Podcast 96: AB5 Updates, Cam4 Contests, Payout Minimum Changes, and more!

Episode 96: AB5 updates, Cam4 contests, payout minimums rise and fall, and more news!

Welcome back to the Camland Podcast! It’s been a busy week, with sites launching Christmas contests, payout minimums changing, and California’s AB5 causing chaos and confusion. Here’s all the camming news!

Regular News:

(Camland Podcast) SoulCams announces “Winter Wonderland” model contest — Cam site SoulCams is running a contest from December 6-20,2019 with a total prize value of $2,000 split among the top 7 models. Placement in the contest is a points-based system, with weighted values for private show earnings, online tips, likes, and online time.

(Camland Podcast) Get 20% more tokens on SoulCams (Dec 12-15, 2019) — From December 12-15, 2019, anyone who buys tokens on SoulCams will get 20% more!

(Webcam Startup) OnlyFans Adds “Welcome Message” Feature — Under your OnlyFans settings you will now find the option to send out an automatic welcome message to new subscribers. You can do just text, or attach photo or video to the message. When you toggle this on, it will automatically send this message out when someone subscribes to you for the first time.

(Camland Podcast) OnlyFans increases payout minimum without notice — The site has raised the minimum payout amount, previously $100 for models in Australia and Canada, to $500 (later changed to $200) with no notice to models of the change. The change was only discovered when models logged in to their dashboards.

(Camland Podcast) Manyvids lowers ACH payout minimum — After listening to model feedback, the direct deposit (ACH) payout minimum has been reduced from $100 to just $50. There is no fee for the $50 minimum, and it applies to all 38 countries where the $100 ACH minimum was in effect.

(Camland Podcast) Pineapple Support is now on Manyvids — Adult industry mental health organization Pineapple Support has received financial support from Manyvids in the past, but they have now launched a profile on the popular clip site. They have posted a few videos covering the services Pineapple Support offers, as well as announcing plans to post free videos with stress-reduction tips and tricks.

(Camland Podcast) BentBox announces Sexy Santa Contest (until Dec 31, 2019) — If you have sexy Santa photos, content selling site BentBox has the contest for you! From now until December 31, 2019, all boxes containing videos or photos featuring your interpretation of “sexy Santa” can be entered to win cash prizes.

(Camland Podcast) BongaCams adds new follower features — Cam site BongaCams has changed their “friends” feature into “followers”. Members can now see models they has previously added to their “friends” list under the “following” section. Members can also click on the bell icon in a model’s profile to get instant notifications when the model is online.

(Camland Podcast) Stripchat adds Fan Club feature — Cam platform Stripchat has added a Fan Club feature for members to get more from their favorite models. Stripchat Fan Clubs have 3 subscription tiers: Soldier, Lord, and Prince.

(Camland Podcast) Clips4Sale recruiting AVN booth models — Popular fetish clip site Clips4Sale is looking for models and producers to appear at their booth during the AVN expo in Las Vegas in January 2020.

(Camland Podcast) 2020 Live Cam Awards details announced — The 2020 Live Cam Awards will take place on March 1, 2020 at the Estoril Casino in Cascais, Portugal. The awards are the final event at the TES Affiliate Conference, which runs from February 28-March 1, 2020. Emma and Eddie Lovett will be hosting the event, which is organized by fetish model Alexandra Georgia.

(Camland Podcast) Fan voting now open for 2020 AVN Awards — The fan voting site is now open for the 2020 AVN Awards. Fan voting will be held on the AVN Stars platform for the first time, and anyone who wants to vote for their favorite models will need to sign up for a free AVN Stars account. Voting is now open and will continue until noon on Saturday, January 25, 2020.

(Camland Podcast) SluttyWolfe Studio sponsors TEA ‘Best FtM Amateur’ Award — Porn company SluttyWolfe Studio has stepped up to sponsor the “Best FtM Amateur” award. The company is run by trans adult performers Nicko Wolfe and Shiri Allwood, and features both trans women and trans men in its productions. The “Best FtM Amateur” award was not included in the TEAs this year prior to SluttyWolfe Studio stepping up to sponsor it.

(Camland Podcast) Pornhub and xHamster release 2019 trend reports — Massive porn sites xHamster and Pornhub have released their 2019 “year in review” trend reports. These reports are great to use to plan your content for the coming months, and are a must-read for any models that create clips, regardless of where you post or sell your content.

(Camming Webmasters) SEO For Adult Webcam Affiliate Marketing — SEO is an important concept for all affiliate marketing (and marketing in general) but is extra important in the adult industry, due to the large search volume occurring on a daily basis.

(Camming Webmasters) WPLiveCam: API Powered Adult Camming Affiliate Sites — WPLiveCam is a new script for affiliates that makes it insanely easy and turnkey to build a camming affiliate websites using WordPress. WPLiveCam can auto-import models from a wide range of camming sites.

Priority News:

(Webcam Startup) Assembly Bill 5 already Exists in Massachusetts — Under Assembly Bill 5 (AB5 for short) California models are facing a possible risk of losing their camming jobs if the bill deems that cam models are not eligible to be independent contractors. Cam site Streamate confirmed that they will no longer be allowing California based models to work directly through them, they will have to seek employment through a third party entity. According to section 148B of the General Law in Massachusetts, to qualify as an independent contractor the same “ABC” test that Californians face applies. Streamate has not cut ties with workers in Massachusetts, so why are they cutting ties with Streamate models based in California?

(Webcam Startup) Chaturbate to Allow Streamers Once AB5 Goes Live — Chaturbate is the only site that has confirmed models will be allowed to continue using their platform once AB5 goes live, this currently makes them the most reliable option as a cam network if you are a model based in California.

Site of the Week: Cam4

(Camland Podcast) Cam4 does 12 Days of Giveaways (Dec 13-25, 2019) — From December 13-25, 2019, Cam4 will be giving away 12 cash prizes every day to performers that meet certain broadcast time and earning requirements. Qualifying performers will be entered into a random draw for the cash prizes.

(Camland Podcast) Cam4 2019 XXXmas Gift Contest (Dec 16, 2019 – Jan 6, 2020) — From December 16,2019 to January 6th, 2020, the top 10 performers by earnings off of particular items will win cash prizes. Gifts from the ”XXXmas”, “XXXmas Tree Letters”, “Candy Cane Letters”, and “Wild Winter” gifting categories qualify towards contest earnings and placement.

(Camland Podcast) Cam4 XXXmas Show Contest (Dec 19-29, 2019) — Submit your XXXmas-themed photo or video on Twitter to get 50 tokens, or enter the contest by broadcasting a holiday-themed show live on Cam4 to win token prizes!

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Model Tip of the Week: Don’t trust Twitter

When there’s breaking news in the adult industry like AB5 or social media TOS changes, Twitter can turn into an echo chamber of panic and fear-mongering. Before you freak out, look to trusted industry publications like Webcam Startup and Camland Podcast (as well as XBiz and YNot, among others) for coverage of the situation. If it is something that affects a site that you work on, contact site support to ask for clarification. Twitter’s “telephone effect” can make things seem like the end of the world, and while news does break on Twitter, it’s worth the extra time to confirm the details before you decide to take any action that may impact your business.

Don’t miss our Live Model Help Show with Aerie and Katy on Tuesday, December 17 at 6pm Eastern/3pm Pacific, broadcast on the Webcam Startup YouTube channel. Want us to answer your questions? Tweet them to @camgirlstartup!