How To Start An OnlyFans Account: The Ultimate 2023 Beginner‘s Guide

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As a social media marketing guru with over 10 years of experience helping online creators succeed, I receive countless DMs every week from people wanting to start an OnlyFans account.

However, most underestimate how much effort goes into building a thriving OnlyFans presence. This beginner’s guide will walk you through everything you need to know to start your account confidently.

OnlyFans 101: Understanding The Platform

Before we dive into account setup, let’s cover the OnlyFans basics…

OnlyFans is a subscription-based social platform that has exploded in popularity over recent years. There, creators can share exclusive, subscriber-only adult content.

Fans pay a monthly fee (usually $5-$50 set by creators) to access sexy, risque photos and videos. Content ranges from lingerie shots to nude photoshoots to pay-per-view XXX videos.

This platform allows everyday people to profit from their influence, building personal branding and meaningful relationships with supporters. Top OnlyFans creators easily earn over $1 million per year.

However, that level of success doesn’t happen overnight. Consistency and effort are key to retaining paying subscribers long-term on OnlyFans.

Below I’ll cover step-by-step how to start your OnlyFans account, essential strategies for growth, and common FAQs from over 5 years advising creators just like you.

Let’s begin!

Step 1: Submit Your OnlyFans Creator Application

The first step is submitting an OnlyFans creator application so the platform can review and approve your account.

  • Head to and click “Apply To Become A Creator”
  • Enter your name, email, DOB
  • Verify your identity by submitting a photo ID
  • Carefully review the Terms & Community Guidelines

You’ll receive an email within 1-3 days whether your OnlyFans application is approved. Creator vetting ensures all accounts align with OnlyFans’ rules around consent, age verification, violence, illegal activities and more.

Tip: Ensure all application details match your government ID to speed up the verification process.

Step 2: Set Up Your OnlyFans Profile & Subscription Tiers

Once approved as an OnlyFans creator, it’s time to set up your backend account and public fan-facing profile.

Within your OnlyFans account settings you can:

  • Connect a payment method to receive earnings
  • Set your subscription price tiers
  • Customize account security
  • Review analytics

Fan first impressions happen via your public profile page. Spend time crafting a stand-out OnlyFans aesthetic:

  • Upload a sexy yet classy profile photo
  • Add eye-catching header and banner images
  • Intrigue fans with a spicy bio teasing your best assets
  • Share a preview post with a free taste of your content style

Pro Tip: Most successful OnlyFans creators price subscriptions between $10-25/month. Consider starting low, gradually increasing your monthly price as you gain more devoted supporters.

Step 3: Create Irresistible OnlyFans Content

High-quality, consistent content is expected by paying OnlyFans subscribers. After all, it’s the value fans receive in exchange for their monthly fee.

Brainstorm creative concepts for photos, videos, written posts, and livestreams fans will love based on your assets and interests.

Popular OnlyFans content ideas include:

  • Teasing lingerie and swimsuit photos/video clips
  • Artistic nude photoshoots
  • Showing your daily life via vlogs and behind-the-scenes
  • Makeup tutorials or cooking demos wearing little clothing
  • Q&As and interactive polls to engage with supporters

Expert Tip: Map out your content calendar weeks in advance for consistent posts 3-5x per week. Take requests to make supporters feel special. Offer the occasional pay-per-view video, content bundle, or shoutout to boost income.

Step 4: Promote Across Social Media (Without Getting Banned!)

Leverage your existing social media followings to spread the word about your hot new OnlyFans account. But you must follow platform guidelines to avoid bans when promoting adult content.

For example, on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok you can subtly allude to your account through:

  • OnlyFans link in bios
  • Lingerie and teaser pics directing fans to OF
  • Link in YouTube video descriptions
  • Referencing exclusive fan content available

Without blatantly mentioning OnlyFans or sharing mature visuals, you can pique interest resulting in skyrocketing conversions.

7 Advanced Tactics To Grow Your OnlyFans Long-Term

As rewarding as that first subscription feels, retaining fans and building your OnlyFans creator business long-term requires commitment and smart strategies.

Here are my top 7 advanced tactics for exponential OnlyFans growth based on in-depth creator consulting experience:

1. Schedule Exclusive Live Streams

Livestreaming builds real-time connections with supporters craving that authenticity. During streams you can chat, take requests, share behind-the-scenes sneak-peeks and more.

Promote your livestream schedule across social media to maximize viewership. Offer subscribers-only streams so existing fans feel valued while intriguing potential new subscribers.

2. Collaborate With Aligned Creators

Strategic influencer marketing partnerships expose each creator’s audience to new potential fans.

Choose 1-2 OnlyFans creators in similar niches and negotiate a collaboration date. Coordinate posting joint content on the same day while promoting the collab and each other’s accounts extensively leading up to it.

3. Analyze Your Metrics

Review your OnlyFans analytics regularly to uncover conversion trends. See which types of posts attract the most new subscribers, receive the most likes, or have the highest click-through rates.

Let data guide your content strategy for maximum fan reach and retention.

4. Be YOUR Authentic Self

While sex sells on OnlyFans, subscribers also crave authentic connections with the real you. Let your personality shine through via chat sessions, personal storytimes, cooking favorite meals virtually with fans and more.

5. Surprise Loyal Fans

Show supporter appreciation by occasionally surprising your most loyal fans with an extra spicy photo or shoutout messages.

Little gestures of gratitude make devotees feel valued, continuing their subscription long-term.

6. Refine & Refresh Your Look

While remaining recognizable to your audience, subtly evolving your look keeps content exciting.

Try new lingerie colors and styles, fresh makeup looks, different hairstyles, or unique photo backdrops. Keep supporters guessing (in a good way)!

7. Reward Referrals

Incentivize satisfied subscribers to refer their friends by offering rewards. Prizes might include discounts on PPV content, access to a special livestream, or entries into an exclusive giveaway.

Referral incentives organically expand your OnlyFans reach as devotees eagerly share with trusted friends.

OnlyFans Beginners FAQs

Still nervous or unsure about starting your own OnlyFans account as a creator? Here I’ll cover the most frequently asked OnlyFans questions from novices:

Do you have to show your face on OnlyFans?

While most successful creators do opt to reveal their (extremely pretty) faces to build intimate fan connections, showing your face is not required. You can mask or creatively obscure your identity if preferred while sharing sultry content.

How much money do top OnlyFans creators actually make?

Salaries run the gamut from $500 per month up to multi-millionaire status yearly. However, a 2021 survey of over 10,000 OnlyFans creators uncovered that most earn ~$180 per month on average.

With consistent effort and a loyal supporter base, you can absolutely achieve a healthy 5-6 figure salary in time!

What percentage does OnlyFans take from creators?

OnlyFans keeps just 20% of your subscription earnings, while creators receive 80% directly. The platform charges no upfront fees, so you earn money from Day 1 while retaining ownership of your content.

Can OnlyFans accounts get deleted?

While rare, OnlyFans may delete pages violating their Acceptable Use policy around illegal content, depictions of violence/crime, lack of consent, and more.

Carefully follow their community guidelines when posting content to avoid termination. I always advocate consulting legal counsel if questions around censorship ever arise.

How often should you post on OnlyFans?

When first launching your OnlyFans account, strive for a minimum of 3 exciting posts per week. Once you gain devoted followers expecting fresh content daily, ramp up engagement to 5-7 posts weekly plus interactive chat sessions.

Ready To Build Your Thriving OnlyFans Creator Career?

I hope this roundup clearly outlined everything required to start your OnlyFans account successfully.

While an OnlyFans career does require consistent creation of captivating content, engaging often with supporters, strategic promotion across social media platforms and more…

The immense income potential makes the effort well worth it. Top OnlyFans creators earn 7-figures yearly simply by monetizing their influence.

You now have all the tools and knowledge needed to begin your rewarding OnlyFans creator journey. Feel free to DM me any other questions arising as you start sharing that sensational content with adoring fans!

I can’t wait to see your success story unfold. Sending all my energy your way for this exciting next chapter!


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.