How To Make Money On OnlyFans – Top 15 Hacks in 2021

This guide is about how to make money on OnlyFans in 2021.

What’s different about OnlyFans in 2021? OnlyFans is more competitive now because of the influx of creators during the last year and a half (you can guess what caused that… 😉)

But don’t worry about that – read our top hacks below to learn how to make money on OnlyFans and stay a step ahead of the competition. 

But first…

 

Intro

Who this guide is for 

At OnlyFansGuide we focus on content creators who produce lewd, nude, and adult content.

OnlyFans is not just for adult content – but that’s what we focus on.

Now, adult content can mean a lot of different things to different people so always consider and stay within your personal boundaries.

It’s even possible to make money on OnlyFans just by posting lewds. Some models post only nudes & nothing more explicit than that. And some models post more explicit solo and B/G (boy&girl) content.

What is OnlyFans?

What is OnlyFans?

OnlyFans describes itself as a social network, where anyone who makes online content can set a monthly subscription fee for their followers – it’s not specifically aimed at people who sell nudes or explicit content.

However, it’s pretty much an open secret that most OnlyFans creators are selling adult content on there.

OnlyFans is a membership platform that allows fans to pay to see their favorite content creators on a subscription basis. Think of Twitter but you can’t see someone’s content until you pay their subscription fee.

OnlyFans is also kind of similar to Patreon but without all the different tiers and subscription levels. 

You are able to interact and engage with your audience very easily on OnlyFans – you can DM fans directly on the platform.

Creating a sense of “connection” and “realness” by interacting with your fans is (as we’re going to see) one of the key principles to understand how to money on OnlyFans.

How much money can you make on OnlyFans?

How much money can you make on OnlyFans

After 3-6 months of consistent work starting with 0 social media followers, you could make anywhere from $500 / month on the low-end to $10,000+ / month on the high end.

You are able to set your own subscriptions price and sell pieces of content (pics, photo-sets, videos) on a Pay-Per-View (PPV) basis.

The more subscribers you have the more money you earn per month.

But many creators make their real money from PPV content.

The minimum amount you can charge for subscriptions is $4.99 / month and there is no upper limit. You can charge as much as you like if people are willing to pay it.

Keep in mind though that influencers and pornstars may only charge $10-20 per month.

The minimum amount for paid private messages and tips is $5.00.

You don’t need crazy numbers

how to make money on onlyfans - you don't need crazy numbers

You really don’t need to get crazy numbers of subscribers to make some really good money.

It’s not uncommon for 1 fan to pay $80-100 to an OnlyFans model.

If you make someone feel special and engage with them this is pretty easy – and that might involve just asking how their day was.

Get just 10 subscribers like this and suddenly you’ve got $1,000 of cash a month for not much work

Protip: Our preferred pricing strategy is to attract users with low and/or free (yes, free!) subscription rates and then tease and entice fans to purchase PPV content.

How to get started on OnlyFans

sign up for onlyfans

1. Create an account

The first step is to sign up for an OnlyFans account ⬇️

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

2. Set a username and display name

  • Username – This name will appear in your account URL your “@” tag. For example with a username of  “yourUserName” your profile URL will be onlyfans.com/yourUserName and your “@”  tag will be “@yourUserName”.
  • Display Name – This name is displayed both on your profile and on your posts. You can add spaces and emojis to this name (unlike Username) to make it look more attractive.

It’s a good idea to add an emoji or two to your display name so that its’ more attention-grabbing.

emoji username vs no emoji username

Which of these 2 DMs is more likely to grab your attention?

Try and make your username and display name related to your niche.

Try and get the same username across all social media platforms. Use namecheckr to check Reddit and Twitter instausername to check your name is available on Instagram.

3. Set your subscription rate

$5-10 / month is a reasonable price to start with.

4. Add a bank account to receive payments

In order to receive the money you earn from your subscriptions, plus any tips they send, or PPV content they unlock, you need to add a bank account to your OnlyFans account.

Payments are made automatically on a daily basis and you can update or change your bank account info any time via the ‘Add Bank’ option in the menu.

You can add a bank account or a verified ePayments wallet once your account is verified and you’ve set a subscription price in Settings.

To start earning money transfers from OnlyFans, you need to enter details from your bank account or your debit card so that OnlyFans knows where to send the money you have earned.

The type of information required for a successful transfer depends on which country your bank is based in.

However, you will be required to provide ID in the form of one of the following:

  • Passport
  • ID Card
  • Driving Licence

You will also need to take a selfie of you holding the ID as part of the verification process.

Most banks will process funds received from OnlyFans the same day but depending on your bank it may take 2-3 days for the money to actually hit your account.

Recently OnlyFans reduced the minimum withdrawal limit right down to $20 and added more payment options.

In the USA:

Payment options

Lowest payout

Wait time

1. Bank Transfer (ACH)$201-3 Days

 

 

Payment options

Lowest payout

Wait time

1. Direct Transfer (OCT)$20< 1 Day
2. International Bank Transfer (SWIFT)$2001-3 Days
3. e-wallet$100

 

 

 

Payment options

Lowest payout

Wait time

1. Direct Transfer OCT (AUD only) $20< 1 Day
2. International Transfer (AUD & CAN)$1001-3 Days
3. e-wallet$100

 

 

Payment options

Lowest payout

Wait time

1. Direct Transfer (OCT)$20< 1 Day
2. International Transfer (SEPA)$1001-3 Days
3. e-wallet$100

 

 

Payment options

Lowest payout

Wait time

1. Direct Transfer (OCT)$201-3 Days
2. International Transfer (SWIFT)$5003-5 Days
3. ePayments (e-wallet)$100 
4. Paxum (e-wallet)$100

 

 

onlyfans payout options

The main difference between Direct Transfer (OTC) and International Transfer (SWIFT/SEPA) is that Direct Transfer on OnlyFans only works with Visa and Visa Debit cards however it has a low payout threshold of only $20.

If you don’t have a Visa or Visa debit card choose International Bank Transfer, otherwise Direct Transfer is the better option due to the more frequent payout.

OnlyFans overview

onlyfans overview - how to make money on onlyfans

When you sign up to OnlyFans as a content creator you will have the following tabs available:

onlyfans user interface explained

  • My Profile – Your profile page.
  • Referrals – If you get people to sign up to OnlyFans with your unique link then you can get 5% of their earnings for a year
  • Bookmarks – You can bookmark your own or other peoples Posts, look out for the bookmark icon
  • Queue – You can schedule posts ahead of time
  • Vault – All of your content in one place, only visible to you
  • Lists – You can use lists to create segments of your fans to mass DM, e.g. “long term subscribers”
  • Settings – All settings are in here
  • Statements – information and analytics about payments and payouts

You must be at least 18 years old to earn money on OnlyFans

ONLYFANS USER INTERFACE 

Before we jump into creating your account and setting up your profile let’s first get familiar with the user interface and what everything does.

onlyfans home screen options

As you can see there is a lot of different things you can do in OnlyFans as a content creator:

Post to your feed

Post a text post your Timeline – just like you would on Facebook.

Attach media

You have the option to add a single pic, multiple pics, a single video or multiple videos to you post.

Record your voice

You can post audio to your timeline.

Make a poll

Like Facebook or Instagram you can create polls for your audience.

Add a time limit to your post

You can an expiration date to your post so that it is visible only for a certain period of time.

Schedule posts

You can schedule posts ahead of time.

Let’s say you have a whole bunch of content created – you can schedule a whole week’s worth of posts, for example, on a Sunday for the week ahead.

Put your post behind a paywall

If your account is a FREE subscription account then you can have Pay Per View (PPV) posts on your timeline.

This (very useful) option is not available on your account if you have a subscription price.

Live stream to your fans

Like on Instagram you can start a live stream and your subscribers will be notified.

Post stories

Like on Insta or Snapchat you can post stories that expire after 24 hours.

Get tips

You can receive tips on any timeline posts and directly in the DM’s

Send DMs

You can send messages individually but you also have the option to mass message all of your subscribers at once.

How to make money on OnlyFans – Principles

There are a lot of ways to make money on OnlyFans…

  • Money for each subscriber
  • PPV content (timeline & DM)
  • Tips via your timeline posts
  • Tips via DMs
  • Mass messaging
  • Live-streaming 
  • Custom pic & video requests
  • Girlfriend experience
  • Selling panties
  • Amazon wishlist

Before we get into the specifics of each. Consider some important principles to understand how to make money on OnlyFans.

Have a niche, brand & persona

 
You really need to have a niche or kink. 
 
Then this becomes part of your brand & your persona or online personality. 
 
Every aspect of your content – your clothes, props, the way you talk, the way you type, how playful you act –  all should reflect your chosen persona.
 
Some of the more popular OnlyFans niches or personas are:
 
  • Bratty
  • Pornstar
  • Innocent at home
  • Kawaii/Anime/Cosplay
  • Findom
  • MILF 
  • Athletic 
  • Yogi 
  • Fitness Babe
  • College Slut
  • Dominatrix
  • Stoner
  • Squirter
You can look at successful creators to see how they brand, and how they show their persona (and also where and what they post, for example – on Reddit).
 
Try to link your “stage-name”, your online username to your brand and persona.
 
I point out several successful content creators in 8 different niches in our free ebook on choosing a niche⬇️⬇️
 
 

Post consistently

post every day

In the beginning, you need to post every day.

People who are browsing your profile and thinking of subscribing can see your total number of posts (and other stats) at the top of your profile –  they need to see that you are posting content consistently if they are going to subscribe.

So getting that total number of posts up early is important.

Until you get into the tens of followers you should hide your follower count (This option is available in the Settings).

Use routines to help you get content out consistently. Dedicate certain days of the week and/or hours of the day to producing content, posting content, and maybe even scheduling content.

post content consistently - never give up

Turn up every day and put in smart work and you’re sure to start making the money you want. 

Develop personal feeling relationships

internet friends

Engagement and the feeling of closeness and connection are what make OnlyFans a great platform for making money.


But why should you spend time doing this?

Think about why a man would pay for OnlyFans instead of using the millions of free porn videos online…

OnlyFans gives you the ability to message people directly and privately and this makes them feel important.

Anytime you are DM’ing someone they have the option to tip you or request custom content.

This is why you should get to know your fans and subscribers better and try to make them feel special.

How to do develop personal feeling relationships

Try to check your messages frequently and be responsive.

When your subscribers are on OnlyFans but you’re not online they will find someone else who is online and responsive.

Developing relationships over time with the right people can really pay off.

A single fan could end up sending you thousands of dollars on the regular if you invest time in the right people.

 

Listen to your audience

listen to your fans

When you become an OnlyFans model you are now a service provider.

And in a service business, they say that “the customer is always right”.

I’m not saying to bend over backways for your customers or do anything you’re not comfortable with but treating them well and satisfying their desires is a key to how to make money on OnlyFans.

One way to get feedback is to pin a poll at the top of your feed asking what content people want to see from you.

Here are some example options you could put in your poll:

  • Bikini try-on/Try on videos
  • Underwear/bra
  • Workout videos
  • B/G videos
  • Cleavage shots
  • Feet pics

And add a comment saying “Anything not listed let me know/DM me”.

Engagement is key

Always try and get your fans engaging with you.

Use polls, stories, questions, and DMs to get the attention of your fans.

Be Patient

Remember it will take some time and work to start earning good money.

How to make money on OnlyFans – Features

money and onlyfans

Let’s look at the features of the OnlyFans web application that are key to how to make money on OnlyFans.

The first one will surprise you!

1. Free OnlyFans page 

OnlyFans allows you to have 2 pages, so consider having 1 free page and 1 paid page and linking them.

Why a free page?

  1. People want to preview you and your content before paying a monthly subscription free.
  2. You can post PPV posts to your timeline which is a feature not available to paid accounts.

When you’re new to OnlyFans and don’t have many followers, likes, or content so it’s a big ask for a stranger to subscribe and pay upfront to see your content before they even know what you’re all about.

Before people subscribe to you they want to know what type of content you post, how often do you post, do you post mainly videos or pictures, do you respond to DMs, do you create custom personalized content? Some of this info should be in your bio.

This is a good thing, it allows you to offer value upfront, to tease and promote, and to convert free followers into paying subscribers over a longer period of time (not everyone is going to buy right away)

2. PPV Posts 

 
You can only create PPV posts or “price lock” a post if you have a free OnlyFans account.

PPV posts are amazing because they make you money on autopilot.

You make them once and they make you money forever.

Two elements are very important for successful PPV posts:

1) The thumbnail/preview

Screen-capture your video at the point you want to make the thumbnail, then put those screen capture(s) into the post and make those the previews.

These images will be viewable for free – they let your ‘preview’ the video before they pay to unlock it.

Pick exciting images that leave them wanting to see the whole video.

 
2) The post caption
 
The captain is the text that goes along with the PPV post.
 
Like the preview – subs can see this text before paying to unlock
the post. 
 
Use this text to entice your subs into wanting to unlock the whole video.

Use our OnlyFans caption generator to get your creative juices flowing.
 

3. Mass messaging

The mass messaging feature on OnlyFans is really amazing.

To send a mass message simply check ‘All Subscribers’ when creating a new message:

Here’s one example of how it to make money:

  1. Mass message all of your subscribers a photo or a message just to let them know that you’re thinking about them OR that you have this cool new video and you really want to share it with them
  2. Some people will reply and some won’t
  3. Engage with those who reply
  4. Have a short conversation with them
  5. Direct the conversation toward selling something

These people may tip you or request custom pics and vids you can also charge for. 

 

4. Stories

 
OnlyFans stories are just like your Insta stories.
 
You can use this feature to post content throughout the day:
  • Crosspost your IG stories to OnlyFans
  • Teaser stories when you’re making content / in the shower
  • Anything that might let your audience get to know you better
  • Post selfies

 

5. Polls

 

Polls are great for engagement and interaction.

Adding a poll to a post is easy – just select the poll option when creating a new post:

adding a poll

You can pick the duration of the poll too.

Good polls create engagement without even requiring subscribers to comment.

Here are some poll ideas: 

  • What kind of content do you want to see next? Z, Y, or Z?
  • How do you feel about my pricing? 
  • Should I post more freebies?
  • Did you know I offer X, Y, and Z services?
You might want to mass message your subscribers when you post an important poll letting them know to vote and that there’s limited time to vote.
 

6. Ask a Question

This is just like the feature on Instagram you’re already familiar with.
 
How it works: 

Where you create a story there’s a ‘question mark’ icon at the top.

You type in your question and position it over a picture on your story.

When subs answer it shows as a notification and you choose to answer via dm or public as a story.

How to use this to your advantage: 

For getting feedback 

Ask what people like & don’t like about your page – you’ll get tonnes of great feedback.

To increase engagement

Here are some ideas to help you along.

We’ll suggest a {picture} type and a question to go with it.

  • {selfie} “Ask Me Anything” (AMA)
  • {2 outfits} Ask which outfit is better  “A” or “B”
  • {bodypart} Do you like my bodypart?
  • {bodypart} Does my body part look big/small here?
  • {outfit} Do you like my outfit?
  • {outfit} Should I buy this?
  • {outfit} Would you fuck me if I wore this for you?
  • {selfie} Are you a cat or dog lover?
  • {selfie} What’s your favorite sex position?
  • {selfie} What’s your best joke?

 

7. Friends List’s 

OnlyFans recently added a “Suggested Accounts” feature.

How it works:

When someone views your profile – OnlyFans will suggest to them some other OnlyFans pages to follow based on your Friends List.

How to use this to your advantage:

Get other models to add you to their friend’s list. Ideally, those models are in your niche or have similar physical attributes to you, and ideally, they have lots of subs too).

How to get models to add you to their friend’s list?

DM models on Twitter, OF, Reddit, etc. and let them know you’ve added them as a friend – they’ll likely add you back as long as they see your DM.

Now when people view those models pages you can appear in their “suggested accounts” lists and ultimately get more subs.
 
How to add models to your friend’s list:
 
Steps:
  • Go to the URL of the person you are want to add
  • Top Right corner, click the 3 vertical dots
  • Select “Add to / remove from lists”
  • Select Friends.
Now to make sure that Fans/Followers can see your friends
  • Edit Profile
  • Scroll down to Privacy and Safety. Select.
  • Look on the list, find “Public Friends list” Turn it on (blue means on)
 
More details about this feature:
 
On both Mobile and on Desktop when you/your fans look at your profile they will see there is now a “Friends” section.
 
On the top left corner of the picture of the friend, there can be symbols. A % sign means the person is currently running a %off Promo. It will say FREE if it is a Free Sub/Promo. No symbol means there is no discount at this time.
 
When you check your profile stats (My Profile > Top right corner 3 dots > Statistics)

You will be able to see if you got any traffic from other OF users that have you added to their friend’s list.

 

8. Notes

 
Notes allow you set a note on a subscriber-by-subscriber basis.
 
Write a note about some of your more engaged subs.What they like/don’t like etc.
 
Use that info in DMs – subscribers will love that you know something about them.
 

9. Live stream

Live-streaming is an awesome tool in your money-making toolbox.

You can have a set date and time to live-stream one (or more) days a week.

This is a great way to build a better bond with your audience and to develop a community and following. Also, people tend to tip during live streams!

Even if people don’t tip they can heart/like your stream and comment and engage and people who missed it live can re-watch it afterward, so it’s also creating re-usable content.

If you’re getting into live-streaming it’s a really good idea to set a recurring date and time and stick to it every week so people know your routine and when to tune in to your stream. 

If you get some traction with live streaming look into purchasing a good quality external webcam. Built-in webcams are not good enough for high-quality streaming.

How to go live on OnlyFans:

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Other Hacks for how to make money on OnlyFans

Use the Pinned post feature

OnlyFans allows you to pin posts to the top of your feed. Pin a post that explains your content & tip menu.

 

Create a tip menu

Create a list of of all of the services you offer and the cost of each and add this to your pinned post.

 

Do custom videos in your DMs

This is a great way to get a little more income and help build a closer relationship with subscribers. If you’ve been utilizing the DMs and engaging with subscribers some will request custom videos or you can just ask if it’s something they’d be intreated in.

 

Make high-quality and varied content:

The quality of your content can make you stand out from the pack. If you’re struggling for fresh content ideas then checkout 44 OnlyFans Content Ideas.

 

Show text captions of your posts on your feed to non-subscribers

In Settings, you want to enable the option to show text captions of your posts on your feed to non-subscribers. With this option enabled when people not subscribed to you are browsing your page your photos and content will be blurred and not visible BUT the text caption will be visible. So use this text to tease your potential subscribers and entice them. Try out different captions that entice people to want to see the content!

Create Subscription Bundles  

This feature is available in Settings. Subscription bundles make it easy to pay for people who want to support you.

 

Schedule content

This frees up your time to focus on the DMs and work on more content.

When creating a new post just click on the ‘Schedule Post’ option.

scheduling a post

You can even schedule posts for the entire week ahead on a Sunday if you have your content ready. 

This is a great way to post consistently, 2/3 posts a day is a good target, while also freeing up your time to work the DM’s and promote and grow your account.

This is also a  great feature for when life happens in general, so if you have to take a week or two off just schedule some content to be posted so your page remains active and engaging.


Use Promos but not too often

Don’t offer promotional deals often.  If you do, limit it to two hours, or the next x amount of subs.

 

Add your wishlist to your profile


Use throne to safely receive gifts from your fans without ever revealing your address.

If using an Amazon wishlist then use a P.O. box so as to not reveal your real-life address.

 

Use the fundraiser feature

You can use the fundraiser feature to raise funds. For example, you could try to raise funds for a new outfit or toy – you could even promise to make a video with the new outfit or toy if you get the funds required.

 

Use ofautofollower to follow expires fans and new fans

How does it help you make more money?

  1. Follow new people on OnlyFans automatically.
  2.  Follow expired fans automatically. 

Click one button and follow almost every one of your expired fans. Now mass-message them and get them to subscribe back to you.

Check it out

Frequently Asked Questions

This is how do you make a successful OnlyFans:

  1. irresistible offer (your content and pricing)
  2. mass distribution (promoting on multiple platforms)
  3. sales (funnels, titles, captions, thumbnails, etc.)
  4. systems (automation, scheduling, etc.)

After 3-6 months of hard work starting with no followers you might expect $500/month on the low end and $10,00/month on the high end.

The average OnlyFans user makes $180/month.

Although it’s not just for adult content that is what OnlyFans is mostly used for. Most adult creators post NSFW videos and photos which are protected by a paywall for paying subscribers.

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