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How to be successful on OnlyFans – 15 Tips For Success 2023

Ready to discover the secret recipe for rocking it on OnlyFans? Look no further, because we’ve got you covered!

Here is the ultimate guide to becoming a successful OnlyFans star. By embracing the principles we’re about to share, you’ll be well on your way to making waves and earning big as a fabulous content creator on this platform. So, let’s start!

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You can read the full article here about the daily routine of an OnlyFans creator called Alella who makes $100k/month.

There’s lots of useful info in the article about:

  •  how she structures her day
  •  how she treats OnlyFans as a business
  •  the importance of routine
  •  what platforms to promote on

Summary below:

10:30 am  

“The 1st thing I do every morning is wake up, sit in bed, and check my OF to see how much I earned overnight. I also check Reddit to see how well my posts performed- I have them scheduled to post early in the morning because that’s the best time to post on Reddit”  

✅ First thing every day is to check OnlyFans performance  
✅ Reddit is the first social media platform she checks  

✅ She schedules posts  
✅ She optimizes the time that she posts at  

“I have a spreadsheet that helps me coordinate, but I use Later for Reddit to schedule more than 200 posts that will post automatically over the next three months. I’ll post on r/RealGirls and other subreddits.”

✅ She organized af  
✅ Uses Google Sheets to organize content posting  
✅ Posts to specific subreddits for her niche  

“I also run a Telegram group that currently has 83 other OnlyFans girls in it, where we exchange tips and tricks. We share graphs and spreadsheets with each other to see how we’ve been operating,”  

✅ Reads OnlyFans related contingent for tips & tricks
✅ Seeks insider info
✅ Telegram groups  

11:30 am

“I make coffee and film a short video called “The Naked Morning Coffee Chat,” where I’m either topless or naked and talk to the camera about my thoughts or rant about something that’s been on my mind.”

“I post this a few times a week, and it’s to try and connect better with my subscribers — this is no makeup, hair messy, very relaxed.”  

12:30 pm  

“After my coffee I have some personal time where I’ll watch YouTube videos, respond to people, maybe eat something and check my Twitter”

✅ Shows her life
✅ Makes in feel intimate & real  
✅ Engages in the DMs  

1:30 pm

“I start putting on my makeup in the early afternoon and get ready to shoot content, which takes up the majority of my afternoon.  This process is very lazy, very relaxed. I take a lot of breaks and usually change outfits a handful of times.”  

2:30 pm.  

“Every day I have a personal goal of getting two really good photos and one GIF that I can post online as advertisements on Twitter and Reddit.   In between that, I film a bunch of content for my OnlyFans.”  

✅ Set daily goals  

“For everything outside of OnlyFans, content under 30 seconds performs much better. For my OnlyFans, I will post longer stripteases or videos that are more explicit.”  

“2 days a week I’ll film a porno, which means I go to PornHub, sort by “solo girl content,” and look at what’s been popular recently. Then I pick 1/2 and replicate that. If it’s Saturday instead of filming a porno, I’ll Livestream myself playing Askhole with my viewers”   

✅ Uses the internet for content inspiration

7:00 pm

“I try to film in natural light, so I finish when the sunsets. After I’m done shooting content, I’ll start editing everything on OpenShot.”  

“I’ll edit the porno into two versions: a 30-second video that I post on OnlyFans as a preview, and then a longer version that I’ll direct-message out to my OnlyFans subscribers that night or the next morning.”  

✅ Recycles content in a sensible way  
✅ Posts TEASER content for free to social media  

“Once a week I’ll set aside two hours to research new platforms to consider posting on. For example, a lot of escort sites have gone online-only because of COVID, so I make it clear that I’m not escorting, but I advertise on a couple of those. ”  

✅ Always looking for more platforms to generate more traffic into the top of her sales funnel

“There’s also BDSMLR, which is the alternative to Tumblr because Tumblr banned nudity.  I’ve even posted on some conservative websites, but that hasn’t turned out very well.”  

12:30 a.m.  

“Lights out. I usually double-check my Reddit schedule, queue up all the content I filmed that day, and schedule my Twitter posts before I go to sleep.”

✅ Reddit focus
✅ Twitter focus
✅ Scheduling content daily

You can see a lot of the keys to being a successful Onlyfans creator in Alella’s routine.

Now let’s look at 15 principles to being successful on OnlyFans in some more detail.


To be successful on OnlyFans you really need to have a niche, a “kink” or “content style”.  

Then this becomes part of your brand & your persona, and your online personality.   

Your OnlyFans account profile, OnlyFans account bio, and every aspect of your content – your clothes, props, the way you talk, the way you type, how playful you act –  all should reflect your chosen persona.  

Some of the more popular OnlyFans niches or personas are: 

  • Bratty
  • Pornstar 
  • Innocent/Kawaii/Cute
  • Cosplay 
  • Findom 
  • MILF  
  • Athletic  
  • Yogi  
  • Fitness Babe 
  • College Slut 
  • Dominatrix 
  • Stoner 
  • Squirter 

You can look at successful creators to see how they brand, how they show their persona, and also where and what they post, for example – on Reddit.  

We point out several successful OnlyFans accounts in 8 different niches in our free ebook on choosing a niche:  

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If you’re aiming to rake in those earnings on OnlyFans, it’s crystal clear that content creation will be your golden ticket. Let’s kickstart your journey by diving into the art of creating captivating content.

To begin, gather some essential equipment: an iPhone, a trusty ring light, and a Bluetooth remote control tripod. These basics will set you up for success.

How to be Successful in OnlyFans

When it comes to creating content on OnlyFans, aiming for high quality is usually the way to go. However, there’s an exception to this rule: the “girl-next-door” style, where a more natural look and selfies can be preferred over super high-quality content.

Now, the type of content you choose to create largely depends on your personal preferences and comfort level. However, one thing you can’t overlook is the need for both promo content and paid content. To kickstart your OnlyFans journey, consider investing in at least one professional photoshoot. This will provide you with a solid base of promo content. Remember to bring multiple outfits to showcase your versatility. Promo content is crucial, but you also need to focus on creating “paid” content. This type of content often leans towards the explicit, adult, or video genres, although the decision ultimately rests with you. If you feel comfortable with it, consider practicing and getting comfortable with creating videos like:

  • Solo performances
  • Solo performances with toys
  • JOI (a quick Google search will reveal more about this genre 😉)

These videos can serve as a foundation for your pay-per-view (PPV) content. By recording 3-5 good quality videos, you’re well on your way to earning your first $1,000 per month and achieving success on OnlyFans.

A content repository of 30-50 promo pics & gifs, and 3-5 longer videos to sell is a good starting point to make money on OnlyFans.

Eventually, you need to get into a “groove” of making content – this is a personal process.

For example, maybe you shoot a longer video twice a week. From this one video you get:

  • Promo content (pictures & gifs for social media)
  • Teaser content (free short video previews for OnlyFans)
  • Longer video (for selling)

If you get to this point you’ve practically got OnlyFans on lock 😉

If you’re struggling with content ideas then read OnlyFans content ideas.

Use social media to promote Onlyfans and be successful

When it comes down to it, the key to success on OnlyFans is attracting more subscribers and driving more traffic to your page. In essence, it’s all about generating traffic because, as they say, more eyeballs equal more profits.

And here’s the simple truth: Social media platforms serve as the top of your OnlyFans sales funnel.

Think of social media as the gateway to your OnlyFans journey, where you captivate potential subscribers and entice them to explore your exclusive content. By strategically leveraging social media, you can drive traffic and direct interested individuals to your OnlyFans page, ultimately increasing your subscriber count and boosting your earnings.

Remember, it’s all about getting those eyeballs on your content, and social media is an invaluable tool for achieving that goal. So, master the art of utilizing social media platforms to funnel traffic towards your OnlyFans page and watch your success unfold.

Promoting on social media is the main way to get traffic to your page. There are so many social media platforms that it can be hard to know which ones to focus on.
But you should for sure be using MULTIPLE social media platforms to promote your OnlyFans. Pick from:

  • Reddit 
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Tiktok
  • Snapchat

Each platform has pros and cons, some are more friendly to OnlyFans creators (Reddit, Twitter), and others you need to be very careful about when promoting OnlyFans (Insta, Tiktok).

We recommend creating social media accounts and trying out each platform. After a while, you’ll find 1-3 main platforms that you focus on because you’ll notice that you get the most traction on some particular platform(s). For more, read how to get followers on OnlyFans.

Use Reddit to be successful in onlyfans

When it comes to promoting your OnlyFans account, Reddit is undoubtedly one of the best platforms you can utilize. Here’s why:

  1. Massive Reach: Reddit boasts an impressive average of 21 billion screen views per month, offering a vast audience to tap into.

  2. Niche Communities: Reddit hosts pre-built communities catering to various niches, making it easier for you to find and engage with your target audience.

  3. Creator-Friendly Environment: Reddit generally welcomes OnlyFans content creators, providing a favorable space to promote your content and connect with potential subscribers.

  4. Low Competition: Surprisingly, many creators have yet to discover the power of Reddit for promoting their OnlyFans accounts. This means that by leveraging the platform, you can enjoy a relatively low-competition environment and stand out from the crowd.

To get started on Reddit, follow these four steps:

  1. Set up a Reddit account.
  2. Link your OnlyFans account in your Reddit bio.
  3. Find relevant subreddits that align with your content and niche.
  4. Share your content in those subreddits.

For a detailed breakdown of these steps, be sure to check out our FREE Reddit guide, where we provide comprehensive instructions and insights to help you make the most of this platform.

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Use Shoutouts to succeed in onlyfans

Purchasing a few shoutouts is a good idea when you’re starting out to get your Onlyfans account going with some momentum. But once you’ve got some followers, you can start to use Shoutout For Shoutout (S4S) so you’re not paying for shoutouts every time.  

S4S is when you and other content creators all shout out each other’s page in agreement. Try to get shoutouts from models in your niche with as many followers as possible. To get this type of shoutout, lookout for S4S groups on Twitter, Telegram, and Reddit. 

Or just DM other creators directly and set up an S4S group yourself.

Optimize Your OnlyFans Profile

When it comes to achieving success on OnlyFans, your account profile plays a crucial role. There are four key elements that you should focus on:

  • Profile Photo: Make sure your profile photo stands out and grabs attention. Avoid bathroom selfies and dark lighting. Opt for a bright and captivating image. While you don’t necessarily need a professional photographer, using editing apps can enhance the quality of your photo. If your OnlyFans content includes nudity, showcase your best asset without displaying full nudity (as it is not allowed in profile and cover photos). Ideally, make your profile photo relevant to your niche.

  • Cover Photo: Consider the landscape orientation of the cover photo. Choose a wide photo, such as full-body shots of you lying down. This type of pose works well:  

OnlyFans Banner Laydown

Another option is creating a collage of images to fill the cover photo.

You can easily achieve this using free and user-friendly tools like Canva. If you want to add text or special offers to the cover photo, Canva or hiring a graphic designer on platforms like Fiverr can be helpful.

  • Bio: Your OnlyFans bio should clearly communicate what your profile is about and the type of content you offer. Make it fun, playful, and personal, using emojis if it aligns with your personality and niche. Consider your niche, the personality you want to portray, and share a bit of your background story. Need some bio ideas? Then read OnlyFans bio ideas & examples.

  • Username: Choose a memorable username that distinguishes you from others. Avoid generic usernames like ‘u241079.’ To differentiate between your free and paid accounts, you can add ‘FREE’ to your username for the free account (e.g., ‘@yourusernameFREE’), while your paid account username can be simple (e.g., ‘@yourusername’). Try to connect your username with your niche, personality, and story to make it more engaging and relatable.

By paying attention to these four elements and optimizing your OnlyFans account profile, you can create a visually appealing and compelling representation of your brand, increasing your chances of attracting subscribers and achieving success on the platform.

Mass Messaging

The mass DM feature lets you send a DM to ALL (or to some) of your subs at once. This feature is great for selling PPV content. However, you don’t want to spam your subs with locked posts in DMs all the time.
If you do mass DM often try to throw in some free content, or just a friendly text now and then. It doesn’t have to always be PPV, that gets spammy. Try a cute ass pic saying goodnight or simply messaging “hi, are you up? Xx”.

When to Send

1-2 times a week is a good starting point.

Fridays are always good as that’s when a lot of people get paid. How often you send PPV can annoy subscribers, so pay attention to how your subs react.
8 or 9 PM in the timezone of your subs (e.g. most likely the USA) is a great time to send your subs are probably home from work and chilling.

What to Send & Charge

Photo sets and vids are the best content for PPV.
  • Pictures: Do photosets. Sets of 4-8 are a good place to start. Charge from $5-$25 depending on the set’s high effort.
  • Videos: 7 to 15 minutes long is a good place to start. Use clips too. You can send a clip and say “If you tip x amount I’ll send you the entire video”. $15-$50 is a good range depending on how long and high the video’s effort is.

So how to be successful on OnlyFans with mass messaging? Use the feature smartly and don’t be overly spammy. Add good captions to any PPV videos you send in the DMs.

Retain your Subs to be Successful in Onlyfans

retain your subscribers

OK, so to answer the question “How to be successful on OnlyFans? we discussed how you need to attract attention to your page, get more followers and subscribers.

That is the most important, fundamental part.

But, retaining your subscribers is indeed crucial for long-term success on OnlyFans. Here are three tips to help you retain your subscribers and increase your earnings:

  1. Keep promoting: Fans may come and go, so consistent promotion is essential. Continuously market your OnlyFans account to attract new subscribers and bring back previous ones. Even if fans leave after a month or two, some may return in the future. By consistently promoting your content and engaging with potential subscribers, you increase the chances of retaining and regaining subscribers.

  2. Avoid frequent price changes: If you have subscribers on auto-renew, be cautious about changing your pricing often. When you modify your prices, an automated message is sent to all your subscribers, informing them of the updated price. They then need to confirm whether they want to stay subscribed at the new price. By minimizing price changes, you reduce the risk of giving subscribers an opportunity to unsubscribe.  Don’t give people this opportunity to un-sub to your OnlyFans account. Do you know the way all great services like Amazon Prime and Netflix offer free trials these days? That’s because they know that a huge chunk of people will simply forget or not be bothered to cancel their subscription.

  3. Reward re-bills: Establish a personal connection with your top buyers and tippers by offering rewards for their continued support. Consider providing free photo sets or videos as rewards for subscribers who renew their subscription. However, ensure that you send rewards only after subscribers have successfully rebilled to avoid potential scams. By acknowledging and appreciating their loyalty, you encourage subscribers to stay committed and engaged with your content.

It is your job to get fans to stay subscribed to you for as long as possible because that way you can sell them PPV content for longer.

So every two weeks or so you can send your fans with rebill off a message like this:

“Heyy babe I noticed your rebill is off. I guess it’s because you’re not into my content? I really put in a lot of effort and make stuff I thought you would love. If you feel you aren’t getting something from me that you want, please lmk and I’ll be sure to make some changes

PS: if you turn rebill on, I will send you my naughtiest 5-minute vid, which I usually charge $30 for free. Just hit me up when its done xx.”

To send a message to all your fans with rebill off at once, select all your fans and then just exclude the ones with renew on.

Use the ask a question feature

This feature is just like the feature on Instagram you’re already familiar with:

How it works: 

Where you create a story, there’s a ‘question mark’ icon at the top. You type in your question and position it over a picture on your story. When subs answer, it shows as a notification, and you choose to answer via dm or public as a story.

How to use this to your advantage: 

For getting feedback 

Ask what people like & don’t like about your page – you’ll get tonnes of great feedback.

To increase engagement

Here are some ideas to help you along. We’ll suggest a {picture} type and a question to go with it.

  • {selfie} “Ask Me Anything” (AMA)
  • {2 outfits} Ask which outfit is better  “A” or “B”
  • {bodypart} Do you like my bodypart?
  • {bodypart} Does my {bodypart} look big/small here?
  • {outfit} Do you like my outfit?
  • {outfit} Should I buy this?
  • {outfit} Would you ____ me if I wore this for you?
  • {selfie} Are you a cat or dog lover?
  • {selfie} What’s your favorite position?
  • {selfie} What’s your best joke? 

Always be Testing

In marketing, there is a saying- “always be testing”. It means “test” everything. Like change up (“test”) your:

  • Onlyfans profile
  • PPV captions
  • PPV previews
  • mass DM content
  • when you post content
  • types of content you post,
  • DM scripts
  • etc.

Always test to find out what works best. This is a process of constant improvement. You can use OnlyFans campaign tracking to measure the effectiveness of many things.

Tip: Looking for caption ideas for your social media and OnlyFans posts? Then use our free caption generator to get your creative juices flowing!

Run Sales Occasionally

Don’t run sales too often as that cheapens your brand. Always add elements of scarcity or urgency to sales:

  • scarcity = “20% off only for the next 10 subscribers” 
  • urgency = “15% off only for the next 6 hours”

Using proven sales & marketing tactics like scarcity and urgency is key to success on onlyfans

Connect with other Content Creators

DM other content creators on Twitter, Insta, Reddit, & free OnlyFans accounts. Comment on their promo posts. Why?

  • become friends
  • support each other
  • learn from each other
  • like and comment on each other’s posts.

You can also find access to promo, S4S, drop groups, and advice groups. It’s good to surround yourself with other people on the same path as you to keep you motivated, engaged, and full of new ideas. Online groups & forums are a great way to do this.

Spend your time on high ROI activities

Successful people value their time above all else. They know that time = money.

And when it comes to how to be successful on OnlyFans you need to make sure that you’re spending your time on the things that actually put money in the bank. Promoting will always be your highest ROI (Return on Investment) activity. Promoting means eyeballs and traffic into to the top of your sales funnel.

Content creation & and working in the DMs are the next two highest ROI activities after promoting. Example time split:

  • 40% social media building, marketing, and promotion 
  • 20% creating new content 
  • 15% fan interaction and building relationships 
  • 10% connecting with other content creators and promoting each other 
  • 10% brainstorming new and unique ideas 
  • 5% researching new methods and learning new strategies

Show Up Every Day

Successful OnlyFans content creators are consistent

  • They show up every day. 
  • They promote their OnlyFans page every day, on multiple platforms. 
  • They post OnlyFans content every day.
  • Schedule content.
  • Dedicate time to cleaning their DMs.
  • Reply to Reddit comments.
  • They show up every day and put in the work.

A lot of new models get attracted to OnlyFans by alluring stories of easy money and new houses. But the reality is that you have to put in hard work, especially in the beginning. And those who show up every day, for 6+  months in a row, and put in the work… They are the ones who succeed. 😉

Invest In yourself & Your Brand

This is the BIGGEST mistake we see new OnlyFans creators make… NOT investing their profits back into themselves, their brand, and their education. We’ve seen it time and time again. 

A new creator gets to $500 to $1500 a month and spends all of that money on stupid stuff that has no relation to growing their OnlyFans business.

Until you hit really good money (whatever that means to you, whether that’s 2k or 20k) you should be investing a SIGNIFICANT portion of your OnlyFans income back into your OnlyFans business.

ALL successful people know this – you must invest to earn more.

“Invest in what?”  – you might be asking.

  • Better lighting and equipment
  • Props
  • Weekend getaways for content shoots
  • Shoutouts
  • Lingerie/costumes
  • Useful software, that can auto-follow people who subscribe to you (this is the tool I recommend 30% OFF

But most importantly of all – INVEST IN YOUR OWN EDUCATION. As an OnlyFans creator, you are in charge of:

  • content creation
  • editing
  • customer relationship management
  • sales & marketing

for your BUSINESS.

So if you’re serious about being a SUCCESSFUL OnlyFans content creator… Take ACTION today.

Frequently Asked Questions

The key to getting more OnlyFans followers and subscribers is getting more traffic to your page. Traffic = Eyeballs and Eyeballs = Profits. To get more traffic to your page promote your page on multiple social media platforms and leverage shoutouts (either/or paid shouts or S4S Shoutout for Shoutout)

The average OnlyFans user makes $180/month.

Yes you can be successful on OnlyFans even if you don’t have a following when starting out. It just means that the first few months with be slower in comparison. You need to have realistic expectations and put in the work every day for those first few months when starting with no followers.

You do not need to show your face to make money on OnlyFans. There are MANY successful models who make a lot of money without showing their face. You should study these models to see how it is that they are successful even without showing their face. You will see some common themes and niches (fit/athletic/Arab/big ass/big breasts – these niches tend to do well faceless) if you examine successful faceless creators.

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