Not long ago, the word OnlyFans started to be on the agenda. We started to see how different influencers added a link to OnlyFans in the bio of their highly successful Instagram accounts with thousands upon thousands of followers.
Subsequently, OnlyFans began to associate with pornographic or erotic content. And we were struck to see celebrities who had nothing to do with this type of industry succeed in their OnlyFans accounts.
We are talking about American celebrities like Cardi B, Bella Thorne, Aaron Carter or Tyga. In Europe we meet famous men and women who have already worked in the pornographic industry like Apolonia Lapiedra or Nacho Vidal.
However, we are also surprised to see other famous people who had nothing to do with this business get on the OnlyFans bandwagon. Examples are Patricia Steisy (women and men), Mari Cielo Pajares, Amor Romeira (Big Brother) or Kiko Rivera.
The number of people who participate in this network, both as consumers of content and as generators of it, is increasing every day. Currently, OnlyFans has over 60 million users worldwide.
Faced with this demonstration of success, it is natural that we ask ourselves: what is OnlyFans? Is it only for posting and consuming pornographic or erotic content? Why is it so successful?
How was OnlyFans born?
To start understanding the OnlyFans phenomenon, let’s start with the basics: how did this idea come about?
This idea came from the mind of Tim Stokely, a British entrepreneur whose initial plan was to create a platform that would allow influencers to capitalize on their posts.
In other words, OnlyFans pretended to be some sort of Netflix, but instead of series and movies, you could watch premium content from your favorite influencers by paying a monthly subscription.
And it’s been like this since 2016, the year OnlyFans was born. On their website, it says, “If you’re using social media to produce your own content, you should be on OnlyFans. Download tutorials, tips, editing material or selfies, many followers will be willing to pay for it ”.
However, in no time, influencers gave way to artists in the porn industry, who saw OnlyFans the opportunity to manage their content on their own.
The truth is, this is a very lucrative way to generate economic profit: 80% of the income goes to the owner of the account at OnlyFans. You can set a subscription price of your choice, from $ 5 to $ 50 per month. And believe us when we tell you that many people are willing to pay that price for access to exclusive content.
The pandemic situation in which we have been plunged since the beginning of 2020 has only increased the success of this platform. Many people saw OnlyFans as a way to generate income without having to leave home.
200,000 new accounts are created every day. 10,000 new content creators join the platform daily. The social network increased by 75% between March and April of last year. Its success is undeniable.
How does OnlyFans work?
There are two ways to participate in OnlyFans: either as a consumer or as a content creator. In either case, you will need to provide credit card details (keep in mind that PayPal is not accepted in OnlyFans), and create an account.
If you are one of the first, you will just have to choose the profile you want to follow and subscribe like you do on any other subscription platform. By paying for the monthly subscription (the price will vary depending on the amount chosen by the account owner), you will be able to access all the content it contains, whether it is photos or videos.
In case you want to start producing and publishing content on OnlyFans, you will need to have your account (as we have already explained), and provide your bank details (this is where you will receive payments).
As for the money received, you will keep 80% of the income. The other 20 will be the commission charged by the platform.
Remember that you must be of legal age and be ready to confirm your place of residence and show your ID or passport.
Once the administrative procedures are completed, you will have to start creating. Set a subscription price and write a description explaining what your page is about.
Is it really possible to make money at OnlyFans?
Yes, it is possible, although an anonymous person surely won’t get it as easily as a celebrity or an influencer. Accounts with millions of Instagram users use the social network to promote their content on OnlyFans, which undoubtedly helps to increase the number of subscriptions.
The most notable case in terms of earnings via OnlyFans is that of American actress Bella Thorne, who earned $ 2 million in just one week.
According to the Eltiempo.com site, some of the accounts that generate the most income at OnlyFans are as follows:
- Blac Chyna: $ 14.4 million
- Bella Thorne: $ 9 million
- Cardi B: $ 7.1 million
- Tyga: $ 5.8 million
- Mia Khalifa: $ 4.9 million
- Erica Mena: $ 3.4 million
- Pia Mia: $ 1.7 million
- Safaree Samuels: $ 1.4 million
- Megan Barton-Hanson: 807,000 dólares
- Casanova: $ 805,000
As we explained, the success of OnlyFans largely depends on the popularity of the person creating the account. Someone who doesn’t have a lot of social media followers will have to think about different strategies to be able to promote their OnlyFans account.
Is adult content only published on OnlyFans?
No, although it is the most revenue-generating and popular type of content on the platform. In fact, it is very likely that if you listen to “OnlyFans” you are directly associating it with adult content.
However, there are OnlyFans accounts with exclusive content in other areas that move away from erotica or pornography. For example, you will find accounts of prestigious fitness trainers or gamers who share tips with you on different video games.
OnlyFans: Exploitation and empowerment?
We are entering swampy ground, as your opinion on this debate will surely be supported by your opinion on pornography in general. If one understands the porn industry as another form of work, many actresses, like Mia Khalifa, have claimed to find at OnlyFans a way to own their own image and manage their income and the type of content. that they wish to publish. .
It is known that some major producers in the porn industry have had legal proceedings with different actresses for appropriating their image inappropriately. Therefore, OnlyFans seems to give the possibility for different workers to work alone without undue control from these big producers.
That is, those who normally appear in pornographic films, on very rare occasions, own the rights to those films. In the case of OnlyFans, the actress herself owns her own image, and that’s definitely a step forward.
Why is it so popular?
If we stop to analyze the success of this platform, there can be several reasons. On the one hand, the reasons that push creators to participate in OnlyFans will surely be based on the ease offered by the platform.
It is easy to use and manage. Obviously, as we said above, you will need to find tools to advertise your page on OnlyFans and for it to be successful, but it seems like a good way to start a lucrative business in a time of crisis.
On the other hand, as we have also said, it is not surprising that many erotic models or porn actresses have decided to jump on this platform. They take 80% of the total profit and have their own image.
Additionally, in times of crisis and especially during a pandemic, a job that allows you to work from home is an option to consider. In fact, OnlyFans has grown in popularity significantly since the pandemic began in 2020.
A Bloomberg report shows that OnlyFans adds half a million new users per day and that in addition, the total of these users comes to pay the owners of the different channels of the platform up to $ 200 million in total per month.
From the perspective of the person who consumes content on OnlyFans, they will surely be drawn to the exclusivity of the content: not everyone can see Cardi B’s private videos, only the one who decides to pay.
To the exclusivity is added the intimate and personal touch that can be found in the different profiles, both celebrities and new stars on the platform.
A true fan of a singer, celebrity or actor would be willing to pay a monthly subscription to see more content from his favorite star, the success of OnlyFans is proof of that.