What is OnlyFans? Everything You Need to Know About OnlyFans

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What is OnlyFans?
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OnlyFans has been steadily growing in popularity since it blew up as the top subscription-based content creation app for selling explicit videos and private photos. But what exactly is OnlyFans? Who uses it? And what is it used for?

In this guide, we’re going to go over everything you need to know about this platform and how you can make money from it.

Before we start, we would recommend signing up as a creator first (if you haven’t already) and following along as we go. 

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Let’s get started with our deep dive into what OnlyFans is used for.

What is OnlyFans?

What is OnlyFans?

Founded in 2016, OnlyFans is a subscription website that lets users subscribe to content creators online. It allows self-employed models to lock their photos behind paywalls and ask for a membership fee (or tip) to see them.

The site has paid over $2 billion in creator earnings to influencers and boasts over 90 million registered users. There are now over 1 million creators who have joined since the company was invented. 

Content creators are allowed to charge a fee between $4.99 to $49.99 a month while giving up a 20% commission to the platform. Another option is to charge viewers via pay-per-view while hosting a free page. 

Is OnlyFans a porn site?

OnlyFans is much more than any regular porn site. In fact, creators can make money doing things that aren’t related to sex at all. There is a collection of users who range from fitness instructors, coaches, chefs, and artists who use the platform to monetize their content and show off their skills. However, OnlyFans is mainly a hub for sex workers, freelance models, and amateur performers to sell private photo collections. 

Additionally, content creators are allowed to host live streams that encourage audience viewers to engage with them, real-time. There is an instant messaging option (similar to porn sites) that gives creators the option to interact directly with viewers and market to them. For those looking to start a career with OnlyFans, using live performances is a great way to get more recognition, engagement, and views.

Who are some famous people on OnlyFans?

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Bella Thorne

When Bella Thorne first joined OnlyFans, the site actually crashed from getting an overload of activity. 

She earned an incredible $1 million after only 24 hours on the website, breaking records for OnlyFans creators at the time.

Swae Lee
Swae Lee

The singer of Sunflower and Unforgettable made his OnlyFans account in June 2020. 

He offers a free subscription for his most supportive fans. 

Cardi B
Cardi B

The WAP superstar herself has an account that only charges $4.99 for new subscribers.


What do people do on OnlyFans?

For creators that use the NSFW portion of OnlyFans, they post content that would likely get them banned from other social media apps. This ranges from feet pics, nude selfies, sex tapes, amateur porn, and more. 

It is also used for non-explicit purposes. Some people like monetizing content like art, music, food, cooking, and fitness. 

More often than not, people are on OnlyFans to make real money from distributing private content. Influencers like Bhad Bhabie have earned over $1 million in only 6 hours!

For regular people, it is still very possible to earn a solid annual income from becoming a creator. Caroline Calloway is an example of a influencer that dresses up in literary costumes and brings in over $200,000 a year.

The truth is, not everyone is here to sell their nudes. Some people use it to bring awareness to their music or connect with their fanbase. At the end of the day, OnlyFans is a content creation site that lets you monetize your work more easily. 

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Is OnlyFans safe to use?

The short answer is yes. Absolutely.

If you are looking to subscribe to a creator or send a tip, your payment is sent through a secure platform so you don’t have to worry about exposing your information. 

The website offers high-grade security to ensure your information, content, and payments are kept as safe as possible.

For creators, your login information is kept safe through two-factor authentication and high level security. You are encouraged to keep your content safe by adding a watermark to your photos. This is easily done by heading into your Security Settings and adding some text to your content. 

Additionally, you are given the option to block or restrict any viewers that may be posing a risk to you. 

Is OnlyFans illegal?

As long as you are truthful about your age and you don’t violate any legal terms, it is completely legal to start an account in the United States. 

The US hosts many other pornography sites with a similar explicit nature, so it is not a surprise that OnlyFans is totally legal to use. 

How Much Can You Make on OnlyFans?

Even if you have no experience in the industry, you can easily make over $10,000 a month from becoming an OnlyFans creator. 

Olivia Cara is an example of a new creator that managed to bring in a profitable income of $13,000 through hard work and consistent posting.

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How to Make an OnlyFans

Here is a quick setup guide for making an OnlyFans account. First, head to their website and click on “Sign up”.

Give yourself a username, a display name, a profile picture, and a cover image to get started.

Make sure to connect your bank account as soon as possible so you can start earning money fast. 

To see a full, step-by-step guide, read our beginner’s tutorial for making an OnlyFans account.

How to Make Money on OnlyFans

After you finish making your OnlyFans account, you need to start monetizing your content. 

By default, your page will be set to free. You should change this at the start so that your content is locked behind a paywall.

You can make money on OnlyFans by charging a subscription price for viewing your content or by asking people to pay to see an individual image/video. Another method is to ask for tips or donations. Many creators find success by exchanging paid tips for private messages, personalized content, or video requests. 

The Top 1% of creators utilize a tips menu that shows viewers what they will receive in return for paying a certain fee.

Also, you can send out pay-per-view messages to fans who have the option to unlock the message by paying. This is useful for selling adult content in the form of pictures, videos, and chats.

For a complete guide on making money with OnlyFans, check out this post

How to Become a Subscriber

Becoming a subscriber on OnlyFans is a very simple process. Here is a quick setup guide.

  1. Go to the website and signup
  2. Confirm your account and log in
  3. Click on the profile icon in the upper right-hand corner to see your options
  4. Press “Your Cards” to add a payment method and start subscribing
How to Become a Subscriber

After you fill out your payment information and card details, you can subscribe to any profile you want. If you press the subscribe button, that creator’s content will immediately become available for viewing.

How to Make Money on OnlyFans as a Guy

Most people believe that OnlyFans is mostly a platform for girls to sell content. In reality, guys have a big presence and can make just as much money as girls or non-binaries. 

Another option for boys is to create a couples account. These are in good demand and can earn you a lot of passive income. 

For a complete guide on making money as a guy on OnlyFans, head here.

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