Starting a podcast can be a great way to connect with your fans and community
Starting an adult industry oriented podcast can be a great way to connect with your current fans and new fans or to connect with the adult community on a larger scale. When you’re hit with the idea for an adult podcast it can seem like a great idea to jump right in, but before you get your microphone set up and press record, let’s go through a few things that can help ensure your podcast will be successful and worthwhile.
Decide what kind of podcast you will be hosting
The first question you should ask yourself is what kind of podcast you are interested in hosting, and for starters will it be a video or audio podcast? Video podcasts have the benefit of luring more attention because adult industry podcasts usually feature adult industry creators and entertainers which customers love to look at. Audio podcasts have the benefit of requiring less editing, less storage space required, and more options for posting because when you talk about the adult industry through audio you don’t have to worry about getting flagged or reported for things like cleavage or inappropriate gestures. When you come to the decision of video or audio the next thing you should consider will be if you will be hosting your podcast solo, with a set group of people each time, or rotating guests. Your needs for a platform will greatly vary by the amount of participants and if you are doing audio or video.
Where to host and post video podcasts
Video podcasts can take place on many various platforms, if you’re looking for a podcast that you record and edit before publishing then you will most likely be comfortable with using something like Zoom or Skype. You can record your session and easily edit it in your preferred editor after the show, you don’t have to worry about rule breaking as you can edit out infringing topics or words, and you can record them at your own pace and cancel releases if they become no longer relevant. If you’re looking to host a live video podcast, Streamyard might be a great fit for you. Streamyard allows up to 6 participants and allows you customization options like changing your background, including banners, intro videos or photos, and more. Streamyard allows you to stream to YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, and more.
Posting adult industry podcasts can be tricky because there is a large stigma around the adult industry as a whole, while posting to typical video platforms like YouTube might get you lots of views initially, they are constantly updating their flagging system to censor topics that are adult oriented. Recently YouTube has begun banning creators from using the names of adult sites in their descriptions or links, even if the description or link does not lead to an adult platform. You may find success on YouTube as a “story time” podcast where you leave out specific names from descriptions, but anything that is specifically made to address the industry in any way that requires specific name usage can leave you vulnerable for flags and potential suspension/bans. XBIZ TV is a great adult friendly video hosting platform that was made specifically for the adult industry, it can serve as a good home base for your video podcast and you can syndicate your posts to many different video sites (YouTube, Vimeo, Pornhub, and more) while having the ease of mind your collection will always be available directly on XBIZ TV. Another great alternative would be to start your own dedicated site for your podcast but we would highly recommend trying podcasting and building an audience before taking on a major investment.
Where to host and post audio podcasts
Audio podcasts are definitely much easier to share online even when they are adult industry oriented, if you are running a video podcast we highly recommend also turning your recordings into audio and posting them as an audio podcast. Audio podcasts require less active focus because the viewer knows they aren’t missing anything by not having their eyes glued to the screen, which allows your podcast to be listened to more often in scenarios where generally people wouldn’t think to pull up a video podcast (like in the car.) You can host audio podcasts anywhere you host video, and simply pull out the audio. Skype and Zoom both allow for audio only for those who don’t want to do a live podcast, and Streamyard also allows audio only for live streams.
You can host your audio podcast on BluBrry which is a podcasting platform where you can request to syndicate your podcast across all podcasting networks like iTunes, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and more. If you have your own dedicated website you can also use the BluBrry PowerPress plugin to host your podcast on your website as well as automatically take the information from your website to fill out the podcast page information on BluBrry. Audio podcasts can also be posted to video platforms if converted into a video with an image as the video placeholder, which can be the name of the podcast episode or the podcast name/logo.
Consider a fan website / membership site for a paid podcast
Depending on how adult your podcast will be, considering a paid fanclub website or membership site for your podcast can be a great option to make your podcast financially sustainable. Whether the topic of discussion will be super explicit or you just want to do some casual flashing or “nude discussions” you can turn your podcasting experience into a money making opportunity by hosting your podcast on a subscription site. Some fanclub websites will allow you to post free to view content in conjunction with paid content so you can also do partial podcasts that are SFW that you post for free with the upsell of unlockable explicit content for the subscription fee.
Make your podcast profitable by seeking sponsorship
If you already have a large following then you will likely have a lot of eyes and ears on your podcast which leaves you in an incredible position to seek out sponsorships. Companies will often work with podcast hosts for paid opportunities or free items in return for a mention on the podcast or for allowing a representative from their company to guest star on the podcast. If you are someone who is uncomfortable promoting companies for direct payment you can also place advertisements into your podcast for products or sites that you know and trust and utilize their referral programs to make it profitable for you.
Adult or not: get a model release
If you will be hosting guests it is very important that your guests complete a model release document because your podcast will contain either their voice, image, or both. Friendships can end but model releases are forever. This is especially important if your podcast will be a “series style” with documented episode numbers, needing to delete an episode because a guest no longer wants it hosted can be inconvenient for consistency as well as a loss of traffic.
Get comfortable promoting
If you podcast but no one listens, do you actually podcast? Get comfortable marketing your podcast on social media and consider joining adult industry groups on Reddit and Facebook to spread the word about new podcast episodes. If you do mention specific websites, tag them in your podcast posts for the potential traffic boost if they re-post.
Interesting podcasts triumph over high quality audio / video podcasts
Listeners would rather listen to something interesting in lower quality audio than something absolutely boring in high quality. While having good equipment can definitely help the legitimacy of your podcast, if you are just starting out then you should be fine with a basic webcam and microphone set up which is something most adult performers usually have already. Once your podcast becomes profitable, investing in a high quality microphone can make the listener experience better, but don’t sweat it if you’re just starting out!
Use link shorteners to track clicks and avoid flags/bans
Using a link shortener like Bitly can help you to not only track your traffic but also avoid bans on sites that flag for keywords. You can use this tool to see what topics get the most interest and outgoing clicks to decide what topics to cover in future podcast episodes, and you can also use this to link out to news articles or guides where flagged words are in the URL.
Selecting a good Domain Name / URL for your website can help improve your traffic and income
When you make the decision to purchase a domain for your brand, you want to make sure that the one you select will help positively influence your income and brand awareness. As an adult performer you will need to take many factors into consideration when selecting your domain name to ensure that you are taking full advantage of all the possibilities with your URL. The traffic to your domain name should ideally be a combination of multiple forms of traffic: including your own traffic from your promotions, organic traffic driven from search engines, traffic generated from watermarks on your content, (unfortunately) traffic driven from pirated content which is why the watermarked content is important, traffic from social media, and more. In order to generate all of these forms of traffic, we have some important recommendations for selecting your domain.
Selecting your domain name when you select your alias / brand name will be helpful in the future
Our tips for selecting a good domain name will partially rely on the usefulness of your alias / brand name. The default “best domain name” you can select will be your stage name, but if your stage name is too long, too vague, overused, non-specific, non-human, misleading, or already taken then you may face some hardships in securing a domain name that will meet the criteria to bring in good traffic. If you’ve already selected a stage name and you are finding yourself having a hard time with it due to the overuse, lack of uniqueness, or confusing nature of it then you may want to consider rebranding. A good way to decide on if rebranding is necessary for you is to consider the following questions:
Is your name too confusing? For example, are there numbers or symbols in the name that could cause confusion in the vocal relaying of it.
Is your name too long? If your name is so long that it becomes hard to remember then you can lose a significant amount of traffic.
Is your name overused? Will people find YOU when they search for you on Google (or any other search engine?)
Is your name human? Generally, people will remember names the more “regular” and “human-like” they are.
Is your name too simple? If you only go by “Kate” and your username on everything is “SexyKate” that may not be unique enough to drive traffic.
If you have found yourself answering yes to a lot of the questions above, you may find more success in rebranding. If you haven’t chosen your stage name yet then you are in luck! It’s a great time to put a lot of consideration intodeciding what your stage name will be.
The best name is YOUR name
The best domain name that you can pick is your name, so long as it meets all of the criteria previously discussed. If it is easy to remember, short, easy to spell, has non-repeating letters, and is at least vaguely human then that will probably be your best choice! It will be your best choice because when people find you on various platforms they are going to search for you by name, this will include your username or the name you tell them. Let’s hope that those are the same! A great way to drive traffic to you domain when it is your name is to make sure you register for every website you use with your name, keeping it consistent across all platforms will eliminate confusion. It is a common adult industry practice to “hold” your name on new sites when they launch to help avoid running into issues with your name being taken. On sites that allow watermarks, you can also put your watermark on all of your content, this will help direct your own internal traffic to your website (where I imagine you’ll list your preferred websites) and it will help customers find you if they happen to come across content of yours that is pirated.
.com names are the best domains to pick
.com (short for commercial) is highly regarded as the standard for top level domains (TLD.) A top level domain is the last part of your domain name, the part after the last dot. Since it is considered the standard, it is the TLD which is most commonly used and generally the first option someone will type in when they search for you. If you are rocking a TLD that is not the standard you may encounter problems with people assuming that your website is a .com instead of a .tv or .live or whatever TLD you decided on. Don’t fret! If your .com is still available, you can simply forward your alternative TLD to your .com, and we actually suggest grabbing all of your TLDs down the line when you’ve got enough income and brand recognition for it. It helps prevent pirating and catfish accounts, and then no matter what a customer types in they’ll probably find you.
Domains that are easily spoken will be better to use
The adult industry relies on speaking almost as much as typing, especially within the camming industry vertical. A domain name that can be easily told to someone will be a better domain name to have, especially if it does not have repeating letters or alternative TLDs. Bonus points if it is the same as your cam site username, because you can say “if the spelling is confusing, just look at my username!”
What if my preferred domain is already taken?
If you run into the unfortunate instance where you didn’t buy your domain name at the same time you created your stage name, you may find your domain name that is a direct match for your stage name is already taken. If you are hard set against rebranding it may be time to get creative with your name. A simple solution to this can be adding “The” in the beginning or “Official” at the end of your domain. For example: if your stage name is Viola Sparks and that domain is taken you can opt for “TheViolaSparks.com” or “ViolaSparksOfficial.com” but this may be difficult to remember or too long so you can also opt for something a bit shorter like “Viola-Sparks.com” or something with more keyword value like “PornstarViola.com.” When your direct name is taken, keywords with your first or last name (whichever is most identifiable and unique to you) are your second best option!
Your domain is important but not as important as what it points to
If it’s too late to rebrand, your preferred name is taken, and for whatever reason you can not find a decent alternative… it is important to remember that while a domain name is special and important it is nowhere near as important as what the domain points to. If you are simply redirecting your domain to one of your clip or cam sites, the search value may already be impacted by this due to the search engine optimization that the site you’re redirecting to offers. Models looking to build their domain while forwarding it should utilize a domain registrar that allows them to add keywords for their domain, so they won’t lose search engine optimization value when forwarding. Models that are looking to attach their domain to their own website should utilize search engine optimization research and knowledge to ensure that they get the most from their domain, while it is important whether or not you get your preferred name, models who are unable to obtain their preferred name can make a drastic difference in traffic and search value by researching and applying SEO tips.
Is a domain name / URL necessary as a webcam model or video seller?
Domains aren’t necessary for success and there are many models who have found success without them, but it does make advertising easier. If you are someone who has spread out your brand to ensure the most recognition for your content, you may lose track of all of the different site names and URLs, which you can easily structure with sub-domains if you have your own domain name. Domain names become more crucial with the creation of your own website, but in the early stages they are certainly not make or break and rely more on your personal preference.
Deepthroating is a very popular request on webcam and in clips
Deepthroating is a highly sought after skill by cam and clip performers due to its popularity among customers. Deepthroating is when you give a blowjob (whether to a toy or a real dick) and put the dick all the way in your throat, oftentimes until you gag and your lower lip makes content with the balls on the dildo or penis. This can be a hard skill to learn especially if you are someone who has a tough gag reflex to work with, and although it isn’t necessary if it is something you are uncomfortable with experimenting with, if you are a performer who wants to learn the skill to incorporate it into your shows or maybe even add spice into your own personal bedroom life then here are my tips! (From a former small dildo user who gagged after 2 inches entered her mouth!)
It isn’t going to happen in one go, be patient
You need to get comfortable with pushing your own physical limits and get your gag reflex used to getting messed with. Don’t try to shove a big ol’ dildo or penis down your throat in one go, that will put you on the fast track to throwing up on accident. Take a deep breath and start with smaller objects like fingers, popsicles, or lollipops. Find the parts of your mouth and throat that are good to go and find the sensitive parts and work slowly to get the sensitive parts used to being touched.
Practice in the shower
Whether you practice with a dildo or your fingers, the shower is one of the best places to practice deepthroating. The heat from the shower helps to relax your muscles, the water helps keep things moist, and you can feel free to drool all over yourself because you can shower right off afterwards. The shower is where I successfully deepthroated for the first time, the hot misty air helps to loosen up your throat and makes you much less tense. Once again, take it slow!
Get to know your gag reflex
No gag reflex reacts the same, some can’t handle being pressed against, some react better to being pressed up against, some are fine with a quick poke, and some simply do not want to be touched. Once you are able to get something in there, test out the limits of your gag reflex by holding a dildo or penis in your throat and seeing how long you can hold it for, see if your gag reflex can’t handle being pressed against or if the gagging sensation goes away once the tip of the object passes it. Getting to know your gag reflex will help you avoid oopsies during deepthroating.
Come to terms with the fact it’s going to be uncomfortable
Nobody really likes the feeling of almost throwing up, and until you are used to the sensation of deepthroating you are going to feel that feeling quite a few times. It will start to go away once you get used to it and your body will adapt to the sensation, so it will take some serious dedication to actually deepthroat consistently without getting that “OMG I am going to throw up” feeling. The more you practice, the faster it’ll go away.
Get in practice when you can during your daily life
The more you mess with your gag reflex, the faster it will adapt to being played with regularly. A good way to get your gag reflex used to being messed with is to mess with it often, be really thorough when brushing your teeth and go nice and far back when brushing your tongue. Phallic shaped fruit? You know what to do.
Keep track of your progress
Being unable to deepthroat can be sexually discouraging but if you keep track of your progress it can be motivational! If you have a favorite toy that you use often keep track of your process by deepthroating as far as you can and measuring the length you were able to take. If you find that you get stuck at a specific spot on that toy, check the circumference of your toy. It could be too thick for your throat, try something thinner!
Don’t be scared to get messy
There is a reason that deepthroating is associated with sloppy blowjobs and it’s because when you mess with your gag reflex you start producing more saliva, use this to your advantage and as lubrication for getting toys or penis deeper into your throat. The wetter the better! When there is friction you are more likely to irritate your throat and gag reflex and cause a bad reaction. Spit on your toy and get it really wet before attempted any deepthroat action.
Practice breathing through your nose with something in your mouth
You need to be able to breath and you will be able to get much more air if you are capable of breathing through your nose when your mouth is occupied, practice getting good meaningful breaths through your nose while you have something in your mouth to help prevent issues. Deepthroating is hot, suffocating is not.
Try a dildo with a spine or a soft dildo
Using a dildo that is really soft so it doesn’t irritate your throat but that has a spine so it stays straight and bends easily is a great way to practice deepthroating. Softer dildos are definitely better for learning deepthroating, so go with the softest dildo you have available even if it doesn’t have a spine. You can upgrade to firmer toys once you are more comfortable with deepthroating, because if you gag/choke on a firmer dildo you can cause tears in your throat.
Cosplay can be profitable live on adult webcams and in porn clips
Cosplay is the act of dressing up (and sometimes acting like) characters in movies, tv shows, video games, or other media. Cosplaying in webcam shows and in adult videos can be a great way to connect with new viewers, establish a broader range of marketing opportunities, and find customers interested in the same things that you are interested in. Cosplayers in the adult industry are known to gain a substantial following due to the nature of fans enjoying seeing characters they are used to seeing in a non-adult setting be portrayed in adult films and webcam shows. Early cosplaying was usually done based on manga or anime, but since being adopted by many groups of people as a fun method of self expression and showing appreciation for characters, cosplay has expanded to include global media as well.
Why is Cosplay a good money making opportunity for adult?
Porn viewers are often frequent consumers of other media. Whether it be television, gaming, movies, anime, books, etc. people who have time for pornography as entertainment generally also make time for other less taboo forms of entertainment as well. Usually in this case, viewers will form a connection with the characters in the media that they enjoy consuming. This is pretty standard for media consumption, everyone has a favorite character in their favorite show or a person in a book who was killed off too early and devastates them. Let’s face it, fiction is pretty awesome and provides the chance to live in worlds that would otherwise be unachievable. Cosplaying as a character allows performers the opportunity to expand their content production by “entering new worlds,” playing with fun ideas like magic, and to embrace the personality of a character to add more layers to their own brand and persona. When a potential customer finds a cosplay from a performer that is acting out a character they’ve connected with and enjoyed in mainstream media it can act as a great opportunity to hook them and make a sale on content or live shows.
What types of Cosplay are the best?
There are two ways to look at cosplay – doing it because you as the performer have connected with a character and want to portray them OR doing it to make money. Depending on your reasoning there will be variables to what cosplays will work best for you. Obviously if you cosplay a character you’ve never watched, you may not portray them as accurately as one you are familiar with. To get started with cosplay, you will likely see more success based on the characters popularity in mainstream media because you will get more keyword rich search opportunities to promote that character. Cosplaying characters from popular anime staples will likely get you a lot of views compared to a character from a niche anime or book. Characters from Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, and Mortal Kombat are a lot more likely to be known to a potential viewer than a niche anime like Angels of Death. Many cosplayers take the time to build up a cosplay fan base so that they are able to profit from cosplaying characters they enjoy as well as from cosplaying more mainstream characters, with some even saying that when they cosplay a character that their fans are unfamiliar with it actually entices them to watch the media that the character is from.
Does my Cosplay have to be accurate?
If you are creating adult cosplays, the sky is the limit with the creativity you can include in your content. Considering that it will already be making a character who is likely not pornographic involved in pornographic material, things like changing outfits to suit the style of video you are making or gender-bending a character are really no big deal. A common theme in adult cosplays is keeping to the characters original color scheme when integrating different outfits or lingerie as well as using wigs and colored contacts to make the character more identifiable. If you stray too far from the plot and original character design, it can dissuade potential customers from purchasing your content, so when you make creative changes think very carefully about if it relates to the character!
How expensive is Cosplay?
If you are crafty and if your character design is pretty basic, you can save yourself a lot of money by making your own costume or by sticking with original character colors and getting something different that is cheaper. Depending on how complex the character design is you may be able to make your own costume and save some money. Typical premade non-complex costumes range in price from $50-$200 and the shipping can take a long time because most of them come from different countries. The one time fee of the costume, whether you make it or buy one, will cover the cost of however many times you end up using the costume. Make sure when you buy a costume you have many ideas in mind for it so you can fully utilize the costume and get your moneys worth for the purchase.
In order for a cosplay to be considered canon, the cosplayer will embody the characters personality, traits, actions, and costume perfectly. Cosplayers who change one or more of these things are considered “variant” cosplayers. There is no rule that states a canon cosplay will sell better than a variant cosplay, and vice versa. The biggest piece of advice when you are doing canon or variant cosplay is to make sure you are specific within your descriptions or marketing about if you will be true to character or adding your own spin on it. If someone is looking for the canon character and finds that you dressed as the character but haven’t embodied their traits and characteristics, they may be disappointed and leave negative reviews. Cosplayers will often note in their descriptions that characteristics they have kept in the cosplay and what they have left out, professional cosplayers even make “tiers” or “levels” of cosplay to denote the type of cosplay they are doing.
How are Cosplay and Roleplay related?
If you are participating in canon cosplay then you will be roleplaying a character, familiarizing yourself with roleplay and becoming comfortable with acting out characters and scenarios will make your cosplays top notch. Cosplay is roleplay, in a costume. There is a large market of people who love cosplay and roleplay, getting comfortable with both will be a great investment of time and energy to improve your income and brand.
What are the best adult sites for selling Cosplay clips, photos or cam shows?
Finding a site that has a good base audience of cosplay fans will help to make your experience easier, more fun, and profitable.
Sell Cosplay Clips, Pics, or Live Shows on OnlyFans
OnlyFans is an adult fan club platform that allows you to sell monthly subscription access to videos, photos, and audio posts on your paid timeline. You can also start a free OnlyFans account where you can charge viewers to open videos on your feed. Pay-to-view messaging is a great option on OnlyFans for selling clips as well. If you generate an audience interested in a specific cosplay or crowdfund a cosplay through your OnlyFans account, it can be a great way to make your cosplay profitable.
Chaturbate is a good place to offer live webcam shows including cosplays because they have a substantial base of cosplay fans, a large traffic base, and a hashtagging system that will allow you to promote your cosplay to people that are looking for it. Additionally, Chaturbate occasionally does costume contests that could allow you an opportunity to earn some extra income from your cosplay!
Cosplay Shows On ManyVids Live or Cosplay Clips on ManyVids
ManyVids has a very large base of customers interested in adult cosplays from their video sections, and since adding MV Live as an option on their site they have seen an increase in live webcam viewers crossing over from their video traffic. If you already utilize ManyVids for selling your videos, using their live feature to cam in cosplay can be a good money making opportunity.
Cosplay Clips On Modelhub: Clip Site Powered by Pornhub
Modelhub is the clip site and fanclub platform powered by Pornhub, the world’s leading tube site. The traffic on Modelhub is great due to it being integrated into Pornhub. The cosplay traffic on Pornhub (due to it being a very popular tube site) is very high.
APClips (Formerly AmateurPorn) is an adult clip site that supports content sales and pays out at a higher percentage than most popular clip sites do. Although they do not have the traffic that some of the more popular sites have, they do pay out better and can serve as a good option for funneling customers to in order to get higher payouts.
Submitting PR as an Independent Webcam Model / Pornstar
Getting attention online is an important way to bring awareness and paying customers to your brand and a major way to improve your online presence is through submitting press releases. Press releases are usually one document that is submitted to multiple news outlets that they can post about and report on, many adult industry news outlets allow submissions to help improve the diversity of their content and it also provides the posting website with a chance to rank on search engines for your information and name which is mutually beneficial to them and to you as the submitting party. In addition to getting the attention and followers that come along with getting a press release on a major site, it is also a great opportunity for models to build DoFollow links for their personal websites or blogs and increase their own SEO value.
What should I submit press releases about as an independent performer?
As an independent performer, it can seem weird to submit a press release about events or small things that you plan yourself on such a small scale, but even small events can be worthy of a press release. You can submit press releases when you plan to attend events (even virtual ones!) or are nominated for awards, when you are trying to get nominated for an award, when you plan a live cam event like a cam-a-thon or holiday/birthday shows, when you collaborate with other performers, when you put out a new exciting video release, when you have a special sale, if you are doing a give away, or when you launch your content on a new website! There are plenty of opportunities to gain exposure and reviewing sites that host performer submitted PR can be a good way to give yourself ideas of your own releases to submit!
What information should I include in my press releases?
Your press releases should include all of your contact information for potential follow-ups, and should have relevant links to your social media, websites that are involved in the release (for example: if you are launching content on a new site, the link to your profile on the site should be included,) video or photo content that is eye catching, a descriptive title, and a well written description. If your press release involves an event happening on a specific day or at a specific time, you should make sure to provide the date and time as well as the time zone that the time applies to. Some performers prefer to create a generic copy and paste with their contact information that they can put into all of their press releases which can reduce the amount of time it takes to draft your press release. Additionally, performers sometimes create a media kit that they will send with their PRs that include photos of themselves, links to articles you have been featured in before, links to your social media and relevant adult sites, and some information about you.
Where can I submit PR as an independent performer?
WCSU News – Our news site accepts model press releases through our contact form.
XBIZ– XBIZ is a popular adult media platform that specializes in news regarding the mainstream and indie adult industry, they accept model press releases and much more.
AVN – AVN (Adult Video Network) specializes in mainstream coverage but has also diverged into the indie community through their award shows as well as by accepting model press releases and with the launch of their own fan club platform.
YNOT – YNOT is a comprehensive network of adult oriented sites including a news site as well as an adult friendly newsletter / email system.
AdultChamber – Another highly webmaster based site that is good for link building.
Mike South – A controversial “porn star gossip” and adult industry news site, although the content can be highly opinionated it is beneficial because it draws a large audience.
PayoutMag – A fairly generic adult news website that accepts model press releases.
LADBible – An entertainment site that features an adult entertainment category, this site is not well suited for your generic press releases but if you do happen to release a funny meme-able video or something with some pop culture hilarity to it, you may get featured.
Depending on what your press release is about you can also submit your news to mainstream sites that have interest in the adult industry. For example, if you write a blog about how Snapchat is dying and OnlyFans is taking over in the adult industry that is something that might appeal to the mainstream audience a bit more than a press release that is specifically about an event you are having. Writing blogs about the adult industry and submitting them to mainstream platforms can be a great opportunity to get exposure in addition to submitting your typical porn press releases. Reaching out to the sites that you sell content on to see if they offer interview opportunities or model blog posts is also a great way to grow your audience.
Promoting your AVN Stars, JustForFans, or other fan club platform can be difficult
Finding a place to promote your adult fan club can be stressful, hard, and downright tiring. Getting stuck in the monotony of sending out a tweet stating you posted a new piece of content and crossing your fingers and toes hoping it reaches a person who might be interested is simply not going to cut it. One of the biggest parts of adult fan clubs is the promotional aspect, which will likely account for half of the time you actually dedicate to the fan club. Generating a healthy relationship between creation and promotion is essential to succeed when running a fan club and becomes even more essential when you are utilizing fan clubs that don’t have internal traffic. If you aren’t sure if your fan club has internal traffic, you can check out our fan club directory where we list what sites do and do not have internal traffic.
How do I promote my adult fan club?
Promoting your fan club can be done in many ways, including but not limited to: showing previews for upcoming or currently released content, generating “hype” about yourself and your product, sharing customer reviews and testimonials, advertising sales, promising access to special content, advertising special incentives, etc. The way you promote your fan club will depend on what you post, what you are comfortable with showing for free versus getting paid to show, and the form of advertising you are most comfortable with.
Promote your fan club on social media
Social media may seem easy breezy but in reality most people are not utilizing social media to the fullest extent. When promoting on social media, you should be tracking how well the social media actually converts to see if you’d like to continue dedicating your time to posting there. For example: Twitter allows you to see your tweet analytics which includes the impressions and total engagement. You can use this information by comparing it to statistics your fan club receives if they share that information, or by connecting your fan club to a vanity domain that allows you to track clicks.
There are a lot of different social media platforms to use when promoting your adult fan club, using as many as you can will help you increase your audience and potential clients which should result in more conversions. Here are the social media platforms we recommend that you use for advertising fan clubs:
Twitter: Nearly every adult performer is on Twitter, this is due to their allowance of nudity. You can post explicit photo and video preview, interact and network with other performers as well as customers, and utilize hashtags to improve the likelihood of finding new clients. Additionally, Twitter has amazing internal SEO which almost guarantees that if you use the same name across all platforms that your Twitter will be easily found through a Google search which helps to put people in contact with you easier.
Reddit: Reddit is yet another platform that allows nudity and explicit posts, although the platform can tend to be a little trickier to navigate than other social media platforms due to the restrictions you will often find in individual forums ranging from not allowing self promotion to the banning of links / paid links. Some threads won’t allow models to post in them due to the fact they charge for content, even if they aren’t asking for payment in their posts in the thread. Reddit will require a bit of research and careful planning of post strategy, but when mastered it allows you to tap into a market that many are too afraid to tap into due to the restrictions. It can also be a great place to advertise your Free OnlyFans, or tube site posts where you funnel to your fan club.
Instagram: Instagram is a great place to find customers interested in sexy photo content because Instagram is essentially the “PG version” of adult fan clubs. This makes a great opportunity to upsell nudity and more explicit posts by joining your fan club, and provides ample opportunity to post engaging and eyecatching content in the form of photo or video.
TikTok: TikTok is a popular video media based application that works on an algorithm which suggests content to users based on their interests. This is great for fan clubs because many people on the app are interested in the upsell of unlocking adult content, additionally since the algorithm suggests new content to users based on their interests you are more likely to find customers that are actually interested in subscribing to your fan club because TikTok will basically push it in their face! TikTok is basically a cooler video based version of Instagram, with a much better algorithm based on interacting with random people in addition to the people you follow.
YouTube: Yet another popular video platform, YouTube is fantastic for promoting fan clubs due to ease of upselling. YouTube is based on keyword rich marketing and video content that draws in viewers, if you are able to entertain a viewer in a SFW video with your personality they are very likely to seek out your additional services.
Promote your fan club on cam sites
Cam sites are an excellent place to promote your adult fan club because cam shows generally feature your personality heavily and help to entice viewers to “want more.” The whole point of fan clubs is that the customer wants more of YOU, which means that a person that watches you on cam regularly would be likely to enjoy access to your fan club. Dropping subtle reminders that you have a fan club while on cam by saying things like “I can’t wait to take photos of the aftermath of this show for my fan club” or “When I log off I’ll be up for chats with my fans over on (random fan club)” will show your viewers you are active on your fan club and give them the reminder to sign up!
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Promote your fan club on tube sites
Tube sites have an undeniably large amount of traffic and utilizing tube site traffic to send traffic towards your fan club can be a bold strategic move that pays off. This works extra well if you post a lot of video content to your fan club because you will be able to show previews for the content you post with the promise of the bigger and better version on your fan club. Make sure to watermark your content when you utilize tube sites and additionally watermark the link you are directing to on the preview you post.
Network with other performers / Telegram
Networking and doing shout outs with other performers is a great way to bring more traffic to your fan club. It helps to do cross promotions with models that offer similar products or have a similar look because their fans are more likely to be interested in you. If you aren’t sure how to network with other performers, Telegram is a great place to get started.
Letting customers know that a video is available on your fan club instead of just a one time price can help entice them to join your fan club. Try the catch phrase: “do you want access to this video AND MORE? My fan club has this video plus you will unlock all of my other posts!”
Our friends at YNOT have released video recaps from the YNOT Summit
This session is from the ‘Model Track’ of the virtual YNOT Summit 2020. Speakers are Katya Tiuni, HottyTeen69, Camland Podcast Guest Nikki Night, Webcam Startup Contributor Kari Anthony and Webcam Startup / Camland Podcast CEO Aerie Saunders. The topic for this session is how to get started as a live webcam model. This segment is very helpful for beginner cam models or seasoned models looking for a helpful refresher. Check out the YNOT Media YouTube Channel for other helpful recaps from the YNOT Summit 2020!
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Indie Pornstars and Camming Models: The Guide to Succeeding in a Saturated and Thriving Market
Models in the indie adult community have many added pressures that other adult industry workers don’t have to deal with. Indie workers have the responsibility of managing and promoting themselves, as well as handling their own finances, making “executive” decisions and calls that an agent or company would otherwise do in the mainstream porn scene, and creating their own schedule. While no “road to success” is paved with the same stones, there are key concepts that stretch across almost every success story that can help indie cam models and content creators succeed in a market that is currently saturated with content, performers, and customers.
Work for Sites that Work for You!
Our first fundamental is working for sites that work for you! To different models, this means different things. It changes depending on what your personal priorities are as a performer. Some performers prioritize site traffic, others prioritize payout percentage, and some prefer good and consistent site support. Obviously, the best possibility is a combination of all of your priorities as a performer. Your main goal should be finding sites that work towards your needs since you are paying them a percentage, and only working on sites that work for you (give you the most bang for your buck!) Alternatively, you can combine a lot of sites that individually meet certain needs and combine to meet all of the things you need. Do not give your hard earned money to sites that don’t provide you with some sort of benefit, the percentage a site takes should cover your needs including things like: site support, technical support for the site interface, problem solving guides or a FAQ of some sort, easy to use payment processing for customers, easy navigation for content management, easy user interface for customers, covering chargebacks, helping maintain your safety (DMCA services, ability to block abusive members, consequences for abusive models, etc.) Create a list of what you need in a site, the bare minimum of what you need, then add features that are negotiable. Structure your top used sites based off of that list and go from there. The happier you are with the site that you use, the happier you will be to promote and utilize their platform. A happy performer means better odds of making more money, and a better business-to-business relationship with your websites.
Investments: Time and Money
Knowing when and where to invest your time and money is an important skill in the indie industry. You do not get paid for wasted time, so you will want to budget your time towards things that are tried and tested for you. This involves a growth period where you will experiment and learn what your niche is, and once you find what works you will want to invest a majority of your time into doing that. You will then use additional “side project” time to try out new things in our forever evolving industry, and if you find more things that work you will add them into your “it works” majority time. This will more than likely not remain completely consistent over long stretches of time since sites change, customers change, and your personal interests will change. Making sure to milk all of the money you can out of things while they work is an important skill in the indie industry, as well as knowing when to move on and stop “beating a dead horse.”
Monetary investments can be a huge stress factor in the adult industry because most things that performers will find themselves investing in can be very expensive. Some common expenses for indie models include: locations to produce content, lighting, cameras, phone, computer, high speed internet, webcams, beauty products, clothing, sex toys, and more! If you are a newbie starting out, the price of getting that all set up can be daunting. As an established model it can still be just as daunting due to the passage of time and your equipment breaking or becoming outdated. There are many ways to handle monetary investments, including specific monthly budgets you create based on a percentage of your monthly income or a simple set limit you stick to no matter how much you earn. The way you handle your investments will vary based on personal preference, but it is important to have an investment method. Getting excited about a project and investing $100 into it when it only returns $50 isn’t smart business, plan ahead for situations like this and invest in what you know will make money. Additionally you can try crowdfunding for upgrades, new toys, new tech, etc. Customers and fans like to be part of projects like that and will often contribute if you offer additional incentives!
Promoting yourself is the biggest responsibility for an indie adult performer. You are your own boss and with that comes the responsibility of being your own hype man. You need to learn how to promote yourself! Promoting isn’t as simple as posting a nude photo or video and saying “pay me.” You will find better success with better promotion.
Create Social Media FOR PORN: Create your profiles on Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, TikTok, etc. Anywhere that has algorithm based user suggestions is a great place to market yourself. Don’t just take your personal Twitter and declare yourself a pornstar and promote your porn on it, this is a danger to your safety as well as not a “professional” look.
Learn to Master-Bait: A fish won’t bite an empty hook, it wants some substance. Similarly, if you aren’t posting promotional content with substance, no fish will bite your hook. Post previews with substance, good quality, and prove that you are worth the money customers will spend on you. You are not entitled to money for creating a clip, taking a picture of your toes, or because you are behind on your financial goals. You have to earn your sales by producing quality content and marketing that content in a way that exemplifies its quality. Create hype about yourself and create all of your posts with a specific goal or plan in mind (i.e. I want more sales on this so I am posting about it, I want viewers in my cam room so I am posting about it, I want my fans to feel personally connected to me so I am sharing this quirky quote, etc.) Your posts should “bait” customers into interacting with you, and even if the fish doesn’t bite the hook (make you money) you also get the potential of a nibble, them liking the taste, and coming back later.
Think Like Your Market: Does your market want to see a low quality photo of you with 7 filters overlaid onto it? Will that make them trust the quality of your content? Are the keywords and identifers you are using for yourself and your content helpful to convert viewers to buyers? Is your quirky nickname for yourself “sexy” and conversion worthy or is it funny and relatable or is it making people not want to interact with you? Think like your audience, for most of us: it’s horny people. Add spice to your posts, sexify your content, and make it conversion worthy. Your customers follow your social media because they want an escape from their daily blahs and bothers, you’ll have happier customers that’ll stick by you longer if you aren’t causing them stress. Sure, a damsel in distress might be an approach some guys like for a little bit, but over time you will lose customers because they’ll either: feel like they can’t help any more, find another performer who doesn’t stress them out, or they’ll feel used. Avoid that!
Be Consistent: Consistency is what will make a lot of customers interested in your content, they want someone that they know is putting out new content, getting on cam regularly, etc. A lot of customers will use social media to gauge how active you are so it is important to use your social media to let customers know when you come out with something new, when you’re getting on cam, when you’re active and taking private shows, etc. Some customers won’t take the initiative to “pop in” and check!
Promotion / Marketing Resources:
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An important part of success in the indie industry is consistency! Having a consistent camming schedule, consistent video uploads, and consistent posts to social media and fan club sites will help customers to be frequently reminded that you are active and that they have the chance to purchase content or shows from you. It is also important to be consistent behind the scenes, not just when it comes to creating content. Keeping your websites up to date, checking your emails, communicating with customers, and having a stable place where people know they can check for updates and contact you is important. We highly recommend creating your own website to meet these needs, although social media can also act as a simple and free alternative.
Building a brand for yourself will help you have a recognizable and memorable impact on consumers. Knowing your niche and marketing that niche will provide a sense of consistency to consumers and when they enjoy the product that you produce they will continue to come back. Trying out new things to add to your brand is okay, but know when to ditch new ideas if it starts to negatively impact your brand by scaring off customers. Having a recognizable brand will also help you stand out from other models and differentiate your content and cam shows from the highly saturated market.
Flexibility and Diversity
It is important to be flexible in the industry because it never sleeps. Don’t work yourself to death, but have an open method for customers to get in contact with you 24/7 whether it be social media, a contact form on a personal website, or private messaging of some sort. You can open yourself up to more opportunities this way and schedule ahead with customers if you’re busy at the moment they contact you.
Be flexible with the sites that you use, and use multiple sites whenever you can! Opening yourself up to different sites will bring you different traffic. Especially with clips, post to as many places as you are able to that have internal traffic. Try to compile a diverse library of clips so you can become connected with different audiences, this will result in more custom clip requests and more sales on similar content that you already have.
Produce things in good quality! Most mobile phones these days record and shoot in clear HD quality, which is the current industry standard. If your content is good quality then it is more likely to get attention. Consumers want to feel like they are getting their moneys worth with their purchases, and part of that includes providing a good high quality piece of content / photo / cam show.
The quality of your interactions with your customers is also important. If a customer has a memorable experience with you where you were kind, understanding, and met their needs then they are more likely to return. Don’t limit yourself to one interaction with your customer, plan ahead and drop hints that you’d like to see the customer again and that you are enjoying providing the show or clip for them. Sending out messages after clip purchases to thank them and let them know you have suggestions of similar videos if they liked the one they purchased can help establish a good quality connection.
Setting Reachable Goals
Having goals is important but if you set your sights too high you can end up with a major case of burn out. Set goals that you can reach so you can be proud of yourself, for example: if you log on cam with a monetary goal you may find yourself frustrated if you aren’t hitting certain numbers, instead try setting a time goal so you stay online and available to make any potential money. Money / earnings can be unpredictable, but time usually isn’t. Set goals that you have the ability to control.
Networking is an important part of the indie industry. Network with other models in your field and cross promote. Network with the sites that you work for so they will openly communicate with you, you may find yourself getting a higher level of help / respect from the site. Always view your interactions as business-to-business interactions. Performers can find themselves getting caught up in the “humanity of being a cam model” but at the end of the day we are all one-man-bands that need to behave like a business.
The industry never sleeps, it never stops, and it always changes. As new technology emerges, new trends start. New sites launch and some catch fire and become staples in the community, sites can seemingly vanish with no warning, payout processors can completely shut down without notice. In the indie industry you will be constantly adapting to change, new ways to promote and market yourself, new ways to find and communicate with customers, and more. Be open to adapting and don’t get stuck in “one way” or you may find yourself aging out of the industry. A huge part of success in the indie industry is the willingness to learn new things and give them a try.
TikTok is a popular short video based social media application available on most mobile devices
TikTok has heavily evolved from its older form “Musical.ly” to become the current #2 most popular app within the iTunes Store right under Zoom. With the current impact of Coronavirus keeping most people stuck at home, video based platforms provide an escape from the monotony of isolated life, which has sky-rocketed many video based platforms into the spotlight. Many adult entertainers have been hesitant to utilize TikTok to promote because they believe the application is made for kids, and while the predecessor of TikTok was definitely heavily aimed at kids it has since blossomed into an expansive platform which features videos from multiple community types and walks of life, adult included. In addition, TikTok has very comprehensive parental controls which helps parents to keep their children from coming across explicit or offensive content. The apps built in controls are one of the most comprehensive built in controls on any current social media platform and includes many ways for parents to monitor their kids activities, including putting them into a restricted mode or a connected mode to help parents to monitor their childs watching habits. It may be a bit hard for some performers to get past the fact that there are minors on the platform but the hard reality is that there are minors on nearly every social platform that adult industry workers advertise on, so if you’re on Twitter there is no reason to not be on TikTok! Better yet, TikTok requires Safe-for-Work content, while Twitter does not!
How can I market my adult services on TikTok?
TikTok is a Safe-for-Work application which means no nudity of any kind is allowed, which includes real or implied nudity. If you get too many community guideline infringements, the app will put you in time out for amounts of time before completely banning you. The best way to make sure you can curate a good audience and traffic source on TikTok is to follow their community guidelines as closely as you can.
TikToks Community Guidelines about Adult Content: “We do not allow sexually explicit or gratifying content on TikTok, including animated content of this nature. Sexualized content carries many risks, such as triggering legal penalties in some jurisdictions and causing harm to our users through sharing non-consensual imagery (for example, revenge porn). Also, overtly sexual content can be offensive within certain cultures. We do allow exceptions around nudity and sexually explicit content for educational, documentary, scientific, or artistic purposes. For example, content discussing or showing mastectomy scars is allowed.
Sexual exploitation is any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, power, or trust for sexual purposes, including but not limited to profiting monetarily, socially, or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. Do not post:
Content that depicts, commits, or incites non-consensual sexual acts
Content that commits, promotes, or glorifies sexual solicitation or sexual objectification
Pornography and nudity involving adults
Pornography explicitly depicts sexual organs and/or activities for the purpose of sexual gratification. Do not post:
Content that depicts sexual activities such as penetration, non-penetrative sex, or oral sex
Content that shows human genitalia, female nipples, or buttocks
Content that depicts sexual arousal
Content that depicts a sexual fetish”
After reading their guidelines, you’re probably thinking well what CAN I post? That’s easy! The performers reading this who are already active on a cam site will probably have an easy transition to the “TikTok Style” because much like camming, it’s about mixing sex appeal with having a bomb personality! If you aren’t used to live interaction and mainly stick to clips that are sex-forward, it may be a bit harder of a transition but not impossible! Remember that not all of your posts have to be promotional, and that you can build an audience based on common interests as well and if they follow you and stumble onto your promotions that it still has conversion potential! Additionally it is important to “funnel” your promotions through a Safe-for-Work landing site to help minimize the exposure to minors as well as comply with the TikTok community guidelines. Avoid using keywords that will results in immediate community guideline infringements like: OnlyFans, PornHub, Porn, Nudes, Fetish, any explicit language (ex: Cock, Dick, Tits, Boobs, etc.)
TikTok Algorithm and How to Use it to Your Advantage
TikTok is an algorithm based platform, it will display your content to people with interests in the kind of content you’re producing. While I’m not sure what kind of witchcraft or magic they do to ensure that, I know that it happens and they are very good at it. For example: if you post a twerking video, it will recommend a song about booty, and it will show it to people who like booty. Use this to your advantage and try out “like fishing.” Post a promotional video first, whether it be just talking, saying there is a new release on a platform of yours, or telling a story and directing people to the “funnel link” in your bio, and then post a second video doing some good old fashioned “like fishing.” Shake your butt, dance around, learn the trendy TikTok dances, make a “sexy face,” be a tease (but not too far! You don’t want to get banned) grab some attention with little to no promo involved and post that. It will likely circulate better due to the TikTok algorithm, watch your followers grow and profile visits grow, and along the way many people will also click on your promo video you posted right before. While this is a bit more difficult than simply doing the “like fishing” and promo combined, it helps to limit community guideline infringement (it’s much easier to submit an appeal stating you were “just dancing” when there are no outgoing links or suggestions to visit outside sides) and if you do submit an appeal and it doesn’t go through you can continue to post thirst traps and have your promo video consistently stay up. It will maximize foot traffic to your promo video! The more views it gets = the more likely it is to get recommended to more people = a bigger audience and more money making opportunity longterm.
Use trending songs/audios when you can, when songs and audios trend on TikTok they are more likely to land on the For You Page. This will once again feed into their algorithm and help more people see you. There are sex worker specific sounds on TikTok as well (like put a finger down, sex worker edition!) that you can use for your videos and people will often search these sounds to find sex workers they are interested in following. Whenever you come across a sex worker friendly audio, add it to your favorites!
Create duets with other cam models and porn performers to help increase your audience, viewers love familiar faces and creating “duet” videos with popular performers in sex work will help you to get more views as well as open up the floor to cross promotion. You can also duet your more popular thirst traps in case they get removed to help extend the longevity of their life, even doing a duet with a black screen background saying “this is the best video I’ve ever posted” will bring more attention to it.
Hashtags are fun but not necessary, and most of the “sexy” hashtags are shadowbanned and will get your account hit with a community guidelines strike faster. Long story short, if you’re hopping on a trend or doing a non-sexy thing then feel free to use the hashtags. TikTok loves cosplay, dogs, cats, games, movies, etc. Feel free to use those hashtags, but don’t tag #OnlyFans unless you are feeling self destructive.
What you NEED in your TikTok for it to blow up
The TikTok algorithm usually blesses all with a hundred or so views, but you are more likely to go viral and hit the For You Page if you make sure to have these key factors in your video.
Good Lighting: Whether you’re outside, in your well lit bathroom, or in front of a ring light, TikTok loves well lit videos and is more likely to show your video to more viewers if the content is well lit.
Movement: There is a reason everyone on TikTok dances, it’s because if you’re moving in your video it is generally assumed you’re doing something entertaining or exciting and you are more likely to hit the FYP!
Timing: if you are using audio or music in your video, if your movements line up with tempo and beat it makes your video look better and get more attention.
Show Some Skin: TikTok loves to see almost naked people, or at least the horny TikTok people do, which is who we want to see our videos anyway right? To get put on the For You Page for the horndogs of TikTok, show some skin! Model a swimsuit, show off a cosplay, “bikini hauls,” dance around in a cute little outfit, anything to accentuate your ~scantily clad~ body.
Quality: the less pixelated the better, this is universal across most social media. People like watching people, not pixels. Unless of course, they have a MineCraft kink.
Use Audio EVEN IF You Don’t Use the Audio: You can put a trending song or audio on your video and turn it all the way down, so that even if the point of your video is you talking you can have either ambient background music or no background music at all but it will put you in that audios video library. When viewers like an audio they will go through it to find people doing stuff that they like to it!
Bait: when videos get interacted with they are more likely to land on the FYP. Bait comments and likes by asking people if they like your outfit, hair, song choice, etc!
Track your Success on TikTok
TikTok also allows creator accounts to track their analytics, similarly to the Instagram “business account” set up you are able to see where most of your views came from, how many likes it has, and how many shares. Using these tools you can track what style of videos are most successful for you and result in more conversions to decide what kind of content you should advertise with! You can check the analytics for your individual posts or your account as a whole. Your overall account analytics will give you insight into your video views, followers gained and lost, profile views, which of your videos are “trending” the best, the times your followers are active, the gender of your viewers, and the top territories that view your content. It will also recommend sounds that your followers have been listening to recently to help you determine what sounds you should use in your upcoming videos!
Stretch Your Content Using TikTok
The name of the game in the adult industry is trying to stretch your content as far as it will go, in this case you can use older safe for work content posted to your Instagram, Snapchat, or Twitter to generate new content on TikTok using their upload option. If you already have public social media that is video based (like Snapchat) you can save your posts there after you make them to re-post on TikTok and extend the reach for that specific piece of content.
I don’t have the option to put a link in my bio?
TikTok will automatically give you the option to put a link in your bio around the 2,000 follower mark. Focus on posting good content and getting followers so you can put a clickable link in your bio! In the meantime, you can put a “funnel link” in the written part of your bio and also watermark your videos on TikTok with your funnel link. Make sure your link has no indication of being adult industry related! Good funnel links will lead to sites with no explicit content and will either make the user verify their age or clearly indicate what the site will lead to if they continue to use it. Creating barriers and obstacles to get to the explicit content will discourage minors from finding it. Alternatively you can use a link hosting platform like LinkTree and link to explicit content that is behind a paywall so there is no risk of minors seeing your pornographic content.
Keep building and join the TikTok Creator Marketplace
The TikTok creator marketplace is the official way to monetize your TikTok account by working with brands to collaborate and receive payment for marketing on their behalf. It is generally a good idea as an adult industry working to avoid monetizing your accounts if you are planning to continue promoting your adult products, but if you are heavily funneling and also posting more personalized content that isn’t adult related you can use the boost from your “sexy” posts to reach the requirements to join the marketplace faster. To join the marketplace you need: over 100k followers on TikTok, have posted 3 videos in the past 28 days, received over 100k video likes in the past 28 days, and be at least 18 years old. You will have to apply to join the marketplace so if you do reach that level of fame on TikTok remember that it is not adult friendly and you may be better off not applying for the program or removing the traces of your adult promotions prior to applying to the program.
Should you have a back up account?
As with all non-adult friendly social media, having a back up account is highly encouraged if you have the time to upkeep it. Additionally, you can create an adult account and a personal account and cross promote them by using duets. Whatever you decide to do, if you enjoy using TikTok and if it converts to you then having a back up account can’t hurt. It’s better to be ahead of the curve and plan for a ban rather than be banned and lose all of your followers.
Does TikTok actually convert to sales?
From personal experience, yes it does. I have made over $400 on OnlyFans in less than a week of promoting on TikTok from TikTok alone (my welcome message asks where they found me, useful tip for tracking how useful social media and promotion is for you!) I have also gotten 500 more viewers on my public Snapchat account by funneling my TikTok viewers to my Snapchat account where I promote all of my services. The key to it is to make sure you’re posting content that will get a lot of views if you want crazy good results, I’ve found the key to success for me has been focusing on booty style posts because people love my butt. Find your best asset and post it! Try out trends and see what works.
TikTok viewers seem to lean heavily towards fan club style sites. The most common form of promotion on TikTok for the adult industry right now is models promoting their OnlyFans to potential customers as well as models using it to promote their services to help potential models get started by utilizing referral links to profit from it. OnlyFans is a recognizable name in mainstream media now and has become a trusted way for people to subscribe and support people, and the site has seen a massive uptick in success due to Coronavirus and many people looking to monetize their photo and video content. It is also a fantastic place to promote game streams if you also utilize sites like Twitch. This isn’t to say that you can’t advertise your clips or live cam, because you certainly can! Make sure to funnel to those sites by advertising your other social media (like Twitter) so they can know when to catch you online (and so you can hopefully use a referral link for the site that you’re camming on!)
If you aren’t in love with OnlyFans there are plenty of other adult fanclub sites that you could advertise to your followers!
Is it REALLY worth it to join TikTok? Or will I just get banned like Instagram / Snapchat?
If you break the rules, you will definitely get banned. No doubt. The biggest key to remaining on SFW social media while promoting adult services is to know where “the line” is and not to cross it. Their system seems rather forgiving as well, after about 10 community guideline infringements (of which 3 were actually repealed and reinstated) I was banned from posting for a week but I am still able to comment, like, view, and message. My community guideline infringements that were repealed (I’m sharing so you can learn how to “trick” their appeal system) is submitted an appeal on a video of me and a female friend kissing because I stated that “removing the content was homophobic.” On another video I replied to someone asking where my content is with a screenshot of my PornHub profile in the background (with no nudity or anything) and in my appeal I said “it was an edited screenshot meant to be a joke.” In another I was at a photoshoot in lingerie and I stated “it was behind the scenes at a photoshoot and not meant to be sexually engaging in any way.” If you are smart about what your post and make sure to tie in elements that you can use to defend your content as not violating the guidelines (like wearing a bikini because you’re tanning! Wearing a sports bra because you’re jogging! Shaking your butt because it’s a trending dance!) then you should have no problem with TikTok.
Roleplaying is a popular fetish / niche in live webcam and adult porn clips
The thought of doing roleplay shows can be scary to some people because it involves differentiating yourself from your typical course of action in a live show or clip and “assuming a new persona” to satisfy your viewer. Roleplay is a very broad fetish / niche because roleplaying can be very basic or very complex depending on what the customer is looking for in your roleplay. Some roleplays only require something as simple as a costume or outfit change, while others may require you to delve into a totally new persona. If you’ve provided the girlfriend experience, daddy / daughter fetish, or any fetish that involves some form of acting then you probably already have some experience with roleplay!
What are some easier roleplays to try in cam shows and clips?
Neighbor – this one is super easy because you can slide in subtle commentary about how you’ve seen them around the neighborhood and thought they were sexy (or disgusting, if that’s the kind of show you’re going for. *cough FemDom cough*) This ties into the “girl next door” stereotype that viewers love!
Best Friends Significant Other – this is a great option for humiliation shows where you compare how much better their best friend is than them, but it can also be used for cute sexy shows and be taboo because of the “betrayal.” All you need for this is their best friends name! You can be super broad with your statements about their friend and it will still seem more personal because of how well they know their friend.
Babysitter – the babysitter obsession has stood the test of time and is still a very popular category among dads, the hot babysitter takes care of the kids and then the dad when he gets home! This roleplay is very easy to channel, and you can use lines like “I think I need a little extra payment since I did such a good job!”
Co-worker – this one is easier if you have a general idea of their career and what it’s like, luckily many office jobs, retail jobs, and sales jobs have the same general flow and there’s a good chance you’ve worked one of these in your life. Channel your inner worker bee and complain about your boss to your co-worker then offer some stress relief!
Boss – this roleplay puts you in a position of power which works great for FemDom shows, but it can also work great for regular vanilla shows or clips as well. You can accuse your viewer of slacking off at work and needing to make up for it (sexually or otherwise) or you can be giving them a bonus to rewards their efforts, either way it makes for a fun idea!
Movie / TV Show Character / Fictional Character – these roleplays can be especially fun with some preparation ahead of time to get the costume gathered. Cosplay is a form of roleplay if you decide to take on the role of the character you dress as. These are easy because you have source material to work with and instead of creating a new persona you get to adapt a pre-existing persona to a more sexualized role.
Teacher / Student – another tried and true staple of roleplay is the Teacher / Student dynamic. Maybe you are a student who needs to learn some lessons of sexual nature, maybe you’re a teacher who is easily convinced to give extra credit for a passing grade.
Stranger in Public – a lot of customers fantasize about the idea of “stumbling into” sexual situations when they head out to the store, go to the DMV, get stopped for speeding, or encounter a hot stranger on a hike. The sky is the limit when it comes to roleplaying a stranger they’ve met in public, because it is one of the easier roles to get into (since you most likely don’t already closely know your viewer on a very personal level) and you are only roleplaying your environment, not your persona.
Landlord / Tenant – similar to the boss scenario, if your tenant has slacked off on house maintenance or hasn’t paid their bills they can “pay you in sexual favors.” As the tenant you can also offer to pay this way.
What do you do if you are asked to participate in a roleplay you aren’t comfortable with?
First things first, you NEVER want to roleplay as someone who is underage. This is against the rules on nearly every cam and clip site. You also might want to strongly consider not participating in “forced” or “coerced” roleplays as these can also walk the line with rules on many sites. While everyone in porn is a consenting adult and this is known, there are still some topics that you should exercise caution when participating in. If you have any concerns about what is or is not allowed, make sure to check out the performers rules on your preferred site. An easy way to get out of roleplays you aren’t comfortable with is telling a customer that it isn’t allowed on your chosen site or that you simply don’t feel like it’s a fit for you, but if you want to keep them as a customer you can usually alter the scenario to make it more comfortable for yourself. You can also recommend other models that you know do participate in their chosen fetish / roleplay which will better their experience communicating with you and will likely bring them back for things that you are comfortable with doing.
If you deem a taboo roleplay to be safe and non-offensive, feel free to try it so long as it doesn’t break site rules! Many customers will be willing to work with you to help you adapt to the role you take on and will answer your questions to help you get a more accurate portrayal of the person or idea that you are roleplaying. Make sure you establish your limits before accepting the live show, or clearly describe the actions and limits you will and will not do for custom clips. In pre-made clips you most likely won’t run into this issue since there isn’t negotiation, just make sure to have a clear and accurate description so the buyer knows what to expect.
Is there a large adult buyers market for roleplaying?
The audience for roleplay is vast and you likely have even roleplayed without thinking about it. You may even consider your cam or clip persona that is slightly hyper-sexualized as a roleplay. A quick scroll through any popular porn clip site will show you tons of roleplay ideas that you may not have even considered roleplay to begin with. How many MILFs really have kids? How many “slutwives” are actually married? There is a huge market of roleplay porn because there is a huge market of people buying this kind of content, roleplaying adds a layer of fun to your typical porn scene because it adds a story to the sex and can help create suspense for the viewer much like watching a movie or playing a video game. Pornography is a form of entertainment which is something that roleplay helps provide.
Tips to Prepare for a Roleplay:
Delve into the Persona – are you playing a specific person? Listen to the music they listen to while you get ready, style your hair the way they would, and really embrace who they are before getting started with your show or clip.
Relax – whatever person or idea you are creating is human just like you and me, which means they will occasionally stutter or stumble over words. It’s okay to be nervous, try to relax and remember you don’t have to always nail your delivery and be planned five steps ahead in your mind. Sometimes it’s even easier to improv and work off of customer cues!
Use Physical Items as Representation – if the thing you are roleplaying as wears something specific like a favorite color, or has a birth mark, or a hair color, you can reinforce your cosplay with physical items like wearing similar clothes, using wigs, and special effect type makeup to help your customer stay focused on the character without you needing to speak the character in existence.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions – gather all of the information that you need beforehand to make sure the buyer will be happy and will be a return customer!
Best Adult Webcam Sites for Roleplay Shows:
Chaturbate – Chaturbate is one of the top webcam sites on the web, with so many visitors to the site this is a great place to attempt public token style roleplay shows, or customers can take you to a private show for a one-on-one experience. Many models on Chaturbate have had positive experience with roleplay style shows that focus on cosplaying characters from TV shows or movies.
ManyVids (MV Live)– ManyVids has a large audience of roleplay fans with many of their top models being cosplay or roleplay focused models. Utilizing MV Live to promote an upcoming roleplay video release can be very beneficial, you can also create your costume on MV Live to engage your customers! They also have a private feature where customers can get a one-on-one experience with you and get a live version of your roleplay videos available in your MV Store.
SkyPrivate – SkyPrivate or any Adult Skype Show platform is a great option for roleplay shows because you can discuss all the details regarding the show beforehand in Skype chat before entering the show so there is no time spent on video chat out of character. Skype shows are a more personalized one-on-one experience that allow you to interact with the viewer in a way which is harder to do on sites without a cam to cam feature. This can take some of the pressure out of roleplay shows because you have someone to bounce back and forth with rather than trying to have a sexy conversation with yourself for someone else’s entertainment.
Best Porn / Clip Sites for Roleplay Videos:
There is no “best site” when it comes to selling roleplay videos because you are able to sell videos across multiple platforms and unless you’re in an exclusive contract with a site, we encourage you to do so. You should sign up for as many clip sites as you are able to juggle and list your videos there to maximize your exposure!
List of Fetishes and Their Meaning / Descriptions– This is a list of all the fetishes that we’ve got content up on for Webcam Startup. This list also contains links to each informational page on each fetish and information on how to do camming shows or produce clips catering to that fetish.