👋 Welcome to Ko-fi, the free and friendly way to fund your passions! Follow these 10 steps to make the most of Ko-fi.
1. Complete your profile
Make sure you introduce yourself in your bio - who are you? what do you create? why should people support you? What will you do with the money?
Upload some images to your gallery and make sure you have a cover photo (profiles look much better with a cover photo).
Here are some examples of great profiles
2. Add a relevant goal at more than 0% funded
Make your goal relevant to what you create. If you are a photographer your goal might be a camera lens, if you are a cosplayer maybe it’s the next costume… you get it 😊
0 is a scary number to get behind, start your goal beyond 0 to show fans you have some money towards your goal.
3. Ask friends, family and superfans to be the first to support
DM your biggest fans and message your friends to tell them about your page and what you want to do with it. Ask them to be one of your first supporters and offer some VIP input into your creations. Make sure you personally thank each supporter on Ko-fi and share the thank you with the rest of your fans.
4. Offer small rewards for supporters
Write a genuine, heartfelt message for supporters in payment settings. Supporters will get this message in an email when they donate to your page. You can even offer a small reward like a download link of a wallpaper or access details to your discord.
Make sure you tell your fans what they get if they support your page!
💛 With Ko-fi Gold you can reward supporters or monthly subscribers with exclusive gallery images, posts, links and embedded media (YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, Mixcloud)
5. Add Ko-fi to your bio’s and pin a tweet
Fans need to know where to support you so make your Ko-fi page easy to find. Link to your Ko-fi page in all of your other social bios. You can always use a service like linktree if you need to link to lots of places from a single bio link.
Make sure you pin a tweet, post or comment to your profile with a short intro about what you are creating.
💛 With Ko-fi Gold you can link from Ko-fi to all your other social profiles too.
6. Introduce your page with a post or video
Posts are your chance to tell your fans more about what you do and why you are asking for support. This is where the passion part of “fund your passions” needs to come out. Talk about your mission, progress to date and where to find more of your work. Posts are a great way to share your commitments to your fans and inspire support.
🔗 Journo Resources - read the intro post
🔗 James Patrick - watch the intro video
🔗 Tim Clare - read the intro post
7. Regularly update and share, share, share
Ko-fi’s most successful members update their page regularly and share those updates. Wherever you see these buttons consider sharing something with your fans!
🔗 Share your Page
Add the full page url so that you get a clickable image that goes directly to your page.
📝 Share Posts
Write update posts about WIP or thank supporters like this Tidal Cycles Update
🖼️ Share your Gallery or individual images
Each gallery image can be shared individually or you can share the gallery page.
🙏 Share Thank You messages
When someone supports your page, thank them with a personal message and share it.
🏆 Share Goals set, progress milestones and Goal achieved
New goal? New chance to share what you are working towards with your fans.
🎁 Share reward reminders
Regularly remind fans what they will get if they support you.
☕ Share the number of Ko-fi's received or even page views!
When you receive your 1st, 10th... 100th! coffee make sure you share and thank your fans.
💡 Remember only a tiny percentage of your fans will see your updates so it doesn’t matter if you use the same content more than once if you change up the wording a bit.
8. Request support at the end of each piece of content you create
Make sure you direct your fans to your Ko-fi page as a call to action at the end of each piece of content you publish.
YouTube - ask fans to support your content at the end of each video.
Instagram - add a story or comment requesting viewers to ‘support me on Ko-fi’
Wordpress - Install the plugin and use shortcode [kofi] at the end of each post.
DeviantArt - add your Ko-fi page to your descriptions
Unsplash - link to your Ko-fi in your image description and bio
9. Personally thank each supporter
Receiving a personal thank you message from a creator you love is an amazing feeling. Use the View and Thank option within your Support Received section to send a quick message back to your supporters. Creators who thank supporters receive more donations than those that don’t.
10. Make your page stand out with Ko-fi Gold
With Ko-fi Gold you can make your page stand out, offer exclusive rewards just for supporters and make recurring monthly income.
Customising your page with Ko-fi Gold
Coffee isn't everyone's favourite metaphor for a donation. Stargod Tellus is funding a webcomic with $5 cookies, Samantha Hack is funding content to raise awareness about autism with Ko-fi Gold $1 thimble of cream at a time!
With Ko-fi Gold you can change:
💛 Coffee to… anything like tea or pizza
💛 The color of your page
💛 The price of support from $1 - $10 (other currencies available)
💛 Your Ko-fi username (claim an exclusive 5 character name)
💛 Your social profiles (we make them clickable links)
Do more with Ko-fi Gold
With Ko-fi Gold you can reward supporters with exclusive content. Steff uses Ko-fi Gold to reward supporters with behind the scenes costume making posts. MandyJacek uses Ko-fi Gold to reward supporters with early access to webcomic pages, phone wallpapers and discount codes. Lots of other creators offer supporters access to discord channels, dropbox links or exclusive content embedded in posts (YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, Mixcloud).
With Ko-fi Gold you can:
💛 Reward supporters with exclusive content
💛 Receive recurring monthly income from subscriptions to your page
💛 Take card payments using Stripe instead of just offering PayPal
💛 Offer better quality gallery images and offer hi-res downloads
💛 Find out where supporters are coming from with google analytics integration
We don't take a cut of fees or show ads so we rely on Ko-fi Gold to run the platform. If you do upgrade you will get to use new features first and be recognised with the gold badge on your profile to show you are supporting the community.
🙏 Thank you so much for joining the Ko-fi community. Good luck!