To a lot of people, OnlyFans models seem like they must be living the dream. In return for posting hot photos or videos online, plus interacting with fans in some cases, they get to make six or seven figures and enjoy their luxurious backyard pools all year long.
That’s what it might feel like when you’re reading about OnlyFans success stories, anyway.
However, that’s more the exception than the rule. The truth is that even if the most successful OnlyFans models are simply luckier than the rest, they still have to work hard to keep their careers going.
After all, you don’t get added to “Sexiest OnlyFans” lists on sites like The Little Slush without effort.
What does it take to get to the top, you may ask? Here’s a closer look at how it works.
OnlyFans isn’t just another webcam site
Everyone’s heard of sites like LiveJasmin, Chaturbate, and all the other big-name cam sites.
OnlyFans might be lumped into the same category quite often, but that isn’t entirely accurate. In addition to adult content – of which there’s plenty – you can also find content on the topics of beauty advice, travel, cooking, DIY skills, cosplaying, and fitness.
In a nutshell, OnlyFans is a platform where creators can share their interests, skills, or goods and services with their followers.
Subscriptions are the bread and butter of an OnlyFans creator, but they can also earn money through tips, or through pay-per-view content.
Even so, let’s be real…when you hear “OnlyFans”, you don’t think “workout videos”. Well, unless you’re talking about the kind that ends with people getting naked.
The four pillars of success for OnlyFans models
Sure, dumb luck or previous experience can play a huge role, but there are also a few strategies that every successful OnlyFans model follows – and that you can follow too.
Maintain a decent production quality
Nothing says “I don’t care about producing good content” more than shadowy lighting or grainy photos/videos. A good place to start would be to buy a microphone, a camera, lighting equipment, and editing software.
Even if you provide the minimum content listed in each subscription tier, you should go beyond that by posting at the same times every week or month. It looks professional, and builds trust with your subscribers.
Getting the word out is the main way to grow your following on OnlyFans, so if you want that to happen, you should spend a ton of time promoting yourself.
OnlyFans is part webcam site, part social media platform. Your followers will crave engagement, so you should make sure that they get it in one form or another.
Main ways to make money as a model on OnlyFans
The first step is obviously to make an account. Signing up requires the usual basic personal details, plus identify verification to keep scams to a minimum.
It’s also required to link a bank account, so you can deposit the money you earn on the platform. After that’s done, it’s time for the rubber to meet the road – you get to set your subscription fees, and upload some content.
As mentioned above, you don’t have to depend solely on subscription fees to make money; there are other options as well.
Just like in any other industry, a tip on OnlyFans means that someone really enjoyed whatever they’re tipping for.
Going above and beyond with your content is one way to garner more tips, but you should also request them from your followers. Similar to the way YouTubers ask their viewers to like or subscribe, OnlyFans models regularly ask for tips. You should definitely avoid sounding pushy, though; that strategy will do nothing but backfire.
PPV (Pay Per View) content
Once you’ve started building up your OnlyFans following, you may start noticing that some of your subscribers are basically super-fans. They’re the first to comment on every post, they send the biggest tips, and they regularly express interest in seeing what comes next.
If and when you decide to start putting out PPV content, this group of people will be your target audience. Even if you keep your standard content pretty exciting, PPV content is usually where the really good stuff is at – and plenty of your subscribers would probably be willing to pay a bit extra for it.
With the minimum charge for PPV content set at $3, you have plenty of flexibility on what you’re going to charge. After deciding on your price and the content you’re offering, you simply send a message to subscribers, telling them all about your amazing deal.
Want to know how the math checks out? Here’s an example:
Let’s say that there’s an OnlyFans model that has around 1,000 subscribed followers, and they’re charging $5 for their PPV content. They send out the message, and 250 people say they’re interested. That’s $1,250 for just one piece of content!
Speaking of which, remember that no matter how much you’re charging, PPV content is generally expected to be a step or two above your regularly posted content.
Everyone knows how subscriptions work, but they deserve a mention here all the same. OnlyFans makes it easy to set subscription rates, as well as change them, or offer special promotions.
The main trick is to set your subscription rate to match your content. If you have an extremely low rate, you’ll be losing money. If you have an extremely high rate, nobody will subscribe, and you won’t be able to grow your following. You can also set multiple subscription tiers; if everyone is subscribing to your cheapest option and ignoring the most expensive one, that’s a good clue that you could improve your offerings.
Remember, as long as you provide value for money, there will always be people willing to pay for it.
Becoming successful on OnlyFans isn’t easy, but that shouldn’t discourage you from following your dreams!
With the right strategies and a bit of expert advice, you’ll have a head-start on achieving success as an OnlyFans model.