How Much Can You Make on Onlyfans? (Top OnlyFans Earners)
If you're considering becoming an OnlyFans model, you're probably wondering just how lucrative it is and whether or not it's worth your time. It's definitely intriguing when you hear about OnlyFans creators earning some seriously staggering salaries on the platform. OnlyFans top earners take home hundreds of thousands easily. You might also be wondering if you have to create 3x content in order to be successful.
While OnlyFans is by no means a porn site, it does provide a platform for a new, safer type of sex work. OnlyFans models can choose to keep things modest or spice things up on a spectrum of NSFW content. Regardless of the kind of content you want to share with your fans, the main question is: how much can you make on OnlyFans? What's the secret of the top OnlyFans earners?
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How to Start an OnlyFans and Make Money?
It's the reason we're all here — to be our own boss and make it rain that money! To trade in the daily grind for — well — another type of grind entirely. The key to making money on OnlyFans is attracting fans and offering them titillating content that leaves them wanting more. Why leave them wanting more? Let's break down the ways you can make money on OnlyFans.
Monthly Subscription Pricing: You choose the monthly subscription price your fans will need to pay to see any of your content. OnlyFans creators choose to make subscribing to their page free or they can set a monthly subscription price. Most creators set the subscription price between $4.99 to $49.99.
Pay-Per-View Content: Even if your subscription price is free, fans can pay you $1-$50 to view content that you set as PPV. You set the price per view and fans can decide how many times they want to pay to view your content!
Private Messages and Media: Many fans are looking for the excitement and intrigue of a personalized experience. That's where private messaging comes in. Fans can initiate private conversation with you or you can reach out to your fans individually and let them know that they can request private, personalized content (messages and media) that costs extra. As the creator, you can charge fans up to $100 for these personalized or extra "flirty" messages and media.
Tips: If your fans like your content and want to show their appreciation they can send you monetary tips, either for specific content or just to tip you in general. Tipping is completely at the fan's discretion and after being an OnlyFans user for 4 months they can rip you up to $200! Fans who are new to the platform and have only used it for under 4 months can tip up to $100.
Now that you know the ways you earn money as an OnlyFans model, let's explore deeper into how much you could potentially make on OnlyFans. No matter who you are, the basic roadmap for making money on OnlyFans is:
- Decide what kind of content you want to create and find your niche. Are you a MILF or a sexy teen? Play up that niche, girl!
- Consider creating a new identity for the purposes of OnlyFans.
- Get to know your audience so that you can cater to them effectively.
- Promote your OnlyFans as much as possible to gain followers.
- Know that everyone's success looks different and the most important thing is having fun and finding ways to create content that you are comfortable sharing.
Promote, Promote, Promote….And You'll Make Money on OnlyFans
The crucial factor that leads to success and making it rain as an OnlyFans creator is promoting your account. Unless someone knows your username, they can't search OnlyFans blindly and stumble across you. This feature is beneficial in keeping your content more private and less searchable, but how do you find fans and start getting paid if they can't find you themselves?
Many creators cross-promote their OnlyFans account link on social media by posting their OnlyFans account link in their profiles, bio sections, and content. Creators who have a blog or website, or who use forums, might post their OnlyFans link there too.
Unfortunately, for creators/models who want to remain anonymous, posting your link on social media or other virtual spaces that are linked back to your true identity is far from ideal. Not to mention, if you aren't already somewhat of a social media influencer with lots of followers, sharing your link on social media won't create much traffic on your OnlyFans account.
Cross-collaboration with other OnlyFans creators, by creating content together or by advertising each other's links on your profiles, is another effective way to promote yourself on OnlyFans.
Collaborating with other creators also helps you to find a community for yourself on OnlyFans and increases your chances of success. For creators who are new to OnlyFans, finding a fellow creator to collaborate and promote with can be next to impossible, since you won't have much to offer in exchange for them promoting you until you have fans following your account too.
So, what is the best option for effective promotion of your OnlyFans account? A niche market of OnlyFans promotion services has begun to emerge and it is by far the most straightforward, safe, and anonymous method for promoting your OnlyFans and accumulating paying fans.
Buyer beware though. As with every online market, the scammers are in on it too. Make sure the OnlyFans promotion service you are using is legit, like this one. Before you know it, those fans will add up to a satisfying payday.
How Much Can You Earn on OnlyFans?
For some, OnlyFans pays off as a main source of income. For others, it's a solid side hustle. And for the rest, it can fund some fun extras — treat yo'self!
OnlyFans has a minimum and maximum for subscription rates. The minimum subscription price is $4.99 per month (unless you choose to make subscribing to your page free) and the maximum subscription price is $49.99 per month. Creators can also set up tips or paid private messages starting at a minimum of $5.
Paid tips and private messages are definitely the bread and butter for your earnings and they also mean you are engaging directly with fans to keep them happy and retain your following.
There is no one algorithm for making money on OnlyFans and success can come with a bunch of different configurations of subscription rates, PPV, tips, content type, promotion, and pre-existing social media following or fame.
So, what does a non-celebrity top earner look like on OnlyFans? Monica Huldt is a top-earning creator on OnlyFans even though her monthly subscription price is only $6.50. She then invites fans to ask her for personalized PPV content via private message, which is where she makes bank.
With approximately 1100 subscribers she earns more than $100,000 per year on OnlyFans. Keep in mind, Huldt had a large Instagram following before she joined OnlyFans and she works on her OnlyFans content seven days a week to maintain that level of earnings.
She also doesn't have kids. Her advice? Don't do it if it is "a part-time thing in your mind. You wouldn't make enough money." That being said, "enough money" is all relative and a part-time side hustle for a more modest payday might be all some of us are looking for!
The need to commit to OnlyFans as a full-time gig if you want to make a substantial amount is echoed by many online sex workers who choose to use OnlyFans.
A general consensus is that it can be difficult to earn enough money on the platform since you must be able to build a following and you have to spend time and energy to produce content consistently for some time before the account starts turning a big enough profit.
But — like building any business — it takes time and effort for little reward to eventually make it big!
OnlyFans creators can sell personalized or interactive content on the site for additional fees. An effective tool used by some creators is to build a tip menu that details the content and interactions they’re offering and how much each costs.
When choosing prices, consider what your fans will be willing to spend, but also remember that OnlyFans takes 20% of the earnings creators bring in. The more you post quality content, the more incentive there is for your fans to subscribe (and keep subscribing) to your profile.
A Note On Onlyfans Fees
As it was just mentioned, OnlyFans takes a 20% fee of the subscription price that creators charge monthly for fans to see content on their page, but what about free accounts?
Also does OnlyFans take a cut from tip earnings, pay per view items, or paid direct messages from both free and subscription accounts too? The short answer is ‘Yes’, in return for providing a platform for individuals to create and make money, and also for running the paywall service, Onlyfans takes a 20% cut from every income source possible.
This means you won’t escape paying the fee by offering a free subscription. This is one of the largest flat rate percentages charged amongst similar earning platforms but OnlyFans gets away with it because of the site’s popularity and how much traffic is driven to the site so even new earners can rise among the ranks and make a sizable income.
OnlyFans also offers multiple ways to make money and has a user friendly platform that encourages tentative fans to spend.
If you don’t want to pay OnlyFans their cut for every dollar you make, there are a couple small workarounds. For one, OnlyFans allows creators to post an Amazon Wishlist link that fans can purchase items from to send directly to the creator.
Obviously OF can’t take a percentage of an item so you would keep 100% of that purchase. Another trick creators are using is to provide information for other socials.
OnlyFans doesn’t allow profiles to display other forms of payment information such as CashApp but you can link to an Instagram or Snapchat and share payment information there. Fans may be more inclined to send tips and donations if you tell them you get to keep 100% of the proceeds.
Other Ways to Make Money on OnlyFans
OnlyFans also has a referral program. If you refer a creator to the platform, you can earn 5% of the referred creator’s earnings for the first 12 months up to the first $1 million earned by the referred creator. There aren't limits on how many creators you can refer to OnlyFans or how much you can earn from doing so.
For technical and creative entrepreneurs, you can also use your OnlyFans account as subscription-based social media as a business model. In a subscription-based social media platform, users pay for and subscribe to receive and use a product or service for the subscription time period (e.g. gym memberships, newspaper subscriptions, and streaming services like Netflix and Hulu).
Businesses and growing brands can benefit from subscription-based social media platforms by having conversations about the products and services they offer online directly with consumers to increase communication and establish a growing community for your business.
If you know, you know. Stay informed on the reality of OnlyFans and you'll have a positive experience as a content creator!
- OnlyFans paid out more than $2 billion to creators as of November 2020.
- Bella Thorne earned over $1 Million in her first 24 hours, which was possible because she announced her plans in a video montage on her Instagram account where she has 24.3 million followers.
- Most accounts earn less than $145 per month, but it should be noted that one reason for this inequality is that the majority of OnlyFans accounts have no fans at all and can't create a following without good promotion.
- The top 1% of the accounts make 33% of the money and the top 10% of accounts make 73% of all the money. That pesky 1%! Influencers and celebrities have a natural advantage since they bring a pre-existing audience with them.
- The average earnings from OnlyFans is $180/month. But, their calculations exclude tipping. So get that tipping menu up and active!
- OnlyFans takes 20% of its users' earnings. Essentially, creators pay using the paywalled content platform by having the 20% cut go to OnlyFans.
- OnlyFans gains 500,000 new users per day and approximately 15 million new users per month! It also has 7,000 – 8,000 new content creators per day. You can thank Covid-19 for all the creators with extra time at home to create for you!
Don't let the stats on celebrities being the top earners on OnlyFans get you down. Instead, consider their stories as inspiration and advice on how to generate earnings on OnlyFans.
When you become a creator on OnlyFans, you can set your own rates and decide what type of content you want to create and when. OnlyFans differs from social media platforms in that it allows creators to do what they're interested in instead of being limited to a brand's idea of what is worthwhile. On OnlyFans, content creators get to be who and what they want to be.
So, take that freedom and harness it with amazing content that is uniquely you! Don't worry if you don't have an existing following on other social media to help generate fans on OnlyFans. Set up your account, start making quality content, and then promote traffic to your OnlyFans profile and watch your subscribers grow!
Updated: Written by Jasmine Ramer