A few decades ago, when the internet was in its infancy, being a cam model was easy. The market wasn’t saturated, and the competition was practically non-existent. That means that tech-savvy models could set up their shows and reap the success with little effort.
As you know, things are different today. Accessibility and ease of use made camming a very competitive job. Today, you have to stand out to earn money. What’s more, you have to put in work, real work. You have to be a master of organization, planning, and scheduling. And that’s on top of being attractive, having a strong online presence, and providing something your audience on the camming sites will actually like.
It’s a dog-eat-dog world, indeed. Models used to be able to earn heaps of money simply by doing one show every few days. Now, they have to perform multiple times a day and on numerous websites at the same time. But how to achieve that?
Well, unless you’re a total beginner, you probably already know the answer — split camming.
What exactly is split camming?
Split camming allows you to broadcast your show on multiple sites. As you know, unless you already have a broad, loyal audience, broadcasting on a single website won’t bring in as much profit as you need. Thus, you need to branch out.
All split camming software allows you to stream multiple broadcasts with only one web camera. It’s a neat trick that can increase income. If you don’t have a loyal fanbase, or if the streaming sites don’t have a lot of traffic, streaming on multiple sites at the same time will allow you to bring in some extra dough.
What software should I go for?
When it comes to software that will allow you to webcam split, it seems as though every cam model has their preference. However, it’s also a matter of what your computer can handle.
Of course, there are fan favorites out there. The current ruler of the split cam market is the Verysoft Webcam Splitter that’s compatible with PCs. Many webcam models also recommend SplitCam, ManyCam, and YawCam.
As many cam models know, you don’t get a team of people preparing you for a show, so you have to be your own entourage. That means that you not only perform but also provide technical support for yourself (among other things). Therefore, you have to be at least a bit tech-savvy and figure out if your PC has the power to support split camming.
Split camming demands a lot of bandwidth and a good webcam. Furthermore, as mentioned, you have to choose a split cam software that’s compatible with your computer. If you have a Mac, the Verysoft software won’t work. You can, however, try out a splitcam compatible with Mac — SplitCam, ManyCam, and SoftService are good choices for iOS.
Free vs. paid
Here’s the thing — nothing in life is free. Although most split cam software is available for free, if you’re looking for one that will run smoothly, feature your watermark, and have handy features such as “picture in picture,” then you’ll have to cough up some cash. Luckily, these programs don’t really cost that much. In fact, you can purchase Verysoft for only $19.95, while its Mac alternative Camtasia comes with a free trial and a $52.16 annual fee.
How to split cam
Don’t bite off more than you can chew
Here are some camming tips. Number one — don’t let your need to earn more money be your downfall. Splitting between six different sites might sound like a real moneymaker, but best believe that you won’t be able to pull it off from the get-go.
As with everything else in life — start small and work your way up. If you have a profile on one camming website, make another profile on an, ideally, complementary site. Start by cam splitting between those two. Of course, always make sure that the site allows webcam splitting and that it’s able to support it.
Why is it Important that the websites are complementary?
Because you don’t want to give yourself away, your audience shouldn’t know that you’re splitting focus. In fact, they should believe that you’re entirely focused on them. So, you must choose two websites that will allow you to communicate and operate two different chats seamlessly. For example, it’s a good idea to go for two token-type sites, but you can also choose to pair a token-type site with private shows.
Furthermore, don’t forget that scheduling is also important here. Some sites have more traffic at night, while others do better during the day. Complementary sites are the ones that have their traffic peak at the same time. Figure out how that peak works with your time zone, and when the best time for performing (and cam splitting) is.
Multitasking is essential here. You can use pre-typed messages to speed up your response time in the chat. It’s also a good idea to have two monitors. That will allow you to keep an eye on both chats at the same time.
Don’t get carried away
When you work your way up to three or four sites, make sure to be vigilant. You have to always be aware of which sites you’re performing on. For example, if you get paid for a private chat on one site, you have to remember that you’re streaming on two or three others at the same time. And you don’t want to give a free show, right? So, remember to shut down all the other sites when you’re paid for a private chat.
However, if you’re careful, you can use the private chat show in another free chat. It’s an excellent way to entice your audience to pay for a private party with you. Just don’t forget to cut the stream before you reveal too much. Tease them a bit, and watch the revenue pour in.
How to split focus
Split camming allows you to use your time effectively and wisely. It also allows you to make more money. However, it does take some getting used to. If you can’t focus on two or three chats at the same time, you might make more money while focusing on just one. After all, your audience is made out of real people. If you don’t give them the attention they need, they will leave.