OnlyFans has rapidly become one of the most popular websites on the internet. It’s a place where anyone can create the kind of content they want to, and start building their own career with more freedom and flexibility than any other kind of job. But it isn’t the only option out there. In this guide, we’ll take you through the best alternatives to OnlyFans.
The five biggest alternatives are AVN Stars, Patreon, Just For Fans (JFF), AdultNode and Unlockd. Each platform gives creators the chance to share content with paying subscribers, and they’ve all got their pros and cons. Depending on what kind of content you want to create, one might be a better option for you than OnlyFans.
Of course, OnlyFans is king for a reason. It might be that you want to stick with OnlyFans as your best bet, and build your profile through what is clearly the most popular platform amongst users. But if you want to explore your options, this comparison guide will help.
What is AVN Stars?
AVN Stars is a social media network that was created by the AVN Media Network, a group formed around the adult entertainment industry. That means that they’re specialists in providing adult content – so it’s no surprise they’ve entered the subscription-model arena with their own network to rival OnlyFans.
It’s a more recent creation, but they’ve got years of experience in providing adult content to draw on. If anything, that’s made for a strong launch, with a website that is clean and easy to use, a wealth of tools that content creators can take advantage of, and policies in place to help protect the content that you create.
If you’re interested in creating adult content, then AVN Stars is a great place to sell it.
How does AVN Stars work?
AVN Stars works in much the same way as other content creator platforms. You’re able to create an account and then post videos, photos and more that you can either monetize through a subscription or you can charge on a per-clip basis. You can also make money by referring others to sign up to accounts, and by getting tips from users.
There are a lot of premium features included with AVN Stars which other sites don’t have. You’re able to connect your premium snapchat account to better interact with subscribers, you can schedule posts, and you can attached your own clip site to your profile.
AVN stars also prides itself on being a quality website – other adult platforms are a little messy and can be frustrating to navigate, but AVN Stars is slick and professional, which makes it easier for users to find you and to enjoy the content you create.
How does AVN Stars make money?
AVN Stars makes money by taking a cut of the money you make on the platform. The percentage that AVN Stars takes is 20%, which is the same as OnlyFans and a little more than Unlockd.
Remember though that it’s not just about how much of a cut the platform takes but also any other limits, and the popularity of the platform. AVN Stars might not have as big a userbase as OnlyFans but it’s the biggest of the rest, and of all the platforms it’s the most professional and slick for users.
How much money can you make on AVN Stars?
The amount of money you make on AVN Stars completely depends on how good you are at promoting your page…but it has great potential especially when you compare it to other platforms.
The 20% fee taken by the platform might seem high but it’s comparable, and considering what it covers – promotion of your page, video hosting, and the name power of AVN – it’s actually not bad value.
That AVN name is huge – they’re a major name in the world of adult entertainment. By signing up to AVN Stars you’re affiliating yourself with one of the world’s leading adult brands, and with that comes an existing audience who are specifically looking for adult content, which you can provide and make money from.
Also, there are no maximum fee limits on AVN Stars. You charge what you want to, as long as it’s at least $2. So if you really take off in popularity your earning potential is completely unlimited.
Not only that, but if you refer someone to AVN Stars, you could make up to 5% of their lifetime earnings – so it’s also fantastic for cross promotion!
How does it compare to OnlyFans?
OnlyFans is huge and gained a ton of popularity in recent years but just because it has the most users, it’s not always the best platform. There are a number of ways that AVN Stars might be more beneficial to you.
Firstly, it’s a cleaner site – much easier to use than OnlyFans both for users and for creators. You’ll have no trouble uploading your content, and users will find it easier to navigate to, and a more enjoyable user experience. This isn’t just us talking – check out the chat on Reddit and Quora and you’ll see loads of people saying this.
Then there’s the financials. OnlyFans and AVN Stars both take a 20% cut, but with AVN Stars there’s no upper limits on what you can charge fans and subscribers, and you can make money on lifetime referrals for other users too.
Payouts are better too. With OnlyFans you get a payout every 21 days, but on AVN Stars you can request a payout whenever you want and payments normally take a few hours to a maximum of 2 days, even internationally. Payments do take 7 days to clear into your AVN account first, but that’s still faster than with OnlyFans.
Finally, AVN Stars has a lot of features that OnlyFans doesn’t, including scheduled posts, selecting certain audiences for posts, and adding premium Snapchat.
OnlyFans is a great platform and many people make a serious career there, but if you’re an adult content creator, don’t discount the many reasons to start with AVN Stars first.
What is Patreon?
Patreon is a membership platform that was founded in 2013, which in internet terms is ages ago, and it’s certainly been around for longer than OnlyFans. There are clear parallels between the two, and you’d have to assume that OF took at least some inspiration from the model that Patreon built.
A lot of Patreon users have built their initial following on YouTube or other social media platforms first. Once they have the beginnings of a fanbase, they move to Patreon to start offering exclusive content that can only be accessed through a paid subscription.
It’s not just because Patreon offers an extra chance to earn income. It gives creators the chance to expand their content through an extra revenue stream, but it also protects the creator against demonetization on YouTube.
Those who create content on Patreon can receive funding from their followers or fans on a recurring basis. But the platform isn’t just made for famous YouTubers. A lot of artistic and creative personalities have relied on Patreon as a way to earn money for their hard work.
While it’s generally not a main source of income, it’s one of the best channels for anyone who wants to make extra money leveraging their creative talents. It is for this reason why YouTubers, podcasters, and musicians are flocking to it like someone struck gold.
As of today, there are more than 200,000 content creators on Patreon with well over 3 million supporters. In total, these creators raked in a combined total of well over $350 million.
How does Patreon work?
The way Patreon works is simple. A content creator can set it up so that a supporter pays a monthly recurring fee, giving them access to exclusive content. It’s a subscription-style model where the creator can set it to whatever price they like.
How does Patreon make money?
Patreon charges a fee between 5 and 12 percent of your earnings, depending on whether you’ve chosen a basic platform, a Pro or a Premium one. There are payment processing fees on top of that too – not just for withdrawing money but for being paid into your balance too. The fees add up quickly. Realistically, expect to keep around 80% of your earnings.
How much money can you make on Patreon?
As with any subscription-based platform, the amount of money you’ll make depends on how popular your profile and how much you charge.
It’s not unheard of for people to make hundreds of dollars a month, with the top creators breaking into thousands. Anywhere between one to five percent of your Patreon followers will eventually become paid Patrons. If you have 10,000 followers and you charge $5 a month, you’ll be looking at making anywhere between $500 to $2500 a month.
How does it compare to OnlyFans?
Patreon and OnlyFans have a lot of similarities, but the key difference is in the types of content you’re allowed to promote. Patreon allows nudity, but content must be carefully marked and it can’t include explicit content. If you want to go down the adult route, OnlyFans wins out over Patreon.
There’s an extension to this difference though – Patreon is easier to promote on other social media accounts. Instagram and TikTok can ban users for advertising their OnlyFans page, but you can talk about your Patreon anywhere.
What is Just For Fans (JFF)?
If you’re looking for a more direct competitor to OnlyFans than Patreon, JustForFans might be exactly what you need.
It’s another subscription-based website for content creators, and like OnlyFans it does permit adult content. But there are some stark differences between the two.
Just For Fans (JFF) was created by Dominic Ford. Ford is known as one of the most popular gay porn stars in the industry. For this reason, JFF’s fan base is more targeted for the LGBT audience. However, there have been some adult stars, male and female (gay and straight alike) making their presence known on the platform.
To be clear, OnlyFans absolutely permits all genders and orientations too – but JFF has that established LGBT+ market because of Ford.
OnlyFans vs JFF: How do they stack up
JFF covers some bases that OnlyFans does not. For example, JFF will allow followers and subscribers to purchase individual clips. At the same time, JFF content creators will also sell customized items and text messaging to their fans and subscribers.
OnlyFans doesn’t currently offer this option to its creators or subscribers. But the one thing that they do offer that JFF does not is live streaming. It depends on your priorities – do you want to offer your fans one-off content pieces, or live streams?
The other thing to consider is the popularity of the platform. OnlyFans is bigger, but that also means more competition too. JFF could give you a space where you can create your niche and find an audience.
On JFF, you keep 70 percent of your earnings, compared with 80% on OnlyFans, so with OF you’re better off.
Then there is the payout method. OnlyFans will allow you to request a payout every day. JFF only allows for weekly payouts.
Then there’s the minimum payout amount: OnlyFans’ payout threshold is $20. JFF is $50.
With these two platforms being the most popular, it would be easy to reach the minimum payout amount in no time. It’s not as difficult as you think. Plus, the key here is not selling your content at too low of a price.
What is allowed?
As mentioned before, adult content is allowed on both OnlyFans and JFF. OnlyFans tends to have more of a mix of creator styles whereas most people on JFF are focussing on adult content.
But regardless, it proves that OnlyFans has that wide fan base appeal across many demographics. Time will tell as to whether or not OnlyFans will adopt some features that JFF may have.
What is AdultNode?
AdultNode is a little different to others on this list. It’s more of a free platform that uses a token system, where you can earn tokens by being an active user, and fans can tip you tokens if they want to.
AdultNode is more of a social media platform than the other sites on this list – in fact, anyone who has used Facebook or Twitter (so, everyone) will find it really easy to use and navigate.
You can search for people based on hashtags and follow them. Their content will then appear in your feed. You can like and share, and you can message users – sometimes free and sometimes for a cost of tokens.
OnlyFans vs AdultNode: How do they stack up
With OnlyFans, content is locked behind that subscription paywall. With AdultNote it’s the complete opposite – your content is freely available to users who can then choose to tip you in tokens.
You can also charge tips for private messaging. Content creators can choose to upgrade their membership to a VIP one, which includes a number of benefits including more fans, and the chance to earn a 5% lifetime income on referred users.
There are a few ways you can make money on AdultNode, including one that’s really interesting.
First up though is the base token system, where fans can tip you in tokens, or you can charge for paid video calls. 10 tokens is worth $1 and you can cash out when you’ve made 1,000 tokens or $100. There is a fee, but it’s 15%, which is joint-lowest on this list of sites.
The interesting way that you can earn tips is through CrowdPay. This works a little like camsites – you can set a goal to unlock content which users can then contribute too, essentially crowdsourcing your sexy photos and videos. Once the goal is reached, your pics become free to view for everyone. It’s a fun and interesting way to raise more tokens.
What is allowed?
As the name implies, AdultNode is all about adult content. As soon as you sign up and head to the Explore feed, you’ll be shown hardcore content from a wide variety of users who you can then follow.
As with all sites on this list, there is a limit on the content that can be shared – anything illegal will get you banned from the site.
What is Unlockd?
Unlockd is a relatively new competitor to OnlyFans, having been set up in 2020. It’s similar in style, allowing content creators to accept subscribers in exchange for photos, videos and more. It also accepts adult content.
Unlockd really focuses on providing the best experience for content creators. The site was built in consultation with creators, to create a streamlined and simple experience. They build their reputation on quality of service and on lower fees, so if you can build up a reliable subscriber base, you can do really well on Unlockd.
When you’re comparing features, Unlockd and OnlyFans are extremely similar – you can work with the same kind of content across both. Whether you’ve adding photos and videos, sending files to subscribers or offering live streams, both platforms can accommodate you.
Unlockd claims that it is a streamlined service that lets you tailor your rates to suit the content. Realistically while the website itself is more of a clean experience, less jumbled with spam accounts, the functionality between both is pretty much identical.
Where Unlockd claims to be different is in the support offered. They guarantee to address any issues within 24 hours, guaranteeing that it’ll be fixed within that time. They also guarantee weekly payments, so that you don’t have to wait for your funds. OnlyFans does offer payout requests any day, so Unlockd is more comparable to JFF here.
There are good sides and bad sides to Unlockd’s payment structure. The key benefit is in the fees – you’ll only be charged 15%, which is lower than OnlyFans and JFF and is the best of all the sites that permit adult content.
On the flipside, the minimum payout is $100, higher than JFF and OnlyFans. So you’ll need to wait a bit longer to get your money than you would with the other websites.
What is allowed?
Unlockd does permit adult content, putting it on-par with OnlyFans and JFF. As long as the content is legal, then it’s allowed on the site. That doesn’t just refer to sexual content but also to copyright – you have to own the content that you’re uploading, you can’t share something that someone else owns. You can set the parameters of what you hide behind a paywall and what you give away for free.
While OnlyFans is more in an authoritative position compared to Patreon, Just For Fans and Unlockd, the latter may be a great way to generate more income aside from what you’re already earning on OnlyFans. At the end of the day, it’s all about staying connected with your fans while earning extra money.
For example, if you are on OnlyFans you can choose to use Patreon if you wish. If you are creating more adult-oriented content, it may not hurt to give JFF or Unlockd a whirl as well. While you are there, you can take advantage of some of the features that they have on the platform if you don’t feel like doing any workarounds on OnlyFans.
But nevertheless, it’s never been easier or convenient to create custom content for your fans on the Internet today. While OnlyFans is here to stay, it’s safe to say that Patreon, JFF and Unlockd will stick around for the long haul as well.
Have any other favorites? Let us know in the comments and we might even feature them in this guide in the future!