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Great – you’ve taken that first step and signed up to OnlyFans. This could be the ticket to you earning big bucks, but only if you stick at it.

And there’s no time like the present. Here’s our guide to what you need to do right now to make the best start to your OnlyFans career.

Set that profile picture…

Your absolute first job should be picking a profile picture. It might not be a big image but it’s important for setting the tone of your account. Are you offering nudes, sexy clothed pics, fitness tips or something completely different?

Your profile picture should be clear, well-lit and should make it obvious what your account is all about. Don’t go full-nude though if your plan is to share adult content – censor it, so that you leave your potential subscribers wanting more.

Also, don’t assume that a professional picture is best. Sometimes it is, but a lot of people seek OnlyFans pages for amateur content too. If you have a slick, studio-esque profile picture but your regular content is amateur, you’ll mislead people and they’ll unsubscribe. Honesty is best here, and many people prefer the more natural look of a profile picture shot on a phone in a relaxed setting.

…and choose a banner image too

Next up, you’ll want a banner image too. Whenever your profile is shown on OnlyFans in the Suggestions area, both your profile pic and banner will be clear. A lot of people use their banner just to show off more of their body, or a collage of their images.

Other people prefer to add (a small amount) of text to help tease and entice. We’re talking a couple of words at most though, something like a tagline for your account. Whatever you do, just make sure it’s different from your profile picture, otherwise, you’re wasting valuable space and people will assume your content is lazy.

Write your profile

Only a quick one here – your profile can be improved later when you’ve started making posts. But a few lines of text, for now, that explains what your account is all about will help. Don’t be dry or dull, and don’t write too much – no one is subscribing based on huge paragraphs. Just be cheeky, explain what you’re offering if people subscribe, and you can amend it later.

Decide on a price, or go free for a teaser?

Once your account is set up and you’ve added your profile picture and banner, you need to think about a subscription fee. It’s important you get the balance right here. It’s obvious that if you set it too high that you might put people off, especially as someone new to the platform.

But equally if you go too low, and then want to raise it in future, you can wipe our your early subscriber base who join at the lower price.

…if you set it too high that you might put people off, especially as someone new to the platform.

A good idea is to start free while you’re getting established, but be clear in your profile that it’s for a “limited time”. Then, once you’ve started to promote the page and get some interest, you can switch to a fee, and it won’t catch your earlier subscribers off their guard.

Most OnlyFans models charge $9.99 a month, but often in-hand with a free version of their account. The free version essentially becomes another marketing tool – show censored versions of your content, or less revealing images, to entice people to pay for your full-access account.

Get posting

Now that you’re account is ready, it’s time to post.

You need at least five posts as a starting point, which shouldn’t just be five photos from the same shoot. Aim to get to 15 posts as soon as possible, just so that you’ve got enough content as a starting point for those earliest subscribers.

15 posts is a good number because it shows that you’re new, which is acceptable, but also shows you’re not just going to post a couple of photos and videos and then get bored, leaving your subscribers to ditch you.

A few different outfits, and a few different locations and you’re well on your way to giving people their money’s worth.

Time to promote

This is arguably your most important step!

With your profile all set-up, you just need to start getting it seen by people. We can help, but you need to promote it yourself on your own social media feeds too. If you don’t regularly post on Instagram then make sure you do, and TikTok is a great platform for building up fans – just make sure on both platforms you’re not too explicit or you could get banned.

Don’t spam people, but take the same approach as you will with your actual OnlyFans account – plan your content, try to time it for when more people are online (you can Google this for your chosen audience and social media platform) and don’t take shortcuts. Use hashtags and link between your profiles to build up your own online persona.

OnlyFans isn’t complicated but it isn’t easy either unless you’re already a celebrity or a social media star with tons of followers. Most people are starting out from nothing, or just a couple of hundred Instagram fans at best.

The reason that not everyone makes it is because they give up too quickly. Don’t be one of those, instead be one of the people who makes a huge success out of their OnlyFans. Keep posting content. Promote it on every social media channel you can, and do it in the right way. If you think about the quality of your posts, and how best to promote your page, you could be on the way to earning potentially thousands of dollars a month.

If you need more tips, take a look around the rest of our site, but only once you’ve completed this checklist!