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How OnlyFans works: beyond adult content | Digital Trends Spanish

Surely in recent months you have heard about something called OnlyFans, a term associated largely – at least by those who are not familiar with the platform – with the sale of photos and videos for adults. But is it really just that? Find out exactly what OnlyFans is, beyond adult content.

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What is OnlyFans

Although it was founded by British entrepreneur Timothy Stokely in 2016, the popularity of OnlyFans exploded in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for many users to generate revenue from the content they shared on other platforms.

OnlyFans describes itself as a “social platform” that aims to “revolutionize the bonds” between creators and fans, by allowing them to “monetize their content while developing authentic relationships with their fan base.” In this way, it allows you to upload content behind a paywall, which fans can access in exchange for a monthly fee.

According to the company, since its founding it has become the “reference platform” for more than 70 million registered users and more than 1 million creators in the world.

How OnlyFans works


Anyone can an account for free at OnlyFans. You just need to complete the registration process or do it through a Twitter or Google account. When you have completed the process, you will be able to upload content and see what the rest of the users publish.

But if the idea is to generate income from the content, users must pass an identity verification process, to confirm that they are over 18 years old. This includes attaching an image of the official document of the country of residence -such as a DNI or a driver’s license-, as well as a selfie holding it.

Creators can upload the content they want behind the paywall, from photos, videos or text articles, and set the monthly subscription fee they deem convenient, between a minimum of $ 5 and a maximum of $ 100. OnlyFans keeps a commission of 20 percent of the profits, in exchange for which it ensures that the material cannot be shared beyond the wall, although its control mechanisms are not always entirely effective.

As a way to promote their paid subscriptions, many creators use the free version of OnlyFans to anticipate the content that fans or followers may find behind the wall.

What do subscribers get? Access to exclusive material generated by the creator. This detail is important: subscriptions do not provide access to all OnlyFans payment accounts, so if you are interested in more than one, you will have to pay individually for the content of each one of them.

Who (in theory) uses OnlyFans

British doctor Alex George

In theory, anyone could use OnlyFans to generate income from their content, from musicians, writers, personal trainers, or chefs.

In fact, the company publishes on its official blog accounts such as that of Alex George, a British doctor who serves as a mental health ambassador; the American comedian Anthony O’Connell; or former British boxer Tony Bellew, who markets exercise routines.

On the platform it is also possible to find the singer’s account Cardi B, which ensures that he uses the platform so that his fans have access to behind-the-scenes content of his shows.

And although OnlyFans makes efforts to remove the stigma of being a platform dedicated to nudity, its strength is in the segment. In fact, many users use this topic as a hook to gain more subscribers, as happened with the actress Bella Thorne.

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