About the $220K+ Per Month Patreon Channel You Never Heard Of by@sindamnataraj

About the $220K+ Per Month Patreon Channel You Never Heard Of

Creator economy is a buzz word now, but don’t let the buzz word fool you, making money by creating content is hard. The real reason behind it is, internet is very efficient market place. Unless you have something unique and valuable that is not replicable there is no moat. This is true not just for creator but for internet startups & businesses too. Every idea that can be replicated will be replicated. Tim is uniquely entertaining, any aspiring comedian can follow the model of his but it will be successful only if he/she is unique.
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Creator economy is a buzzword now, but don’t let the buzzword fool you, making money by creating content is hard. Very hard.


Most thought leaders in the space will tell you it’s because there are not enough tools but the real reason behind it is that the internet is a very efficient marketplace. Unless you have something unique and valuable that is not replicable there is no moat. Every idea that can be replicated will be replicated. This is true not just for creators but for internet startups & businesses too.


How The Creator Economy Works


Creator economy is a new definition given to a larger existing trend of making money on the internet, which is very fascinating.


Making money on the internet gets harder every day but there is one Patreon channel that makes $220K+ with 90% margins (this is, of course, my guess) and you might have never heard of it.


Here is a screenshot at the time of this writing (July 29th 2022):

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This is the Patreon version of Tim Dillon’s (stand-up comedian) podcast. He also has a free version of the podcast published weekly on YouTube. The Patreon version is additional episodes of the same podcast exclusively for the subscribers. How many additional? Well that depends on the week and Ben’s (Tim’s friend and podcast producer) ability to get episodes out (at least that’s what Tim says is the limitation, obviously a joke).


Most of Tim’s podcasts is just him talking about different topics he is interested in while Ben (his producer laughs in the background). That’s it. There are no guests no analysis, its mostly Tim complaining about his family and riffing about any topic that comes to his mind.


But in an entertaining way.


And that’s the key ingredient here, all this works only because he is funny or at least 40,000+ people think he is funny enough to pay an average of $5 per month to listen to additional 2-4 episodes of the podcast.


Whatever Tim and Ben do technically can be done by anyone on the internet, anyone can create a free podcast and create a Patreon channel but the wild success of Tim I attribute to how uniquely funny he is.


The model is extremely simple but works when you can create a sticky audience as Tim has.


The genius to me in this operation is the model, there are no guests involved (only occasionally), there is no production value except a podcasting rig that I assume Ben carries everywhere and a small podcasting studio.


What you can learn from this


The Patreon currently has 40K+ subscribers which gives Tim ~$220K (as of the time of this writing) per month. This is one of Tim’s revenue sources in addition to monetizing the free version of the podcast on YouTube via AdSense & brand Sponsorships. Not to forget he is continuously touring doing standup comedy and recently sold a special to Netflix.


To me, the biggest takeaway from Tim’s story is on the internet if you have to be successful you have to be unique. Tim is uniquely entertaining, any aspiring comedian can follow his model but it will be successful only if he/she is unique.

This post in originally published on Nataraj’s blog Startup Project. Nataraj is an operator-investor and host of Startup Project Podcast!

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