The Guide to getting started Onlyfans

OnlyFans, dubbed the “Instagram of porn,” is in the news. With all this media hype, have you been wondering about getting started on OnlyFans?

This guide is about making money using the OnlyFans platform.

If you don’t have a large number of fans online yet on any platform, this guide will help you get started on OnlyFans and help you reach that first few hundred dollars as soon as possible.

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

Who is this guide for?

This guide is primarily for models and influencers who want to make money with OnlyFans.

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

BUT you absolutely do not need to post nude, obscene or adult content to make money on OnlyFans – you can post anything you like and that can be as simple as clothing photos, workout videos or footage!

However, in a BBC article, 23-year-old Lauren from the UK says that selling “nudes” on OnlyFans was extremely lucrative for her: “I make between £15,000 and £20,000 a month.”

Also read >>> How to Get OnlyFans Premium For Free

What is OnlyFans?

OnlyFans is a platform that allows you to host photo or video content that can be accessed by subscription. When it was launched in 2016, OnlyFans is addressed to sex professionals: porn actress and actor, camgirl, … This allows them to sell private media to their community, and also to be closer. Then, OnlyFans, thanks to its success, is more and more appreciated by influencers who want to be close to their community with exclusive content.

The application is presented like Instagram: you “follow” the accounts that interest you. Like Instagram, you must subscribe to the content creator. Prices vary depending on the content creator’s appreciation.

OnlyFans at a glance

When you sign up for OnlyFans as a content creator, you have the following tabs:

  • Posts: All your content is listed here: photos, videos, audio, live streams, etc.
  • Photos: Your photos.
  • Videos: Your videos.
  • Audio: Your voice recordings are hosted here
  • Likes: The total number of likes you have received.
  • Fans: The total number of followers you have.
  • You must be at least 18 years old to earn money on OnlyFans.

Your user interface

Before we get into creating your account and setting up your profile, first familiarize yourself with the user interface and everything about it.

As you can see, there are many different things you can do in OnlyFans as a content creator:

Post to your profile

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

Attach media

You have the option to add a single photo, multiple photos, a single video, or multiple videos to your post.

Record your voice

You can add an audio file 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 set an expiration date on your post so that it will only be visible for a certain period of time.

Schedule Posts

You can schedule posts in advance.

Let’s say you’ve created a whole bunch of content – you can schedule an entire week’s worth of posts, say, on a Sunday for the upcoming week.

Put your post behind a paywall

If your account is a FREE subscription account, you can have pay-per-view (PPV) posts on your calendar.

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

This is one of the reasons why we recommend the free subscription strategy at first.

Live streaming to your fans

Just like on Instagram, you can start a live stream and your followers will be notified.

Post stories

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

Send DMs

You can send messages individually, but you also have the option to send mass messages to all your followers at once.

How to make money on OnlyFans?

There are so many ways to make money with OnlyFans. Here are your options:

  • Money for each subscriber
  • Donations
  • Requests for personalized photos and videos
  • Sponsored message to your subscribers
  • Live broadcasting

The list goes on and on. Continue reading this guide to learn how to implement the above suggestions and other tips, tricks and strategies to make money on OnlyFans

How much money can I make with OnlyFans?

You keep 80% of the money paid to you on OnlyFans, and they take a 20% discount.

You can set your own subscription rates and private messages. The more you subscribe, the more money you earn per month. But you can also make money through many other strategies besides subscriptions, as we will see.

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

The minimum amount for private messages and tips paid is $5. In addition, OnlyFans covers all chargebacks, etc. So you don’t have to worry if someone asks you for a refund or anything like that.

For example

To give some figures, after investing some time: you can earn between 400 dollar per month in the low end, and 10,000 dollar and more per month in the high end. It really depends on how much work you put into it (consistency is key) and how you promote your OnlyFans page. Also, if you start out with no follow up on other platforms to promote, it will take some time to get started and take off. We’ll see the best strategies for gaining subscriptions.

You don’t have to have an incredible number of subscribers to make money. It’s not uncommon for a fan to pay 80 to 100 dollar for an OnlyFans model. If you make someone feel special and engage with you, it’s pretty easy – and it can involve simply asking them how their day was. With 10 such subscribers, you suddenly have $1,000 a month in cash for little work.

How much money can I make per week with OnlyFans?

100 $ per week at the low end. 2,500 $ at the high end.

How much money can I earn per month with OnlyFans?

400 $ per week at the bottom, and 10 000 $ for the high average.

How to get started on OnlyFans?

If you haven’t done so already, one of the first things you need to know is what you want to publish.

What kind of content do you want to create? Adult stuff? Content for sale? Fitness stuff? How often do you want to publish?

Again, you don’t have to go nude, so stick to what works best for you, but establish a basic plan.

Create an account

The first step is to create an account on Onlyfans.

Choose a username and a display name

  • Username: This name will appear in your account URL with your @ “. For example, with a username of “yourUserName”, your profile URL will be and your “@” tag will be @” 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 the username) to make it more attractive.

Determine your subscription price

10 dollar per month is a reasonable price to start with.

Add a bank account / wallet to receive payments

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

Payments are made automatically every day and you can update or change your bank information at any time via the “Add Bank” option in the menu.

Please note that you can only add a bank account or ePayments wallet when your account is verified and you have set a subscription price in the settings.

To verify your account, follow the instructions on the screen. Please be aware that you will need to provide identification in the form of one of the following:

  • Passport
  • ID card
  • Driver’s license

You will also need to take a selfie with your ID.

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

Recently, OnlyFans reduced the minimum withdrawal limit to 20 dollar, and added other payment options like Paxum, Cosmo, Direct Transfer (PTOM) and Skrill.

OnlyFans payment solutions in France


  • Bank Transfer (SEPA) $100 1-3 business days
  • Paxum $20 1 business day
  • Cosmo $20 Immediate
  • Direct Transfer (OCT) $20 3 business days
  • Skrill $20 1 business day

Solutions for withdrawing your earnings OnlyFans

The main difference between direct transfer (PROM) and international transfer (/SEPA) is that direct transfer on OnlyFans only works with Visa and Visa Debit cards.

If you don’t have a Visa or Visa Debit card, choose the bank transfer (SEPA), or an online wallet like Paxum, Cosmo or Skrill.

Tip: Link your Twitter account

Go to settings, then to account and connect your Twitter, if you have not already registered via your Twitter account.

Tip: Don’t rely 100% on the auto-publish feature. Post to Twitter manually as well, using photos and text as teasers and linking to your OnlyFans account.

Tip: Create a folder just for OnlyFans

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

Post content regularly

In the beginning, you should post content EVERY DAY. People browsing your profile and thinking about 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 on a regular basis.

Until you reach the tens of followers, you should hide your follower count (this option is available in Settings)

In Settings, you also want to enable the option to display descriptions of your posts on your feed to non-subscribers. If this option is enabled, when non-subscribers browse your page, your photos and content will be blurred and not visible BUT the description will be visible. So use this text to tease your potential subscribers and attract them. Try different catchphrases to make people want to see the content!

Tip: Ask your followers for their opinion

Make 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.

Target your niche/audience

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

For example, be consistent if your target audience is foot fetishists: share photos, videos of your feet.

How to make money on OnlyFans: The Guide

Listen to your audience

Conduct a survey to find out what content people want to see from you.

Here are some examples of options you could put in your survey, if you’re publishing adult content:

  • Bikini try-on
  • Underwear
  • Cleavage photos
  • Foot photos

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

Build relationships with your fans

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

Try to make them feel unique and connected to you. After all, these people are potentially helping you pay your bills, so you MUST let them know you appreciate them.

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

Engaging your fans is important!

Polls are great for engagement and interaction.

It’s easy to add a poll to a post: just select the poll option when creating a new post:

You can also choose the length of the survey.

GOOD surveys create engagement without even requiring subscribers to comment.

Use private messages (DM)

OnlyFans gives you the ability to message people directly and privately, making those people feel more important.

This is really important and essential – unless you have hundreds of paying subscribers, you should really consider “working the DMs”.

Keep in mind that every time you send someone a message, they have the opportunity to tip you or request personalized content.

Sometimes working overtime to develop a relationship can REALLY pay off if you invest in the right people.

Send bulk messages to all your fans

Mass messaging on OnlyFans is really powerful for warming up your audience.

To send a mass message, simply check the “All subscribers” box when creating a new message:

Here’s ONE example of how to make money:

  1. Send all of your subscribers a photo or message en masse to let them know you’re thinking of them OR that you have this cool new video and really want to share it with them.
  2. Some people will respond and some will not.
  3. Have a short conversation with those who have responded.
  4. Make them feel special

These people may tip you or ask for personalized photos and videos that you can also charge for.

Your subscribers want to chat with you

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

If you start making money on this platform, you should check your messages when you wake up and every few hours during the day.

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

The engagement and sense of closeness and connection is what makes OnlyFans a great platform to make money.

Do live streams

Live streaming is a great tool in your toolbox for making money.

You can set a date and time for live streaming one (or more) day a week.

It’s a great way to create a better connection with your audience and build a community and following. Plus, people tend to tip during live streams!

Even if people don’t tip, they may hear/like your live stream and comment. People who missed it live can watch it again afterwards, which also creates reusable content.

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

If you are interested in live streaming, consider buying a good quality external webcam. Built-in webcams are not good enough for high-quality streaming.

Take care of your profile and cover photos

These are the first things users will see on your OnlyFans account. Be subtle, create desire in your next fan, but don’t put a sexually explicit picture (it’s forbidden).

Schedule your posts in advance

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

When you create a new post, simply click on the “Schedule Post” option.

It’s a great way to post regularly, 2/3 posts a day is a good goal, while freeing up time to work on private messages, and promote your account.

Plus, it’s also a great feature when you go on vacation, just schedule content to post, your page will stay active and engaging.

Beginner tip: Opt for a “free” account

The free subscription strategy is how we recommend beginners get started on OnlyFans, and in fact we also recommend it for advanced accounts but for other reasons.

Before subscribing, people want to know what kind of content you publish? How often do you do it? Do you mainly post videos or photos? Do you respond to DMs? Do you create personalized content? These questions, which are a deterrent to subscription, are even more so when you start. You don’t have any fans. And not many posts. That’s why we advise you to start with a “free” page. This will allow you to get fans easily, to promote a paid page and to publish “PPV” (paid) posts. A good start for your adventure on OnlyFans.

BONUS: Tips and tricks to make money on OnlyFans

  • Write a good “About Me” section: Your “About Me” section should be clear, i.e. it should show exactly what your OnlyFans page is about, but also be fun and teasing. Indicate in this section if you do paid private posts as well as private media.
  • Use the pinned post feature: Just like Twitter, OnlyFans allows you to pin posts to the top of your wall. Pin a post that contains links to your social networks, explain your menu of tips and consider creating a compilation video of your best content. You can also create an introductory video to introduce yourself, your page and your services.
  • Create a tips menu: Create a list of some of the services you offer and the cost of each, and add it to your pinned post.
  • Make custom videos in your DMs: This is a great way to get a little extra revenue and get closer to your subscribers. If you’ve been using DMs and getting closer to your subscribers, some of them will ask you for custom videos or you can just ask them if it’s something they’d like.
  • Compress videos before uploading them: This will save you from having to wait a long time to upload a video.
  • Promote your OnlyFans on Twitter: Post to Twitter with a media and teaser description, as well as a link to your OnlyFans account. If your Twitter is linked to OnlyFans, it will automatically post your OnlyFans content to Twitter, but you should also make manual custom posts to Twitter.
  • Add a watermark to your content: OnlyFans provides a watermark for videos and photos to protect copyright. OnlyFans takes content piracy very seriously and has a designated DMCA team that issues takedown requests against all reported copyright violations. It is important to use this system to maintain control and OWNERSHIP of your own content.
  • Control your own brand: If you start or create a large number of fans on OnlyFans, you should create your own personal URL like and from there redirect to OnlyFans. This way, you keep more control over your own personal brand.

How to get more followers on OnlyFans?

If you already have an established following on an existing social media platform, promote your OnlyFans page there. You should promote your OnlyFans account on other social media and community sites. There are many of these types of sites where you should promote your OnlyFans page.

Don’t forget to post content regularly, and to apply our previously explained tips.

Where can I promote my OnlyFans account?

Promote your OnlyFans EVERYWHERE, except on Snapchat.

Snapchat doesn’t accept adult content, and if you post it there, they can ban your account.

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

Another option to consider is posting on Reddit and 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.

FAQs Frequently asked questions about OnlyFrans

Here is a series of questions most asked by our visitors. If you have another one, please ask it in the comments.

What is OnlyFans?

OnlyFans is the social media platform where influencers are free to post whatever content they want – from soft to X- with fans who can pay for these services.

Is it necessary to publish sexual content on OnlyFans?

No, it’s not mandatory. Nowadays, the application has shifted from the use of sex professionals, to influencers, and even to ordinary people. For example, we find Belle Delphine, Polska or Bella Thorne who are active on the platform, but yet they do not post sexually explicit content. It is possible to be active on OnlyFans without posting pornographic content.

As a content creator, do I have to pay taxes?

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

How do I download the OnlyFans application?

OnlyFans does not have an iPhone or Android app at this time. However, you can add an “OnlyFans” icon to your homepage for convenience.

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