How does Patreon work: Your complete guide to maximizing crowdfunding success

By The IFTTT Team

February 14, 2024

How does Patreon work: Your complete guide to maximizing crowdfunding success
  • Imagine having a platform that allows you to support your favorite creators consistently, where you can invest and stay up-to-date with their art, music, podcasts, or videos and get special perks in exchange.

    Look no further than Patreon, a world renowned platform that offers a unique way to monetize creative projects to support their favorite creators without the need to rely on sponsorships or advertisements. Here you’ll find all the answers to all your questions about this crowdfunding giant.

    In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at what Patreon is, how it works, and what benefits you can expect as a creator or a fan. We'll finish by introducing IFTTT, which can offer countless solutions to all of your crowdfunding efforts using the power of automation.

    BTW IFTTT lets you automate Patreon with 900 different digital tools. Join for free today!

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    Table of Contents

    • What is Patreon?
    • How does Patreon work?
    • Creating an account
    • What are the Patreon membership tiers?
    • __Gaining more followers on Patreon __
    • Patreon Pricing
    • Integrate Patreon with IFTTT

    What is Pateron?

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    Patreon is a membership platform that enables creators of all kinds, whether it’s art, music, podcasts, video, or any other form of content to monetize their work, by allowing fans to subscribe and pledge a monthly amount.

    In return, Patreon gives fans an opportunity to access exclusive content and receive unique benefits from their favorite creators. These exclusive content and benefits, such as early access to a new album, serve as incentives to keep fans engaged and support creators' ongoing projects.

    Patreon provides business tools for content creators to run a subscription service, making it easier for them to monetize their content. It's essentially a crowdfunding site for content creators, but it describes itself as a "membership platform" to simplify the process for creators.

    How does Patreon work?

    The secret genius to Patreon is that the service is built upon a two sided platform, allowing creators to earn money and fans to show their appreciation for their favorite content.

    Patreon's model is that backers — patrons, as Patreon refers to them — subscribe to a creator's content, making recurring payments on an ongoing basis.. Neither side loses out, and the reward vs payment is expressed to fans before they commit to a subscription.

    However, it should be noted that the main task Patreon does is manage recurring payment processing, a service that many companies offer, often at a lower fee structure.

    Creating an account

    To get started, you need to visit Patreon’s website at Once you land on the website’s homepage, click on the “Start a paid membership” tab on the upper right hand corner.

    Signing up: You will then be asked to sign up with your email, Google, Apple, or Facebook. Once you have created your account and verified your email, you can sign in using your email address and password. Screenshot 2023-07-28 at 3.47.49 PM

    Setting up your profile: After signing in, you will need to set up your profile. This means that you will need to choose a profile picture, cover photo, and a username. You can also give your account a description that gives an overview of the type of creative works you offer.

    Additionally, this is the step where you also add in your payment information and set your price.

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    A successful example: Here’s an example of an already existing Patreon account:

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    Customization: You can customize everything from your profile picture to the wording on your membership tiers, just like the example below.

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    Spreading the word: Once your account is set up, it's time to share it with the world! Share your Patreon page on social media and other relevant platforms to build your support base and grow your following.

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    What are the Patreon membership tiers?

    Patreon offers different membership tiers that provide exclusive content to supporters. A content creator can set up membership levels with varying price points, each offering a specific benefit or privilege.

    Here is a breakdown of what each level may offer as an example, but do note that each and every creator has their own:

    First tier: This level is the most basic; as it is the cheapest. Generally, at this tier, you can expect to see benefits such as access to the creator’s Patreon feed or general gratitude and recognition from the creator.

    Second tier: The mid-tier usually includes some additional offers like behind-the-scenes looks, early access to content, downloadable content, and access to a patron-only community forum.

    Creators may also provide different levels of access based on the tier. For instance, a creator may offer a Patron-exclusive Discord channel that is only accessible by a higher tier supporter.

    Third tier:

    This tier offers everything from the lower levels, but also includes unique benefits like personal video chat with the creator, personalized messages, or even exclusive physical rewards.

    Then again, each and every creator has their own exclusive content and rewards that come with each tier. Tiers can range in price from only $1 to up to hundreds or thousands of dollars per month. Here’s an example of a creator’s membership tiers:

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    Gaining more followers on Patreon


    Gaining more followers on Patreon largely hinges on the value and uniqueness of the content offered, and your marketing efforts. An attractive aspect of Patreon is its potential to turn passion into a lucrative profession, but this doesn't happen in a vacuum. Here are a few strategies to gain more followers:

    Engage with your existing followers The key to gaining more followers is keeping your current ones happy. Take the time to respond to comments and messages. Host Q&As, polls, feedback and recommendations to keep your audience interested.

    Your followers will appreciate that you are putting in the effort to connect with them. This will also encourage them to spread the word and bring in new supporters.

    Offer exclusive benefits One of the top reasons that people follow creators on Patreon is to access exclusive content. Offer perks like early access to your work, behind-the-scenes content, personalized messages, and exclusive merchandise. The more value you bring to the table, the more likely people are to follow you!

    Use social media Social media is a powerful tool for promoting your Patreon account. Promote your account on platforms like Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook. Share snippets of your exclusive content, promote upcoming projects, and interact with your followers.

    For instance, there are Youtubers who will promote their Patreon by enticing their Youtube subscribers/viewers with exclusive benefits. One common reward allows Patreon members to view their upcoming videos before the public gets to watch.

    Collaborate with other creators Collaborating with other creators can help you reach a new audience. Partner with creators whose work complements yours or who have a similar audience. Offer to guest post on their blog or podcast or even collaborate on a project together. Your partner will promote the collaboration to their followers, bringing new faces to your page!

    How much does Patreon take from my sale?


    It’s free to start on Patreon, but once you start generating income, Patreon will take a certain percentage from you depending on the membership plan you choose. You can check out their creator fees page to read more about the details and specifics when it comes to their processing fees and rates.

    Let’s dive into the two different plans Patreon offers so you can have a better idea of which plan to pick.

    Pro Plan: With the Pro Plan, Patreon takes 8% of the income you earn. This plan comes with monthly and annual subscriptions, premium membership benefits, membership tiers, community engagement tools, member analytics and insights, free trials and special offers, and priority customer support.

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    Premium Plan: With the Premium Plan, Patreon takes 12% of the income you earn. This plan comes with everything included in the Pro Plan, including dedicated partner manager, merch for membership, and team accounts.

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    Leveling up Patreon with IFTTT

    IFTTT (If This Then That) can be a powerful tool for automating and optimizing your Patreon experience. Our web-based service allows over 800 different apps, devices, and services to work together using simple conditional statements.

    By linking different apps and platforms together, you can create a seamless workflow that streamlines your creative process. Integrating Patreon with IFTTT together means you are doing just that and more. For example, Patreon creators can automatically keep track of every time a new member subscribes in a Google Sheet. This automation provides Patreon creators a real-time overview of their growing subscriber list, making it easy to monitor and engage with their supporters.

    The possibilities are endless, and it only takes a few minutes to get started. Try integrating your Patreon account with IFTTT today and experience the difference it has made to other creators!

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    Popular Patreon integrations

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    Keep track of Patreon members in a Google Sheet

    Tweet when there is a new post on Patreon

    Get an email when Pateron publishes a new trigger or action

    Post new Patreon campaigns to Twitter

    Browse our entire catalog of Patreon integrations here.

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