Making Money with Homemade Porn: A Guide For Amateurs

The porn industry is one of the biggest consumer markets in the world and is worth in the order of $97 billion per year.

Porn stars like Hillary Scott can earn a quarter of a million dollars per contract and the average porn star makes between $600 and $2000 per scene; legend of the adult film industry, Jenna Jamieson, is worth an estimated $30 million.

All well and good for the rich and famous of the porn markets but how can the average amateur get a slice of the action?

Fortunately, the internet has made it easier for amateurs to make money from homemade porn with some newcomers being able to earn six figure incomes from their mini-porn empires.

And the beauty is that your income is only restricted by the amount of time and effort you put in because, though the porn markets are highly saturated and extremely competitive, there is an almost never-ending appetite for new content… particularly if you have a unique selling point.

In this guide, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to making money with amateur porn from modelling online, broadcasting via cam sites to creating a fan base that can earn you money.

Suitable for men or women, singles and couples, trans, straight or bi we’ve covered as many angles so you can maximise your homemade porn income.

Broadcast Yourself with Cam Sites

Perhaps the most popular way to earn money from amateur porn is via live broadcasting using your web cam. There are plenty of cam sites around all offering viewers the chance to connect live with a real performer and watch the action unfold.

Some of the best paying include Chaturbate, IMLive and Bonga Cams.

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There are plenty of cam sites to sign up with but not all pay the same rates or receive high levels of traffic. Image via IMLive.

In a nutshell, you set up a ‘channel’ on the cam site of your choice and regularly broadcast from your own ‘studio’. What you do is up to you (as long as it complies with both the law and the site’s terms and conditions) and you set the price of what you do for your money.

The profiles of most cam site performers include a ‘menu’ of services that details how much guests to their channel must tip to see something. For example, a single performer might masturbate on camera with tips of 100 credits rewarding the viewers with an insertion. Likewise, a couple may decide that they won’t have sex until their target of 5,000 tokens has been achieved.

You’d be surprised by just how popular cam sites are and exactly what kind of earnings can be achieved with the right level of commitment and quality content. Certainly, regular performers that take the time to interact with their fan base are known to earn significant sums with some performers making five figure tips. Check out our feature piece on the recent bumper tips paid out on Chaturbate equivalent to almost $17,000.

Tips on Broadcasting

Sadly, there are just as many stories circulating the internet about cam girls who don’t make very much money and if you take the time to browse some of these sites you can see why so many fail; previews of girls sitting around looking bored in dimly lit rooms and playing on their phones are not enticing to any viewer. We want you to make as much money as possible broadcasting your amateur porn so we wanted to kick off with some tips on how to maximize your cam show earnings.

  • Look your best. It might seem obvious but so many cam channels feature bedraggled looking performers who haven’t even brushed their hair let alone made an effort with their make-up, clothing and staging. Unless you are specialising in some kind of tramp fetish (far less popular) then put your best foot forward and make yourself look good for your audience. The aim of the game is to seduce people into spending some cash so make an effort. Girls, that means wearing sexy lingerie, painting your nails and applying some makeup. Guys, no shirt is best but if you are starting with some clothes then make the most of your assets and don’t neglect your grooming. Generally speaking, both (or either) of you should look as if you are going on a hot date with killer attention to detail on appearance.
  • Use good lighting throughout the room but especially in the performance area and close to your screen. The former is important to make sure the action is clear and in focus whilst the latter is essential for when you are leaning in to screen to respond to comments. Poor lighting can make the skin seem blueish and unappealing as well as obscuring any good ‘money shots’.
  • Always use the microphone. Porn audiences like all of their senses to be titillated and sounds of delight, your voice and even a creaking bed will all help to boost the atmosphere of your broadcast to keep people involved.
  • Smile and do it often. There is nothing as unappealing as watching someone perform who doesn’t look like they are enjoying themselves. You would be surprised just how much further a good smile and a laugh can go to help guests along with their tipping.
  • Address the room. Even though your channel can sometimes get quite a few people watching at any time, try to spread your attention around to keep people engaged. Use their screen nicknames and respond to their requests. If you are tipped to do something then do it. Nobody wants to feel as though they are being ignored or that they are wasting their money. Remember, if you have a microphone, some of this engagement can be done verbally.
  • Make notes after a show. It’s good business to look after your best customers so after a show it is a good idea to make some notes about who tipped you the most or most frequently as well as the details of any recurring, but quieter, guests. Next time you broadcast, you can welcome them back by name and build a strong connection. Fans like to know they’ve been remembered and making them feel special will increase their loyalty and (hopefully) tipping levels.
  • Hit the ‘Pause’ button. If you have to do something that isn’t sexy like adjust your outfit, blow your nose or take an urgent call then leave the frame or pause the broadcast. If it’s a turn off then don’t do it on camera.
  • Let your personality shine. Contrary to popular belief, guys (and gals) who are looking for porn want more than just a great body and some pussy shots. And this is true of those who are using cam sites. If they wanted to watch porn then they can do that by browsing tube sites. With a cam performer, they want a connection of some kind and to do this, you need to show off your personality.
  • Keep an up to date schedule available. Most cam sites will let you publish details of when you are scheduled to be online. By being regular with your broadcasts, you will more quickly build a following.
  • Be flirty. Yes, it might seem unnatural to be winking and blowing kisses into a webcam but remember that behind that lens are dozens of horny guys who want to be teased, seduced and tempted.
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Remember these tips to make the most of your earning potential. Image via Chaturbate.

As a last word of advice on broadcasting yourself, remember that the money you can earn online can be enough to seriously supplement or even replace your existing job. And that’s what it is….a job. Treat your role as a cam performer with the same respect and commitment as any job and you can make a success of it. Fail to show up, put in some bad shifts or treat the customers badly and you can kiss that job goodbye…along with any chance of making some serious cash.

When it comes to choosing which cam site to broadcast with you will want to find a network that has high traffic as well as good commission to maximize your chances of earning. However, some sites appeal to different audiences so, depending on what you have to offer, you might want to browse the following sites for a good ‘fit’.

Likewise, you want to paid regularly by your provider and not in ‘tokens’ but in cash so always check the payout mechanisms before you start to broadcast.

And on a final note about signing up with a cam site; always read their terms and conditions. Whilst most of the major sites have standards Ts and Cs, some have exclusivity conditions or prohibit some types of ‘scene’.

Chaturbate

www.chaturbate.com

Chaturbate is a ‘free’ cam site meaning that users don’t have to pay to watch your public broadcasts. Whilst this may seem counterintuitive to the concept of making money it is actually a genius idea that is the cornerstone of Chaturbate’s success.

Yes, there are plenty of freeloaders who get to see action for free but good broadcasters who follow the advice given above and keep their audience entertained can make respectable sums in tips simply by setting targets for their broadcast or by publicizing their tip rates; 200 tokens for a spanking session, boobie flash for 300 tokens etc.

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Though not the best commission rates, Chaturbate is simple to use and has high traffic. Image via website.

Popular performers who connect well with their regulars can also make good money by offering private sessions as well as selling products through their channel such as videos, photo sets and even accepting tips other than cash (some broadcasters have a wish list on Amazon). You can also establish a Fan Club where members receive priority broadcast status for a fee.

Your earnings will be based on the tips you receive with commission being paid to Chaturbate at a rate of around 40-50% depending on the token conversion rate.

IM Live

www.imlive.com

One of the original ‘video chat hosting’ sites, IM Live is a popular cam site for both broadcasters and customers. You earn based on the amount of time your guests stay in your chat room with the price per minute being set by you.

Most guests get a short period of free chat but then must pay per minute.

You can earn between 30-100% of your earnings with IM Live depending on your rating, what you are charging your audience and your seniority. You can also earn more depending on what category you are broadcasting in.

I-Camz

www.i-camz.com

Offering the chance to be seen across 1000 cam sites simultaneously, I-Camz offers a simple payout system with models receiving a flat rate of $1 per minute (premium chat) and $1.25 per minute for private 1-to-1 chats.

Their extensive network receives around 15 million visitors per day providing a huge earning potential. They also pay weekly making them one of the more frequent payers online.

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Simpler payout systems and a huge network gives i-Camz the edge for many performers.

Unlike other cam sites, you don’t earn for tips during a free for all chat session and you can only earn if you can entice your audience into a premium chat session.

Internet Modelling

www.internetmodelling.com

Representing a network of sites, Internet Modelling matches their performers to the most appropriate sites to maximize revenue.

As well as broadcasting live you can also set up your account to sell other items including physical products such as used panties, autographed personal items and digital photo downloads.

Their main sites include Webcammodels.com which pays 70% of earnings.

Internet Modelling are affiliated with a lot of popular tube sites converting porn browsers into active guests on their host sites. In this way, they can boast around 10 million unique visitors per month across their network. Affiliates include PornHub, XNXX and XHamster.

To become a cam girl on this network, you will need to complete an application. Be aware that you will need to select ‘Homemade’ or else the network will consider you for studio performances.

X Models

www.xmodels.com

The number one cam site in Europe, XModels pays a low percentage with earnings starting at 45% (rising to 75%) however they do boast good site traffic. Payment is made twice a month by bank transfer or via a prepaid FirstChoice payment card.

The site provides performances to some of the best known cam sites across Europe including XCams, CamBabes, WebcamSex and EveLive. All of these sites operate in a similar way, offering free webcam chats with earnings being made via tipping, private chats and gifts.

Sell Photo Sets

Selling homemade photographs used to be a limited market with most outlets being the back pages of top shelf magazines in sections like ‘Readers Wives’ but the internet offers plenty of new opportunities to sell your home porn snaps.

What Kind of Photos Sell?

As with our tips on cam site broadcasting, the key to making good money with your photographs is to ensure that quality is high and that you maintain continuity of brand. What we mean by this is to find your niche talent and try to stick to what works for you. This usually works best if you are doing something you enjoy because the camera doesn’t lie. Being true to your brand means that you can easily build a following of loyal fans who will buy your next set of photos based on your last. In this way, building a following of fans who want to see you in kinky fetish gear will not be interested in your Hentai roles. If you are promoting yourself as an innocent teen then your leather dominatrix pictures might also burst the bubble.

Quality photos are shot with high resolution, with good lighting and without a cluttered background. Of course, amateur porn is more forgiving and needs an element of ‘truth’ to make the fantasy complete so nobody is expecting airbrushing or a green screen studio. What can dampen the ambience of a shot are the family pictures on the wall behind you or that pile of washing at the end of the bed.

Where to Sell Photo Sets

There are a lot of places that pay for your photo sets, with our top picks being listed below:

YouKandy

www.youkandy.com

A cam and video site, YouKandy lets you sell your photo sets for your own set price with gallery listings ranging from a few dollars for a dozen or $30+ for a bigger collection. The price you charge will very much reflect the kind of demand that you can create with popular cam girls regularly selling their sets of photos for big amounts.

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Offering a range of hosted content delivery services, You Kandy is a good one stop shop.

A passive way to drive income, selling your photos is something that makes repeat sales for only a little effort.

The sales of photographs works better if you have a following on the cam site so you may want to bear this in mind when signing up for a cam site (see above).

When it comes to payment, You Kandy pays 80% commission on your earnings plus offers a referral bonus of $5 (viewers that top up their account) and $10 for each new model who uploads content. In addition, you can also earn 60% commission on the spending of the users you referred.

Model Centro

www.modelcentro.com

This adult entertainment hosting site provides a platform for performers and models to be able to create their own fan site. Once you have registered your free account, you get a custom domain where you can upload photos (and videos) to sell under subscription license to your followers.

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Model Centro has plenty of features including geo-blocking and social media connection.

Model Centro pays out up to 85% in commission with performers earning 10% back on the earnings of any models that they refer to the site.

To help you get the most out of your domain and to maximise your earning potential, Model Centro also runs an online training ‘University’ to teach you the best ways to use the site.

You can also use the site to sell merchandise (or other adult related material) and broadcast yourself live on a cam show.

Many Vids

www.manyvids.com

Many Vids is primarily there to help models sell their amateur porn videos but there is a ‘Store’ section where you can sell other adult related material including photo sets.

The site has around 4.5 million unique views each month and is a large community of amateur porn stars selling content. Photos range from specialist fetish porn to hardcore sets.

Many Vids pays commission of 60% on the gross value of your sales.

OnlyFans

www.onlyfans.com

Once you have built your own following through social media then you could use OnlyFans to promote your own exclusive content to your own subscribers. This can be a bonus set of photos for your paid followers or you could set a price for a particular set of premium photos.

For more information on how to use OnlyFans to earn money and sell ‘extras’, see the section below or our OnlyFans review.

Sell Your Videos Online

You might think that people won’t pay for amateur porn when they can browse the free tube sites for similar content but you’d be wrong. Many porn fans tire of the same material being re-uploaded or hanker after something more exclusive or specialised. There are several places where you can sell your videos which, unlike broadcasting yourself on a cam site, can earn you a passive income; one video can sell over and over again…even when you are not online.

Extra Lunch Money

www.extralunchmoney.com

A network solely for amateur performers, Extra Lunch Money is a platform where you can promote yourself as a cam broadcaster, sell videos and photographs. A little like Fiverr for the porn market, buyers can browse online for instant sales or find a performer to create a custom job.

Buyers use pre-purchased credits to gain access to standard videos so they can download the content they buy. You set the price you charge and you get to keep 60% of the sale value, rising to 65% when you become a Seller Plus.

Spicy Find

www.spicyfind.com 

Spicy Find is an adult content network allowing members to monetize their content by establishing a pricing system around their videos, photos and Snapchat/Skype/KIK accounts.

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Catering to more unusual guests, Spicy Find has some kinky amateurs. Image via website.

The service is free to join but you do pay a percentage of your earnings to Spicy Find as commission (currently 30%) so you earn $0.70 for every $1.00 of revenue you create.

Spicy Find incorporates a selection of tools to use with Twitter including automated new follow DMs and immediate posts to Twitter when you upload new content.

Payments are made twice a month via Payoneer, Paxum, check or a wire transfer.

You can also earn money by referring other performers ($10 when they publish a video).

Many Vids

www.manyvids.com 

Many Vids specializes in selling videos to its members with their amateur stars setting the going rates for the content on offer.

A lot of members offer free content on the site which is a good ruse and can help draw people to your channel and establish a connection before purchasing your premium material.

Videos range in price from $5-$10 up to $20+ with commission rates of 60% being paid out to performers. However, the minimum charge for any content is $3.99 with a maximum of $349.

Top earners on the site are reportedly making $17,000 to $20,000 per month but the level of income will depend on the effort you put in to your marketing and your content.

It is likely that the top earners are doing a good trade in ‘custom vids’; a request service where members get to pay for a custom made performance, exclusively for them. Such videos in specialist categories like BDSM and fetish are popular and can be charged at any rate you wish (up to a maximum of $9,999).

Build a Subscription Fan Base with Only Fans

Only Fans is an online portal that allows you to build a subscription only following based on your followers on Twitter. A way to monetize your social media content, only fully paid members of your fanbase receive access to your money shots, premium videos or live shows.

You can set the subscription rates yourself with suggested monthly charges being in the order of $10-$20. Only Fans estimates around 3% of your current following will subscribe meaning for every 1000 followers you have, 30 will pay for your premium content. That’s $300-$600 a month on top of any other earnings you can pool from other sources.

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You set the price for your members for all your exclusive content.

Remember that the content you publish or broadcast to Only Fans should be exclusive to them to ensure subscribers don’t feel cheated of your loyalty to them.

Sell Dirty Underwear, Used Shoes and Other Adult/Fetish Items

There is a market for personal belongings that were used by favorite online porn models; even amateur ones.

Many Vids offers a XXX shop for its models to sell their wares with some models selling used sex toys, clothes and even lollipops that have been inserted vaginally. The sky and your imagination are the only limit to what you sell but there is probably a market for most things.

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Sell all kinds of extras to boost your income. Image via ManyVids.

Many vids pays 60% commission on all sales and will notify you of all transactions made via your online account.

Model Centro is another all-in-one performer hosting site which enables models to sell a range of products including merchandise including autographed photos, accessories, toys and DVDs.

Get Sexting

We’ve all done it; shared a naughty photo or two on our mobile phones but the lack of anonymity when you share your cell phone details may put us off doing this for money. However, sites like Extra Lunch Money (ELM) provide a cell masking service so you can start earning money from saucy texts.

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Make extra money by texting saucy messages. pictures and videos.

As well as the text service, ELM allows you to share videos, photos and other adult content and provides a comprehensive way to make money from amateur porn.

If you’ve got any other ideas for ways to earn money from selling your homemade porn, why not let us know.

Featured image via MyFreeCams.com

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