One of the biggest questions we get asked here at Get Your Bits Out is how to get fans. Whether that is on OnlyFans, Patreon, Admire Me, Fan Centro, or any of the other subscription sites out there this is always the magic golden question.
First up, the bad news: you really do need fans to begin with. Sites like these don’t really drive their own traffic. You can’t just set up a fan site and expect paying fans to appear out of nowhere as it won’t happen - you need to be able to build or direct an existing fan base from somewhere else. We recommend having AT LEAST 2000 real person social media followers before setting up a fan site. This is because subscription sites are something that you can’t really fake - on every other social media platform you can kind of game the system by buying fake likes and followers - but you can’t fake paying subscribers. Let's face it, spambots don’t buy FUCK ALL.
In our workbook we go into great detail about how to build a fan base from scratch, but the simple answer is: it is work. ALWAYS. Even for overnight sensations - chances are their success didn’t happen quite as overnight as they would like you to think. Everyone has had to put in the work somewhere. We all stared at that zero follower mark one day and proper shit ourselves, we’re having to do it right now with our business socials and let me tell you - it is panic inducing. Thankfully we have the magical Von on the case!
I know what you are thinking - this is the worst advice ever - where are the magical tips and secrets!? I don’t want you to get too disheartened here, that’s not my aim, I am just being clear that this industry rewards the tenacious, probably more than most. Hard work is always the answer, knowing where to direct that hard work is where we come in.
Here are some tips:
TALK TO PEOPLE
Yes this one might seem massively obvious, but you are not going to build a fan base as a creepy lurker. You have to get out there and talk to people, in a genuine non-spammy way, to get engagement. Basically all the rules of being well-liked at a party apply here, you’re not going to get popular hiding in a corner, as much as I wish it were true (sad face). If talking to strangers feels too cringey, do what I did and start a blog. Then you can reimagine yourself as the cool mysterious 1980s Winona Ryder character at the party and it’s like talking to a diary and you can totally forget real people are reading it.