Ko-Fi, also known as Kofi in Spain, has established itself in recent years as one of the best, if not the best, alternatives to Patreon. The crowdfunding network operates practically traced to that of Patreon. With the slogan “pay me a coffee”, the main difference with respect to Patreon is that Ko-Fi has no commissions, that is, all the amount that the patrons donate is sent in full to the creator. Unfortunately, Ko-Fi is not well known in Spain and other Latin American countries as it is a platform developed entirely in English. For this reason we have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions around Ko-Fi to answer them .
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- Is Ko-Fi safe and reliable?
- Is Ko-Fi really free?
- If Ko-Fi is free, how do you make money?
- Can I use PayPal to pay on Ko-Fi?
- Can I use credit and debit cards to pay on Ko-Fi?
- Is Ko-Fi anonymous?
- Is there a Ko-Fi mobile app?
- I want to stop making donations, can I request a refund?
- Can I post sexual content on Ko-Fi if I am a creator?
- The payment is punctual, can I create a monthly donation system?
- I am a minor, can I register with Ko-Fi?
Is Ko-Fi safe and reliable?
Right. First, because the payment is made through third-party pages. And second, because the website does not share data with third-party companies , but is limited to European laws on Data Protection. Likewise, the web has several encryption methods based on SSL certificates that ensure that all the information handled within the page is properly encrypted.
Is Ko-Fi really free?
So is. In fact, the platform does not have its own payment method in its free mode to support content creators, but rather creates a link with the payment method selected by the creator so that patrons make donations directly to the website. website of the site in question.
If Ko-Fi is free, how do you make money?
Ko-Fi's pathways are considerably more limited than Patreon's. Currently the website has four different sources of income. The first is based on its Ko-Fi Gold subscription program, a paid program that adds a series of benefits to creators and costs around $ 6 per month (the price varies depending on the promotions on the web) .
Ko-Fi also has two additional free programs, Offer Subscriptions and Sell Commissions. While the first is made with 5% of the total amount of subscriptions paid by patrons , the second is directly integrated into the Ko-Fi Gold subscription. Each of these has a series of added advantages, depending on the type of service or content that we want to provide.
Ko-Fi's last revenue stream is directly from its donation system. Currently the website accepts donations from anyone who wants to collaborate with the project in a selfless way. It is important to note that Ko-Fi will not provide us with any added benefits if we choose to make a donation.
Can I use PayPal to pay on Ko-Fi?
Right. The website itself invites you to pay through PayPal through the creators as it lacks its own payment gateway. All donations made to creators are made through the PayPal website . It also offers Stripe support if we opt for an alternative payment method. This will only be offered on paid subscriptions, such as Ko-Fi Gold.
Can I use credit and debit cards to pay on Ko-Fi?
In addition to PayPal, Ko-Fi supports payment via credit and debit cards through Stripe. Currently the only cards compatible with Stripe are Visa and MasterCard. Of course, to make use of this payment method, the creator must contract the services of Ko-Fi Gold . To this must be added that Stripe is only available in a very limited number of countries. The official list provided by Ko-Fi is as follows:
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
Is Ko-Fi anonymous?
Although the company invites you to create a user to enjoy all the advantages of the platform, the truth is that we can make payments without having to register on the web . We can include a message along with the name, although we can leave both empty to make the donation anonymously.
Is there a Ko-Fi mobile app?
Unfortunately, Ko-Fi does not have an app for Android or iOS . While it is true that there is an application called Kofi App, it has nothing to do with the paid social network, but rather offers television content from the channel with the same name. In other words, any application that we come across on the Internet under the name Ko-Fi is fake.
I want to stop making donations, can I request a refund?
Since it does not have its own payment method, Ko-Fi does not support the return of donations . To receive a return we will have to contact the creator in question directly. The resolution will depend on the will of the creator himself.
Can I post sexual content on Ko-Fi if I am a creator?
Unlike OnlyFans, Ko-fi does not allow sexual or explicit content to be posted on its website . Nor does it allow us to redirect content to web pages that show explicit content or offer sex services, virtual or face-to-face, upon payment.
The payment is punctual, can I create a monthly donation system?
One of the big differences between Ko-Fi and Patreon is that payments are punctual. To create a monthly subscription as content creators we will have to subscribe to the paid service Ko-Fi Gold .
This subscription model also allows us to create paid publications (for example, a song, a video or an image) to further expand our sources of income.
I am a minor, can I register with Ko-Fi?
Absolutely. Ko-Fi only allows the use of the platform to people of legal age , that is, 18 years of age or older. Otherwise, the company reserves the right to close the account. This restriction is also transferred to the content creators, so we will not be able to use the platform in any way.
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