Is adult cam business still profitable

Discussion in 'New Markets' started by jaques9999, Mar 31, 2018.

  1. xtitanium

    xtitanium Junior Member

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    There's 1000s of cam sites online so it's definitely profitable.

    Whether it's worth your time is a different matter.. getting models onto your platform will be difficult for sure because all the top cam models want to be be on the big sites CB, MFC, LJ etc....

    I would say if you don't already have models lined up to feature on the site it's probably not worth your time. Asian models from 3rd world countries could be worth looking into (indian, Thai etc..) as in most cases they will work for a lot less than your average western model, and there's a huge market for Asian girls but theres 100s of other Asian cam sites, so there's lots of competition.

    Other options could be to niche down and only cater for a specific fetish. I was looking into this myself few years ago but the competition was overwhelmingly and thought my time was better spent on other projects.

    But I wish you the best of luck!!
     
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  2. CarlosTheGaucho

    CarlosTheGaucho Newbie

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    Cam insider here who used to run an actual cam site, worked with multiple cam sites (start ups) and still is involved in the cam industry.

    Sorry to disappoint, but the numbers mentioned are entirely incorrect. Cams is a very cost and time consuming business that's notoriously difficult to get into these days.

    Let's break it down:

    Script - according to my experience, if you'd want to develop a system it will take at least 12 months with another at least 6 months to tweak it into something more or less useful. You'll need dedicated and experienced programmers for that who know what they're doing (cam site is not a trivial thing to develop, there's 1 000 loopholes one needs to think about).

    You'll need a VERY detailed, first hand knowledge of cams to develop something that can work as a cam site, that is stable, scalable, and easy to modify.

    And even if you were able to license some sort of perfect script for a couple of bucks (I'm not sure why would anybody sell so much work for a couple hundred bucks, but could probably see some holes in it right away) this is just one piece of the puzzle.

    This maths is completely incorrect, it had to be written by somebody who doesn't have a clue about the metrics of a cam site.

    The breakdown is usually something like this:

    30 pct. goes to marketing - traffic, promos, discounts, incentives etc. - you need to constantly invest in order to get new customers and keep the current ones spending

    50 pct. goes for content (models) - this may or may not include some bonus rewards for top performers (one can play with the payout structure)

    IMPORTANT: if any halfway decent model won't make say at least $ 8 - 10 per hour, they will not stay broadcasting and leave the site - so you need to donate money out of your pocket as long as you're not able to supply enough paying customers for the models to earn enough on % basis alone. Growing the customer base is a long term process.

    10 pct. goes to billing (if you have volume you can get to as low as 5 pct.)

    10 pct. remains to pay for ALL the fixed costs (money transfer costs, hosting, staff) and leave you some sort of profit.

    I even have an interactive simulation for this, since I was recently preparing a four year costs / revenues plan and forecast.

    Based on my long term, first hand experience (first hand data) - a realistic budget for establishing a new cam site on the market, if you do everything right, would be say around $ 20 M, whereas you'll be able to break even in no earlier than in 4 years.

    As you can see you either go big, or you go bust. There's a work around to keep the costs lower and scale step by step, but the information above will do for now.

    All and all - the verdict is unanimous - if you have traffic - always go with a white label (If you'd have a solid amount of traffic one can also get something more or less customized).

    You honestly don't want to go through the experience of establishing and operating a cam site. You'll save yourself a huge amount of money and hassle alike.

    If interested in more pointers related to cams, I have a solid overview and personal contact with many companies in the cam industry.
     
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  3. SunDiego

    SunDiego Registered Member

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    I think it’s profitable
     
  4. Mlander

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    With all these IG "models" trying to spearhead their own stuff...I would definitely say websites where you would be a hub for them to sign up would be a good investment. Snapchat was trying to capitalize off that with the buying private snaps and paying to replay snaps. I think a website is called FanOfAll? and one that's like Patreon....I think they're pretty profitable taking a small percentage while the "models" do all the work to bring the sales. Just focus on getting a lot of popular "models" to make content and advertise to their fans
     
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    is it hard to run business like that? what the most difficult part?
     
  6. seooo

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    The actual content (the live models) is just a part of the equation, you need to figure the traffic part first imo. If there's traffic and $ to be made the models will come and stay.