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Known worldwide as one of the top ten live cam sites, Flirt4Free has had a difficult start to 2019 seeing its audience figures plunge from over 120 million visitors per month (March 2019) to just 45 million visitors in July 2019. Falling 581 places from a position of 386th most popular website worldwide to a rank of 966th, we wanted to know what has gone wrong at Flirt4Free and just why the site is losing visitors.
In this review, we take a closer look at what Flirt4Free is offering its audiences and why the site is falling in the popularity stakes.
What is Flirt4Free?
Jointly operated by the U.S. company, VS Media Inc and FBP Media s.r.o (based in Czech Republic), Flirt 4 Free is a sex chat site offering live cam streaming.
The site was launched in 1996 and is considered the world’s first webcam network. They have consistently been one of the top ten live streaming services for the last couple of decades but recent traffic numbers tell a decidedly different story.
The popularity of the site has been waning in recent months with traffic falling from around 120 million visitors in March 2019 to around 45 million in July 2019 (according to SimilarWeb August 2019). This has seen the site fall out of the top 100 adult websites in the world and fall from its position as one of the top ten live cam websites. At the current time, Flirt4Free is ranked as the 154th most popular site in the Adult category.
The site is most popular in the United States which accounts for around 22% of traffic. Other countries that frequent Flirt4Free most include:
- Egypt – 8%
- Brazil – 6%
- Serbia – 5%
- Algeria – 5%
The average visitor to Flirt4Free spends around 2 and half minutes on the site visiting just 2.11 pages. As with the overall viewing trends, these figures have been falling over the last six months.
Investigating the traffic reports for Flirt4Free shows that the decline started to happen around March 2019 which is roughly the same time as the company introduced its new mobile experience. Not an app but an optimized version of the main website purely for tablets and mobile phones, the dynamic interface offers a slick and pared down environment for mobile users. It’s unclear whether this version of the site is included within the main audience figures or whether the format is the reason for the fall in traffic. Our research is unable to confirm why traffic has been falling and we are yet to receive a response from the company in relation to our inquiries over this question.
The site is a multiple XBiz and AW award winning service and has taken over plenty of awards over the years including Best Premium Cam Site, Best Live Cam Site and Most Innovative Cam Site.
What’s Special About Flirt4Free?
Ignoring what could either be a ‘blip’ in traffic or associated with a change of format, there is good reason why Flirt4Free has remained at the top of the industry for over 20 years. Quite simply, this premium live streaming service is packed with features and offers some of the highest quality cam feeds around. Most channels are streamed using HD quality cams and broadcasters are known for being friendly and professional.
The site also actively blocks some countries from signing up as a broadcaster; part quality control and partly due to customer preference, the majority of women you will find on Flirt4Free are from North America, some parts of Europe and a handful of other international locations.
As a result, the broadcasts are all heavily stylized with models presenting just as you might find on the TV live sex chats. If you are looking for amateur performers with cheap cams streaming live from their spare bedroom then this is not the site for you.
As with other live cam sites, users on Flirt4Free can access plenty of public shows and (as you would expect) flirt for free. Yes, just like Chaturbate, BongaCams and LiveJasmin the models on this site will entertain their viewing public without you paying a dime.
However, to watch the good stuff, these girls want to get paid. So, you have plenty of pay-per-view options available to move these broadcasts from hot to XXX.
Private chats are the most popular way to do this but you can also get involved in a group chat, party chat, watch a feature show or simply tip along with multiple users to reach a goal for some action. There is even a voyeur mode; available to VIP members, you can enter a group chat or show and watch without anyone knowing you are there.
As for the site design itself, Flirt4Free is one of the simplest and most intuitive to use especially on their brand new mobile optimized platform. The experience here is similar to a gaming app and features super-simple tipping menus and full screen viewing alongside a touch pad keyboard for messaging.
What about diversity and volume?
Well, the site has around 7,500 performers registered to broadcast but at any given time you will usually only find a few hundred. This does limit the choice which, don’t get us wrong, can actually be a good thing. You know that overwhelming feeling you get when you walk into a store and there are too many options to choose from? Well, Flirt4Free offers a slimmed down version of your favorite live cam site but quality is assured.
Unlike a lot of the mainstream live cam streaming sites, Flirt4Free tries to cater to the fetish community. It does this with a mixture of fetish related forums as well as categorizing some of its models into this section of the site. Channels are split into sub-genres under the ‘Fetish’ banner, including:
- Jerk Off Instruction
- Small Penis Humiliation
Just like with their main channels, most of these cam girls (and guys) are professionals offering studio quality feeds.
What Does Flirt4Free Cost?
Flirt4Free is a premium site and though you can access most of the channels in a preview mode and chat without paying, the aim of the broadcasters is to get you into a private chat, group chat or to tempt you into tipping them.
As a result, the free stuff can be pretty tame and no models are giving away the milk with the barn here unless you are paying for it. And, the milk here isn’t cheap. No, Flirt4Free has a reputation for being at the high-end of the market when it comes to pricing and you can find yourself paying around $6 per minute for a private chat which is twice the average rate charged by the competition.
New users get 120 credits for free when they complete the initial sign-up but additional credits are charged as follows (correct as of August 2019):
- $6 plus $1 VAT – 180 credits plus 135 credits free
- $24 plus $4 VAT – 360 credits plus 180 credits free
- $120 plus $20 VAT – 1240 credits plus 340 credits free
There is also the option of upgrading your account to a VIP membership which costs $47.94 (plus $7.99 VAT) per month which also gives you 150 free credits.
As for how far your credits will take you, Flirt4Free is a premium live cam service and though you can flirt for free, you do have to pay for the good stuff. Every performer has different rates for their chats but typically the charges are as follows:
- Standard Chat – 30 to 60 credits per minute
- Premiere Chat – 70 to 500 credits per minute
- Voyeur Mode – 10 to 40 credits per minute
- Multi-User – 10 to 120 credits per minute
- Feature Shows 30 credits per minute / Free for VIPs
- Group Chat – Minimum Pledge Set by Performer
Of course, there are party chats where users simply tip to enjoy the action as with regular free public chats in flirt mode.
Flirt4Free pay out their performers based on a percentage commission program. This means that instead of receiving a flat rate for every token you are paid (either in tips or per minute in a chat), you will receive:
- 25% for the first 4,000 minutes
- 5% up to 10,000 minutes
- 30% over 10,000 minutes
This also varies if you are a direct model or are working with a studio. The company reports that models who work 10 hours per week could earn around $4,000 per month whilst those who can put in a more dedicated 40 hours per week can expect their earnings to reach $16,000 per month or $192,000 per year.
Flirt4Free Review: We say…
The traffic figures for Flirt4Free are worrying and we would love to get some feedback from the company about why this is. Certainly, for a model thinking of signing up, a 62.5% drop in customers over a six-month period would ring some alarm bells. That being said, Flirt4Free still has a huge audience and a long and reputable history that warrants both loyalty and trust.
However, the commission structure for performers isn’t overly generous even with the higher charges for customers. Word on the cam-scene is that the predicted earnings of $192k per month are really only reserved for those models who ‘fit’ the ‘look’; professional, English speaking studio broadcasters who have the San Fernando Valley body and face.
As for whether the site is worth the premium rates as a viewer….it depends what you want from a cam site. If you go for these kinds of models and want a high quality, exclusive experience then Flirt4Free should tick all your boxes.
The experience of the broadcasts are truly exceptional and these models are earning their place at the premium end of the market. The site is flawless and offers all the bells and whistles you would expect for what you are paying for. One of our favorite features is the Video on Demand service which means that if you get online only to find your chosen model isn’t available, you can simply download/stream a previous broadcast…plus, you buy one and you get one free.
In summary, there is very little to complain about with Flirt4Free but we have a sneaking suspicion that if they don’t revise their pricing structure soon, they could find themselves falling yet further in the rankings to those competitors who are offering similar quality for a lower price.
All featured images via Flirt4Free.