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PP17: Six Patreon Misconceptions

Introducing Patreon Podcast 2.0

  • MORE Patreon-focused
  • Interviews will be replaced with a “Creator Spotlight” segment
  • No more talking head videos
  • MORE tips, tricks and Patreon news
  • No longer weekly episodes. Episodes will be driven by content rather than a schedule.

Creator Spotlight: Patreon is creating Patreon

Patreon has started their OWN Patreon page… so you can be a Patreon Patron on Patreon. 

Their Patreon page is essentially their new blog, so all official Patreon news comes from there.

The money you pledge to the Patreon Patreon page goes toward OTHER Patreon Creators. So…

You can Be a Patron of Patreon Creators on Patreon by being a Patreon Patreon Patron!

Patreon News

Patreon released a new Study!
In a nutshell, the biggest source of income is pledges between 5 and 10 dollars
-Not surprisingly, the biggest volume of pledges (but lowest source of earnings) are in the lowest reported pledge bracket: $1.

What’s missing from this report is how many of these pledges are on a per creation basis versus a per month basis. $5 per month might equal less than $1 per creation, so it makes a big difference.

Six Patreon misconceptions

1. If you build it, they will come.
Patreon is not an ideal place to find new people to hand over their money. It’s a platform for people who already know what you’re doing to easily support you.

2. Pledges must start at $1.
Not a big deal, but if someone is particularly limited, it’s good to know that you can give less than $1 if you’d like to.

3. You HAVE to have great incentives/bonus/premium content.
As mentioned previously, your supporters are primarily supporting you because they want you to keep doing what you’re already doing. Don’t let your desire to thank them keep you from giving your all to the whole reason these people are supporting you in the first place!

4. Your creations should only be visible to Patrons.
Again, Patreon is a place for people who already love what someone is giving away for free to support the Creators they love! When Creators post creations and make them only visible to the patrons, they’re limiting their discoverability by new Patrons.

5. The Content has to be hosted ON Patreon.
Just because Patreon has an upload option when posting a new creation doesn’t mean Creators have to use it! I’ve known podcasters who try to upload each episode to Patreon, in addition to the fact that they’re already uploading it to their podcast website/RSS feed. This is unnecessarily time-consuming and can cause problems if you try to upload an audio file that is longer than an hour or any other file that exceeds the 100 MB limit.

If you are already posting your creations somewhere else, you can simply post the link to Patreon as a new creation, and allow your patrons to visit the creation in it’s natural context. Instead, consider using the upload function ONLY when sending out Patron-only content that is not available anywhere else.

6. Patreon’s pronunciation! 🙂
“Puh-TREE-awn?” “Pat-ree-AWN?” “PAY-tron?”

It’s just “PAY-tree-awn.”

What other misconceptions have you or others had about Patreon? Let me know or comment about it below.

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PP16: 5 Ways Patreon Could Be Better

Instead of an interview, this week I’m talking about the main focus and purpose of the podcast, an interesting Patreon case study, and the top five ways Patreon could be improved.

Patreon Case Study: SMBC WebComic

Patreon did a case study on the Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal webcomic’s success. Hear Jack Conte talk about it here:

5 Ways Patreon Could Be Better

5. Do a case study on building Patreon support without a built-in audience.

Gaining financial support on Patreon is one thing when you have a built-in audience, but what about people who have grown their audience through Patreon?

4. More visible website/social media links.

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3. More visible, intuitive downloads and creation links.

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2. Automatically import RSS feeds.

Patreon allows users to automatically import any new YouTube videos to their Patreon page… what about other RSS feeds for webcomics and podcasts, etc?

1. ONE account for multiple projects.

Many creative people have multiple projects happening at the same time, myself included. Currently, in order to create a separate Patreon page for each project, you must also create a separate account for each project, instead of managing all the different projects pages from a single account.

Got anything you would add to this list? Let me know!

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