How to Make Money on OnlyFans – An In-Depth Guide for Influencers

OnlyFans has become a lucrative way for many people to make money. Indeed, OnlyFans was created with monetization in mind, making the process easy for the entrepreneurially minded. OnlyFans is a subscription app where members can charge their followers to view photos, videos, and other content types. Remember that OnlyFans will take 20 percent of your profits, and the creator gets to keep the remaining 80%.

Celebrity Bella Thorne made an admittedly brief appearance on the platform in August 2020, reputedly earning $1 million on her first day on OnlyFans.


Making Money on OnlyFans:


OnlyFans Isn't Only For Porn

Alright, let's get the big question out of the way first. Yes, you will find plenty of porn on OnlyFans – just as you do on specialist platforms such as Chaturbate and Pornhub. However, OnlyFans is not just a porn site. You will find many people earning money on the platform in other ways as well. The main reason you hear so much about OnlyFans porn is that the platform doesn't have the same content rules as most other social networks, such as Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube. If you want to earn money by selling porn on OnlyFans, then the platform's owners are happy with that. Of course, while OnlyFans is less restrictive than other social media, it still has to obey the law, as do its creators. Therefore, you have to prove you are at least 18 years old to earn money on OnlyFans.

Most successful non-porn OnlyFans accounts appear to belong to people who first make their name on another platform. Having built a following on Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, or even in the real world, you can then create content to distribute and sell to your fans on OnlyFans.

The platform's name gives away the secret to OnlyFans' success. It is a place for successful people to work with their fanbase. 


Many Do Make Money on OnlyFans for Uncensored Activities – The World of "Ethical Porn"

OnlyFans does allow sexually explicit content on its site, unlike most other social platforms. Performers can charge for their photos and videos in much the same way as live cammers do on sites like Chaturbate. Indeed, they can live-stream like that platform too. People can tip and buy pay-per-view content. They usually have to pay a subscription to view the content.

Unlike most adult sites, the performers have the power on OnlyFans. They can control who has access to their material. Sex workers can control who gets to see their bodies. They can safely make money and set the rules and limitations of what they will do for money. And unlike a content library site, like Pornhub, subscribers can interact and engage with the performers on OnlyFans. And if any viewers become too obnoxious, the performer can remove them from viewing their site, so there is no need to take abuse.

One bonus offered by OnlyFans to its creators is free legal services, making it easier to know what to do if explicit material leaks to other non-paying platforms, such as Pornhub.

With so many people stuck at home in 2020, it is only natural that many have chosen to make some money by offering porn photos and videos on OnlyFans. The number of creators on OnlyFans has exploded this year. With creators/performers having the power to decide what they share, who they sell to, and how much they will charge, OnlyFans has provided a venue for ethical porn. No longer do pimps and other middlemen (and they usually are men) take most of the money from porn.


Other Potential Ways to Make Money on OnlyFans

In reality, OnlyFans has successful creators making money in genres ranging from music to sports. The adult sector may catch the public's eye, but plenty of people are doing well in more traditional niches.

People have made successful and lucrative OnlyFans accounts in many topics, including fitness coaching, fashion, DIY, gaming, cooking, influencer VLOGs, cosplaying, travel, beauty, and modeling. If you have established an audience, you could even make money from selling funny videos – as long as they are better than the ones you give away for free on YouTube or TikTok. Successful TikTok stars could perhaps make money from selling extended versions of their videos from that 15-second platform.

You can either earn money through subscriptions to your OnlyFans page or ask people to pay for individual content items. You can also ask for tips. You can even create custom content in return for tips. Most of the best OnlyFans creators have a Tips menu indicating what they will give in return for tips of a specific size.

One unusual feature of OnlyFans is the ability to send out PPV messages that are price-locked. Only those of your fans who pay the price you set can view the messages. This works well for those who sell adult content. They send a PPV-message with a blurred-out preview image (although clear enough to make it obvious what the message contains).


If You Have Made Your Name on Another Social Platform You Can Monetize Your Fame on OnlyFans

Quite a few of those making sales of content on OnlyFans already run successful social accounts on other platforms. Many are influencers on Instagram, YouTube, and the like, who deliberately looked for an additional income stream. 

For example, Makayla Samountry runs a YouTube channel with 68.2K subscribers. According to her bio, she makes consistent creative content about her life on YouTube through vlogs, experience, and advice videos, travel diaries, and much more. She makes a point of asking her viewers to subscribe to her OnlyFans page. Indeed, she has a whole section of videos on YouTube coaching people how to use OnlyFans. She reportedly now earns over $30,000 per month. Two-thirds of her income comes from helping other women start their OnlyFans accounts, taking advantage of OnlyFans' referral program. This pays referrers 5 percent of the monthly income the people they refer to OnlyFans make in their first year.


Features of OnlyFans for Creators

Once you have set up a Creator profile on OnlyFans, you should notice the following tabs:

  • Posts
  • Photos
  • Videos
  • Audio
  • Likes 
  • Fans

Creators can easily post and share content from their overview page. As with any other social account, you can post a simple status update from this page. You can attach different types of media, including photos and videos. You can even record your voice, uploading it as an audio track. Quite a few OnlyFans creators create polls, asking their fans for their opinions on something, using a multiple choice-type interface.

One useful feature of OnlyFans that makes it more like a social media manager is that you can schedule content from within the app. And not only can you set a time for a post to appear on your feed, but you can also schedule a time for it to disappear, which gives you plenty of options for making time-limited offers to your fans.

Most importantly, you can lock a price for particular posts, as long as they contain some media content, and you have set your subscription price to free. It is important to remember that you can either charge per post or charge a subscription, but not both.

Many OnlyFans creators enjoy performing live. Once you have set up, promoted, and made a livestream, you can then upload a copy of it like any standard video.

OnlyFans also includes Stories, much as Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat do. As with these, you can upload images and videos that you only make visible for a short period.


How to Set up Your OnlyFans Account Correctly

If you intend to earn money on OnlyFans, it pays to plan your account before creating it. In particular, you will need to make a firm decision on whether to charge a subscription or charge for items of content separately.

Like virtually all social accounts, you need to create a username and a display name. If you already use a name on other social platforms, use the same one here. This helps people recognize you and assures them that they are following the right person. 

The difference between the username and the display name is that the username appears after the @ symbol and in your URL. It can't include spaces. Your display name, however, is the clearly visible name that shows above your username. You can have spaces and alter the way it looks.

You want your profile to look attractive by including both a cover image and a profile photo. This is where your planning becomes essential. You aren't going to set up an OnlyFans account for random posting, hoping that you might attract some visitors. And unlike Facebook, Instagram, and the rest, you're unlikely to operate an OnlyFans account just to catch up with your friends. You will have set up your account for a reason – usually to make money in some way. And to do this, you need to know how you will do it; you need to understand the niche you will specialize in.

If you have already made your name in a niche on another platform, this part is easy. You will upload images here that roughly matches what you have on the social network where you have already had success. If you are known for your make-up tutorial on YouTube, for instance, you would upload make-up related images here. Likewise, if you intend to use OnlyFans for adult purposes, you should upload pictures of yourself – although nothing too revealing, as people can see your profile page for free (and full nudity is banned in your banner and display pictures.)

Make your bio clear and ensure that people know what they will receive in return for subscribing to your page. Once again, ensure that your bio makes your niche extremely clear. You don't want anybody being disappointed with their subscription through a lack of understanding of your offering. Remember to tell potential subscribers how regularly you intend to post, so they know when to expect new content. 


Remember to Enter a Bank Account To Receive Money

Before you can set any subscriptions or prices, you need to set up a bank account so that OnlyFans can pass any payments onto you.

In practice, you can't add your bank account until OnlyFans has approved your personal details and ID to prove that you are over 18. Once they have done so, go in and enter your bank account details. The default payment type is direct transfer via VISA Direct, but there are other options, such as Direct Transfer (OCT) and International Bank Transfer (SWIFT).


Consider a Realistic Monthly Subscription Price to Charge

You have to set a subscription price for your OnlyFans account, even if you don't intend to charge anything (in which case your subscription rate is the default "Free"). The minimum you can set (if you charge at all) is $4.99.

You might want to experiment with different subscription rates to see what is acceptable to your fans. It is also worth looking at what others in your niche charge and setting a competitive rate.

Obviously, the less you charge, the more subscribers you are likely to have. However, if you share a large amount of content and make that clear in your promotion, you should be able to charge a higher subscription rate.

Remember that if you charge people to access content on your OnlyFans page, you need to give value in return. You need to provide a reason for them to pay you, and preferably return each month.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is OnlyFans?

OnlyFans is a subscription-based app where members who can prove that they are at least 18 years old can charge their followers to view their photos, videos and other types of content. OnlyFans will take 20% of the member’s profits, while the member who created the content will be able to keep 80%. While you will find a lot of porn on OnlyFans, it is not just a porn site. In short, it is a place for successful people to work with their fanbase.

How much should I charge my OnlyFans followers?

The minimum subscription fee that you can set for your OnlyFans account is $4.99. Play around with different subscription rates to get a better idea of what price your fans will find acceptable. It is also a good idea to look at what others in your niche ask and then decide on a competitive subscription fee. If you plan on sharing a lot of content be sure to make it clear in your promotion. This way you will be able to charge more.

How can you make money on OnlyFans?

From music to sports, you can make money in a wide range of genres by creating an account on OnlyFans. You can either make money by means of a subscription-based model or ask your followers to pay for individual content items. You can also ask for tips. Some creators even create custom content in return for a tip. Some examples of successful accounts include fitness coaching, gaming, cooking, DIY and influencer VLOGs.

What is a PPV message?

A PPV message is one of the unusual features of OnlyFans. This type of message is price-locked and only the followers who pay the price will be able to see the message. It is often used by creators who sell adult content. They will send a PPV message with a blurred-out preview of the image.

Is OnlyFans only for porn?

OnlyFans is not just a porn site. While you’ll find a lot of porn on OnlyFans, you’ll also find anything from cooking to fitness coaching content here. The main reason why you hear so much about the porn on OnlyFans is because its content rules aren’t the same as the majority of other social network platforms like YouTube and Facebook. The owners of OnlyFans will allow you to sell porn on their platform if you can prove that you are at least 18 years old.

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