Hi! Glad to see you over here in this thread.
I work at Streamates now, but I have worked for several other sites in the past. I worked at MFC for a few months, so I can tell you a little bit about my experience there. I should tell you upfront that I have come to deeply dislike MFC, the way it is run, and the effect it has had on the other sites I've worked for as they began changing their formats so they could compete with MFC.
When I started out on MFC, I was making good money, similar to what I make on Streamates now. I think that might have been because new models are assigned a camscore of 1000, and they are featured in the listings with a banner declaring them a "new model." This gets traffic coming into your room to begin with, and it is critical at this time to really "sell yourself." It has been my (casual) observation that the top models at MFC have attracted a fan base of members who, it appears, spend hours in their chatrooms nearly every night of the week, and do the majority of the tipping. So it is critical for a new model to spend as much time as possible online those first two weeks, because that is your "window" for beginning to create a fan base. Lots of members will come into your room for curiosity's sake, and it seemed to me that a lot of guys were trying to curry favor with me by tipping me well and giving me advice on how to make good money on the site.
I did really well my first two weeks, and was slowly but surely building up the fan base I needed. I was making good tips in free chat, and occasionally got taken into groups or privates, where the tips really add up. I even had guys who would give me their Yahoo email addresses or their phone numbers, and pay me in "offline tokens" to send them emails or call them when I was off camera. So I did build up a base of loyal members who would look for me online every night, and my camscore improved for a while at first. But once I was past the "new model" status, it seemed like those were the only guys who *ever* came into my room. Only about half of my "fans" would tip me in free chat, and they rarely took me to group or private.
I knew that toplessness in free chat, which was strictly against the rules on other sites I worked for, was encouraged on MFC, so I would put a topic up on my chat room informing members that for a 50 token tip, I would dance topless to one song. So basically, they could pay $5 (of which I made $2.50) for three and-a-half minutes of boobies. I tried other little "gimmicks" to drum up interest in my chat rooms, like topless poetry readings or topless Tarot card readings. After the three minutes was up, I would put my top back on. After a few months, things settled into a routine where the same twenty or so members came into my room every night, but new guys would pop in, see that I had clothes on, and leave immediately.
There are other ways to attract customers (and tips) on MFC. Lots of models put a topic on their chatroom that says that when their tips add up to a certain amount (like 500 or 10,000 or whatever), they will do a "special" show, like a shower show or an oil show. I tried that a couple of times, but I couldn't stand the tone of the room when I was waiting to hit my desired tip amount. First of all, I had to keep updating my room topic every time I got a tip ("Only 450 more to go for shower show"), and second, instead of being able to relax and chat, I had to keep bringing up the subject of tips, it felt very much like begging. So I got into a routine in which I relied on my "regular guys" to tip me every once in a while, and gave up on everything else. By the time I decided I was done with MFC, I was making about $10 an hour. Since I've made at least $20 an hour on any other site I worked for (and often much more), I just decided one night that I wasn't going back to MFC.
As I've said, I've come to really dislike the site, and I am very disappointed that other sites are trying to copy the "free chat" format. For instance, when I began working on ImLive, I *never* went into free video chat. I would stay in free text chat the whole time (I don't know if any other site offers this type of chat, so I'll explain. When you log on to text chat, the site puts your profile on a list of models who are available for text chatting. Hosts who are doing a "happy hour" (something else I never did, so I don't really even know what it was) or who were available for free *video* chat were listed first, but at any given time, there were only twenty or thirty hosts offering those options, so a model who was offering free text chat only could still be listed at the bottom of the first page.) So I could go away from the keyboard when I didn't have anyone in text chat, and wait to hear a ding telling me someone had come in. I became a very popular model on ImLive, (I was listed in the top twenty every pay period for about four months) so it got to the point that I could never leave the keyboard because I had so many people in my text chat. I was getting many privates, and was making money hand over fist without even having to show my face in free chat, let alone my boobies. (I had a falling out with the site owners over the heinous way they treated their models, and left the site when I was at the top of my game. I'm sure that if I had stayed, I'd have consistently been in the top ten, meaning I would have been making about $10,000 a month and $20,000 a month for the site.)
But even before I left ImLive (last October), they had started encouraging models to stay in free video chat more by offering various incentives, and soon it was necessary for me to spend all my time in vid chat in order to keep making the same amount of money. I have no idea how they are doing things there now, so I don't know if they've begun tolerating nudity in free, or have begun allowing tips, but I wouldn't be surprised if they did. t seems that all the sites are rushing to lower their standards so that they can compete with MFC. So as far as I'm concerned, MFC has harmed the entire industry by allowing (and even encouraging) total nudity and even penetration in free chat. If one drops by MFC on the last night of a pay period, when the girls are upping the ante to get those last few tokens before their checks go out, one is never more than three or four clicks away from popping into a room where some model has her fist up her ass in free chat. And this on a site where the only thing that keeps minors out of free chat is the "click if you are over 18" button.
So, yes, there is lots of money to be made on MFC. The question is, will you still respect yourself in the morning?