Sometimes a cup of coffee is enough. How can you express gratitude to a creator?

We've already reviewed how social media help bloggers to monetize their content. However, it is not only Youtube or Tik Tok which creators can earn money on.

There are several services which are made to help to thank creative people you like. More often these are adequate sums to say “thank you” for a content made. 

It seems to be fair and honest, especially if you often watch his or her videos, photos, read texts, listen to music or podcasts. 

Every service has its advantages, and you can find a convenient way to send a few dollars to a blogger. Some platforms help create and retain an audience that is loyal to influencers.

Buy Me A Coffee 

It is a free platform for bloggers, musicians, developers, artists for getting donations from their audience in a friendly way. Here's what the creators of the service say:

Buy Me a Coffee makes supporting fun and easy. In just a couple of taps, your fans can make the payment (buy you a coffee) and leave a message. They don’t even have to create an account”.

They accept payments via Paypal, Apple Pay, Android Pay, Stripe, and Bitcoin. 

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Patreon

One of the most well-known crowdfunding platforms was created in 2013. Patreon brings together over 200,000 creators and offers 3 support options for content makers. A paid subscription allows bloggers to receive funding directly from the audience and be independent of the platforms on which they publish content. 

Fran Meneses, Illustrator: "Patreon shifted my creative process: I can take the time to work on personal projects and create new material without having to worry about anything else. This is the first time in my life I have the space to do this, and I'm incredibly grateful," - said Fran Meneses, an illustrator using Patreon.

By the way, you can see Fran Meneses’s content for only $ 1 per month. It is the first level of perks he provides.

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Superpeer

A platform that offers a fundamentally different approach within Internet culture. We are used to the fact that the more views or the more viewers watch the stream, the better. But Superpeer allows you to spend online time with an expert or creator tet-a-tet. At the moment, the service has more than 15 thousand hosts. That is how the platform founder explains the philosophy:

“In 2019, I watched a 10 hours long ML course with coding assignments. When I got stuck doing one of the assignments, I realized there was no way for me to book a call with the person who made the course. I realized everything on the internet was designed to be one way, and we decided to change this.”

SuperPeer takes 10% from both channels and 1-on-1 video calls.

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Gumroad

Gumroad is an online platform that facilitates the sale of products by creators directly to consumers. In 2011 Sahil Lavingia founded the company to make selling digital products as easy as sharing on social media. 

“And it’s working: our creators earn over $175 million a year, and we generate $11 million in annualized revenue, growing 85% year-over-year”, – says Sahil Lavingia.

Gumroad is the easiest way to sell your book, music, film, or software directly to your audience, claims the service founders.

Circle

“Circle” is an online platform for creators that helps to optimize community building and to monitor engagement. You can create chats and groups and upload premium content available for members only. The community link can be ...mentioned on your website, integrated into an online course or product. “Circle” is suitable for new media, podcast authors, courses, and creative startups. 

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Openland

Another service that allows building a loyal community for creators is the Openland platform, created by Y Combinator alumni. The founders of the service note that their platform is somewhere between messengers and social networks. At the same time, Openland strives to combine the best functions of both social networks and the most popular instant messengers: users can chat, make video calls, create communities, and join them. In addition, there are built-in payments, bots, comment threads, hashtags, and other features. 

So far, the only monetization tool for Openland is the commission from payments made on the platform. Users create paid groups and collect donations, and the service takes a commission from each payment. 

Mighty Network

And one more platform that asserts itself as an alternative to Facebook groups or other social networks. Probably, the service is less suitable for vloggers who make entertaining content, but it can serve as a good alternative for those who, for example, are engaged in coaching or online training programs. 

 

Finally, we can’t but mention more conservative ways of raising funds for creators, as are direct investments in bloggers' work. This is the path Rhett and Link have taken on the daily YouTube show “Good Mythical Morning”.

 

YouTubers who have been in the industry for over 10 years become investors for young YouTube stars. 

“Rhett and Link have already made their first investment: in up-and-coming YouTuber Jarvis Johnson, taking a minority stake in the company he founded as the umbrella over his various revenue streams. Additional terms of the deal weren’t disclosed”, -- Forbes.

Rhett and Link say they will continue to invest in influencers who work in social networks using the Mythical Accelerator.

And this looks like another up to scratch opportunity for creators to get a boost and reach the next level. What do you say?