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The 6 Best Patreon Alternatives

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Jason Vissers

Jason Vissers

Jason Vissers is a writer and cereal chef from San Diego. He graduated with a Political Science degree from San Diego State University in 2001. He's been writing about website builders, crowdfunding sites, online lenders, and credit cards for Merchant Maverick since 2015. Additionally, Jason can't eat raisins.
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    Grace Carter

    I am a Creator on Patreon, and as in the beginning was nice and easy, these last months, it’s harder and harder. I get messages from my Patrons, telling me how challenging is to make a payment and/or to login. That’s why people give up, and- instead of me growing- my numbers declining. What a shame! Now I am facing a dilemma; What’s next?
    Thank you for letting me know about DRIP.
    Grace Carter

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      Abelius

      I’ve just sent a message to Podia asking them to clarify some doubts I have. But it seems a damn fine solution for me.

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        Jessica Dinsmore

        You can check out our 3.5 star review of Podia, if you’d like more info on them.

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          Mike

          Patreon is a failing platform, it’s support is non-existent, and currently, following a hard drive failure, I am now told that I am not known and they have sent a verification email to an address that I cannot access (long story, but I’ve lost my little black book and Google isn’t the most helpful of organisations), so, I can’t post content, nor will I be able to access the funding. The last time I contacted support, it took that long for them to reply, I had forgotten that I had actualy made the request in the first place.

          I am beyond frustrated, as a creator platform, the fact that a creator cannot access their account should be pretty high on the list, but they don’t seem to care in the slightest.

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            Bill

            I agree. Patreon is growing too quickly or something. While it was originally a great idea, there’s no way 60 employees can service 50,000 creators. I waited over two weeks for a support email reply.
            I’m sure they’re all wonderful folks but the growing pains have me pretty scared to trust them with my fans.

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              Frank

              Unfortunately these crowdfunding platforms are designed to help those that don’t need it, they are
              mostly professionals who already have a huge following and have money, while it’s extremely
              difficult for non-professionals who don’t have a following and money, I know, I tried them and
              did not get a dime out of it!

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                Roo

                That’s exactly my story now. However the work we do is extremely important |we discover and protect rare or unique trees in Thailand |now its trees of Rudraksha, unique kind which could be found just here| and creating shareable concepts to apply them worldwide|, I couldn’t receive any support = not from that crowd sourcing, nor from various funds. Now all spare time we prefer to forward to our own websites and products, and spread it among the friends, who supporting us with very nesessary funds.

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                  George

                  Why isn’t Ko-fi on this list? It has quite a large cult following among young artists and content creators.
                  Many of my artist friends love it. It’s free as a tip jar. There’s no transaction fees. It also has a Gold (“patreon-lite”) offering

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                    david

                    Thanks for this tip about Ko-fi. It’s exactly the alternative we need. <3

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                      Rees

                      Ko-fi is paypal only so it’s on borrowed time. Paypal is unscrupulous and very merchant/creator unfriendly.

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                        Pietro Bernardi

                        Very nice article, just what I was looking for. You have spared me the time to search for alternatives. Thank you.

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                          HearszAM

                          These are great options for some, but for those that are Adult Game Creators, there doesn’t seem to be a realistic or safe option, even a few months after the new rules by Patreon came into play.

                          Paypal and Stripe don’t openly support Adult games, and most fans use the former to pay for their monthly subscription.

                          So who would you recommend for an Adult Game Creator to use, that has a similar monetization system, with the same re-occuring monthly payment options that Patreon has in place?

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                            Jason Vissers

                            Hello! The problem is that in terms of services that are roughly equivalent to Patreon (recurring monthly payment in exchange for content), most are *more* restrictive of adult content than Patreon, not less. The one crowdfunding option that appears to cater to adult game creators is Kimochi Red Light. It’s been around for about a year, and it doesn’t look like they host crowdfunding campaigns with recurring payments — the campaigns seem to be Kickstarter/Indiegogo-style one-time deals. However, it appears to be the only legit crowdfunding site currently in existence that serves adult game makers.

                            As a less-convenient alternative, CCBill is an online payment processor that caters to adult businesses. It may be worth going directly to them to arrange a monthly subscription service.

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                              John Laing

                              If you’re going to include “coming soon,” what about http://www.sponsorion.com/ ? They claim to be catering to adult content creators specifically, as a competitor based directly on Patreon’s model. Personally I know nothing more than what’s stated on that website, but it does seem relevant if there really are so few options.

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