Starting a webcam website sounds complex, especially if you have never really considered yourself tech savvy. But the truth is, it is not as complicated as how others make it appear. It is not easy but it is also not rocket science.
So, if you are serious on starting and building your webcam site then continue reading. All you need to do is ask yourself a couple of questions and secure some basic essentials to launch you off.
Ask yourself, “Why do I want to set up my own webcam website?”
You may think that this is a redundant advice but knowing the reason why will help you decide on what options to take. You may have one or more reasons and these reasons may vary. It can be as unlikely as wanting to generate minimal profit by live-sharing your goods. It can be wanting to earn easy bucks by camming or webcam modelling. If you are feeling ambitious, it can even be building a passive income without operating the traditional business approach. The important thing is to know the ‘why’ first before you proceed with the ‘how.’ Afterwards, you can then ensure that this reason is not someone else’s.
You must be wondering, “What is the importance of owning your reasons?” Think of it this way. When you choose and buy ice cream based on what a friend said or how enticing this friend looked while eating his ice cream, you might end up with something that is not to your liking. You will not enjoy that ice cream. You might end up chucking it in the bin because this was not your preference in the first place. In the end, you will only waste your time and money. Setting up your own webcam website is the same banana.
Decide on the kind of webcam website
Now that you have laid out your reasons for diving into this niche in the adult industry, you will need to decide on the type of business that you want. How you start determines the available tools in running your business. There are several types that you can choose from but here are the most basic routes with their pros and cons.
To be point blank about it, it is similar to cloning. The webcam site is basically patterned after a major company but rebranded by an affiliate agency. It will appear like the major company’s website but you can customize your logo, colors, and design. What you are doing is partnering with an affiliation program. By doing so, you are provisioned with integrated hosting, adult webcam software, and support.
This route is suitable for those who want the least complicated and fastest process. Partners would handle almost everything while keeping your brand intact. This means that you do not really need to do much other than occasional tweaking. The downside is that these same partners control the database and set up the regulations. This may restrict the activities and growth of your business later on.
Paying for a webcam website software
More companies are emerging that offer a software for a basic structure of a webcam site. This is no surprise taking into consideration that adult webcam sites are continuously raking in revenue. More companies meant you have more options to choose from with several features to ogle over. Some features include video streaming, multi languages, password protection, or ready-made adult webcam scripts, just to name a few. Depending on a set of client needs, most would propose different options with affordable payment schemes. These ranged from free to a one-time payment or to a weekly fee.
This sounds almost perfect, right? Sadly, not so. These kinds of software often have limited features and are bundled with pre-made specifications. ‘Bundle’ and ‘pre-made’ suggest that you are locked in. If you will be allowed to do alterations later, it will require huge amount of cash to roll out of your pocket.
Buying your own software:
Consider yourself an artist who is given a blank canvas, complete with painting tools, for this one. The possibilities on where you want to take your business is endless. You have full control of every aspect in developing the framework of your website.
You can experiment and decide on the broadcasting technology, payment systems, design template, user interface, content, or website script. However, this kind of freedom does not come without a price. In return, you will need to invest your time and money without the assurance of success. Start-ups always come with risks but for those who are serious with starting their own webcam websites then this will be your appropriate choice.
Secure the essentials for your webcam website.
Once you have identified the route that you will take, the next step is to sink your teeth on the technicalities – choosing your hosting services and domain name.
In order to successfully set up your own webcam website, you will need a video streaming platform. Your live videos would require considerable bandwidth. If you do not have enough then your video content will have poor quality or much worst, will not be viewed by your audience.
Your viewers pay for live performances and real-time digital interaction. If the service is disrupted or not provided as promised then you will end up with dissatisfied customers. Remember that even one unhappy client can cause a lot of damage to your business. In addition, take note that considerable bandwidth does not mean unlimited bandwidth.
My suggestion is not to go scant on the bandwidth and to check on hosting services that offer options with a minimum of 4 GB RAM. This will help in ensuring a worry-free and reliable live broadcast.
Alongside choosing your web hosting provider, you also need to decide and register your own domain name. When you sign up with a host, you have an opportunity to choose what you want the name to be. Your choice will be verified if it is available. If it is not then an alternative will be suggested. My advice – get creative! It is an adult website after all and a boring name implies a boring website. Viewers do not go to adult websites to get bored. They go there to light a little spark and the best way to evoke this is to invite them with an attention-grabbing name.
Obviously, you also need to do some thinking about your domain name as this should reflect your webcam website’s branding. You can start with these questions to help you. What is your website’s content theme? Who are you targeting? What are you offering? Your brand is your website’s marketing frame and this will help you cater to the specific needs of your target audience. Different fetishes, varied kinks. For start-ups, narrowing down the audience will be a good way to go and then you can expand to a much broader market after your business grows.
Now that you have gotten the basics out of the way, it is time to test drive your ideas and discover which worked and which did not. Tell me how it goes.