Build a Monthly Subscription Income on Ko-fi

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Pages with subscribers earn more than 10x those with just one-off donations. Offering monthly subscriptions is a great way to make a more reliable income (and still with 0% fees from Ko-fi). Here’s how to get started!

 

Turn on Monthly Subscriptions

If you’re using PayPal make sure the PayPal email you’re using is linked to a business account (you don’t need to change anything if you only use Stripe).

Log in to Ko-fi and go to Settings > Payment and tick Enable Monthly Subscriptions and you’re ready to go!

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Add Some Content Just for Subscribers

Give your fans a reason to subscribe by offering exclusive content just for them. When you add Posts or Images you can now choose the audience “Monthly Subscribers only” to restrict that content to folks with an active subscription to you. It doesn’t mean you need to create loads of new content though!

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Exclusive Subscriber Images

Add some of your best work to your gallery just for monthly subscribers as a super quick way to build your subscriber rewards.

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JusZ Shares hi-res downloads with subscribers

💡 Tip: Let subscribers download hi-res versions of some of your work

 

Ideas for image rewards you could offer monthly subscribers:

  • Sketchbook or WIP images
  • Phone wallpapers or hi-res downloads
  • Unreleased or alternative versions of your work
  • Your back-catalogue
  • Behind the scenes or set photos

 

Blog Posts for Subscribers

Use blog posts to reward subscribers with written content or links to external files, events or communities.

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Frankie lets subscribers read “Stuff in my head” posts!

💡 Tip: Share private Dropbox or Google Drive links in blog posts to give exclusive access to files or folders of work

 

Ideas for blog post rewards for subscribers:

  • Your personal blog or creative diary
  • Tutorials and how-to guides
  • Polls or voting on your next project
  • Access to a discord server
  • Zoom event invites

 

Add Video and Audio Posts for Subscribers

Embed your unlisted video and audio content to make subscribers feel like VIP’s! Link to YouTube, Vimeo or IGTV videos and Spotify, Soundcloud or Mixcloud audio clips.

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Victoria Banks – shares unreleased songs with subscribers

💡 Tip: Set YouTube videos to “Unlisted” to make them exclusive to Ko-fi subscribers

 

 Ideas for video and audio rewards:

  • Early access to your upcoming videos or podcasts
  • Behind the scenes or “making-of” content
  • Recorded Interview, Q&A or AMA (ask me anything)
  • Speedpaint and tutorial videos
  • Your personal playlist!

 

Promoting Your Ko-fi Subscriptions

It’s super important to tell your fans about what they get for subscribing to you on Ko-fi.

✍️ Write a Post to highlight exclusive content

🔗 Use the sharing links to share each new piece of content directly from Ko-fi 

❓ Ask fans for subscriber reward ideas

🎁 Give extra rewards like fan recognition and shout outs 

🙌 Ask fans follow you on Ko-fi so the get notified when you post new content 

 

Questions

Why are supporters asked to create an account?
They need an account on Ko-fi so we know to unlock subscriber content when they visit your page.
How will subscribers know when I post something new?
An email and Ko-fi notification (🔔) is sent to all of your followers, subscribers and supporters.
How do I change the subscription price?
Subscribers pay 1 Ko-fi per month so make sure you update your unit price (they can choose to pay more than 1 Ko-fi, but that’s optional).
When do I get paid?
You receive the money up front and directly with 0% cut taken from Ko-fi.
Do I get all the money?
Ko-fi take 0% fees from donations and subscriptions, but PayPal and Stripe take their normal processing fees so don’t set your price too low.
What about membership tiers?
We hear you, we’re working on it, stay tuned!
Can I let one-time supporters see exclusive content?
Sure, from the Audience drop down, just choose Supporters (one-off or monthly). Anyone who supports you with a one-off donation will get access to those posts and images for 30 days from the date they support you. After 30 days those posts will be locked again. Your subscribers will always be able to see these posts too.
What happens if I change the price of support on my page?
Existing subscribers will still pay the same amount as when they subscribed, new subscribers will pay the new unit price. You can manage existing subscribers in your PayPal and Stripe dashboards.
What happens if I cancel Ko-fi Gold?
No problem, subscribers will still have access to the content you’ve made exclusive to subscribers, but you won’t be able to edit it, take any new subscriptions or post any new exclusive content until you subscribe to Gold again.
Why do I need a PayPal business account?
PayPal require a business account to setup recurring payments to you, it’s a quick and free upgrade from PayPal dashboard.
Can I manage subscriptions from supporters?
You can manage your subscriptions in PayPal’s recurring payments dashboard and your “Subscriptions” section in Stripe.
Does this mean I have to publish to a schedule?
Nope - there is no commitment to publish content to any schedule.