6 Patreon-like Creators Platforms You Might Not Want to Miss

What is Patreon-like platform?


Patreon is a membership platform that makes it easy for creators to earn money from paid content. This kind of platforms would allow creators to monetise over their content and fans can directly support them. Platforms like Patreon refer to other platforms that allow creators to earn money directly from fans.


Why use Patreon-like platforms?


Using a Patreon-like platform to monetize paid content is a great way to support creators to continue their profession in content curation. Viewers and supporters would need to pay a small fee before they can see the creator's work. Once a creator has a steady income, they can focus more on their own creative work and produce better quality of work. If you are a creator who has already accumulated a certain number of supporters and fans, and is planning to use a Patreon-like paid content platform to monetize, the following 6 tools/platforms might be useful to you. will introduce 6 platforms or tools. In this article, we will compare each of the platforms, including their fee charged, features, pros and cons!

1. YouTube - The renowned world largest video platform


https://www.youtube.com/


Patreon | Creator Economy|Creator Platform|Content Creators|Hong Kong Taiwan| Paid Content
Patreon | Creator Economy|Creator Platform|Content Creators|Hong Kong Taiwan| Paid Content


Features:

  • Upload and publish videos (Long or short), post feed

  • Monetization by number of views (conditional upon the number of subscribers)

  • Membership system, can set up automatic debit from credit card

  • Publish members-exclusive videos (conditional upon the number of subscribers)

Fee:

Around 30% commission

Benefits:

  • Huge number of users, accurate recommendation algorithm

  • Comprehensive video supporting functions, including subtitles, playback speed, live streaming and more

  • If you would like to attract more fans, YouTube would be a good starting point to accumulate fame

Cons:

  • High commission rate comparing to other platforms: 30%. For every $10 you make, YouTube will charge $3

  • Majority of the monetization features are subject to subscriber conditions

  • The algorithm will keep changing, the ranking of your video will change from time to time

  • Content limitation: If your content involves 18+ adult content, it would be barred from YouTube


2. Patreon - Popular paid content platform

https://www.patreon.com/


Patreon | Creator Economy|Creator Platform|Content Creators|Hong Kong Taiwan| Paid Content
Patreon | Creator Economy|Creator Platform|Content Creators|Hong Kong Taiwan| Paid Content

Features:

  • Upload and publish: Text/Image/Video

  • Membership system, creator can set their own membership name

  • Member-exclusive content available


Fees:

Around 5 - 12% commission + credit card charges

Benefits:

  • Patreon is well-known as a platform of paid content. New users would not need to be re-educated

  • Users can reach different Patreon creators from one App

  • Patreon is suitable for writer/musician/artists

  • There is no limitation to content, subscribers only need to disclaim if they are over 18 yers old

Cons:

  • Monthly subscription fee model would allow creators to create content regularly but at the same time create pressure. Subscribers will be disappointed if they cannot receive content in an expected time

  • Single payment method

  • Weak new users acquisition. Many of the creators in Hong Kong and Taiwan would put a hyper link on their Youtube / Facebook / IG , and ask their fans to subscribe to their Patreon,using Patreon as a payment tool


3. OnlyFans- 18+ restrictive paid content platform


https://onlyfans.com

Patreon | Creator Economy|Creator Platform|Content Creators|Hong Kong Taiwan| Paid Content
Patreon | Creator Economy|Creator Platform|Content Creators|Hong Kong Taiwan| Paid Content

Features:

  • Upload and publish: Text/Image/Video

  • Membership system, creator can set their own membership name

  • Member-exclusive content available

  • Pya-per-view function, can customise product and prices for specific users

Fees:

Around 20% commission

Benefits:

  • OnlyFans is worldwide popular, new users will understand about the operation and content categories when they see the brand

  • Suitable for creators with a bold creativity direction

Cons:

  • OnlyFans will take 20% of the creator's membership income as a platform commission, which might be too high for some creators

  • OnlyFans has positioned itself as 18+ adult content platform, not entirely suitable for creators who are not creating this kind of content

  • Single payment method: pay by credit card only

  • Weak new users acquisition. Many of the creators in Hong Kong and Taiwan would put a hyper link on their Youtube / Facebook / IG , and ask their fans to subscribe to their their OnlyFans,using OnlyFans as a payment tool


4. Buy Me A Coffee - Donate to support creators


https://www.buymeacoffee.com/

Patreon | Creator Economy|Creator Platform|Content Creators|Hong Kong Taiwan| Paid Content
Patreon | Creator Economy|Creator Platform|Content Creators|Hong Kong Taiwan| Paid Content

Features :

  • Audience can set the sponsorship amount

  • Audience can donate to creators anonymously

  • Online e-commerce function

Fees:

5% commission

Benefits:

  • Audience can donate to creators anonymously

  • Sponsor creators in a small amount

  • The concept of "Buy someone a coffee" is very interesting to audience

  • Functions are streamlined

Cons:

  • No content publishing function

  • the website is mainly in English interface, might not be universal to Hong Kong and Taiwan creators

  • Still not too popular in South East Asia

  • The donation has no direct connection to the creator's work, might cause low retention rate and limited loyalty


5. Creato - Engage with fans via a challenge based model


https://www.creatogether.app/

Patreon | Creator Economy|Creator Platform|Content Creators|Hong Kong Taiwan| Paid Content
Patreon | Creator Economy|Creator Platform|Content Creators|Hong Kong Taiwan| Paid Content


Features:

  • Upload a "DareMe" and let audience challenge creators via crowdfunding

  • Purchase "Donuts" to participate

  • Creator-audience co-creation

  • Purchase "Donuts" in discounted price, pay with credit card

  • Exclusive content for superfans

  • Flexible one-off support, instead of monthly payment


Fees:

During the promotion period, every newly registered user will receive 1000 free Donuts


10% commission with creators

Benefits:

  • Perfect for creators who are challenge-based

  • Suitable for creators who would like to engage and interact with their audience and increase exposure and fans base

  • The content created would be a co-creation of creators and audience, leaving a higher retention rate on the platform

  • Save up in paying extra fee on third-party platform

  • One-click to land on the platform

  • Flexible one-off DareMe crowdfunding feature - creators can monetize and allow fans to participate in content curation process

  • Accept offline payment methods other than credit card (FPS/Payme in Hong Kong)

Cons:

  • Traditional users might still like to stick with traditional paid content platforms (e.g. Youtube / Patreon)

  • Challenge culture in Hong Kong is not yet viral


6. FanHouse- Paid exclusive DMs to creators


https://fanhouse.app/

Patreon | Creator Economy|Creator Platform|Content Creators|Hong Kong Taiwan| Paid Content
Patreon | Creator Economy|Creator Platform|Content Creators|Hong Kong Taiwan| Paid Content


Features:

  • Watch posts and get exclusive DMs with monthly subscription

  • users can request custom content with fee incurred

  • Communicate with other fans in the fans community

Fees:

10%-30% commission

Benefits:

  • Fans can pay to request custom content, such as short videos

  • Fans can interact with other fans

  • Monetize over private messages with creators

  • The platform focuses on authenticity, allowing creators to show their real side

Cons:

  • FanHouse IOS APP is charging 30%, not too ideal for creators

  • the website is mainly in English interface, might not be universal to Hong Kong and Taiwan creators

  • Still in its infancy in South East Asia

How should I choose?


There are multiple paid content platforms to choose online, but which one is the right fit platform for you? You can start by asking yourself the following questions, and choose the tool that is suitable for you.

  • Do your fans care about the popularity of the platform? or are they adventurous to try new products?

  • Would you like to use this tools on a commission or monthly payment basis?

  • Do you want to directly monetize your content or co-create with your audience and monetise on it?

If you are operating as a video content creator, YouTube would definitely be the most suitable platform for gaining more popularity. However, in terms of fees, YouTube Membership function is charging a rather high commission rate。In other ways, you can in fact paste your Patreon / FanHouse / Buy me a coffee / Creato URL link for audience to pay you on your YouTube video description.


If you are not running tutorial/knowledge sharing channels, but would like to introduce paid content, you can try Creato's co-creation function. In the platform, you can engage and interact your audience by allowing them to participate in your content curation process, and then to monetise over it.


 

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