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There’s a growing – not so new way to share your content, grow your following, increase your presence and make more money from it. The platform OnlyFans is becoming a powerful force for creators to monetize their content online while more and more people have taken to the internet to sell their services during the Covid 19 lockdowns. And it’s definitely for a variety of creators and NOT just for those in the adult industry. Read on to learn if this platform is for you!
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OnlyFans started in 2016 but the power of Beyonce’s shout-out on the Megan the Stallion “Savage” remix track caused a 15 percent increase in OnlyFans traffic, causing the site to reportedly experience a surge in activity around the time stay-at-home orders were put in place.
Blake Montgomery of The Daily Beast reported the platform had garnered 3.5 million new signups in March of 2020; of those signups, 60,000 were new creators.
OnlyFans is a great way to not only increase your following online, create livestreams, and grow your fan base, but earn money from all your hard work creating content as well!
What is OnlyFans?
Launched in 2016, OnlyFans is a subscription-based social media platform where users can sell and/or purchase original content—typically known for the err..adult entertainment variety.
However, it is becoming more and more popular now with celebrities, content creators, wanna be actors, models, entertainers in the music industry, health and fitness enthusiasts, and others.
When utilized as an adult site, users will post NSFW videos and photos to their accounts, which are protected by a paywall. To gain access to the content, an individual must pay a monthly subscription fee that ranges anywhere between $4.99 and $49.99.
Hold the phone! I know what you’re thinking and I did exactly the same.
I’m not an adult entertainment star and I don’t ever want to be!!
As mentioned, with the recent growing popularity of the platform, more than just adult workers and web cam actresses and actors are now using the site to promote themselves.
OnlyFans has also been utilized by a growing number of actors, celebrities, people with musical talent, fitness models, and other content creators, many of whom found success in more mainstream markets.
In other words if you have hot content to promote and need to expand your audience, this platform may be what you’re looking for.
The-Dream recently launched an account to promote his “baby-making album of the year,” SXTP4. But don’t expect to see explicit videos or images of the rapper. He instead created the free page as a way to better connect with his fanbase, while also encouraging them to post “their own sensual choreography to his latest tracks.”
Reality TV stars like Blac Chyna and The Bachelor‘s Chad Johnson have also joined the platform, along with Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood couple Safaree Samuels, CardiB, and Erica Mena.
Celebrities like Tyga think of it like this;
“It’s a new platform where I can talk directly to my fans and give them exclusive music, pics, videos and other BTS of my latest releases.” – he says.
They can really see more inside my life than ever before, and an intimate look of what I do every day. – Resource complex.com
For us ‘regular’ folks the more promotion the better. The more ways you can get your profile and content seen by your fans the better. And not only that, this platform allows you to communicate with your fanbase as well.
This creates powerful connections and helps to build authenticity related to your brand. Your fans know that there’s a real person behind your glossy images and videos that they can possibly relate with.
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Who Uses OnlyFans?
Anybody can use OnlyFans, and it is used by writers, creators, musicians, artists, fitness trainers, and more.
However, OnlyFans is mostly has a reputation for being used by sex workers, who upload images, and videos, and interact with their fans via direct messages.
There are also celebrities and influencers on OnlyFans who use their large followings to earn money through exclusive, and often adult, content.
For example, influencer Caroline Calloway set up an OnlyFans page where she dresses up as literary characters and claimed that she had a projected $223,800 annual salary.
Belle Delphine, an e-girl influencer who made headlines when she sold “gamer girl bathwater,” is now charging fans $35 a month to access adult content that would be otherwise censored on social media platforms like Instagram.
YouTuber and influencer Tana Mongeau joined OnlyFans in May, becoming one of the most followed influencers to join the site, after model Black Chyna.
More recently, rapper Rubi Rose made $100,000 on OnlyFans in just two days by posting photos that were already on her Instagram account.
Resource – Newsweek.com
How to Make Money With an OnlyFans Account
Many different types of accounts find success on the platform but one thing they have in common is an understanding of the different features available on OnlyFans and how to use them.
There are many ways to maximize earnings on OnlyFans and not all of this advice will work for everyone.
That being said, OnlyFans reached out to three thriving creators to ask them their top tips.
Read on to find out how to earn more on OnlyFans, according to 3 top creators; Dannii Harwood, Jem Wolfie and Rhys Sachett.
British model and page 3 girl Dannii Harwood is a wonderful example of a creator who has turned their OnlyFans account into a community. Her profile says, “My page is all about interaction!” and her advice for OnlyFans creators is to prioritize communication with their fans.
“One of the most important things to remember to do is to answer all of your DMs! I know this may seem like a daunting job if you have fallen behind on them, but it’s so important.
A lot of people join up just so they can chat with you on a one to one level.
Ignoring DMs or not replying before sending out a mass message could be losing you money. You could miss custom requests, important questions, requests for videos, tips for pics etc. This is a sure way of losing loyal subscribers!”
As well as long-standing subscribers, Dannii makes it a priority to welcome newcomers to her OnlyFans community. Another of her tips is to be sure to say hello.
“Every 24 hours make it a priority to say hi to your new subscribers. You can do this easily by going into your messages, click the + button then choose ‘recent 24 hours,’ type your message and then send!”
Jem Wolfie is a mastermind when it comes to her personal brand.
The influencer from Perth, Australia, started her career as a chef and also played in the Western Australia Basketball League before building her online following through workout videos.
Today, she has 2.7million followers on Instagram and over 10,000 subscribers on OnlyFans.
Popular though she is, Jem’s number one tip for OnlyFans creators is to be interactive with fans.
“Be sure to communicate with your followers. You can ask them what they want to see and do polls. If you have something exciting coming up use the count down feature. Keep your fans interested and reply to your inbox messages as much as possible.”
She also understands the importance of encouraging a sense of FOMO through exclusive content.
“Don’t give away all your best content on your main feed, keep the extra quality content for your paid messages. Do a send to all message and choose a reasonable price for it. Paid messages are how you can make a lot of money.”
“Build up loyalty” is Londoner Rhys Sachett’s top tip for OnlyFans creators who are starting out.
Along with applying the same work ethic that allowed him to develop that amazing physique, Sachett understands the importance of tailoring content to each social media platform.
“Be frequent and constant with posting content, I would recommend not to post the same content that you do on your other socials, especially if they are free. When people pay for your OnlyFans, they want to see posts that no-one else has access too.
Also known online as @ThatTattooGuy, the up-and-coming model and fitness creator is on the cusp of releasing an e-book on diet, exercise and mental health, and implements his philosophy in every aspect of his life.
“Show love, be kind, never talk in bad faith, show respect, be honest and most importantly never lie.”
How much can you make on OnlyFans?
OnlyFans has set a minimum subscription price of $4.99 per month and a maximum limit of $49.99 per month. Creators can also charge a minimum of $5 for tips or paid private messages, which can significantly boost earnings for those with a large and loyal subscriber base.
“Your earning forecast really depends on the quality and quantity of the content you upload,” OnlyFans writes. “The more you post, the more incentive there is for your fans to subscribe (and remain subscribed) to your profile.”
Think of it like any other social media platform, like Instagram or YouTube: It’s rare for someone to rack up thousands or millions of subscribers/followers immediately after signing up.
One must produce quality content on a consistent basis for weeks, sometimes months before their account becomes lucrative.
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10 Things to Do When You Sign Up to OnlyFans
So you’ve created an OnlyFans account, what now?
We’ve looked at the strategies of top creators to put together this list of 10 things to do when you sign up to OnlyFans.
All of these tips have a proven track record of paving the way to success, but not all of them may suit your content or your personality.
Read on, take inspiration, trust your instincts and craft an OnlyFans strategy that works for you!
1. Set the right subscription price
A reasonable price is probably between $4.99 and $9.99 depending on your content and posting schedule.
The price needs to be high enough that the fan feels they are purchasing a quality product, but low enough that they will be willing to spend more in PPVs or tips without feeling shortchanged.
2. Promote your OnlyFans link online
The usual suspects, Twitter Instagram and Facebook, work well of course, but feel free to get creative.
People have found success sharing their links on Reddit, TikTok, or their official websites.
Or, you can make a custom URL so your OnlyFans link will have your branding.
Sharing your link with your email list or newsletter if you have one, is a great tactic as well.
3. Advertise your content
Give current and potential followers a good idea of the kind of content you’ll be posting, with short clips, images, announcements or polling.
You can do this on social media or on your OnlyFans page itself; unless you have set your profile to fully private, non-subscribers will be able to see the written part of your posts.
Fans like to see that an account they’re thinking of subscribing to is posting content regularly.
4. Talk to your fans
Consistency and communication are key.
Make a posting schedule and try to stick to it and reply to comments and DMs.
Let your fans feel like they’re in their own community, purpose-built for them to get closer to you.
Word to the wise – never give out any personal information such as your address, phone number etc!
5. Try Tiered PPVs
Pay-per-view messages allow you to share exclusive content via messages with your dedicated fans who are willing to pay for it.
Try sending PPVs with a variety of prices to appeal to fans with different levels of finances and commitment. For example, low: $3 Medium: $10, High: $15
6. Reserve the content that you think will be most lucrative for PPVs
Your superfans will be willing to pay to open your PPVs if they feel they’re going to get something really special.
7. Get to know your audience
Find out what your fans want and learn what works.
Use polls to ask your fans what kind of content they want to see next and track what’s successful with the help of the analytics features on OnlyFans.
For PPVs, you can track how many messages have been opened, read, and which price points are the most successful.
8. Do promotional campaigns throughout the year
Sales are a great way to draw people in or engage your current followers by making them feel they’re getting a bargain for extra content.
There’s always an excuse to do a promotional campaign, like making use of Halloween, Christmas or whatever seasonal event you celebrate.
9. Consider making your account free
An alternate strategy to consider is making your account free.
This can allow for a higher following as subscribers don’t have to commit to paying a monthly subscription fee.
Free accounts can use the pay-per-view post feature, which allows you to monetize individual posts, in addition to PPVs and tips.
Although you don’t have the predictability of subscription income, this strategy can be lucrative and lead to wider brand recognition.
10. Collaborate with other creators and swap shout outs
OnlyFans allows you to tag other creators in posts just like any other social media platform, meaning creators can shout each other out and collaborate with ease.
Team up with like-minded creators that have audiences with similar interests to your followers.
You can swap shoutouts and content or, even better, shoot joint content together.
Onlyfans is one of many social platforms that give content creators a hand at monetizing their exclusive content creation. Like all social media networks you have to weigh the potential privacy risks associated with putting your information out there.
According to OnlyFans’ website, the company will share users’ personal information—such as name, address, banking credentials, and ID numbers—to third-party companies for “verification purposes,” but insists this information will not be shared with subscribers or other users.
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