How to Start an OnlyFans – What you Need to Know

So, you’ve decided you’re going to start an OnlyFans account. Our guide – OnlyFans for beginners covers all that respective third party owners need to do, know and consider before they set up an OnlyFans and begin creating content.

With this guide, OnlyFans creators should be able to start strong and grow accounts quickly and continuously, placing them in front of potential subscribers quickly and meaning they can accomplish substantial growth over a year or even less.

Here’s what you need to Know – How to Start an OnlyFans

Begin with a quick look over the type of content you would like to share with the world. Remember that anything you post online can potentially be stolen or leaked. This is a risk you will always run with this adult content.

Just think about the things you would like to post online. Will you be showing your face? Will you be linking your OFS or adult content account to your social media? What type of content do you plan to post?

Finally, once you begin to see that cash roll in, be careful. It would be best to save about 30% to 50% for taxes. It is not likely that it will cost you that much, but it is always best to play on the safe side.

The Mindset to Create Content

If you are planning on making as much money as you can on OnlyFans from OnlyFans content, you will need to develop the appropriate mindset.

Don’t begin your OnlyFans by following what others do. You already have your vision for beginning an OnlyFans and all you have to do now is stick with it and create the right OnlyFans content for you.

Of course, you will face the same challenges at the beginning like not getting fans and learning how to promote yourself on OnlyFans effectively. But if you stay motivated and continue to create content that’s captivating you will soon make it over these initial obstacles. You can find plenty of helpful pointers on our blog for OnlyFans beginners.

Setting your Subscription Price

The first thing you will have to decide will be a suitable subscription price. This is done in the settings menu. You can choose to have a FREE or paid Onlyfans accounts , but there is an important difference between paid and free accounts.

Having a free account allows you to post certain content that your followers can purchase if they would like to view this content. These are called PPV, or Pay Per View, posts and this is a feature that can be allowed for all free accounts.

Whether you choose to open a free account or a paid account, the prices you charge for your content and subscriptions will be based on your plans for OnlyFans success.

Step-by-step guide on how to start an Only Fans account

Now let’s take a closer look at how to set up your OnlyFans account. In our basic step-by-step guide to setting up your OnlyFans account, you will learn how to do this effectively. You will find there are many ways to make your OnlyFans stand out from the competition.

Create OnlyFans account

The first thing you will need to do is create your account. As we have mentioned above, this will need to be connected to a Twitter account, Google account, or some other email address. Before you can begin taking a collection, you will need to open your account.

To sign up you will only need to confirm your email is valid, choose a password that you will easily remember, and conform to the policies in the OnlyFans terms of service agreement.

After you have completed these steps, you will be directed to your profile page where you can begin familiarizing yourself with the very intuitive interface. At this point, you can choose your profile’s name, which is going to be a rather important point for setting you apart and attracting the kind of attention you are looking for.

Now you can begin adding a profile picture, an OnlyFans link to websites, locations, and the rest of the information you would like to share with your loyal following. Here you can link to your Spotify account and Amazon wishlist.

The next point is very important. Pick the country from which you are broadcasting and from the dropdown list and tick the radio button to confirm that you are at least 18 and then choose the age of majority in your country. After this, click ‘Next.’

OnlyFans Fast Approval

On the following OnlyFans page, you will be asked to share your full legal name, address, and date of birth and upload a copy of your government-issued ID. As well as a selfie of you holding your ID. These details will be verified and as soon as your account has been confirmed, you can begin earning on OnlyFans.

How long does OnlyFans take to approve?

Typically, the wait time for account approval is set at 72 hours but is usually completed in under 48. If for some reason your application has been declined, you will be given reasons why this has happened and what you can do to rectify the situation. As soon as you have followed these instructions, you will be approved by OnlyFans.

Optimize OnlyFans profile

The optimization step is all about placing some important features on your OnlyFans page. For example, you can choose some more profile pictures and write a good bio for yourself. Writing a sizzling bio can be a good thing for connecting with your target audience. Be sure to read all about some great ways to write a good bio in our ‘How to Write a GOOD OnlyFans Bio’ blog.



Be sure to update your username and display name, we have found the niche attracted to names like ‘user441825’ is rather small.

These settings can be adjusted in the Settings menu.


An OnlyFans bio is a short piece of text that will appear just below your display name. At the moment, OnlyFans only provides you with 160 words to write out a description for your account. Be sure to read our tips so you can make the best connection with the audience you are hoping to attract.


If you are just beginning, we recommend you hide your follower count from potential followers. There is no point in displaying this until there is something worthy to display.

This setting can be adjusted by selecting ‘Settings,’ then ‘Security,” and then ‘Show Fans Count’ in your profile settings.


You can write a carefully worded introductory greeting to your new subscribers. It pays to think this one through carefully.

Your welcome message automatically gets sent to each new subscriber you gain. Use it wisely.

You can access this feature through settings: Settings – Chats – Welcome message


Set up subscription bundles to subscribe. You can offer 3-, 6-, and 12-Month packages and each should be priced so that the loyal fans purchasing larger packages get a special deal.

You can read more about how to set up your subscription bundles here.

In the settings menu, you can also access the ‘Promotions’ setting.

Set up subscription prices

You can now take some time to think about the audience you will be catering to, the high value of your content, and the best price to place on the subscriptions, posts, and other goodies you will be offering. You can choose whatever price you believe your followers will pay. This could be anything, $9.99 or $99.99.

But this can also be played carefully. For example, we know that out of 100 free followers, about 1 to 5 will convert to paid subscribers. This is why it is important to be consistent with your marketing efforts. At the end of the day, it would be a better goal to have 10 followers paying $10 a month than 2 followers paying $50 — supposing you hope to make $100 a month.


There are also discount systems or discounts that can be offered for a limited amount of time through the ‘Promotions’ section of the ‘Settings’ menu.

You can offer special discounts to encourage more paying followers. These can be offered as part of your marketing efforts for great effect.


If you are concerned about your privacy for any reason, you can choose to block certain countries from accessing your site. For example, if you are broadcasting from the UK, you may not want anyone from the UK to see your account.


There are 4 important sections of your profile that should be optimized.

  • Profile photo
  • Cover photo
  • Bio
  • Username

We will cover how to properly optimize each of these important elements in the following sections.


This is going to be your face to the world and it has to be PERFECT! No bathroom selfies, no shady ambiguous subjects, and good lighting.

You want to have exciting pictures that capture the eyes and inspire the imagination.

Many apps can be used to make these pictures as ATTRACTIVE as possible. You should not hesitate to use every single one of them.


Just like the profile photo, this also needs to be done perfectly. Remember the orientation of the picture. It is a landscape, so be sure your subject matches. Just like the Facebook cover photo.

How to select a Profile picture for only fans?

You may be tempted to upload the first photo you have as your OnlyFans profile picture, but wait. It pays to give this one some thought. Consider your niche and place something that is a good representation of your content.

For example, if you are a yoga teacher and this is your niche, a picture of your latest trip to the Grand Canyon is not going to follow this niche very well. Consider that your yoga subscribers will not be amused and choose something a little more fitting.

You must select a photo in “Yoga Pose”, this will show that you are a perfect yoga teacher or you are providing yoga training. Here’s a guide to OnlyFans poses.


Your bio should be a clear description of what your followers will find in your account. You can talk about the content you post, as well as something about yourself, and what it is you are offering.

This should be kept suitable for your audience, whether that calls for playful, calming, exciting, or intriguing. We recommend the use of emojis to set the stage.

How to select names and nicknames for OnlyFans?

We have an OnlyFans usernames ideas section that can help you choose the best OnlyFans username for your account. Selecting your OnlyFans username is one of the most important first steps required to make your OnlyFans account. It should be selected to express something about the type of account you are managing.

For example, if you will be uploading Yoga video instructions to your OnlyFans account, it would be a good idea to include ‘yoga’ in your account name.

Social Media Steps for New Accounts

If you are an important figure on social media channels, an influencer, or a creator, you may consider OnlyFans to be a great way to enhance your connection with your OnlyFan’s fan account. This will improve your service range on social media platforms and allow you a more direct way to monetize your content within the adult industry.

According to recent statistics posted in the OnlyFans blog, there are over 30,000 creators making an enormous amount of money by spreading high quality content across the world to gain followers on Tiktok and other social media sites.

OnlyFans can provide you with the opportunity to share your private exclusive content with users over the internet on social media accounts and earn money as well via a good subscription rate. All you have to do is follow the steps here and you too can begin making money if you are a cosplayer or a model creating exclusive content.

Create Your Twitter Account

OnlyFans suggest that you have your OF account linked to a Twitter account as well and for good reason. Twitter gets over 6.6 billion visits each month and so much about your marketing will be reaching these large numbers. Twitter is often overlooked as people are more focused on Instagram and Facebook. But there are some very good reasons to choose Twitter as your platform for advertising your own OnlyFans.

Most importantly, Twitter is one of the few accounts that allow ‘Not Safe For Work content to be shared and viewed openly. If you are planning on making such content available, you should do so on a platform that allows for the promotion of this type of content freely. So, the next task you have is to open a Twitter account that will be connected to your OnlyFans account. If you already have a Twitter account, you may not want this to be used unless you are ok with everyone you know enjoying your content as well.

For safety reasons, it is also a good idea to have a separate Twitter account for your OnlyFans account. This way nothing important like your age, address, location, real name, and any other information finds its way into the hands of unpleasant people with bad intentions. It is fairly easy to make a Twitter account all you need is an address and a phone number. Here are some tips to promote an account on Twitter.

So long as sufficient time has passed, you can use the same phone number on your new Only Fans Twitter account as you have for your original Twitter account. As soon as you have done so, connect your OnlyFans Twitter account to your account. If at first, you don’t have any ideas, just set something up so that later you can improve on it.

Create a Reddit Account

An OnlyFans creator who is new to the OnlyFans scene may not have a Reddit account. Reddit has been the platform of choice for the male audience aged 13 – 30. Because most of the content creators in OnlyFans are female, they probably don’t have a Reddit account and maybe have never even heard of Reddit before.

But, Reddit is another site that allows you to create content and publish NSFW content to be posted and shared on all 18+ subreddits. Reddit is one of the most frequently visited sites online because posting is completely free. So, you may want to open your account and consider how you can begin making a splash here.

A good reason to get the jump here is that you may not be able to post in some subreddits until your account has aged a certain number of days. You don’t have to be active on the account during this waiting period though.

So open a Reddit account as soon as you can. Choose a name that is somehow connected to your OF account so that you can continue to build your site here. We have a Reddit OnlyFans guide here

Create a LinkTree/All My Links Page

Now that you have a variety of accounts and links to your OnlyFans, you will want to have an easy and convenient location where your followers can find you. This is where LinkTree and AllMyLinks make a good tool for OnlyFans link organization.

Go ahead and visit the websites for both of these tools and see which one suits the tone and style of your account best. After you have chosen, you can begin adding links to the accounts you have already made, like your Reddit, Twitter, OnlyFans bio, Instagram, and anything else. You can change the order in which these sites appear listed in your account, but don’t worry about that now. You will probably be visiting this site again over the next few days as you add more related OnlyFans links. For now, just register your OnlyFans page and include the links you have.

Create Reddit Pinned Post

Creating Pinned post is very important to attracting attention to your content on Reddit. Reddit does not allow you to post any URLs in your profile description. Almost all OnlyFans creators will include the URL anyway, but it won’t be a link. In other words, the user will have to copy and paste the URL code into the URL window to access the site. But there is a better way.

A simpler way to provide access to your site would be to create a post that will be published to your profile and this can contain a link to your OnlyFans and LinkTree or whichever site you choose to manage your links. Your profile will work the same way as a subreddit will. You can post and publish there and this will be connected to your profile page.

Now everyone that is following you will see whatever you publish on Reddit in the same way as if they have subscribed to any other subreddit. Your posts will appear in their feed. When you have finished posting your first post, go back and make sure to make it a ‘sticky post’ — meaning it is a pinned post.

Paid Shoutouts for OnlyFans

If you have made it this far, good for you are well on your way to stardom and the economic boosts that come with it. But what if you have done all this and still have not made a splash? What if you have already made some impressive content, but still haven’t attracted enough OnlyFans subscribers?

This may be a good moment to apply a paid OnlyFans Shoutout.

When beginners get met with the difficulty of few results despite their best efforts, they can feel a little dejected. But this happens to everyone no matter what. But have no fear, if you have already reached out to your social media sites and still failed to arrive at the response you are looking for, have no fear. What you need is an influencer who can share your photos, provide you with commentary, and spread your content to their audiences.

Investing in Equipment as an OnlyFans Creator

Sure you can start with what you have. But if you take the time to collect the needed equipment to run a successful OnlyFans from the very beginning, you will make the process of setting up and running your OF account an easy and more intuitive process. Of course, you will not need everything listed below to get started, but here are some things that will come in handy sooner or later once your OnlyFans takes off.

To make it simple, we have compiled a list of the equipment you will need to create impressive content:

1. Smartphone (iPhone or Android)

What better way to begin creating content for OnlyFans than with a suitable smartphone? The latest Android and iPhones are more than suitable for this purpose. What you are looking for here is a camera that can take high-quality pictures and video.

But these are not cheap tools and you should consider which is the best you can get with the current budget you have. If you already have an iPhone of decent quality, that should be more than enough. A good percentage of OnlyFans content is created with smartphones so it is one of the most important and versatile tools to use.

It is important to remember that better quality phones come with better quality cameras and these create better quality content — which is exactly what you are looking for. So, if you are going to spend a little more on a single piece of equipment, it should be this one.

2. Tripod

You will soon find that not all your visual content can be created with the phone or camera in your hand. This is where a tripod can be handy. Take the time to choose one that suits the content you will make and is appropriate for your iPhone or Android.

3. Ring light

Lighting is very important when making content and this is why the ring light is the best option. You don’t want to use the natural light through your window or the desk light from your lamp. Choose a ring light that allows you the best lighting solutions and illuminates all angles. Some lights are only white, others have different shades, and others are capable of providing different lights, so choose your lighting according to your needs.

4. Digital camera

As your content creation evolves and you produce increasingly more impressive content, you will soon find that your digital camera on your iPhone or Android is no longer sufficient for your needs. If you want better quality images, you will have to choose a camera that is capable of high-resolution photography. The search can get pretty technical, but you can follow our guide to getting the best digital camera for your OnlyFans content right here.

5. Microphone

The sound is every bit as important as the video, don’t forget this. While you will need a high-resolution camera to take quality visual content, your audio content will also need to be top quality. We recommend a lapel microphone as they provide excellent reception and clarity and it sounds up close and personal too.

Final Tips

High-Quality Equipment = High-Quality Content — not everyone earns nearly as much as they could be making if they focused a little more on marketing their content and improving their equipment. Most people making good money here will be topping off at about $120 to $180 USD a month. As we have said, many of these people would be making far more if thy applied a little more attention to marketing.

Publish your content — Once you are ready you can begin posting the content you would like to share. This could be images, videos, or even audio content. The important thing is that you have a place to market it and collect your earnings.

Just so we are clear, you are most certainly allowed to post adult content on this site. While we have been called a porn site because this content is acceptable here, this doesn’t mean that you are obligated to do the same — you can post whatever you want.

How often do you need to post on OnlyFans?

There are no guidelines here, this is a marketing question. The way you connect with your audience and meet the demand will determine how much you post and how much you make.

Don’t forget to ask for OnlyFans Tips

Some of the biggest earnings are from OnlyFans tips so don’t forget to ask for tips when you post your content. IT would be a mistake for any seasoned content creator, who produce high quality content or anyone who has put time and effort into their content not to ask for OnlyFans tips.

Conclusion on How to Start an Onlyfans Account

By using the OnlyFans tips and pointers you have found here, you will be able to set up your OF account and begin creating content. The next part is all about content marketing and this has some tricks as well. So there will still be plenty to learn along the way. We hope you have appreciated this article. Good luck to you!

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