Skype Camgirls: Some Tips


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What Does it Mean To Be a Skype Camgirl?

I get this question a lot. A lot. Probably the first thing to keep in mind is that successful independent skype camgirls by definition do their own thing, so even if any one of us laid out a blueprint it wouldn’t mean much…each one of us is unique and operates our business in an entirely individual manner. Truth is this is a tough niche to break into, and I only know a handful of women aside from myself who have built an entirely independent camgirl business without relying upon the network cam sites as a stable source of income. If you want to take the independent camgirl route be prepared to work hard, research constantly and wear all hats. If you run your business you run your business. Those who ask for a step-by-step guide won’t last.

Probably the best advice I could share with new skype camgirls is to create your own customer base. Unlike the major network cam sex sites, we don’t have a ton of affiliates drawing traffic to our websites and the pool of existing skype cam sex customers is relatively small. That’s part of the reason why I started this site; I want cam sex customers out there to know about this amazing part of the camgirl sex biz. Over the years I’ve introduced a ton of amazing guys to this niche and I have every intention of continuing that mission. I hope you join me, to the betterment of us all who are actually prepared to invest what it takes into our chosen niche of skype cam sex.


How Do I Get Skype Cam Sex Customers?

While I’d never advocate actively stealing traffic from the network sites you continue to work, make it easy for your customers to find you! Use the same name across cam sites, your twitter, your own site, so that when your network cam sex regulars google your name they can find you easily. As more and more skype camgirls test out (and depart) from this niche the existing customer base narrows, so those of us who believe in this niche and actually care about it need to get the word out there. Who better to market to than your own customers? As a primary marketing step always inform the guys who already adore you google you so that they can find out that you offer independent skype cam sex. They’ll be delighted to see you on full-screen without all the bullshit of the camsites, so once you introduce them to this niche you’ll have a convert, as both of you will benefit from the transition away from network cam sex. While managing boundaries is huge aspect of running your own business that I’ll probably explore in-depth in a later post, in general you’ll benefit when your customers become your own.

In order to greet your existing customers on your own site, set yourself up with some payment processing or join a company that will do so for you (you can read more about skype camgirl payment processing options here) and from there promote your site as you see fit, depending upon which niche(s) you target.


Join the Community of Skype Camgirls

To be an independent skype camgirl is to swim against the tide and do your own thing when everyone else paying homage to the status quo. Fuck that. Do your own thing, take control of your own career and join the independent skype camgirls community.  No cultish metaphor intended here; there’s no solemn dildo sacrifices or rights of passage…I just think that those of us who do encompass the dedicated core have a really wicked thing going here and I love that each of us has used our own creativity and work ethic to build something amazing. If you want to join us, dive in and prepared to work your ass off. There is no easy money in independent skype cam sex, but the $$$$ is wicked if you’re prepared to put in the time and effort. In short, we embody the entrepreneurial spirit, so you can see why those seeking a ‘how-to’ manual probably should stick to the cam sites.


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Payment Processing For Independent Cam Girls


How Independent Cam Girls Get Paid: Payment Processing Options

In an earlier post regarding the risks of using paypal I mentioned a couple of the adult-friendly payment processing options most widely used by independent cam girls. For those cam girls who are newly independent and wishing to know a bit more about the features of various payment processing options, I’ll outline them here.


Zombaio Processing For Skype Camgirls

Zombaio offers a 10.99% processing fee (which lowers as sales volume grows) but the processor also had a fairly long processing time for payments. In general, expect to wait a month for a payment to finish processing and be sent out. Also, the minimum withdrawal level is $100, so while this isn’t an issue for more experienced independent cam girls, many new skype cam girls just starting out may find that it takes time to reach the $100 minimum withdrawal threshold. However, there are no out-of-pocket fees associated with Zombaio other than the payment processing costs that are deducted from each sale. In order to offer Zombaio you must have your own website upon which to install the script.


CCBill Processing For Independent Cam Girls

CCBill charges $750 upfront to be able to offer Visa processing, and $500 per year for account maintenance thereafter, in addition to the payment processing costs of 15% per sale. However, payments are sent out bi-weekly on a two week delay, and the payout threshold for CCBill is significantly lower than Zombaio at $20, making it an attractive option for skype cam girls just starting out who may not earn much, but wish to receive what they do earn more quickly. There is also a slightly smaller decline rate with CCBill than with Zombaio. Like Zombaio, in order to offer CCBill you must have your own website. You can’t install the script on a tumblr or free blogger site, for example.


Payoneer Payments for Skype and Yahoo Cam Sex

Payoneer is an option that tends to be most heavily used by independent cam girls just starting out. The main reason why is that you only need a payoneer debit card in order to accept ‘private load’ payments from customers, you don’t need to own your own website. With Payoneer you simply send your customer a link to your private load page, and he pays for his skype cam show or  digital content on that payment page. The main drawbacks to using Payoneer is that the service isn’t intended to be used primarily for private loads, meaning that  independent cam girls who book high volumes of business may run into problems in having those payments processed. Further, with Payoneer one can currently only send private load payments to a prepaid Payoneer debit, meaning there is no way to transfer your funds directly to a bank account. While the prcoessing fees for payoneer private loads are much lower than the costs of Zombaio or CCBill, expect to pay a variety of annual fixed and variable transaction-specific fees (load fees, ATM fees, etc) that add to considerable sums over time.


This Sucks, Why Do I Have to Pay To Use Adult-Friendly Payment Processors?

Probably the most important piece of advice I can give you, based on my three years as an independent cam girl, is to swallow the fact that you have to pay fees. Every business has operating costs and being an independent cam girl is no different. Sure, you can use alternatives such as payoneer, Gift Rocket and MoneyPak as occasional payment options (the latter two with US-based customers only), but in order to build and maintain a sustainable and profitable business that allows customers from all over the globe to send you high amounts of money as payment for skype webcam shows and content, you need an actual payment processor. There is no way around this…trust me, I’ve looked

Truth is, the less time you spend sending customers all over the internet trying out payment options not intended to be used for your actual purposes, the stronger and more successful your business will be, simply because you’ll have more time to spend making money. Further, real adult payment processing offers tools to help you avoid chargebacks that alternatives such as Gift Rocket and Payoneer do not. Remember that once a customer does a chargeback he is blacklisted from the majority of payment processors out there, so if he can’t use a credit card to book a show, wonder why.

I hope this article has been of some use to those of you are just starting out as independent cam girls. If you still have questions about any of the options I’ve listed above, check out their websites and read through their sign-up process and FAQ sections. Always remember to treat your business like a business and protect your own interests as much as possible. Don’t make it easy for the (luckily few) losers out there to steal from you by charging back their cam sex show or digital goods purchase, so use adult-friendly payment processors that help you protect yourself while allowing you to book high volumes of business with customers throughout the world. Beyond having hella fun on cam, isn’t that what we’re all here for?

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Skype Cam Girls, Stay Away From PayPal

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‘Paypal bb’ is Nothing But Grief For Skype Cam Girls

Wow. I stumbled on a site tonight that featured a blacklist of customers who had charged back the cam shows they had purchased from skype cam girls. It was a long list. My first thought was “where the fuck are they getting their traffic?!” (cuz no one’s chargeback rate should be anywhere near that high) but then I realized…the method of payment used by each and every douchebag on that list who had stolen from skype cam girls by charging back their cam shows had used…yep, you guessed it. Fucking paypal.
For real, just don’t use it. Offering paypal is basically rolling out the red carpet for every loser out there who gets a thrill out of ruining someone’s day, it’s a huge signal blaring the message “please take advantage of me”. Um, hell no. There are enough alternate adult-friendly options out there that using paypal isn’t necessary. Quite the opposite, using paypal shows that you’re not serious about your business and that you don’t give a damn about yourself OR your customers. Remember that guys can get their accounts frozen for using our services as well if they’re caught. Being independent means taking yourself and your business seriously and searching through the available adult-friendly options out there so that you have a reliable way to get paid for your yahoo and skype cam shows.


Payment Processing For Skype Cam Girls

My top recommendations are Zombaio and CCBill. There are pros and cons to both (which is why I use both) that I’ll probably cover in a later post, but you can do your own research as well. That’s what being independent means, right?

Happy camming y’all.

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Independent Skype Camgirls and Directories


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I know alot of independent skype camgirls check out my blog, so I wanted to write about something that’s been on my mind a lot lately, namely, the importance of critical thinking and actually reading the contracts we sign with independent camgirl listing directories.


Independent Skype Camgirls Must Be Business Women

One of the wicked things about being independent skype camgirls is that it’s possible to craft a successful business without a background in business, using only our intelligence and creativity. Hell, while I have my share of degrees I certainly don’t have a degree in business, everything I’ve learned I picked up through trial and error through the years. That said, as independent skype camgirls we are in business, and it’s vitally important that we treat our work as such. This is particularly the case when it comes to the skype camgirl listing directories that offer payment processing.


The Role of Skype Camgirl Listing Directories

Listing directories don’t just offer traffic, they offer payment processing, and most sites that offer processing insist that you use it. There’s nothing wrong with that, and even though I have my own processing on my own sites I do have great working relationships with several skype camgirl listing services. Independent cam sex is a small niche, and I believe ultimately we all work together in that the stronger this niche is the faster it will grow. That benefits all of us.


Independent Skype Camgirls: Read Your Contracts

That being said, I’m often surprised by the lack of scrutiny with which some independent skype camgirls approach financial partnerships with listing directories. To new independent skype camgirls in particular, recognize that each time you sign up to a listing directory site that offers payment processing you are entering into a business relationship that directly impacts upon both your money and your established web presence. As such, before even deciding whether to join any given site you must read your model contract. Of particular concern are clauses that relate to who owns your cam name and content and how payment processing operates.

On the former point, it’s common for skype camgirl listing directory model contacts to include a passage referring to non-exclusive use of your image and camgirl name, it is NOT standard for contracts to grant the site exclusive use of your name or content. Non-exclusive use clauses are necessary so that the site can advertise you and the site but you still retain the right to use your name and images elsewhere. Each are still your property to use as you see fit. In contrast, exclusive use contracts mean that you forfeit any right to use your cam name and images off the site in question, as both now belong to the cam site.

Regarding payment processing, the main question to ask is what happens to your funds if the site shuts down. Contrary to the opinions of many aspiring site owners there is not a lot of money in doing payment processing for independent skype camgirls, in that the most successful independent camgirls tend to use their own processing for their own customers. I can think of 5 sites in the past year that have either ceased operations or ceased payment processing, and as sites pop up to replace the ones that have closed it’s important to pay attention to how your funds will be handled should the sites in which you’re interested in joining struggle financially.

The safest site system is always one which uses a CCBill or Zombaio sub-account system, in that your funds will be sent to you directly from the processor rather than to the cam site and then to you, but there are several sites that use private processing and act as a middle-man between you and your funds. Here, your judgement and discretion is vital. Ask yourself how long the site has been active, does the site have a history of prompt payments, is their business plan sound? How long do I have to wait to receive my funds?


Not Trying To Sound Like The Queen of Doom Here

Like I wrote earlier, I use skype camgirl listing services, they aren’t inherently a bad thing at all, and are of particular benefit to those independent skype camgirls who are just gaining their footing in this niche. Even for established skype camgirls listing directories can play a valuable role. That said, we all have to be smart about the sites with which we choose to do business. Read your contracts, research the history and business plans of the sites and contact the sites to find answers to any questions you may have. Don’t blindly jump on board any new project that pops up. This is your money you’re dealing with, so be smart and do your research.

Happy camming and wishing ya tons of $$$$


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