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How OnlyFans changed the Industry..

It's no secret that OnlyFans has reshaped the landscape of the adult entertainment industry, taking the power away from production companies and placing it back into the hands of performers.

OnlyFans is by no means perfect. Any creator you meet will have their gripes about the platform - from constant server connectivity issues, and ever increasing limits on acceptable content,, to the issues with the release form system. But we can all admit that overall it has been a huge net positive for the industry. The platform was one of the first that allowed content creators to manage their own platform, choose what they post, select their own prices, and have complete financial control of their business. All for a 20% cut of the earnings.

One of the biggest draws of OnlyFans for consumers is the intimacy. Unlike traditional porn, on OnlyFans you can chat directly to your favourite porn star. Send photos and videos back and forth, watch a live stream and interact with your favourite creator, and even buy customised full length videos! The platform allows for a more intimate and personal connection, enabling content creators to build dedicated communities and establish closer relationships with their biggest fans. This personalised approach to porn was ground breaking at the time.

This direct interaction fosters a sense of connection for creators, as they can better understand their fans' desires, receive real-time feedback, and tailor their content to meet their audience's preferences.

OnlyFans gave adult content creators newfound financial independence and control over their work. By removing talent agencies, production companies and other intermediaries, content creators are able to retain a larger share of their earnings, and have more control over their image.

We now have full agency over:

- Pricing: initial subscription fee, prices for locked/PPV content, and for personalised/custom content.

- Online Image: Take and edit your own photos, choose which ones get uploaded, pick your own aesthetic and niche.

- Co-Performers: Choose and vet your own co-performers for scenes.

- Script: Choose your own video content and create the content YOU want to.

- Extras: It's up to each creator what extra's they want to offer - sexting, GFE, customs, worn items etc!

OnlyFans has become a powerful platform for some marginalised communities within the adult industry, who may be overlooked by mainstream production companies for not 'looking the part' or fitting into a box. The platform has allowed creators from all walks of life to express themselves authentically, and we have seen creators of all body types, gender identities, and sexual niches find success and financial freedom.

While OnlyFans has brought about significant changes, its important to remember that the site faces many challenges and a lot of criticism. Content moderation, privacy concerns, and external pressures from payment platforms, have caused OnlyFans to place ever increasing limitations on what content is allowed - the site is becoming less and less kink-friendly, many sex workers believe this is in an attempt to transition towards SFW/Softcore content, and leave behind the workers that built the platform. Only time will tell.

Over recent years, a stream of new sites have popped up, many of which functioning in a similar way to OnlyFans. None have managed to capture quite the same level of traffic or fame. But many do offer a more relaxed set of rules, allowing kinks such as heavy bondage, watersports, fisting, lactation, and public content, all of which are against OnlyFans TOS.

I am a firm believer in diversifying your income stream, having multiple payment platforms can be a challenge to manage - but it increases your earning potential tenfold, and adds a layer of security if one platform suddenly goes quiet or has a major rule change.

We have no way of knowing how the industry will evolve in the coming years, but the adult industry is constantly changing with new technology and diverse trends, and I for one can't wait to see what comes next.


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