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How to start an OnlyFans and succeed in 7 days

How to start an OnlyFans?

Step 1 – create your account!

Once your account is created OnlyFans will take you through a verification process to verify your identity and that you’re of legal age.

Verification requires an up-to-date government-issued photo ID document like a passport.

Once your account has been created and verified, people will be able to subscribe to your page.

You can start posting content and set your subscription price and other profile settings.

If you want to know how to start an onlyfans successfully then follow the steps below to boost your chances of snagging as many subscribers as possible within 7 days…!

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OnlyFans is a social media platform that enables content creators to monetize their exclusive content. You can sell any content on OnlyFans but the platform is most famous for adult content.

Some creators only sell lewd, “Instagram-like” adult content while others sell full-on hardcore videos. There is a lot of variation in the type of adult content on OnlyFans.

OnlyFans Guide offers advice for adult content creators so if you’re looking to learn how to sell your cooking recipes you might not be in the right place!

Before you start an OnlyFans

Starting an OnlyFans is a big decision and should not be taken without thinking it through properly. You first need to confirm you’re OK with the risks of putting content online.

After that, if you’re committed then you need to think about your niche and brand (keep reading) because they’re so fundamental to success on OnlyFans.

Think about privacy

Any pics or videos you put online could potentially be leaked, that’s always a possibility with anything you put online.

So will you show your face or not on onlyfans, what about on social media?

If you are going to post your face then your real life is likely going to discover your onlyfans at some point.

We explain all the different ways you can protect your privacy as an onlyfans creator, as well as the pros and cons of the different privacy approaches.

Think about your niche and brand

For branding it’s good to have a memorable username and to have the same username on all social media channels you will promote on.

The type or style of content you post is called your ‘niche’. Think: “girl next door”, “dominatrix”, “kawaii/cute”, “BBW”, “Asian” etc.

We have a complete guide about niches so you can choose the one that fits you better. And after that, you can read this second guide with marketing ideas for each of those niches.

Basic profile Settings

There are some basic profile settings you’ll want to set as soon as your account has been created.

User & display name

Firsts thing is to update your username and display name because nobody is going to subscribe to ‘u407195’, it makes you look like an inactive account or a robot.

Username in the green box. Display Name in the red one.

Your username is your unique name, like your Instagram handle; you should try not to change it often once you start promoting your OnlyFans.

Imagine if “Nike” kept changing their brand name and when your typed “Nike” into Google you couldn’t find the Nike website because “Nike” is now called “Zike”!

Your display name is what’s displayed alongside it.

You can change your display name anytime it doesn’t need to be more permanent like your username. Display names can contain spaces, emojis, and stuff that your username cannot.

Try to have a unique and memorable username… if it’s related to your style of content, and your niche –  even better!

You can set your user and display name in the Settings menu.

Newbie mistake to avoid: Not reserving your username across all social media. You want to have the same memorable username across all social media you might promote in the future. Every platform has different requirements for their username, so you can use to check the availability of a username on multiple platforms at once (except Snapchat & Reddit, you gotta check those manually). Register your username on one of / linktree / allmylinks too.

Your profile photo & banner

You want a bright and exciting profile photo that captures viewers’ attention.

Avoid bathroom selfies and dark lighting.

Don’t be afraid to use apps to edit and enhance your profile photo.


Like your profile photo, this should be on point.

Keep in mind the orientation of the photo – it’s landscape (wide), so your cover photo should fit that profile – just like a Facebook or Twitter cover photo!

Read our guide on creating a quality cover photo.

Your Bio

Your OnlyFans bio is a short text description that appears just below your name on your OnlyFans page.

Your bio is visible to people who have not yet subscribed to your profile and to your subscribers.

In your OnlyFans bio, you have 160 characters to add a description of your OnlyFans page to help your potential subscriber understand what your page and content is all about, and entice them to subscribe.

Read our guide on creating a quality onlyfans bio.

Subscription price

Your subscription is how much you charge per month for subscribers to see your content.

It’s a bit of an insider secret that often subscriptions are not an OnlyFans creator’s primary source of income.

Read about all the different ways you can make money on OnlyFans.

You can set your subscription price in the settings menu, Settings -> Subscription price and bundles.

Free or paid account? (or both?)

When setting the subscription price you have to choose whether this will be a free or paid account and there is one crucial difference between the two.

A free account enables you to add a price for posts on your timeline that your subscribers can pay to unlock and view the content.

Imagine you’re browsing Facebook and you see a post about a video, but you can only see a picture preview and some text describing what’s in the video, you have to pay to watch the full video.

That’s called Pay Per View (PPV) post in OnlyFans.

You can only post PPV posts to your page timeline on free OnlyFans accounts.

But, you can still send this kind of “locked content” in DM’s (private messages) on any OnlyFans account, free or paid.

A lot of creators actually use two linked OnlyFans accounts, one is free (and mostly promo content) and one is paid or “VIP”.

The purpose of this set-up style is to sell more PPV content.

Choosing between paid and free is a big decision you should now switch between the two once chosen.

Newbie mistake to avoid: Setting your subscription price too low. Try to make sure you’re happy with your subscription price. Don’t go too cheap initially. Why? Because if you later want to raise your subscription price when you raise the price all your existing subs will have to agree to the new price before their next rebill.

Additional profile Settings

After you’ve updated all your basic profile settings it’s time to think about some of the additional settings below which can help with how to start an onlyfans successfully in your first week as a creator.

Welcome Message

Your welcome message automatically gets sent to each new subscriber you gain as a Direct Message (DM).

You can use this message to (automatically) introduce yourself, and let your subscribers know any info you think they need to know right away.

You can access this feature via settings:

Settings -> Chats -> ‘Welcome message for new fans’.

Subscription bundles

If you put a subscription price on your OnlyFans page you might want to set up some subscription bundles to make it easy for people to subscribe for longer periods.

You can offer 3, 6, and 12 months subscriptions at a reduced price for those loyal fans who want this kind of offer.

Example of 2 bundles:

  • OnlyFans subscription price:  $15 per month
    • Subscribe for 3 months: get 20% off
    • Subscribe for 6 months: get 30% off

You can set up subscription bundles via the Settings menu, under ‘Promotions’.


You can also set standard discounts or discounts for a limited time via the promotions menu inside settings.

Don’t run sales/discounts too often.

And it’s always a good idea to only run a sale for a limited amount of time or for a limited number of subscribers e.g. 50% off for the next 10 subscribers.

Follower count

When you’re just starting out you should hide your follower count.

Nobody wants to subscribe to someone with 3 followers – it’s just basic human psychology.

You can access this setting in Settings -> Security -> ‘Show fans count’ on your profile.

Block counties

If you’re concerned about your privacy you should know that you can block everyone from a country or multiple countries from being able to view your page.

For example, if you’re from the UK you might not want anyone from the UK to be able to see your page.

Settings -> Privacy and safety -> Block by country.

Gaining profile likes quickly

Having a lot of likes on your profile can be important because no one wants to subscribe to a profile with 12 likes.

Humans naturally follow what is already popular – it’s the principle of social proof.

This is where knowing how to start an OnlyFans can come in handy

There are a few ways you can boost your profile likes really fast.


Add the following text, or similar,  to your welcome message:

“Thank you for joining my page babe! Like all my posts and DM saying done for a free uncovered pic! ”

When you get the DM’s saying ‘done’ you can check they actually liked your posts and then send the pic/video as a reward.

This way you’re getting likes on your profile for free.


Create a pinned post where you promise a reward in exchange for liking all of your posts or a certain number of them.

This reward could be a bonus video or picture you haven’t posted yet.

Between your welcome message and pinned post, you should start to gain profile likes very quickly once you start to promote your account.

You are not able to hide your profile likes count. (but you can hide fan and media count in Settings -> Privacy)

Newbie mistake to avoid: taking crap from ruds subs. Don’t be afraid to restrict/block subscribers that are rude or make you uncomfortable. Don’t let people walk all over you. Lot’s of newbies take too much crap from rude subscribers beacuse they feel obligated to those prople just because they paid a subscription fee.


Next steps for how to start an OnlyFans

Now that you know how to start an OnlyFans the right way, if you’ve followed this guide and implemented the basic profile settings your next step should be to look at:

  1. Content creation
  2. Promoting your page

This is just basic marketing.


  1. An offer to sell (your OnlyFans content) and
  2. Eyeballs on your offer (by promoting your page).

You’re probably not a celebrity starting with an Instagram with 1 million followers already.

That’s why we wrote a guide on how to start an OnlyFans without followers.

It explains exactly what content you need and which are the best social media sites to promote when starting without an existing audience.

Action creates action, and the first actionable step for you is creating your OnlyFans account.

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