Some models are skype only and do very well and that rarely ever has a free preview.
Most camsites have photosets, videos etc that’s what a profile is for. It definitely CAN be more time vs hourly earning efficient, if you’re popular. But when you can spend DAYS making nothing on a free cam site because everyone just wants to hang out with you, I feel I could be using that time better than that. Sites without free chat, usually have more in depth profiles to help guys decide who they want to take private beforehand and when I’m not in a show it’s a lot easier to work on promoting my shows, which also helps entice guys, than trying to entertain a room full of people who never intend to pay but I don’t know that so I hustle pointlessly.
I only go on free chat sites that don’t allow any nudity like streamate, traffic may not be as much as a free chat site at times but at least the guys who do show up are more likely to go private since they can’t get anything in free and it allows me time to promote during holding times.
My point, if you work sites that don’t have free chat right (promoting yourself with videos, pics, etc, having a detailed profile), they are just as effective as a free chat site, if not more.