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BongaCams is barely eight-years old but has achieved a lot in its short life. Ranked in the top 12 adult websites on the planet they even outperform SFW websites like Wikipedia, Amazon and eBay in some countries. Winner of dozens of awards and with a huge selection of models online, they are the ones to emulate when it comes to running a world-class live cam site. So, what’s their secret?
In this review we’ll take a closer look at the European live cam site BongaCams . Froom a brief overview of its history to what makes their service so special, we give one of the most watched adult websites a thorough going over.
What is BongaCams?
Launched in January 2012, BongaCams is a live cam site based in the Netherlands and is one of the largest webcam platforms in Europe…in fact, they are in the top 150 websites of any kind, worldwide.
In some parts of the world, more people visit BongaCams than other popular websites including Wikiepdia.
The site has won several awards over the years including:
- LALEXPO Best European Cam Site 2016
- Live Cam Awards Best Emerging Live Cam Site 2016
- Adult Webcam Awards Best Russian Adult Webcams Site 2017
- YNOT Company of the Year 2017
- AW Freemium Cam Site of the Year 2017
Its worth nothing here that the company purchased RusCams.com in 2016 which may have helped them take out the competition in order to win Best Russian Adult Webcams Site. They also purchased the popular French live cam site CamFuze.com in March 2017 cementing themselves in their own European markets.
Though they have been nominated for several XBiz awards they are yet to clinch one of these prestigious gongs.
As with any other live cam site, the main offerings at BongaCams are public and private performances generally featuring nudity and sexual acts including striptease, erotic chat as well as masturbation with or without sex toys.
All of the cam shows are available for free but models, typically, ensure that their services are paid for by performing for tips or offering private one-to-one (or group) shows.
What’s Special About Bonga Cams?
Despite no longer being the new kid on the block, BongaCams remains one of the most popular live cam sites in the world. In fact, the service is currently ranked the 11th most visited adult website on the planet and, at the time of going to press, there is only one cam site who outperforms them; Chaturbate.
More popular than LiveJasmin, Spankbang and CamSoda, this live cam site attracts more than 303 million visitors per month.
Not only can BongaCams boast excellent traffic volume but the quality of the traffic hitting the site is good, particularly for cam models. Each visitor spends around 35 minutes on the site and visits just 2.64 pages. This means that customers are hitting the site and staying where they land for quite some time.
To give you an idea of how this compares to the competition, check out how long the average visitor stays on other cam sites:
|Cam Site||Average Time Spent on Site|
|Chaturbate||10 minutes 15 seconds|
|LiveJasmin||13 minutes 59 seconds|
|JerkMate||7 minutes 12 seconds|
|CamSoda||34 minutes 02 seconds|
The majority of traffic to BongaCams comes from the United States with around 12% of the audience figures. However, the site is also very popular in Europe, in particular:
- France – 8.9%
- Czech Republic – 7.7%
- Germany 6.7%
- Poland – 6.5%
It’s worth pointing out however that even with cam and porn sites seeing an uptick in traffic since the coronavirus pandemic, BongaCams has actually seen traffic fall in the last six months. Back in January 2020 when COVID-19 wasn’t in the headlines, the site was seeing monthly traffic in excess of 600 million visitors.
So, what makes BongaCams so special and why are audiences spending so much time on the site?
First up, you don’t need to register or pay a dime to be able to watch the cam shows. When BongaCams says its free, its free. All visitors to the site are immediately given a random username (e.g. Guest123456XX) and you can simply lurk in stealth mode. Sometimes you may get lucky and be in an active room where other users are merrily tipping away so you can enjoy some free action but most of the time, the models will want to chat with their audience for cash or at very least get some tips for performing.
Of course, if you want to start chatting to the models and interact with them then you will need to register an account. This also applies if you want to head to a private room for some one-to-one action
Secondly, the site caters for all kinds of performers and you can catch female and male solo models as well as couples and transsexuals. Within this, you can find straight and homosexual acts along with plenty of specialisms and kinks.
Though you can simply browse or opt for an advanced search to find a suitable cam model, channels are split into several main categories which helps you narrow this down, including some popular and more unusual genres such as:
- Foot Fetish
- Hairy Pussy
- College Girls
There are even some pornstar channels available to watch which features models who have featured in an adult movie and though there are no Kendra Spades online you can catch some reasonably well-known names.
The next thing that makes BongaCams so special is the fact it is so popular. Being one of the biggest live cam sites in the world means that they retain and attract a huge number of models which, for visitors, equates to plenty of performers online at any given time and diversity in those numbers.
Being an international site with models located in Europe, Asia, Latin and North America means that there are usually a few thousand live channels to choose from, no matter what time of day you hit the site.
Voyeurs can have a blast on BongaCams by activating the stealth mode for a price of 15 tokens per minute. This feature allows you to watch a private chat including being able to read conversations between the model and her guest. Even if this kind of thing doesn’t appeal to you, it’s worth remembering that, even in private chat, you are not always alone!
Social Media Links
One of the recent developments with cam modeling is the fact that most performers aren’t exclusive to just one site. Many are professional models who also offer fan subscription services through platforms like OnlyFans or ManyVids as well as running their own social media channels through Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter etc. One of the nice features about BongaCams is that you can instantly see on a channel’s thumbnails if a model has social media links available. Once you click through, you can get free or paid access to these additional channels.
Par for the course nowadays for any self-respecting cam site, models at BongaCams can incorporate the use of sex toys which can be remotely operated by members who tip. Often linked to ‘menus’ where tips can initiate the toy directly, these devices make interaction a lot more fun. Models who use these toys can easily be identified by the ‘sex toy’ icon on their thumbnails,
Yes, it might not come as a surprise to you given their recent awards in this area but the site does specialize in models from the former soviet state. In fact, they account for almost a third of all their channels and at any given time you can choose from 300-500 Russian Girls.
Not a unique selling point but an easily accessible one, guests and members can switch on their own webcam and broadcast direct to cam models. A nice feature that is still missing from some cam sites particularly in ‘free’ or ‘public’ mode.
A nice feature on BongaCams which is available even for guests is the History function. A quick click will reveal which channels you have visited during your session even if you didn’t actually interact with them. For anyone who has experience of browsing these sites, you will know just how useful this is. It can sometime be all too easy to click away or browse around before you realize that you quite fancied one of the original pages you landed on. Well, with history you can instantly reconnect.
Most live cam sites offer some level of support with 24/7 being the industry standard so its no surprise that BongaCams has a team on site ready to deal with any issues. However, their concierge service is pretty definitive and can instantly deal with everything from refunds and complaints to a personal tour of the site and even make recommendations/suggestions just like a real concierge. They haven’t become one of the most popular cam sites in the world by skimping on their customer service and this is a big selling point.
What Does BongaCams Cost?
Okay, so its pretty clear that BongaCams has earned their place at the top but what do you have to shell out for the privilege of enjoying these services?
Signing up to BongaCams is completely free and there are always offers on the go so that new customers can take advantage of some free tokens to get you started.
Whilst you can enjoy a lot of action without spending anything, you will only get the best experience from BongaCams (or any live cam site) by paying for your entertainment. You can do this by tipping the models or by paying by the minute for a private/group chat.
Private shows cost 60 tokens per minute whilst voyeur mode costs 15 tokens per minute. Any tips you give are at your discretion although most models set their own ‘menu’ which tells you how much certain actions cost.
The price of tokens varies depending on how many you buy at the same time with better discounts available the more you buy. Current costs of tokens range from $0.06 to $0.11 each with the following bundles being available:
- 18 Tokens for $1.99 ($0.11 per token)
- 60 Tokens for $4.99 ($0.08 per token)
- 140 Tokens for $9.99 ($0.07 per token)
- 370 Tokens for $24.99 ($0.07 per token)
- 800 Tokens for $49.99 ($0.06 per token)
- 1050 Tokens for $65.00 ($0.06 per token)
- 1230 Tokens for $74.99 ($0.06 per token)
- 8400 Tokens for $500.00 ($0.06 per token)
- 16600 Tokens for $990.00 ($0.06 per token)
- 42100 Tokens for $2,500.00 ($0.06 per token)
Unlike a lot of live cam sites, BongaCams also offers its members ways to earn free tokens. There are a couple of ways to do this, the first is by spending more. The top five spenders each day win between 25 and 200 free tokens.
If you buy a gift card you also get some free tokens.
You can also make free tokens by referring a friend and, for every friend who signs up, you earn 50% of their first spend.
For Cam Models
BongaCams currently pays between 50-60% commission to models on their earnings. You can also earn money referring people to the site and BongaCams pays well for this through their referral program. Simply using a link on your own social media means you get paid for every sign-up, either models or viewers.
For every new model who signs up, you can earn 5% of their revenue or get 25% from new customers purchases.
BongaCams Review: Our Verdict
You only have to spend a few minutes on BongaCams to realize why they one of the top dogs in the business. Despite being a relatively simple site, there is plenty of functionality and it is because of the clean design and easy navigation that helps make visitors stick around.
We’ve seen far too many cam sites that overly complicate their design in a bid to outperform the industry leaders. From funky designs and creatively titled tabs, the net result is that visitors get confused leading to a high bounce rate.
BongaCams has perfectly balanced its landing page with hi-res thumbnails, simple tabs and an easy to use filter function for finding models.
Once you are in a room, its pretty easy to navigate the chat screen and to browse the model’s profile and offerings. A nice function here is that when you scroll down the page to find out more, the cam window minimizes into the lower left hand corner of your screen so you don’t miss a thing.
They’ve also worked hard on their retention of visitors so when you hit a channel, you are instantly engaged with a pop-up chat window. It might seem like a cheap tactic to get you to stick around but it does work.
The cost of BongaCams compares favorably to other cam sites and, if you can afford to buy tokens in bulk, is on the cheaper end of the scale. Of course, the fact that you can lurk and enjoy shows for free is also a very decent feature of the site. Believe it or not but there are many ‘free’ cam sites out there that still don’t let you watch unlimited action.
As for the models themselves, there is an abundance of genres covered here and most tastes will be catered to, even some of the more kinky Red Light Network users! Of course, if you are looking for something very specific then you may still need to shop around but do check here on BongaCams first as you could surprise yourself.
A truly international site, the performers don’t just hail from other countries and speak other languages but the site is even available in other languages too.
For our money, BongaCams deserves its place at the head of the pack and though its been around a while and has largely remained unchanged since it was first launched, we say why fix something that isn’t broken?
All featured images via BongaCams.