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SPI 188: Patreon: A Potential Alternative for Generating an Income Online

This week I’m joined by not one guest, but two! Here with me today are two experts on Patreon, a unique funding platform for creators of all kinds. Those two experts are Patreon founder Jack Conte and Tom Merritt, a podcaster who has had huge success funding his shows through the platform, which allows creators to receive recurring payments directly from their fans.

It mimics the old-school model of patronage, where patrons of the arts personally funded the careers of their favorite artists. It’s a platform that has brought big change to the lives of musicians (like Jack), podcasters (like Tom), visual artists, writers, game developers, and other creators who might otherwise struggle with monetization.

If you’re on the hunt for a different approach to funding your project, listen to Jack and Tom’s stories. They’ll explain how they use the funding tool, how it has helped them connect with their fans, and how it can change your business in radical ways. Let’s go!

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Today’s Guest

Jack Conte & Tom Merritt

Here with me today are two experts on Patreon, Jack Conte and Tom Merritt.

You’ll Learn

  • How Patreon works, and how it could change your business.
  • What sets apart Patreon revenue from other kinds of income.
  • How to pitch your patronage program to your audience.
  • How transparency on Patreon can fuel audience support.
  • Long-term strategies for promoting your Patreon.
  • Unique ideas for showing supporters your appreciation.
  • The frustration that led Jack to create Patreon, and more!


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