OnlyFans is a platform that’s skyrocketed to fame in the last few years, and it’s easy to see why.
This revolutionary social media allows users to create adult content, build followers, and earn impressive incomes without giving out their control. Perfect for anyone looking to become their own boss.
But success doesn’t come as soon as you sign up for the app. Putting in the initial work is essential, and we’ve got tips to help you establish yourself on the platform. Ready to grow your subscribers? Keep reading to see the 11 things you need to know when creating an OnlyFans.
1. It doesn’t have to be your full-time job
First, it’s vital to remember that OnlyFans doesn’t have to be your full-time job. While this platform offers excellent opportunities to earn your own salary, going full-time self-employed isn’t for everyone, and it can be a lot of pressure.
In fact, many escorts use OnlyFans as a side hustle rather than a sole source of income. This allows them to make extra money in slow times and diversifies their income for extra stability. Escorts can also use the platform to connect with potential clients, which is helpful if you’re looking for some long-time admirers.
Unsure what you want from the app? Take it slow and see how it works for you. Going “all-in” could leave you burnt out – especially if you also escort or have another job.
2. You need to dedicate consistent time to it
Like any social media profile, if you want to build a following, you’ll need to post consistently.
This doesn’t always mean posting daily, but you’ll need to set a schedule and stick to it. The more you post, the more likely you’ll gain and retain followers, and the more likely followers will convert to paid subscribers. No one wants to pay for an inactive profile!
As touched on above, OnlyFans can lead to burnout quickly. So, be realistic about how often you can post.
3. You can stay anonymous if you want to
Did you know you can stay anonymous OnlyFans?
That’s right. You can hide your face and name while posting; no one will blink an eye. As long as your content is high-quality and tailored to your subscribers’ needs, you can hide as much or as little as you want.
Many escorts use their “work name” to keep their personal information private. However, you can create another persona if you want to.
4. Growth might take time
When signing up to OnlyFans, you likely have a lot of excitement and momentum going. But this can quickly drop if you don’t see results in the first week.
Be kind to yourself, and remember that building up a subscriber base takes time. Unless you’re Bella Thorne, reaching your goal salary will take time (and lots of work). It’s within reach, but it might take longer than you think.
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5. Communication is key!
One of the perks of OnlyFans is interactions with fans.
Your subscribers and followers will likely interact with you often in comments and messages, which is a great sign. However, it can quickly become overwhelming. To ensure you have their support, try to reply as often as possible.
But if you can’t – upload a post apologising that you can’t get back to everyone and thank them for the support. Small posts like this go a long way and keep your relationship with your fans positive.
6. Promotion, promotion, promotion
Similarly to posting consistently, you need to promote your account consistently – if not more!
Whether you use your Instagram or Snapchat, using other social media platforms is the best way to let your followers know you’re creating saucy content. Twitter is a great place to show off your OnlyFans, as the platform allows NSFW content, and you can find a community of users here. Reddit is another excellent NFSW platform (but more about that in a moment!)
If you already promote escorting services on social media, use your profile and audience to show off your new venture.
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7. Choose a niche
If you’ve worked in the adult industry for a while, you’ll already know the importance of niches. From MILF content to BDSM, there are fans for everyone and every fetish. You don’t have to niche down immediately, but tailoring your content to a specific desire is a quick way to build subscribers.
Reddit is the perfect place for niche content promotion. This platform is home to thousands of super-specific kink subreddits, and you can post your profile and NSFW clips to intrigue potential followers.
8. Research your rates
Do you know how much you’ll charge for your subscription and services?
A key advantage of OnlyFans is being able to set your own rate. But you shouldn’t forget to research the average market rates. Pricing yourself above the rest might limit your possibilities, but undercutting others will have you working long hours for less cash.
Look at what similar users charge and base your pricing strategy on theirs.
9. High-quality content every time
Remember that you’re providing a service to your subscribers and want it to be as high-quality as possible.
Before you start, consider making some practice content to help you learn what works well and doesn’t look too good. Investing in expensive camera equipment isn’t always necessary, so don’t worry about significant start-up costs. However, get to know your smartphone camera and your best angles.
10. Ask for tips
OnlyFans subscriptions are a fantastic way to earn extra income. But the platform’s earning opportunities don’t stop there. You can also ask your loyal fans for tips; you don’t have to be coy about it.
Whenever you post, add a “call to action” where you ask for tips or shares. You should also do this in live streams, and you can even pin a tip menu to your profile. Creators are often surprised by how liberal fans are with tips, so don’t limit yourself!
11. Watch the competition
Building a community of other sex workers is empowering, but don’t forget to keep tabs on them.
Watch what similar creators are doing, which types of content get the most views, and what their followers ask for. Use this market research to elevate your own content and attract a larger audience. All the most popular creators do this, and you should too!
You can apply this market research technique to other adult work and escorting. We recommend checking out the competition at least monthly, if not more.
Making your account might seem daunting, but don’t let the hard work put you off. Most of this comes naturally once you get the ball rolling, especially if you already have escorting or adult industry experience.
Give yourself grace and take your time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, so don’t expect your OnlyFans empire to appear out of nowhere! Just breathe and get started.
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