OnlyFans decision to end adult content on it’s site has started the Platform Wars for Fan Attention with Fansly Winning the First Battle in a Long War to Come
OnlyFans Alternatives – Fansly – August 23, 2021 Reading Time: 10 Minutes
It didn’t take long for the official announcement by OnlyFans on August 20th, 2021 to end most adult based content on their site for the creators of OnlyFans to begin searching for a new home. OnlyFans had created an industry that had existed mainly in the shadows for a decade and brought it to the forefront of both Internet and popular culture. A whole ecosystem had evolved in the year since it’s explosive popularity took off during the beginning of the COVID Pandemic. In that time communities across Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, Telegram and others had been built up to support creators and those looking for fan content. All that hard work seemed to be in jeopardy overnight and the hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs on OnlyFans weren’t just going to sit around and wait to see where their money and livelihoods were going to run off to.
As early as August 19th when the news broke in the Media and across Social Media, content creators began to mobilize en masse to find a new home for their content and themselves. Those who didn’t have a community or group to turn to soon found one. OnlyFans in its neglect of NSFW content creators allowed for these kind of communities to emerge many of which had very little loyalty to OnlyFans. When the news broke on Friday August 20th, officially in creators mailboxes they only needed to go to the groups they had formed to determine where to go next.
In a group with over 100K followers OnlyFans content creators called “The League of Extraordinary WAP” they took a look at each site that may have been worth moving their content to. What they were looking for first and foremost was security for their content not the payout system. Payouts were secondary for most creators as this time they were looking for a site that would respect them and their content. In the end the group gave the following rankings to each site.
Fansly – Summary – They are secure and re-routed every attempt to to get into the system without legitimate credentials – Grade – A
JustForFans – Summary – Creators were not pleased by the sexual assault allegations against the owner. It was also easy to infiltrate private accounts. They stated the site was about as secure as Facebook ‘Pre-Farmville’ – Grade – F
LoyalFans – Summary – They were a secure site with what looked like the exact same protocol as OnlyFans. In the end the site is secure – Grade – B+
PocketStars – Summary – Since the founder came from an Adult Background she has the most secure site built to protect creators content. Grade – A+
From there a Poll was taken and Fansly.com performed best on the poll, along with the recommendations from Sansa Starkers who runs the 100k+ follower r/OnlyFansAdvice on Reddit the die was cast. This happened all before OnlyFans bizarre and awful Tweet on Saturday which further inflamed the community.
After that Tweet, thousands of OnlyFans creators both small and some with a million or more followers and fancy blue check marks let OnlyFans know how they felt about them. Many of those creators decided to jump ship and sign up to alternate platforms like PocketStars and Fansly.
The big advantage that Fansly had as well was that it has a referral program for both Fans and Creators. This is a huge incentive for people to move over to Fansly as this is the system that helped build OnlyFans into a juggernaut in such a big way that they had to change their policy from lifetime referrals to one year. This same system will help sites like Fansly gain market share against OnlyFans as anyone can now make money from Fansly. Since the percentage of new fans and creators on OnlyFans will be very small compared to whom you can bring to a newer platform like Fansly.
Fansly wasn’t just in the right place at the right time but that certainly helped. They were able to emerge as a good counter to OnlyFans in my opinion for these reasons.
They have a name that is easy to remember like ‘OnlyFans’
They have a logo and image similar to OnlyFans that the Market can Embrace
They established themselves as Friendly to All Content Creators
They take Feedback from creators on how to improve their site
They take Content Protection seriously and don’t leave glaring holes as I’ve mentioned OnlyFans does
They were ready with the servers and system to front load thousands of new creators onto their platform quickly without their system buckling.
Other Platforms that Could Emerge Like PocketStars and JustForFans
Although JustForFans was sitting as the second most popular Fan Site behind OnlyFans by traffic there was never a sense of trust for it in the community and in an industry dominated by women, you really want to steer clear of any image of impropriety in the age of ‘Me Too’, especially if you expect women to want to work with you on your site. This image is what likely doomed Just For Fans from being the ‘go-to’ site at this pivotal moment. PocketStars is likely next in line if Fansly isn’t able to come through for content creators as they hope. PocketStars has been around for over a year and was founded by Elle Brooke, an adult star and the site built it’s status on Twitter as a reliable alternative to OnlyFans. PocketStars was emerging from a similar issue with Mastercard that OnlyFans claims to be experiencing and was making adjustments to allow for more ‘hardcore’ content via Crypto Payments. Some of these issues may have factored into PocketStars now being the natural alternative if Fansly fails the community. A site called Unlocked also made the rounds via PR during this time but they have very little to no community presence which at the moment is very important. They would need to establish more of a foothold in the creator community to be competitive as the natural OnlyFans alternative.
List of OnlyFans Alternative Platforms and Sites
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