Let’s start with the basics:
- Monthly Campaigns: On a monthly campaign, your patrons are charged automatically once per month. Once those pledges are processed, they will go into your creator account. This means if you have a patron pledging $2 per month, they'll be automatically charged $2 on the 1st of every month until they delete their pledge. The majority of Patreon creators run their Patreon pages on a per month cycle.
- Per-Creation Campaigns: With per creation, creators manually select whether or not they'd like to charge patrons for a post. At the start of the month patrons will be charged for all the paid posts from the previous month. To give patrons more control over how much they are charged, we provide an option for them to place a monthly max on their pledges. This means that if you make 5 paid posts in a month and have a patron pledging $2 per creation with no monthly max set, they'll be charged $10 on the first of the following month.
How do I know what's right for me?
Our general advice is that if you’re producing more than 4 pieces of content a month, go monthly. If you’re pumping out more than 4 blog posts, videos, comics, or cute little creatures that you want to charge for — you should probably be a monthly creator. If you release content more sporadically, it might make sense to be per-creation. If, for example, you publish a journal or high quality video every 6 weeks using patron support, then a per-creation campaign is right for you so you won’t be charging your patrons monthly when you aren’t always releasing something.
On average, per-creation creators make 3 creation posts a month.
I think per creation is for me. How do I make a paid post?
If you're a creator charging "per post", you need to make sure that you select which posts you want to charge your patrons for. As shown below from the make a post modal, you will see a radio button where you can select the option to charge your patrons.
If choose to charge your patrons, remember they won't be charged until the 1st of next month for all paid posts. Also, you should know that you can't charge specific patrons while not charging others.
Learn more about tagging, scheduling and attaching content to posts here.