How to make money on OnlyFans

This guide is about making money using the OnlyFans platform. 

If you don’t yet have a large online following on any platform this guide will help you get started on OnlyFans and help you get to that first few hundred dollar week ASAP.

If you already have a large following on a social media platform like Instagram, SnapChat or YouTube this guide will show you how to monetise that audience on OnlyFans. 

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Who this guide is for 

This guide is written mostly for models and influencers who want to make money on OnlyFans.

If you already are, or, are thinking about becoming a cam girl or adult model this guide will show you how to make money on OnlyFans. 

BUT you definitely don’t need to post nude, lewd or adult content to make money on OnlyFans – you can post whatever you’re comfortable with and that might be only clothed pictures, workout videos or feet pics!

However in a recent BBC article Lauren, 23 from the UK, claims that selling nudes on OnlyFans was extremely lucrative for her. “I was making like, £15,000 to £20,000 a month”.

“As far as we’re concerned, if you use social media and produce your own content, you should be using OnlyFans”

– OnlyFans

What is OnlyFans?

OnlyFans is a membership platform that allows fans to pay to see their favourite 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 kind of similar to Patreon but without all the different tiers and subscription levels. 

OnlyFans is also much more user friendly than Patreon. For example it’s SUPER EASY to create new posts from your mobile or tablet and OnlyFans is also much more personal and interactive than Patreon or Snapchat.

You are able to interact and engage with your audience very easily and create a more personal connection with them. 

OnlyFans makes it EASY to interact with your fans and MAKE IT PERSONAL and as we are going to see this is one of the KEYS to making money from 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 aimed at people who sell nudes or explicit content.

However, according to the BBC a large amount of users are doing exactly that.

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OnlyFans overview

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

  • Posts – All of you content is listed here – pics, vids, audio, live streams and so on.
  • Photos – Your pics are hosted here
  • Videos – Your vids are hosted here
  • Audio – Your voice recordings are hosted here
  • Likes – The total number of likes you’ve received is hosted here
  • Fans – The total number of subscribers you have is shown here

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 user interface

As you can see there is a lot of different thing 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 weeks 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.

This is one of the reasons we recommend the free subscription strategy when starting out.

Live stream to your fans

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

Post stories

Like on SnapChat or Insta you can post stories which 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.

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How to make money with OnlyFans

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There are SO MANY WAYS to make money on OnlyFans. The options are endless:

  • Money for each subscriber
  • Tips via your feed
  • Tips via DMs
  • Custom pic & video requests
  • Mass messaging
  • Live streaming 

The list goes on. Keep reading this guide to learn how to implement the above suggestions and more tips, tricks and strategies for making money on OnlyFans.

How much money can I make on OnlyFans?

You keep 80% of all money paid to you on OnlyFans and they take a 20% cut.

You are able to set your own subscriptions rates and private messages.The more subscribers you have the more money you earn per month. But you can also be earning money via many other strategies outside of subscriptions as we shall see.

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

The minimum amount of paid private messages and tips is $5.00. Also  OnlyFans covers all chargebacks ect. So you don’t ever need to worry about somebody demanding money back and that kind of stuff.  

Examples

To give some figures, after you invest a bit of time: you can make anywhere from $400 / month on the low-end to $10,000+ / month  on the high end. It really depends on how much work you put into it (consistency is key) and how you promote your OnlyFans page – keep reading to find out how. Also if you start off with no following on other platforms to promote to – it takes a little while to get going and take off. Keep reading to find out how to get started.

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. That could be rent money or just helping you pay through college!

How much money can I make on OnlyFans per week? 

$100 / week on the low end. $2,500 /week on the high end.

How much money can I make on OnlyFans per month? 

$400 / week on the low end. $10,000 / week on the high end.

500 fans at $10 subscription /month = $25,000/month income

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How to get started on OnlyFans

If you haven’t already – one of the first things you need to figure out is what you want to post.

What type of content do you want to create? Adult stuff? Selfies? Fitness stuff? Do you want to link to your personal twitter? How often do you want to post?

Again you don’t need to do full nudes so stick to what you’re comfortable with but do come up with a basic plan.

Create an account

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

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.

Set your subscription rate

$10 / month is a reasonable rate to start with.

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 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 same day but depending on your bank it may take 2-3 days for the money to actually hit your account.

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

In the UK:

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

 

In Europe:

Payment options

Lowest payout

Wait time

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

 

Canada & Australia:

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

USA:

Payment options

Lowest payout

Wait time

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

 

Rest of World:

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

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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.

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Connect Twitter to your OnlyFans account 

Go into Settings -> Account and connect your Twitter IF you did not already sign up via your Twitter account.

connecting your twitter

Connecting your Twitter will auto post your OnlyFans posts to twitter.

Tip: Don’t rely 100% on the auto posting feature – also post on twitter manually with screenshots and captions as teasers and link to your OnlyFans post.

Set up a folder of content you can use to source OnlyFans posts from

Create a folder on your phone or computer with all your potential OnlyFans content – your best pics, vids, bikini pics, selfies – whatever! Trust us this is an important step that will save you time in the future.

Post consistently

In the beginning you need to post EVERY DAY. People who are browsing your profile and thinking of subscribing, they 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) 

Also 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!

Ask for content preferences and ideas

Pin a poll at the top of your feed and ask your fans  “what do you want to see? This is a great way to get content ideas and connect with fans.

Have a theme

Try to have a consistent THEME to your posts (you don’t need to be super rigid) but this lets  people know what to expect from you and they like that. 

AGAIN – Connect Twitter!

If you have a following on Twitter or any other social media platform start to promote your OnlyFans account on them. If you don’t already have a Twitter, create one and link it to OnlyFans (if you’re OK linking you’re personal Twitter)

Be Patient

Remember it will take some time and work to start earning good money so keep reading for content ideas and pro tips & tricks!

 

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Making Money on OnlyFans : A Guide

Listen to your audience

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 if you’re posting adult oriented content:

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

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

Cultivate personal relationships

Get to know your fans and subscribers better and make them feel special.

Try to make them feel unique and that they have a connection to you. After all, really these people are potentially helping you to pay your bills so you SHOULD let them know that you appreciate them.

DM and respond to DMs – let them know you care, ask them how their day or night was.

Engagement is key

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.

Utilise the DMs

OnlyFans gives you the ability to message people directly and privately and and this helps make these people feel more important.

This is really important and key – unless you have hundreds of paid subscribers you should really consider ‘working the DMs’.

Keep in mind that anytime you are DM’ing someone they have the option to tip you or request custom content.

Sometimes developing a relationship overtime can REALLY pay off you invest in the right people.

Utilise 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 will reply and some won’t
  3. Engage with those WHO DO REPLY
  4. Have a short conversation with them
  5. Make them feel special

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

Your subscribers WANT TO ENGAGE with you

This is the feature that really sets OnlyFans apart from other platforms so you should check your messages frequently and always try to be responsive.

If you’re starting out and serious about making money on this platform you should be checking your DMs when you wake up and every few hours throughout the day.

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

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

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 afterwards, so it’s also creating re-useable content.

If you’re getting into live-streaming its 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.

Have a great profile and cover photo

 Even if it’s a shameless pic of your booty in a bikini as long as it GRABS PEOPLES ATTENTION and is not EXPLICIT i.e. fully nude material (not allowed in profile photo)

Create subscription bundles 

This feature is available in Settings. Subscription bundles makes it EASY TO PAY for people who want to support you.

Schedule posts

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 do you’re page remains active and engaging.

 

Using a ‘Free’ Page

The free subscription strategy is the way we recommend beginners to start out on OnlyFans, and actually we recommend it for advanced accounts too but for other reasons.

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

Before people subscribe to you they want to know what type of content do you post? how often do you post? do you post mainly videos or pictures? do you respond to DMs? do you create custom personalised content? and so on. 

Then want to preview YOU, and your content before paying a monthly subscription free.

And this is a good thing, it allows you to offer value up front, 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 now!)

And you can often make MORE money from a free page than a paid page too.

You can post PPV posts to your timeline which is a feature UNAVAILABLE to paid accounts – but this is a REALLY valuable feature.

AND you can promote your paid page on your free page too.

Check out our free ebook for a complete, detailed, step-by-step breakdown of the ‘Free Strategy’.

 

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Tips and Tricks for making money with OnlyFans

  1. Write a good ‘About Me’ section: Your ‘About Me’ should be CLEAR – i.e. it shows exactly what your OnlyFans page is about but it should also fun and teasing. If you do private requests add  “Yes I take requests, tips & private photos”

  2. Use the Pinned post feature: Just like Twitter, OnlyFans allows you to pin posts to the top of your feed. Pin a post that includes links to your socials, explains your tip menu, and consider creating a sizzle reel or compilation video of your best content. Alternatively create an intro video introducing yourself and your page and services. 

  3. Create a tip menu:  Create a list of some of all of the services you offer and the cost of each and add this to your pinned post.

  4. 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 utilising 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.
  5. Compress videos before uploading: This will save you waiting a massive amount of time for a video to upload.
  6. Promote your OnlyFans on Twitter: Post on Twitter with a screenshot and teaser caption and link to your content on OnlyFans content. If your Twitter is linked to OnlyFans it will auto post your OnlyFans content to Twitter but you should do some more custom manual posting on Twitter too.
  7. Watermark your content. OnlyFans offers watermarking for videos and photos as a copyright protection feature. OnlyFans takes content piracy very seriously and has a designated DMCA team that issue formal takedown notices against all reported copyright violations. It’s important to use this to keep control of and OWN your own content. 
  8. Control your own brand: If you start with or create a large following on OnlyFans you should create your own personal URL like www.my-awseome-website-about-me.com and from there redirect to OnlyFans.This way you keep more control over your own personal brand.
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How do I get fans on OnlyFans?

  • It’s key to post consistently and follow the tips & tricks in this guide about what TYPE of content you should post and HOW OFTEN to post.
  • Of course if you already have an established audience on an existing social media platform promote your OnlyFans page there.
  • You need to promote your OnlyFans account on other social media and community sites. There are a huge number of these types of sites you should be promoting your OnlyFans page on.

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Where do I promote my OnlyFans?

Promote your OnlyFans EVERYWHERE except snapchat.

Snapchat is very G rated, and if you post adult content there they can ban your account. 

Promote you OnlyFans on Insta, YouTube, Periscope, TikTok and Tumblr to name a few. If you are not on these platforms consider getting on them and getting started.

Another option to consider is posting on Reddit and on dating apps. For example you can even create a Tinder account exclusively to promote your OnlyFans page!

If you have a YouTube audience consider posting teasers on YouTube and linking to the full content on your OnlyFans page. 

For more detailed information about how and where to promote your OnlyFans page read how to get followers on OnlyFans.

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FAQ

Do I need to pay tax?

The answer is “yes but you don’t need to worry about it”. OnlyFans WILL explain your taxes during the sign up process – it depends on where you live and how much you earn.

What type of content should i post?

Ask and listen to your audience. Pin a poll at the top of your feed.

Here are some options you could put in your poll:

  • Bikini try-on.
  • Underwear/bra.
  • Workout videos.
  • Cleavage shots.
  • Feet pics.

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

How do I add download the OnlyFans App?

OnlyFans does not have any iPhone or Android app right now (2020).

However, you CAN add an OnlyFans App icon to your homepage for convenience.

Here’s how to do that on your iPhone:

  1. Go to www.OnlyFans.com in Safari 
  2. Open the share/export menu
  3. Press “Add to Home Screen”
  4. Press “Add”
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