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Love the new reporting layout! The view comparison to average post views will be super helpful.
One thing I’d LOVE to be able to do is put up a “free wall” which would work just like a pay wall, except instead of preventing all but paid subscribers from reading a post, it would prevent anyone who is not a subscriber at all from reading a post. This would be great for fiction writers who want to keep certain content exclusive for actual subscribers as opposed to making everything that’s not behind a paywall available to anyone on the internet.
I still think you guys need to take a step back from your focus on subscriptions and implement a tip jar, where readers can make one-time contributions. It's not just a matter of benefiting us writers, but you're going to lose a cut of the transaction to Buy Me a Coffee and such as writers figure out that they can just insert a link or a bit of script for readers who want to show their appreciation without committing to a subscription. As a small-time blogger who writes for a niche audience, I am increasingly convinced that a base of paid monthly subscribers at $5/month is a steep hurdle to clear, and that I would make more money if there was a clearly-defined one-time tip option. Substack would make more money, too, if they raked from those tips instead of another platform.
It's mad how much good stuff you folk roll out, at the speed you do it. MAD, I say.
I wish Substack would add a virtual tip jar for readers who want to give some $ when they like a post but don’t want to commit to a paid subscription. I am planning to add the “buy me a cup of coffee“ plug-in for this purpose to my newsletter.
Thanks for the info and all you do to make Substack the best platform for independent writers. I’m new here, and have been really impressed by this community.
I have a request:
Can you STOP GETTING BETTER PLEASE?
This is just getting silly now.
This is epic. I just reached out to the gal who's shared my work the most and offered her a 6 month paid subscription as a gift. A total blessing for her. Thank you so much~
Thank you for this, but please, please add PayPal support to Substack. It will empower writers all over Africa. ✌️🙏
Some great improvements here, thanks Lads! Loving the new stats and sharing features! I used the video promotion tool and recorded my own voiceover for it, even though I dislike my own voice 😅 and shared it on Insta. I was impressed at how easy it is to use, and how professional it looked, so I will defo be using it on all my new posts from now on. Honestly, the speed at which you guys are rolling out imorovements is nothing short of astonishing! 💕
Thanks! I really hoped that "new payment methods" means also having other services other than Stripe. Is that planned? 🙏
Amazing developments. And thanks for starting to roll out in French as well, it really helps. Would be great to have some "forums" or equivalent for various regions (ie: France) in order to support each other.
I’m not sure about the potential drawbacks of adding PayPal as a payment method but if there aren’t many cons I think allowing people to pay with PayPal would increase the amount of paid subscribers
I appreciate how you try to work to make money for us as much, if not more, than just yourselves.
Damn; I got all excited there thinking that you had introduced a new payment system, but no. :-(. So, as I can't/won't use Stripe I still can't get any paid subscriptions. Please, please, please introduce another payment system.
YAY! That’s the win and update! Incredible Substack Fam! Thanks for this progress! Definitely will help us as writers so much more, and for the readers, they’ll have more opportunities to embrace each piece of the craft!
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