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If you are someone who is starting out with OnlyFans, it’s easy to focus on how you can succeed. However, some of us fail to know about the common mistakes that you can easily make. If you are unsure of what they are, we’ve got you covered.
We’ll be taking a look at the 10 mistakes that you can avoid making while you are on OnlyFans. Some of these can be made even by the best content creators. Some of them are minor while others can be major to a point where your success may not be what you’re aiming for.
If you are starting out on OnlyFans, you should read this through. Plus, you don’t want to skip through each mistake. Let’s begin by starting with the first on our list:
1. Not being consistent with content creation
The key to generating success on OnlyFans is creating content regularly. It doesn’t matter if you do this daily or a few times out of the week. Consistency matters and your subscribers are willing to pay for fresh content.
Failure to do so will cause your subscribers to drop off. Loss of subscribers means less money. If you are using OnlyFans as a side income, don’t let a lack of consistency be the bane of your account’s existence.
2. Not suggesting tips
While you can make money with subscriptions, it’s not enough. That’s where tips come into play. A lot of content creators will suggest their followers and subscribers tip them each time they post something (or go on a live stream).
Don’t be afraid to suggest tips each time you have new content. You’ll have loyal followers and subscribers who are willing to throw something your way. The more tips you collect, the better.
3. Not “hacking” the tip menu
If you are selling digital or physical products, you can utilize the tip menu and suggest how much a user should tip to receive that specified product. For example, you have Product A for a $5 tip, Product B for $10, Product C for $15, and so on. This will straighten out any confusion and prevent you from sending the wrong product to someone.
This little tip menu hack will be perfect if you sell multiple products. Feel free to play around with which products are getting the most desire from your followers and subscribers. You can switch it around to where the most desirable product should be the more expensive tip on the menu.
While it’s not really a “mistake” per se, it would be a mistake to ignore this important tip if your goal is maximizing your earning potential. If you have multiple products to sell, leveraging the power of the tip menu would definitely catapult your daily and monthly earnings.
4. Lack of promotion
Circling back to our first mistake about consistency, the same applies when it comes to promoting your OnlyFans. If you’re thinking about growing your OnlyFans without promoting, then that could be a big mistake on your part. If you have a solid social media following, then you may want to start promoting on a regular basis.
Most of the content creators on OnlyFans will leverage social media sites like Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, YouTube, and even adult cam sites like Chaturbate (assuming you create such content). Now, let’s take a look at some of the mistakes that you can make in terms of promoting your OnlyFans:
Don’t spam your social media platforms. It’s fine to do it at least once a day.
Don’t leave out your OnlyFans link on your profile bio (Use Ohh.me or Linktree)
Take note of what’s allowable in terms of adult content on social media. It’s fine to post adult content on Reddit or Twitter. But Instagram does not allow it…so be careful with what you post (especially if you create adult content).
Don’t overwhelm yourself if you are starting out. Choose up to two social media channels to start out when promoting (i.e. — Instagram and Twitter). You may find success with one of them or both.
Even when promoting your OnlyFans, you can make some mistakes. You can avoid these fairly easily. The more you promote, the more likely you’ll gain followers and potential subscribers.
Also, if you have a small following on both OnlyFans and your social media platforms, focus on growth strategies for the time being. Your social media growth and OnlyFans growth can go hand in hand.
5. Don’t offer subscriptions for free
Again, this isn’t a fatal mistake per se.
But you’d be crazy to offer free subscriptions if the goal is to make money with OnlyFans. Some will do it because they’re probably making enough money as it is.
But if you are not generating plentiful income outside of OnlyFans, do not offer any subscriptions or extras for free. Not to mention, you might also attract low-quality followers and subscribers. The moment you decide to offer a paid subscription or the like, there will be those who will be unwilling to pay and your followers or subscribers will drop off.
6. Lack of products or services to sell
Despite OnlyFans getting a not so good rap for being an “adult website” because it allows nudity and such, there are those on OnlyFans who create content that doesn’t show sexual content. There are models and those in the fitness niche that leverage OnlyFans as a way to offer extra content and products that cannot be found anywhere else on the Internet.
They also sell multiple products and services like ebooks, video courses, and coaching programs. A lack of products and services can cause your earnings on OnlyFans to be stagnant. You can put something together as easy as your “best content compilation” and it can sell at a pretty reasonable price.
7. Not knowing your audience
The most successful content creators on OnlyFans have this one common secret that is not hard to figure out: they know their audience very well. Plus, users can leave likes, comments, and messages. This should give you a good idea as to what your market wants from you.
The idea here is to keep your audience happy. However, some of them may suggest the most outrageous things for you to do. If something like that were to happen, you can choose to refuse that request since it’s likely out of your boundaries.
Be sure to get as much feedback as possible from your audience. There is a reason why they subscribed to you. Give them a reason to stay on by creating the content they would like to see more of.
8. Expecting success very quickly
We know that success can be attainable on OnlyFans. The problem is, there’s this mentality that you can be successful in the quickest amount of time possible. That’s a dangerous thing to have.
If you are growing your OnlyFans, you’ll need to adopt the mindset that it’s a long game strategy. Plus, you’ll be “competing” with others in the same niche (and different niches) as well. Don’t treat it like a competition, but rather have fun with it.
It doesn’t matter when you attain success. But as long focus on your own subscribers and followers (and what they want to stay on as your loyal fans), you should have nothing to worry about.
9. Using OnlyFans as your primary source of income
Yes, content creators have made plenty of money on OnlyFans. We’re talking thousands (even tens of thousands) per month. However, it should not be considered a primary source of income.
Furthermore, it shouldn’t be a replacement for what you do to earn regular income (be it a 9 to 5 or as an entrepreneur). Consider it one of your side income streams regardless of what you earn. Plus, it would be a mistake to quit your job before becoming “OnlyFans famous”.
10. Using your real name if you create certain content.
Can OnlyFans be anonymous? Absolutely. In fact, a lot of OnlyFans content creators do as a way to protect their identities.
While you can use your real name, there’s only one caveat: don’t do it if you are creating your own adult content. Especially if you want to risk getting “outed” by someone who has plenty of time on their hands and wants to “expose” someone. That’s why not showing your face and using a “stage name” will be the better option going forward.
Frequently Asked Questions
Now that we have covered the ten mistakes you should avoid, we’ll be taking at some frequently asked questions. These should be useful if you’re considering starting an OnlyFans and you don’t want to make mistakes going forward. Let’s take a look at the following:
Can you be anonymous on OnlyFans?
Yes. You can be anonymous. This means you’ll need to use an assumed name if you feel comfortable doing so. You can take it one step further by not revealing your face when you post a profile pic.
How much can you make on OnlyFans?
It depends on some factors. For one, it depends on the price you set for subscriptions. Second, it depends on how many followers become your paid subscribers on OnlyFans. For example, you can have 10,000 followers on OnlyFans. At least 1 to 5 percent on average become paid subscribers.
Assuming you have that many subscribers at $14.99, that’s $1500 to nearly $8000 a month on subscriptions alone. You can also make extra depending on what you sell for products and how much you make in tips.
What are some “About Me” ideas that you should avoid?
If you are writing an “About Me” on your OnlyFans profile, you should consider avoiding talking about yourself a lot. In fact, you should abide by the 80/20 rule. In this case, talk about yourself 20 percent of the time and use the 80 percent to tell your fans and subscribers what to expect from you in terms of your content.
Can OnlyFans see if you screenshot?
There is currently a “no screenshot” policy in place on OnlyFans. They do this to ensure that piracy of content is prevented. While they may not directly see you taking a screenshot, it can be found elsewhere on the Internet and may be reported to OnlyFans if someone were to use it for uploading to pirate sites.
Is OnlyFans bad for society?
Short answer: no. There’s this stigma going around saying that OnlyFans is a porn site or the like. Just because it accepts adult content, doesn’t mean it’s considered a complete “porn site”. If anything, don’t let any media reports or articles tell you that it’s a XXX site because of it. There are those who like to put a spin on things just to get a few clicks online.
Will OnlyFans ruin your career?
There will be people out there who will try and ruin your career because of your presence on OnlyFans. That’s the sad truth and people like that do exist. If anything, OnlyFans hasn’t ruined any careers. But it has rather bolstered a career for some. If you are worried about someone exposing you for having an OnlyFans, maintain an anonymous identity and do not show your face. Especially if you are creating content that may contain nudity or sexual themes.
If you are looking to succeed on OnlyFans, it’s important to not make these ten mistakes listed above. Some of them may be harmful to your success (such as lack of promotion and consistency with content). These mistakes are easily avoidable but can be just as easy to make if you are not careful.
Growing an OnlyFans account can be helpful in generating a nice side income depending on your niche. It should not be a replacement for your primary income like your regular job or if you run a business. Don’t feel overwhelmed about the mistakes you could make, but have fun with OnlyFans as you are starting out.