Streamate is a private based camming website. This means that models are not allowed to perform sexual acts in free chat, and instead must go to any number of private chat formats to perform shows.
Streamate is known by many of its white labels, including Cammodels and SexyLadyShow. Streamate disallows models to speak about white label sites on cam to help prevent members from becoming confused.
For models, Streamate has many pros and cons. It is heralded as being a consistent earning site, but they also heavily use their model's images in advertising, which makes some models feel uncomfortable. Their geo-restrictions, while being effective and removing models from the advertising pool, have been known to drastically limit model earnings.
Types of Shows Available
There are four types of chat rooms available on Streamate. They are:
- Guest chat
This is the normal, public chat room, where sexual acts are not allowed. Female models are allowed to be topless but may not show below the waist nudity.
- Premium chat
This is analogous to a group show. One member initiates this chat and other members can join and leave as they please. The model pre-determines the price per minute for premium chats on her profile.
- Exclusive chat
This is analogous to a private show. One member initiates this chat and no other member is allowed to join. When he leaves, the chat ends. The model pre-determines the price per minute for exclusive chats on her profile. Typically, exclusive has a higher per minute rate than premium.
- Gold shows
This is a unique type of group chat. The model determines the length of the show and sets a minimum buy-in price per member. The model works in public chat to reach her goal before the countdown timer ends. When the timer ends, the model either accepts her goal money and begins the show, or denies the money and cancels the show. If cancelled, any members that paid in for the show are refunded. It is important to note that Gold Shows are not recommended for models that do not have a stable connection during streaming. This is because, if a model were to disconnect from a Gold Show, the model would lose all of the earnings from that Gold Show.
Some models become confused by the chat windows provided in the guest chat. There are three possible chat windows within guest chat. They are:
- Paid chat logs
- Guest chat logs - Where credit card members chat
- Free chat logs - Where non-credit card members chat
In guest chat, a model may choose to view the paid chat logs from paid sessions, the guest chat logs where potential customers are chatting, or the free chat logs where new members without a credit card are chatting. You have the option to close the free chat logs in your settings so they do not appear on your screen if you are not doing Gold Shows. Because paying members all appear in the guest chat logs, many models choose to ignore the free chat logs all together.
Placement on Homepage
Placement on Streamate is heavily affected by the following (not in order of effectiveness):
- Use of the HD media encoder
- Streaming in widescreen
- Streaming with audio
- Streaming without geo-blocking restrictions
- Use of an HD webcam
- Use of a computer which can handle media encoding and streaming without slowing down the feed
- High-speed Internet
- How much money earned
- Streaming on a regular basis
Many models already meet these specifications without needing to upgrade their equipment. Although new computers are beneficial, models have had great success streaming with computers that are years old.
Models who seek to increase their ranking find that being online every day, and staying online consistently, can very rapidly increase rankings. Unlike some other websites, money earned per hour does not seem to hugely affect ranking (although it is still a factor), although naturally the models who meet the above standards are likely also the ones who are making the most. It has been reported by some models that money earned per hour does come to play when competing for the top spots on the front page, but for most models it is a moot point.
For the most part, Streamate rewards models who work every day with good equipment. If a model is not being limited by poor equipment, it is relatively easy to raise ranking with consistency online. Likewise, when a model skips several days or weeks of work, she may find that her ranking has dropped when she begins streaming again. However, some models report that if they spend several hours on Streamate in one day, their ranking will temporarily increase the longer they are online.
Ranking on Streamate is not easy to determine because there is no numbered system which informs a model what ranking she has. Therefore, models must search for themselves on the front page to determine their own ranking. Because people can re-arrange the number of models shown per page, speaking of ranking in terms of "Page 2, row 5" is ineffective. Most models tend to generalize their rankings in terms of total rows, which always display the same number of models, such as, "my average ranking is on row 12," or, "my average ranking is on row 2."
Rankings on Streamate are extremely mobile, with models often jumping rows in a single shift. However, while general ranking is indicative of overall earnings, moving around a few rows in a shift will generally not cause decreased earnings.
Earnings and Payouts
On Streamate, non-studio models earn 35%. Therefore, if a member tips a model $1.00, the model will receive 35 cents. The majority of studio models earn 30%. It is important for models to remember that the per-minute prices they choose for premium and exclusive shows on their profile are before the cut, not afterwords. For example, a non-studio model with an exclusive per-minute price of $2.84 will actually earn about $1.00 USD.
Some models receive "gold" tips in guest chat, with one gold equaling $1 USD (and a model would keep 35 cents). However, this is not the preferred method of earning for most models. The vast majority of income for all models comes from premium, exclusive, and gold shows.
Streamate provides several payment options:
- Check via Regular Mail
This has no fee and has a minimum payout amount of $20. It is available everywhere. The check mailed is very discreet and is from a company called "ICF".
- Check via FedEx
This has a fee of $30 with a minimum payout of $200. It is only available in the USA.
- Wire Transfer
This has a fee of $40 with a minimum payout of $240. It is only available in the USA.
This has all of the standard payoneer fees. The minimum payout is $100 and is available everywhere except for India and China.
Day 1 of the Streamate work week begins on Sunday morning, 12am GMT. Day 7 of the Streamate work week ends on Saturday night, 11:59PM GMT. Afterwards, 3-5 business days are needed for payment processing, transfer, and display in a model's payment history.
After the pay period and processing/transfer time ends, models with different payment options will receive their money at different times. For example, it can take up to three weeks to receive a check via regular mail. Some models choose to sign up with a Daily Pay studio that pays out once a day instead of once a week, with no weekly delays after that.
Streamate offers models to set up a Gold Club. This is a subscription based service, in which members pay a monthly fee and receive a discount (that a model sets) on her premium and exclusive shows. Streamate will host everything for the model. The requirements are, as follows:
- Diary Entries: 3 or more per week. Diary entries are personal writings from you. Tell customers about your day camming, your latest toys, or describe your favorite fantasies.
- Photo Sets: 1 or 2 photo albums per week. You need to be able to take new pictures frequently in order to keep the site updated.
- Videos: 1 or more videos per week. Videos must be in MP4, WVM, or h.264 AVI formats, and should be at least 3 minutes long. Make sure you have a way to record quality videos of this type regularly.
The model chooses which discount (for premium and exclusive shows) to give to subscribers between 5%, 10%, 15%, 20%, 25% or 50%. The model also chooses what the monthly rate will be between $10-$20. A non-studio model will receive 35% of the subscription rate. This means that a non-studio model will earn $7 per month per member, with a $20 subscription price.
Membership Site Integration
Streamate offers models to link to their existing membership site. This will set up a link on a model's Streamate profile to join their membership site. If possible, it is recommended to go this route instead of using Streamate's Gold Club. This is because a model can choose the frequency at which to post content (and not be bound to the Gold Club weekly requirements) and receive more money per month. Streamate will process all payments for members that subscribe through Streamate. Models may still choose to give a discount to subscribers and can charge a maximum of $39.99 per month. Many models choose to use ModelCentro to simply the membership site creation process. Streamate and ModelCentro have an official partnership.
Prices for Members
Models set the rate at which the member is required to pay. Members can choose to pay per minute for an exclusive or premium show, or they can choose to pay a one-time fee for gold shows. They also have the option to tip models gold within the guest chat.
Many members prefer to only watch gold shows, due to the relatively cheap price. Therefore, some models avoid banning members who do not take them to premium and exclusive chats, in case they put out a paying gold show customer.
Types of Member Accounts
There are two types of member accounts on Streamate:
- Credit Card Accounts Members with credit cards are those who can pay for shows immediately. They are listed in the guest chat logs.
- Non-Credit Card Accounts
Members without credit cards are those who can not pay for a show immediately. They must first register their credit card. They are listed in the free chat logs.
After a member spends at least $5 USD on a model, they are listed with a number 1 next to their names. This easily allows a model to identify who has paid for his/her shows or not. However, a paying member who has bought a $4 or less gold show will not show up as a level 1 paying member. Levels 2, 3, 4 and 5 are also available for higher-paying members so the model can identify, at a glance, who her best customers are.
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Special thank you to Princess Mika and others for writing this page.