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This is all useful information as I've been wondering about how people add value for their paid subscribers.

I'm still offering everything for free looking to establish a large base, and I like this sort of information so that I can think about and plan what it will look like going paid.

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Incredibly helpful, but I wonder if this resource shouldn't be delivered in the form of a mini-podcast series? i.e. Use the thing to help us to market the thing??? Or maybe this is being done somewhere and I just missed it--if so--please ignore :)

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Question - can I put PDF files on my Substack site that would be available only to paid subscribers? Part of the value I want to offer to paid subscribers is access to my wider body of knowledge, available in many different PDF files. I would want both paid and free subscribers to be able to scroll through the file names, but only paid subscribers would be able to download them. Is this possible?

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I’ve used several podcast platforms. Libsyn, Podbean etc. I’ve ditched all of them for Substack. All of your ideas about monetizing content are excellent, but, at this time I’m offering all of my content free to the subscriber. If they can pay the $5 $50 or $100 great. Hopefully as I grow my base of subscribers I’ll add locked content, then my content will have some special value.

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Thank you for the tips. What is a flexible paywall? Are we able to split free from paid content? For example, make the podcast free and then insert a paywall for bonus content under that? Is that what you mean? (That would be amazing btw).

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I disagree with "Consider providing transcripts for paying subscribers". Accessibility should be readily available and not behind a paywall.

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One of my favorite monetized podcasts is the NoSleep podcast. They convert listener-submitted stories into radio plays, and then act them out with their team. Episodes usually include five stories, with the last 2 being paywalled.

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That’s a great post thanks. I never considered doing a podcast but this could be interesting, will definitely dig into it!

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Oh cool, i love this app so much!!!

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My question is: how do guests feel about being on a less widely broadcast episode? If I'm going on a podcast that is behind a paywall, I expect an honorarium or something.

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much appreciated, thank you!

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I think many of us understand the value proposition, it's setting it up or finding the easiest way for setting this up that is a barrier to entry for many. How about getting podcast native people to explain to actual (low-tech) writers. That I would value.

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This is amazing!

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Thanks for your guide. It's very detailed, easy to follow, and a lot of fun. I wanted to do it for a long time and your post gives me motivation. I am also thinking about https://geometrydashunblocked.io. It is a great platform.

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