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Part Two Of The Exclusive SinCats Phone Sex Site Interview

Continuing the Sin Cats interview with Mary Bennet. (Bennet is in charge of Social Media Marketing and Promotions as well as a Support Rep for Affiliates and Partners at SinCats.) In the first part, we covered the basic overview of the new phone sex site (which also allows camgirls, indie clip makers, and more).

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Included in this post are some screenshots that Mary has provided. They demonstrate the various features that are available to performers, via their admin panel. As always, click to see larger versions.

Now we get into more detail about the new site…

What are the fees for this site, both for callers & operators?

Our website is free for both callers and operators.

Why do we offer our services for FREE and allow customer and operators the ability to use our platform and keep 100% of the profits? There are a few ways that we make money — after all, it is a needed to keep the site running.

We make money via the following options:

1. We offer paid ad space. This is displayed on the left side of our website and the costs are very reasonable. Companies or individuals that wish to display a paid advertisement can contact us for details and their ad will appear on every webpage located on the left sidebar.

2. We offer upgrade options. All accounts are 100% free and include access to everything you need to succeed as an independent performer. However, you can upgrade your account by ordering highlighted listings, featured listings, your own domain name and WP blog, newsletter feature, unlimited friend requests and friend accepts, unlimited call codes, promotional services, and higher ranking (upgraded paid accounts are listed above all free accounts).

Can you give me some ballpark price ranges on such things as advertising, etc.?

We have two ad placement zones and our pricing is based on our traffic. As our traffic is low at the moment, we are not promoting our ads zones; however within the next couple months they will be available.

Ad zone 1: This is a 250 width by 150 height static ad placement that appears on the left side of all pages (except the performer profile pages). You can see an example of this on our home page at www.sincats.com listed under the ‘new performers’ sidebar widget. We display a total of 6 ads on the sidebar and they currently sell for $95/month. (*This price is subject to change by the end of this year.) We do not rotate ad spots, so once they are full we cannot accept new advertisers until a new spot becomes available.

As zone 2: This is a 120 width by 60 height static ad placement that appears on all free performer profile pages.  Paid performers have ‘ad free’ profiles. We display a total of 6 ads on all free performer profile pages and they currently sell for $50/month. (*This price is subject to change by the end of this year.) As with the left sidebar ads, we do not rotate ad spots, so once they are full we cannot accept new advertisers until a new spot becomes available.

When you say, “Paid performers have ‘ad free’ profiles,” you mean those who pay for the upgraded accounts, at the $9.95 per month, correct?

Yes. All initial registrations by default are free and therefore subject to display ads within the free profile. However, upon upgrading, the ads instantly disappear. This is another benefit to having a premium or upgraded account on SinCats.

A fully upgraded account on SinCats costs $9.95/month. You can upgrade at anytime from your admin section and the changes occur instantly.

Callers also have similar features when they upgrade their acccount. Callers can register for free and gain access to virtually every feature on our website. However there are some limitations; free customers cannot create jobs (we have a job board that displays recent job postings), free customers have limitations on the amount of messages they can send/receive and the amount of call codes they can use.  Also the customer’s status is listed as ‘free’ and this is displayed on the customer’s profile page.

However, none of these upgrades are needed to use our platform — or make serious money as a performer. Money that you don’t need to wait for, money that is received in the manner that you wish to receive it: Direct to you from the customer.

sin cats performer profile optionsSpeaking of money, I see that operators are allowed to use Amazon and the like as payment; aren’t you concerned about the issues involved here, namely that some of those options are either not merchant accounts &/or have expressly forbidden adult content/business?

We have a wide range of options that operators can choose from when accepting payment from a customer. It is important to note that we do not accept payment on behalf of the customer. Instead the payment goes directly from the customer to the performer.

Also there is no direct correlation between the chosen payment method and adult services. Amazon Wish Lists have been used for years as a way to receive items in exchange for services.

There are so many ways to receive payment that do not include the risk involved in a direct merchant account: Account Now, Cash, Money Order, Phone Card, Western Union, Chase, Dwolla, NetSpend, Ritani, Wish Pot, Bitcoin, Check, Money Gram, Zappos, and trade (or other).

The option to accept payment by ‘trade’ could mean that a customer has a particular skill set that you need and are willing to provide your services in exchange for that skillset. This might mean website design, website development, paying for an ad placement to promote the performer’s profile on high traffic phone sex websites, legal assistance, etc.

Adult merchant accounts are a good option and this is why we have listed credit card as one of the possible choices. There are many performers that have their own adult merchant account and can use this account to process customer’s credit cards. However for the average (and especially new performer), merchant accounts are not an option that is easy to obtain.

Here’s some of the reasons why…

Merchant accounts are risky. Did you know that a customer can order services online, then at any time within 3 – 6 months that customer can contact his bank and report the transaction as fraud? Even if the transaction was 100% valid and you have records (IP address, email, phone number, etc.) chances are you will still lose that sale. In addition to that you will be charged a $35.00 fee for every chargeback that is filed. You may make $5,000.00 in one month, then lose $7,500.00 the next month due to chargebacks. And any performer that has worked in this industry using their own merchant account knows that the banks always side with the customer and chargeback disputes are virtually impossible to win. Virtually all pay per minute phone sex and webcam sites have an issue with this and often have to adjust the performer’s payment based on the chargeback. It is not the fault of the company, but rather the difficult position that banks place ‘high risk’ adult companies in regards to chargebacks.

Merchant accounts are expensive. An adult merchant account will cost you $1,000 a year for Visa and MasterCard registration. You also need to show proof of a valid business license and business address. In addition to their there are tons of small fees (transaction fees, gateway fees, etc).

Also if you process credit cards on your own website you are required to be PCI compliant. This means that you have to provide all of the nessacry means to protect the customer’s credit card details. If there is a breach and this information is exposed you can be fined over $100,000. If you think it is easy to secure this data think about Target and how they were recently hacked and thousands of customer’s credit card details were exposed.

An alternative…

In comparison, let’s consider that you use an alternative payment option. For example Bitcoin. You open a merchant Bitcoin account (it is free on most websites and easy to setup). You then provide the customer with a Bitcoin payment link to order your services. Once the payment is completed you will receive a notification and you can proceed to provide your services knowing that this money will not be charged back and you will receive virtually 100% of it as Bitcoin charges very little processing fees.

Or perhaps you think a little more outside the box and offer your services in exchange for minutes added to your pre-paid phone. Often performers use a pre-paid phone as this provides a layer of anonymity and security. In this scenario you provide the customer with a link to the pre-paid card you require to load your phone. The customer purchases the card, sends you the code and you can add the minutes instantly to your account. No risk of chargeback.

Another scenario might be that you need more traffic in order to bring in more customers and sales. You can offer the customer an option to pay for ad placement in exchange for services. There are tons or reputable services that offer this, including Juicyads, PhoneSexCentral, etc. [See here & here.] Once the ad is live, you can proceed to engage with the customer and provide your services as agreed.

Once you start to consider all of the possibilities it can be rather exciting. There are so many ways to receive payment and remove risk of chargebacks and payment delays.

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Are there any verification requirements? Specifically, do you verify legal adult age/status? Are operators required to be verified in any way?

All participants on our network are required to be 18 years or older. We do require verification on a case-by-case basis. If we believe that a performer may be underage we flag the account (suspending public listing) and send a message to require proper documentation.

We have been counseled on this through our legal services and work closely with our attorney to ensure that all practices are legal. Since performers on our network do not work for us, but instead use our platform to network and promote themselves, we are not obligated to require age verification for every account. We are required to police our network and ensure that all content is legal, and we do this 24/7.

For those of you familiar with PhoneSexCentral (which is a major phone sex listing website) you will know that you can create an account and promote your website without the need to send in sensitive details such as a photo ID, social security card, banking account information, etc. Our website works in a similar manner, however it has far more advanced social networking features and is based on recent technology.

I believe you are using CCBill for the upgraded account, correct? If so, this would provide adult verification, yes?

We use Epoch and CCBill. Epoch provides an excellent direct mode payment gateway and a slightly higher success rate of payment. CCBill is used as a fall-back processor. However both provide age verification.

We are also considering additional measures to prevent minors from gaining access to our website. Monitoring site activity and relying on community support are also tools that we will use in our efforts to prevent unauthorized access.

Of the 200+ members, do you know what percent are operators, what percent are callers/buyers?

The ration is about 50/50 at the moment. We are trying to promote the site to both account types so that the member base (customer and performers) grow at a steady and natural level.

Thanks, Mary. I myself am going to create a performer account & play around a bit… Likely, much more to come on this new option in phone sex & cam promotion called Sincats.

Is this your first time here? You may wish to read this post and my Statement Of Purpose.

Yes, I am on Twitter! @PhoneSexSecrets

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If You’ve Been Considering Arousr…

Gracie Passette has an excellent review of the sexting (and phone sex) service Arousr — which includes info on how much it really costs as well as how much chat, cam, and phone hosts can make: The Sex Kitten Arousr Review.

UPDATE: My Arousr interview is here.

Phone Sex Operator Photo Content, Blogs, Etc. For Sale To PSOs

When I tweeted about a PSO leaving the business and selling off her domain name, blog, and content including photos, the response was pretty big. Not only did I broker that sale in two days, but there were other requests for more of the same.

There are currently three other offerings from phone sex operators who are retiring or retiring their characters. The details are below. If you have any interest, you must first contact me either via NF or MPS so that I can verify that I am working with a person of legal age to buy such materials. I repeat: I will not begin any discussions via comments, emails, tweets, etc. You must contact me either here or here to begin the discussion. (Use the “send message” option.) That means you must either have an account or make one for the purposes of contact. No exceptions.

#1 Messy sex, erotic foodie, fetish niche blog. Includes domain name and all written content at the blog, should you wish to keep or edit it. Domain has “phone sex” in it and is over 4 years old; has over 6,000 external back links in place. Price: $100. SOLD

#2 Blonde white woman photo content. Was used as a femdom or mistress, but you can use it as you wish. Approximately 100 photos, including completely nude; was not originally purchased as custom or exclusive, but model/photographer/site no longer around, so no longer available to sell.* Price: $150

(If you wish to include blog content in the sale, including moving it to your own domain and even using proper redirects for backlinks, that may be possible — with additional fees.)

* I may still be able to contact the photog if more photos of this model are sought.

#3 BBW redheaded white girl photo content. Briefly used in submissive listing, but can be used as you wish. Originally purchased as exclusive; 352 photos, including explicit sex toy play. Price: $400. SOLD

Coupon Codes For Wish List Shopping For PSOs, CamGirls, Etc.

Just a reminder about wishlist safety — for both clients and providers.

Also, if you shop at Sexclectic, for anyone at all this holiday season, I have exclusive codes you can use to save money:

* Enter code PHONESEXSECRETS and save 20% on any order.

* Enter code PSSTOYS and get $10 off any order of $50 or more.

Ignore Lines, Financial Domination & Other Femdom Phone Sex Games

For those of you interested in understanding financial domination, ignore lines, and other erotic humiliations in phone sex, there’s a great article at Sex Kitten: Ignore Me, I’ll Pay You; Blackmail Me, I’ll Pay You Again. I would have linked to this article, even if I hadn’t been included in it. Really!

Getting Phone Sex Reviews & Making The Most Of Them

As promised, I’m back with some more details regarding the phone sex review website.

This is a free service. Yes, it is free to be reviewed. However, because Tom is just one man (who already has a long list of favorite PSOs), it is advised, though not required, that you offer him a few free minutes, a discounted rate, or other incentive for him to add you to his list of girls to call. This incentive neither guarantees a review nor guarantees a good review. All decisions regarding whether to review or not review are up to Tom Cat himself. And all reviews are, like a review of any product or service, based on Tom Cat’s honest evaluation of the phone sex services. Any incentive is just a courtesy.

Interested phone sex operators are encouraged to consider how well their services match Tom Cat’s desires, fantasies, and needs before submitting a request for a review. (Should your phone sex services not be a good match for Tom Cat, you may wish to consider sending one of your happy phone sex clients over to submit a review, and/or buy advertising at the site.)

Ideally, phone sex operators (especially those who receive a favorable review), will use the review to promote themselves in accordance with proper copyright use. In this case, that would be to quote from, or make mention of, the review by linking to the review itself. Additionally, PSOs who have been reviewed may download and display the appropriate rating badge, again linking to their review so that potential customers can read how they earned that rating. (Hotlinking is not allowed!)

At this time, the review site is NiteFlirt compliant as all the PSOs reviewed are from Tom Cat’s primary phone sex playground, NiteFlirt. However, this is subject to change as the review site grows and therefore phone sex operators worried about compliance with NF’s policies should consult Playfair to be certain such promotion with links to the site are acceptable. Ditto any PSOs working with other platform sites and phone sex companies. (It should be seen as any phone sex topsite that promotes phone sex operators from various sites and companies; but it is up to, you, the individual PSO, to verify that for yourself.)

Remember, there are other ways to promote yourself besides your profile pages and blog. You can use Twitter, Tumblr, and other forms of social media. And don’t forget to contact your callers directly to share the good news. (Sending the link in a message to your callers is a reminder to call, and they may share the review themselves via their own sites and social accounts!)

Remember, the purpose of Tom Cat’s Phone Sex Reviews is to help improve the phone sex industry: One, it helps phone sex callers find quality phone sex services, and, two, it provides free promotion for quality PSOs. Make the most of it!

News & Links Phone Sex Operators Can Use

Last week at Sex Kitten, Gracie interviewed Tom Cat about the new phone sex review website. It’s a great look not only at the man behind the site, but about phone sex mega users.

While you’re there, you may want to check out another one of Gracie’s articles, Of Feminism & Inequality In Porn & Sex Work. Yes, phone sex operators are sex workers. Beyond that, there may be some clear answers for those who wonder why there are so few opportunities for male PSOs to work with female callers.

Today’s Phone Sex Tip: Places For Phone Sex Operators To Advertise

There’s no such thing as a free phone sex call, right professional phone sex operator? So what makes you think advertising and promoting your phone sex business will be free?

The Marketing Whore has an excellent post about advertising options for adult websites, including phone sex operator websites, listings, and profiles here.

PS I already tweeted a link to this post, but apparently many of you missed it or are not following me at Twitter — so I’m posting both links here now. *wink*

Phone Sex Operator “Little Black Book” Tool Survey

Phone sex operator Sarah Collins is developing a website application tool for the PSO industry called Black Book Vault (BBV). Like me, Sarah is a data hound, always using data to improve her business. But after finding other customer relationship management (CRM) tools lacking in terms of her phone sex business, she decided to create her own CRM software specifically to help POSs with their work. BBV will allow operators to enter notes on clients, gather data on transactions, and run various reports to discover trends (such as busiest times of the day and most popular fetishes) and evaluate advertising and promotions in terms of ROI — all so that you can find where you are making the most money and maximize it.

(Not to mention, this is better organization than paper notes & various documents — and more reliable than notes in platforms which can disappear without notice!)

It’s goal is to create a solution that empowers its users to make better business decisions through data management. The core functions of BBV will enable the PSO to:

• Quickly Capture Client & Transaction Info

• Run Reports, Analyze Metrics & Identify Trends

• Keep Everything Backed Up, Safe & Secure

After speaking with Sarah as length, I think it’s a fabulous idea and I will be participating in the site’s blog, once BBV officially launches.

But before BBV can launch and become the ultimate PSO CRM business tool, Sarah and her tech partners want more information. To that end, there’s a survey you can take. I really hope all of you will participate and give Sarah and her crew information about what you want and need.

As a thank you, BBV will give you a special link that you can use to refer other phone sex operators; for every 3 eligible referrals, you’ll then get a $10 Amazon giftcard code. Do not game this reward system. One, it’s not classy. Two, fake info can, and will, be traced via ISPs — but that just makes extra work and will delay the creation and release of Black Book Vault. Three, any fake or duplicated info will skew the survey data and impact the results, resulting in less accurate information for creation of this tool. And four, scamming for extra rewards will cost BBV money — which could very likely result in a higher cost of the tool. Bottom line: Accurate information about what PSOs want is necessary, so don’t be a jerk.

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Announcing A True Phone Sex Review Site

Remember how we discussed the problem of finding quality, honest, phone sex review sites? Well, I think I’ve solved the problem.

A few months ago, a phone sex caller named Tom used my referral service to find some more phone sex operators — and when I say “more”, I mean that this man was already an avid user of phone sex services. He, in fact, considers himself addicted to phone sex. With over 500 flirts in his favorites list at NiteFlirt, Tom’s probably not kidding. Once I learned of the great numbers of phone sex calls he’s made (and continues to make), I quickly dubbed him “Tom Cat”.*wink*  And it seemed to me that Tom Cat would be a pretty darn good candidate for reviewing phone sex girls, right? He agreed and we launched Tom Cat’s Phone Sex Reviews last month.

tom-cat's-pso-reviewsTom Cat’s Phone Sex Reviews is not a phone sex directory or topsite, where placement or “ranking” is based on how much a PSO pays or how many “hits” a PSO sends to the site. It is not a bunch of spammy listings or fake reviews. It is a real review site where each and every phone sex operator listed has actually been reviewed by an experienced phone sex caller.

There’s no “pay to play” schemes, no cheating to get to the top of the list or to get better ratings, no spam or scams for PSOs or callers. While I will be using some affiliate links (primarily for additional information on trends, popularity, and client interests), this review site isn’t about money; it’s all about the phone sex & the phone sex girls. It’s all about callers being able to find quality phone sex operators — and it’s a chance for quality PSOs to get some recognition without having to pay for it.

I plan on doing additional posts about how to make the most of this review site, but for now I just wanted to officially announce the launch of this resource. And, yes, that means the site is open both for requests from PSOs to be reviewed and for phone sex callers to submit their own “guest reviews”. For more information on how the review process works for phone sex callers who wish to submit their own reviews, and to submit your reviews, go here. For more information on how the review process works for phone sex operators, and to request a review, go here.

Overall, I hope this new phone sex review site helps to improve the phone sex industry for everyone. If you spot any errors, have any comments or thoughts to share on the new review site, please use this form here.