra money. 

We created this ultimate guide to selling your used panties, to help you make the most out of it.

5. Selling Nude Snapchat 

Many models have a premium nude Snapchat that they charge guys to access.

This is a great way to stay engaged with your customers when you aren’t live on cam.

Most models charge between $20-$50 for lifetime access to their nude Snapchat. Guys expect daily (or every other day) snaps posted.

You can snap nudes, your outfit for the day, what you’re up to and keep your customers updated with new content and when you’re logging on cam.

6. Fan Pages 

Even though having a fan page like Onlyfans isn’t exactly camming, the majority of these platforms now have a live camming option like LoyalFans and Unlockd

I do love adult fan pages. I personally find it easier than cam sites.

You can have a live cam site, a fan page or two and a video site.

This is the best way to ensure you have a solid monthly income from the adult industry. This way you can also establish what you enjoy most and what makes you the most money. 

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CamGirl Tips – Good Cam Girl Names

The first step to becoming a webcam model is to pick your camgirl stage name. I strongly advise you to never use your real name, for your own protection

It’s quite fun picking a stage name. If you don’t like your real name, then here is your chance to pick the name you’ve always wanted 😍.

The best way to pick a cam girl name is to look on name websites and pick the name that you like the most. It’s best to pick a two-part name, such as Emily Louise, so guys can find you better. 

Think about what kind of vibe you want to aim for. This could be a cute girl next door or feisty domme vibes. 

CamGirl Tips – Staying Safe As a Cam Girl 

This is the most important part of becoming a cam girl. Staying safe should be your number one priority.

Although most of the guys are nice and not creepy, there certainly are guys out there who could be stalkers or creepy. 

This is why using a stage name and not your own name is important. No matter how close you become with any client, NEVER share your name or any other personal details.

Never share your location either, even if a guy wants to send you a gift.

Often, guys will ask where you’re from. Some models like to opt for a mysterious, vague answer like “the internet” or “America”. And some models will be a little more specific but vague and say “Florida” or “London”. 

Throughout your camgirl career, you will be asked by guys to meet up. This is something I’ve personally never felt safe doing and I do recommend that you avoid doing this too.

Guys will try to seduce you with money and gifts, in a bid to get you to meet up with them, but it’s simply not worth the risk involved.

How To Promote Yourself As a Cam Girl 

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Most cam sites provide on-site traffic, so not much promoting is required.

That’s why camming is a great start for new models. But you still need to build your customer base and keep guys coming back to your cam room, here are some ways to do this.

1. TWITTER

Most webcam models have Twitter and they use this to direct guys from their cam room, to follow them on Twitter. Make sure your camming platform allows you to promote outside links first, as some sites don’t allow this.

Twitter is a great place to gather your guys, so you can let them know when you’re logging on cam, promote any new content you have made or even direct them to another site if you ever leave your main camming platform. 

2. NUDE SNAPCHAT

Another way to gather your customer base is to have a free or premium Snapchat. Again, this is a place where you can continuously engage with your customers, let them know when you’re on cam and promote any new content. 

Many models either charge $20-$50 for a premium snapchat subscription for lifetime access (if you’re posting kinky pics) and some models will have a free Snapchat where they are just safe for work pictures. 

3. REDDIT

Reddit is a place that I recommend for promoting adult services, but because camming sites take around 40-50% in fees from our payout and they provide a good level of on-site traffic,

I’m reluctant to send any traffic to the site.  

However, Reddit is a great platform to promote your fan pages, if you have one. Or if you want to accept one-to-one Skype cam shows.

Dealing With Guys 

Horny men aren’t the easiest pack to control 😅

But if you don’t keep them under control, they can take advantage.

This is why I have laid out some different types of unruly guys you may encounter and how to deal with them.

The guy who wants to pay on PayPal or pay after the show 

This is a scam and a way for guys to rip you off.

They will often ask to pay via PayPal or request that you do a show and they’ll pay you afterwards. But they have no intention of paying or will reverse any PayPal payment. 

Any guy who asks for this, ban them. 
(Side tip – Never accept PayPal for adult services, it’s against PayPal TOS)

Cam Girl Room Ideas

Keeping your customers entertained is so important and a lot of your potential success depends on it.

For camgirls who are on sites that are private based, you won’t need a great deal of entertainment. But being chatty and polite is important.

But if you are camming on a token-based platform like Chaturbate then these cam room tips will help you keep your guys coming back for more.

1. Play Music 

Most webcam models do play music while they are streaming, it takes the attention off of awkward silences.


It’s best to keep music light and nothing too heavy and to keep it at a lower volume so that your guys can hear it, but not so you have to shout over it.

2. Be Talkative 

As the focus is on you, being bubbly and chatty is a great way to run a successful cam room.


Good conversational topics like asking the room what their favourite movies are, the best places they have travelled to or what their favourite meals are, is a great way to keep your room lively.

3.  Room Games & Wheel Spins

On sites like Chaturbate and Myfreecams, it’s common to incorporate room games and wheel spins.

On Myfreecams there are tools like “CharlesBot” which has a variety of room games available, and on Chaturbate they have their own built-in room games too.

Wheel spins was a particularly popular game in my room. You can either have a physical wheel spinner or a digital one on the screen, which you can get with OBS

4. Make an effort on special occasions 

This is the fun part of camming, on special occasions like Halloween, Christmas, your birthday, and your camming anniversary are all a fantastic way to bring entertainment into your camroom.


A chance to dress up, decorate your room and incorporate fun games. You’ll find most models on token-based platforms make the most of these fun events.

5. Create a tip menu 

Just like we have on our fan pages, cam girls also have tip menus. This is the main way to earn your tips in your cam room.
You can include the following on your tip menu:

  • Tips for nude flashes 
  • Tips for foot flashes 
  • Tips to play a specific song 
  • Tips to mute you (to stop talking for 5 min) and then a tip to unmute 
  • Add as a friend 
  • To spank yourself

 

Become a Non-Nude Cam Girl 

When you become a cam girl, you don’t always have to be a nude model.

There are plenty of successful non-nude webcam models and nothing is stopping you from becoming one. 

It goes without saying, when you become a non-nude cam girl it is a slightly harder grind and more work does go into it than nude models, but you can still be successful. 

As a non-nude model, the focus is mainly on your personality, so having a bubbly and chatty vibe is crucial to becoming successful.

Most non-nude webcam models wear sexy flirtatious outfits that tease but don’t show all. They also cultivate this seductive attitude to “work the crowd” so there are still elements of sexual vibes but in a way that doesn’t reveal all.

If you do decide to become a non-nude cam girl, I recommend that you find a non-nude model on Myfreecams or Chaturbate and watch their cam feed.

Observe how they interact with their guys and how they tease the room. You’ll also notice how they get creative with their tip menu and often use the Lovense Toy, which is a godsend for non-nude webcam models.

For a large portion of my camming career, I was a non-nude model and my income was just as good compared to when I was a nude model.

It certainly took a bit longer to build a loyal customer base and I had to be more creative in how I made my tips.

But I realized that there is a very big portion of guys who really enjoy a non-nude model. Most of these guys are looking for a GFE (Girlfriend experience). 

So, if this is the path you want to take, give it a go and study fellow non-nude models first.

Wearing a Mask While Camming 

For those of you who prefer to stay anonymous as a camgirl, you can still earn good money and keep yourself hidden.

While camming with a mask on isn’t common practice, there are still models who have done this successfully.

It does take a bit longer to build a following and it’s unlikely that you will earn the same amount as models who do show their face. You may be content with that. 

I recently wrote an ultimate guide on camming while wearing a mask, in this article I uncover the best way to become a camgirl and stay anonymous and some unique alternatives to a mask. You can check out that article here. 

Developing Your Cam Girl Character 

So by now, you may have figured out your cam girl name, but have you given much thought into your cam girl character? 

It’s important to figure out who your character is, before you become a webcam model.

My main advice is to stay as close to your own personality as possible, otherwise trying to be someone you’re not will be very draining. 

Your camgirl character represents how you look, how you dress, the type of vibe in your room and the kind of guys you’re going to attract.

Below are some common examples of cam girl characters you could opt for – 

CUTE / GIRL NEXT DOOR

The model who is sweet but has a naughty side. This kind of character mostly represents “the girlfriend experience” and will attract guys who want to have the model as a girlfriend kind of vibe. You can do this character as a nude or non-nude.


KINKY VIBES

This model is very kinky and doesn’t have many barriers when it comes to performing sexual acts. This model can talk really dirty and guys love the fact that she’s into almost anything. Obviously, this character could only be a nude model.


THE DOMME

This model is in charge, she has a naturally dominant nature and guys love the power she holds over them. You will mostly attract guys who are submissive and guys who have a particular fetish. This character can be done as a nude or non-nude cam girl.


THE MILF

This model is usually 35+ and has a very kinky side to her but also a mild sense of being in charge. Men attracted to his model have a fantasy of how filthy she can be from her experience. I find milfs tend to earn far more being nude.


COSPLAY MODEL

This model is usually under 25 and into gaming or cosplay. Quite unique in looks with cool quirky outfits, coloured hair and cosplay outfits.


Guys who are into gaming are very attracted to these models because they love a model with something in common with them. Often, these models will go gaming while live on cam. Both nude and non-nude models could pull off this character.

Obviously, there are far more characters and I absolutely encourage you to create your own unique character.

But this gives you a guide to go by and what to expect. When you create your character, think about the kind of audience you will attract and what their fantasies are. It will help you target your main audience. 

Best Sex Toys for Cam Girls

Can you even be a camgirl without a bunch of sex toys?

Yes, you can, but where’s the fun in that?

The variety of sex toys on the market is pretty impressive and they suit all models.

From those who love the extravaganza of sex machines to models who prefer something less intrusive comfortable. 

Any model who cams would probably agree that the Lovense sex toy range is such a big money maker for them.

It pretty much pays for itself on your first 1-2 cam shifts and it keeps guys entertained. Here are my two favourite toys that have made me the most money –

The Lovense Ferri Sex Toy – $112

The Lovense Ferri is my favourite interactive toy from the Lovense range. It comfortably fits into your panties, without any insertion needed (which is perfect for a long cam shift). And it’s quiet, which makes it ideal for those who are camming discretely.

The Lush 3 Sex Toy – $112
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The Lush 3 sex toy is much loved by so many camgirls. It’s powerful, it hits the G-spot and just like most other Lovense toys, it’s quiet. This sex toy is designed for both insertion and clitorial stimulation.

Why are Lovense toys so special?

The Lovense toys are all interactive sex toys. They are programmed to work with their app, so someone can control the vibration of the toy from 100 miles away.

Not just that, Lovense toys are also built with webcam sites in mind and they can vibrate to specific noises, like “the tip noise”.

So when a guy tips, the toy vibrates. 

Guys absolutely love being a part of your orgasm, so the fact that they can actively make you orgasm by tipping you is a big turn on for them.

You can also set different levels of tip vibrating strengths, how long it vibrates and different strengths for bigger tips, which encourages guys to tip bigger amounts. 

Cam Girl Equipment 

Choosing the right camgirl equipment to start your webcam modelling career is very exciting, but with so many options to choose from, how do you know what are the right tools to choose?

After lots of trial and error, slow laptops and broken webcams, I finally found the best equipment for my camming career.

8 Things You Need To Become a Cam Girl

1. Webcam
2. Outfits
3. Laptop or computer
4. Cam Girl Planner
5. Microphone
6.Toys & lube 
7. Lighting
8. Video & picture editing software 

As a new webcam model there is no need to go high end with your camgirl equipment to start with, because you’ll need to see if camming is for you or not and most models do start with basic equipment.

So I’ve highlighted the best webcam model essentials you need to get started. 

Webcams for Cam Girls

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What I recommend – Logitech C920X HD Pro (Window user)
Price – $69.90
Why I recommend it – Logitech webcams have always been the number one choice for all webcam models. Mainly the Logitech C920, which now has an upgraded version, the C920X HD Pro. It’s a very robust webcam and can really take its drops over the years. The quality of this webcam along with good quality lighting is crystal clear.

For Mac users, we recommend it’s sister webcam, the Logitech C922x HD Pro. Which has the same specs but with a slightly higher price.  

Laptops for Cam Girls

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best laptop for webcam models

What I recommend – Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-53S3 Laptop
Price – $649.99 
Why I recommend it – This laptop is an Intel i5 with a quad-core processor, which is more than enough to handle camming and even split camming. You will be able to stream live and still use your laptop to stream music and perform any other light tasks while streaming. I started with an Acer laptop and they are pretty robust. It lasted me 3 years before I upgraded to something faster. 

Microphone for Cam Girls

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What I recommend – Blue Snowball iCE Plug ‘n Play USB Microphone
Price – $39.99
Why I recommend it – This is the microphone I started my camming career with and the one that is chosen by many models. It has a good enough sound and is robust enough to take some knocks. The only downside is that it’s slightly bulky, but I’ve found the best microphones seem to all have this downside. The microphone built into the webcam is usually bad quality too. So a stand-alone microphone is needed.

Lighting for Cam Girls

What I recommend – Ring Light – 18 inches 52 W Dimmable
Price – $69.99
Why I recommend it – This is an 18-inch ring light that is dimmable. It’s the perfect size to use for camming, taking photos and making video content. The dimmable feature is perfect for creating different mood tones in the room.

Video Editing Software for Cam Girls

What I recommend – Wondershare Filmora 
Price – $49.99 a year 
Why I recommend it –  I’ve always used filmora to edit my video content and I still use it now after many years. It’s very easy to navigate without too many complex buttons. Many webcam models will start with something easy like this and then upgrade as time goes on. But I chose not to do that, as I don’t add any fancy effects to my videos. As long as I have an editor where I can remove my mistakes, auto-adjust the sound and video quality and save it as an MP4 file, that’s all you truly need.

Cam Girl Planner

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Camgirl printable planner

Staying organized is so important when becoming a webcam model. I have compiled some tips to help you stay organized from the start –

Get organized with your files
I use Google Drive to keep all my content organized. I have one folder for my photos and within that folder, I have a folder for each photo set named. Then I have a video folder with different categories of videos in each folder. It makes it far easier when you are uploading to multiple sites.

Keep track of your site’s earnings & goals
This is something I did from the start and I’m so pleased that I did, this is what helped me fine-tune what are my best earning sites are and my best earning months. By keeping track of this data, I was able to delete any sites that weren’t worth my time and to know when to take my breaks in my notoriously slow months (April & July were the two months that were consistently slow).

This is why I designed the camgirl planner. This is the exact planner and organization that I’ve used for many years. This will help you plan your cam shows and content, set achievable goals and keep track of your sites and earnings.

Cam Girl Outfits 

Picking out camgirl outfits is the fun part of being a webcam model. This is your chance to really show off your camgirl character.

Here is a range of outfits that are sexy outfits for any new model. I’m also a lover of playful promises. They have a beautiful selection of lingerie. 

Playful Promises
Aranmei Women Sexy Lingerie Bodysuit $17.98
Donnalla Women Sexy Lingerie Set Two Piece Lace Bra and Panty Set $17.99
Avidlove Women Lingerie Lace Chemise $19.99

Webcam Model Tips

After so many years of being a webcam model, you really learn so much. I’ve made plenty of mistakes and great choices, so I can now pass my advice over to you.

Overall, camming has been a fantastic career choice for me, which has given me freedom with my time and a fantastic income. So here are some important tips I have for you.

1. Don’t let guys get too attached 

This is my first piece of advice because this was my biggest mistake. I became far too friendly and close with my loyal customers. Eventually, this led to some guys not tipping anymore because they “had their foot in the door” and some guys even tried to control me. 

Be friendly but keep them at arms length and treat them all equally, even if they are great tippers. So many guys are looking to control models with money. 

2. Don’t get too drunk on cam 

I’ve seen so many models drink themselves into oblivion on cam and they do this nightly. I believe this is because it takes courage to go live on cam and you need to be bubbly and chatty.

Some models start drinking before cam to calm their nerves, but then this becomes too much of a reliance. The problem is not everyone can handle their drink well and can end up saying regrettable things or doing embarrassing things. So I suggest keeping it to a minimum or on special occasions. 

3. Don’t share too much information 

We’ve spoken about not sharing your name, location, address etc to keep yourself safe. But this also applies to personal information too, things about your personal relationships or past history. It’s fine to share interests, hobbies, pets and so on. 

4. If one site isn’t working for you, try another.

I see many new models who join a site and after 3 months they are still struggling to do well on that platform. With fan pages, my advice would be to keep plugging away, but when it comes to cam sites I think it’s best to jump ship.

I recommend giving any cam site website a minimum of 3 months of hard work before you change platforms.
Sometimes not every platform will be right for you, whereas others will be.

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Conclusion

I hope this cam girl guide has helped you, overall becoming a webcam model has been a great career choice for me and it has really helped my confidence and I’ve learnt so many new skills. I wish you luck in your new career path. 🤩

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