There are a lot of ways you can monetize yourself on the Internet. Whether it’s through blogging, donations on Twitch, YouTube videos, or blowing up as an Instagram influencer, money is out there. But what about something like OnlyFans?
Sure, it’s easy money for some people. But for someone like me, it’s really more hassle than what it’s worth.
Mostly because I’m an out-of-shape, 40+ male who still doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up.
What, Exactly, is OnlyFans?
OnlyFans is a platform in which “talented” individuals can receive donations or subscriptions from fans in exchange for a variety of offerings. This can include works of art, private pictures, one-on-one conversations, and much more.
As the name suggests, it’s a place where only ardent fans of a creator can access more intimate connections through a payment system.
At its core, OnlyFans isn’t really all that bad of an idea. It’s nice to have a setup for creators who offer genuine entertainment or knowledge to receive something for their efforts.
However, it’s been twisted and warped in the public eye. And now when many people hear the brand’s name, they think more of pornographic material.
7 Reasons Why I Will Never Have an OnlyFans Page
Although OnlyFans might have some legitimate purpose behind it, I still doubt I’ll ever have a page on the system.
1. I Don’t Look All that Good in Thong Underwear
Most of the people that are thrust into the news from OnlyFans are those who essentially sell scantily clothed pics, if not outright nudes, to “supporters.”
And while I do believe that some guys might draw an audience for body shots, I am definitely not one of them. I am still in the process of losing weight and kind of look like a melting Halloween candle at the moment.
Needless to say, I would never pose in a thong, even if I do reach my 8% body fat goal.
2. The Reputation of OnlyFans is Much to be Desired
Right now, the brand has an incredible amount of social angst surrounding the name. But don’t get me wrong, I see nothing negative about women selling pics of themselves in suggestive poses.
If someone is willing to buy it from you, why not sell it?
But as a professional freelance writer, I wouldn’t want my name tied to something as controversial as OnlyFans. It would make it sound like I was trying to market myself as “the nude freelancer.”
3. I’m Not Thrilled About the Lack of Information on the Homepage
After visiting the homepage of OnlyFans, I can say that I’m not exactly thrilled by the lack of information. It looks more like a simple landing page for a phone app.
As I hate smartphones, to begin with, forcing me to use an app is a no-go.
The only real meat of information I could find on the website was the FAQ section. And it was mostly designed for people who had accounts already set up.
4. I Have a Hard Time Charging for What I Already Give Away for Free
This is a problem that I have with the other systems I use. I have a difficult time coming up with a fair price for what I offer. And since I am fine with giving away information for free, I can’t think of anything that is worth a monthly membership fee.
I’m still playing with a few ideas, but I still feel weird saying something is worth even $5 per month.
I’ve had people suggest that I set up classes on something like Udemy. But even then, most of what I know I share with everyone for free on YouTube.
I’m just not as driven by profits, fancy cars, and big houses like many others out there.
5. I Already Use Buy Me a Coffee and Ko-Fi
Although they are a bit different, I have found good success using Buy Me a Coffee and Ko-Fi. Essentially, they are similar systems to OnlyFans with the exception of actually having morals regarding what you can share with your supporters.
And lately, Buy Me a Coffee has made some pretty significant leaps and bounds in its development.
This is not to mention how platforms such as these have a more professional social reputation. That’s what really drives me, in the long run.
6. I’d Rather Earn the Money I Recieve
I’m one of those people who’d rather earn their keep rather than have something given. Even if I had the body of a Greek god, I still wouldn’t simply sell images of myself…because I really didn’t do anything to earn the money.
It’s also part of why I have such a hard time coming up with incentives to be a monthly supporter. I don’t think what I do is all that impressive. It’s what I do to pay my bills.
And I just want to help people learn to do what I do.
Personally, I’d rather have a marketable skill that is in high demand where I can earn a decent living. Posing for pictures dressed in bicycle shorts to show off my amazing abs is lazy to me.
7. I Barely Have Motivation to Maintain My Blogs
And lastly, maintaining something like OnlyFans would take far more motivation than what I have. I can barely keep working on my blogs and YouTube channel, let alone try to build an audience on the platform.
I have been getting more of a groove going in terms of creating content. But still, I don’t know if I’d have the motivation to do something on OnlyFans, especially since I already have an established page on Buy Me a Coffee.
Is OnlyFans Right for You?
When it comes to ways to monetize yourself on the Internet, you gotta do you. If you’re comfortable prancing around in skimpy outfits to have people toss money at you, that is completely legit.
However, as a professional freelance writer and editor, I just don’t see the purpose.
Besides, I’m nowhere near being as popular as some of these TikTok, Twitter, or Instagram influencers. Then again, I don’t really know if I’d want to be.