Every now and then people gain concerns about one platform or another for whatever reason. Many are currently considering leaving OnlyFans.
Whether it is about their liquidity, the ability to pay the performers their sales.
They might even be knowingly breaking the rules – whether it’s by trying to sidestep banned words (ie p0ppers) and you’re not permitted to advertise meets on OnlyFans (and, technically if you offer sessions at all you’d be at risk of falling foul)
But it often comes back that migrating platforms is so much work, they may not have the time. The mere thought is exhausting. Or worries that fans will follow them.
If you’re making, I dunno, $1000 a month on a particular platform and they go bust or kick you off then you make $0 a month.
I think something we should have learned over the years is that if you put all your eggs into one basket it’s a risky prospect with so many sites having disappeared, with balances, for one reason or another over the years.
There’s even well known established sites who’ve previously had liquidity problems paying out on time – though that seems to be sorted.
If you are staking into one site, cash out regularly and follow rule changes closely.
MIGRATION OR SIDE-BY-SIDE
The question is that do you want to close one platform (subscription, clipstore, etc.) and move everything to another… or… do you wish to run another side by side?
Neither are as laborious as they sound.
All of my steps below are based on a migration, but applicable for side-by-side.
WHERE TO GO
A lot of people will share advice (and referral codes) on where to go. Approach this with a little bit scepticism.
For clip sites established sites include clips4sale, iwantclips, ManyVids – be sceptical if someone refers you to a small start up.
For subscription sites established sites include OnlyFans, AVN, JustForFans, Frisk and AdmireMe
(note – the AVN link includes my referral code. The others do not – here is a link to AVN without my code)
But, did you know you can build your own also and embed in your website? Companies like CCBill can specialise in helping there. This does however carry a cost. But you have full control on content.
My list is non-exhaustive but if any others come up that are lesser known the scepticism is good.
There are questions to ask of any platform
1) Security. Is my content and personal data secure? Whilst anything can be pirated, some have weak security making it too easy to pirate. Will they help me if I am pirated?
2) Commission. How much will you take for me being on your platform? (and can you cover your bills and tax obligations with that? If it seems high there’s a catch)
3) Traffic. Am I going to have to do all the promotion to get people to follow me or do you have natural traffic? Can I benefit from passive sales being on your platform?
4) Is it user friendly? For both buyers and sellers
5) Ethics. LGBTQ+, BLM, so on. Am I being associated with toxic views that could reflect badly on me by being on your site?
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BIG BANG
If you’ve hundreds of photos and videos you don’t have to upload them all to the new site at the same time.
On the contrary.
You can even use your archive of content to your advantage.
You can simply continue to add new content, as you would, but you’ve also got all these “from the archives” posts you can make – this can help both with content output and also means that if you are someone who will be doing real time sessions once the wider situation makes this more possible – this means you have content ready to use at a point where you might have less time to focus on it.
If it’s an exclusive PTV platform, like a clip site, you can rip all of your content down when you no longer wish to update it. You can also just leave it up, but stop promoting it. This can allow for passive sales.
A subscription site there are multiple ways to do this.
Some simple steps.
1) Use the message feature to tell people you will be no longer updating the platform
2) Offer them a trial for the new platform, for their support.
3) Either change the subscription price (which would force people to approve the price change) or leave it the same (passive fans would continue to auto renew)
This tells fans of the situation, rewards them for their support – and the background fans you might have been worried about losing will either keep renewing each month until they cancel or be pushed off.
And if anyone new does sign up, they can see you are no longer active but access the archive of your content.
BEWARE OF THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES
New start ups keep popping up. Many offer the world. High commission for earlier adaptors. Less restrictions on content. “By sex workers for sex workers”. But ultimately, they all face the same problems. If they don’t have traffic you will need to do more work to promote them. If the commissions or offers seem high then this may be scaled back once their expenses are realised or when payment processors start influencing content.
Remember, as promising as these startups are a lot will be more work for limited reward and see my 5 points above.
Of course, every company was a startup once – so the question has to be is what does this one have that means they will work and last?