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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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