July 4, 2023

Everything You Need to Know About Ko-fi

An overview on Ko-fi and how to set it up.

Rishika Shidling

Everything You Need to Know About Ko-fi

Are you someone who is looking for financial support as a content creator? Then, Ko-fi is the right place for you to start earning while you do something you love. 

Content creation is the ultimate inbound marketing practice. When you create content, you’re providing free and useful information to your audience, attracting potential customers to your website, and retaining existing customers through quality engagement. 

There are many platforms and avenues that content creators can use to turn it into a money-making side hustle or even a full-time job. 

What is ko-fi?

Ko-fi is a platform that allows people to make donations to various users, who are typically creators. It’s a great and easy way to fund income and help pay the bills or fund upcoming projects.

Donations can be in virtually any amount and aren’t limited to present tiers. 

Ko-fi is a friendly way to earn an income. Start with a free tip jar for what you’re already creating and offer supporters more whenever you like!

Kofi has membership tiers are levels of membership that your fans can choose from. You can set a monthly price for each tier, and a list of benefits for members.

Features of Ko-fi

  • Easy messaging: Creators and Supporters can now send messages to each other directly on Ko-fi.
  • Upgrade your membership tiers: You can now automatically upgrade existing monthly supporters to a tier of membership.
  • Get payment alerts: Get messages in your Stream Chat whenever you receive a payment on Ko-fi!
  • Rewards: Let supporters unlock exclusive posts, Discord roles, Member-only products, and more.
  • Supporter-Only Content: Make exclusive content available to supporters or members.
  • Shop: Sell digital and physical products with just a link.
  • Gallery: Create a portfolio of your best work and share your creative process.
  • Integrations: Connect to Discord, Zapier, WordPress, and more
  • Commissions & Services: Let fans buy unique work or pay for direct access to you.
  • Goals: Set a crowdfunding goal and encourage fans to contribute to achieving it!
  • Get Paid Directly: 0% platform fees. Donations go directly to your PayPal or Stripe account.
  • Messages of Support: Receive messages of encouragement from your supporters.
  • Stream Alerts: Get donation messages while you stream on Twitch, YouTube & Facebook.

Ko-fi Membership Tiers

Ko-fi creators can now set up membership tiers directly on Ko-fi.

Ko-fi lets you create your own membership tiers with different benefits and price points to suit your audience and what you do.

Memberships are free to use for everyone with a small 5% platform fee or choose Gold and pay no platform fees at all!

When a supporter visits your page, the Membership option in the payment panel will already be selected and your Tiers will be right there ready to join.

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How to set up Ko-fi?

The most important thing you can do to get started on Ko-fi is to share your page with your fans and followers. The most successful creators share their page within 1 hour of joining. You can always add additional content and refine things over time.

You can set up Ko-fi by doing the following steps:

  • Claim your page: It just takes 60 seconds to personalize your page and showcase your work to your audience. 
  • Share with fans: Tell fans about your page and funding goals on all of your social channels. 
  • Start earning: Receive messages and money directly from Ko=fi with a 0% transaction fee. 

Now that you know what Ko-fi is all about. Start receiving more support via payments now! 🥤

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