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90 of the Biggest Earners on Patreon (And What They’re Selling)

From $456 to $34,420 in monthly revenue


With more people than ever trying to make a living online, Patreon has emerged as a platform for content creators to see how engaged their fans really are.

Most often associated with being able to support your favourite Youtubers, Patreon provides a financial lifeline to a much wider audience of creators than I had originally assumed.

Today I’m going to delve in to some of the biggest earners of the platform and share some of the most interesting projects I’ve found.

Just before I do that, I have some interesting news: Medium launched an audio version of their stories, the exact idea I had for my live case study.

I can’t claim I was the reason behind them doing so (though I guess it’s slightly possible) but if anything it goes to show that it’s possible to predict Gaps in the market based on what’s currently hot.

On that note, I have two more Gaps in the market at the end of this post and I truly believe one of them is going to make someone millions of dollars.

I didn’t look through all 46,000 creators on Patreon, but I did look at a few thousand before picking the most inspiring on the platform.

If you would like to watch a video of the post, I’ve embedded it below:

Note that while I start with the lowest earners and get to the highest, I found more inspiration in the less-funded pages, so I wouldn’t skip straight to the end.

2-Minute Table Top: $456 per Map

Designs printable maps for board games like Dungeons and Dragons

I’ve heard about games like Dungeons and Dragons but if I’m totally honest with you, I have no idea how they’re played or what a game even looks like.

That’s why it was so interesting to me to see someone making a decent side income by illustrating maps for these popular games.

For anyone with skills in Illustrator, I think this is such a cool side business opportunity.

The Gospel Daily: $509 per month

Daily emails for Christians

Though I’m not religious, I am aware of the power of emails and how much people love receiving newsletters that are highly relevant to them.

If you’re a believer in Christ then I can see why this would be enticing.

Almost all revenue is generated from just three patron’s: One paying $250 per month and two others paying $100 per month each.

All City News: $744 per month

Investigative stories on the Bay Area

I’ve already written about how popular (and profitable) local news can be so I really wanted to highlight this story of an individual who is solely reporting on a US city.

The Bay Area – which is San Francisco for the rest of us – is home to 850,000 people so there’s more than enough to write about.

I imagine journalism of the future will look a lot more like this, with people supporting individuals rather than brands.

Hoodied: $825 per month

Creates a ‘hoodie of the month’ for their fans

Whenever you read about successful subscription box businesses, the stories usually involve the creator earning at least five figures per month.

That’s why I wanted to feature this more ‘humble’ example which I still think is a great success. With five Patron’s paying $150/m to get the latest release, it must be a great feeling for the designer to get support for their creations.

If you’re been hoping to ship some of your own physical goods via a subscription offering, give this one a look.

Dani (of DaniWeb Fame): $887 per month

Helps Moroccan students get scholarships in the USA

Though this is more of a cause than a website, it does show the power of the internet. Dani, who you may know from the popular web development forum Daniweb, helps Moroccan students get scholarships in the USA.

It’s really inspiring to see what people are doing with the Patreon platform and this is an example of just that.

Dani only has a small number of people supporting her, but those that do clearly love the cause.

Siam Sattayaphan: $966 per month

Monthly Thai-BBQ delivery in Hong Kong

Having spent a lot of time living on and off in Thailand over the last few years, it was nice to see an obviously Thai name stand out during my research.

Sadly they weren’t making money from within Thailand as I had hoped, but the concept is still great: Siam ships Thai BBQ meats once per month to people in Hong Kong.

With two Patron’s paying $100/m and one paying $250/m, there’s clearly a demand for his Fat Legs BBQ offering.

Adam Fisher: $997 per month

Videos about fitness and self-improvement

What’s interesting to me about Adam is that he’s making money in the fitness space but he’s not some big Youtuber and doesn’t actually seem very confident behind the camera.

That being said, he does have a great mission: He aims to to promote fitness in a way that doesn’t make people feel bad about their current health situation.

He won’t be posting any Lamborghini showroom videos any time soon, but with six people donating $125 per month, he’s clearly found a target audience who enjoy what he produces.

Lucy Knisley: $1,005 per month

Simple comics about babies and parenting

Lucy is among a growing number of moms who are making money on the Patreon platform.

The reason I wanted to highlight her is not because of what she’s doing, but because of how many people are supporting her.

Lucy likely has the highest number of patrons to earnings ratio on my entire list, which goes to show that even if you just charge a few dollars for your offering, you can build up a very respectable side-income.

90 Minute Fever: $1,021 per month

An online football management game

Watching the gameplay of 90 Minute Fever brought back a lot of childhood memories playing Championship Manager on my Windows 95 and XP computers.

With football being one of the most popular sports in the world and 90 Minute Fever being such a well done creation, I’ll put money on this being a Patreon page that is going to grow like crazy.

While the highest tier $300 per month sponsorships aren’t cheap – picked up by two patron’s – it has to be cool to see your company logo inside a game.

Horizon: $1,043 per month

Building a travel-app to meet like-minded people wherever you go

I’m not entirely sure how to feel about Horizon. On one hand I think it’s a great concept that I hope will take off, but on the other it’s the kind of project I would never take on as the owner of a marketing agency.

Promoting an app in the travel space has to be one of the most challenging gigs out there, so hopefully the Patreon userbase can help to give them a boost.

With two Patron’s making up $1,000 of their $1,043 monthly income, it would be a nice underdog story to see this grow much bigger.

Talitha Brauer: $1,065 per month

Photo essays on refugees around the world

Like Dani helping Moroccans get scholarships, it was inspiring to find people supporting Talitha Brauer’s mission to photograph refugees and tell their story.

I watched a few of her videos and got a new perspective on the fortune of my own situation, which I think is always important.

With some Patron’s pledging up to $200/m, I can only hope her numbers begin to grow.

Inception Publishing: $1,075 per month

Books and courses filled with “compelling truths”

I had to really dig deep to figure out what Inception Publishing is all about and if I’m honest with you, I’m still not totally sure.

The founder, Eric, bases his teaching around the concept that your own body can double up as a ‘lie detector’ and you can find out if people are “being straight with you or not”.

I didn’t want to dismiss this one just because I didn’t understand it: Clearly there is an audience for this kind of thing, which is one of the beauties of the platform.

Your Kickstarter Sucks: $1,339 per month

A podcast about terrible Kickstarter launches

I think more than anything I’m impressed that this podcast is only three months old, with six episodes, and has built up enough of an audience to bring in a respectable side income for the three hosts.

The podcast appears to have been launched on the back of a fairly-popular Tumblr blog where they make fun of the latest listings on the site.

There’s a Reddit sub-Reddit with 63,000 subscribers called /r/shittykickstarters which may have been their initial inspiration.

Dutchsince: $1,395 per month

Earthquake forecasting videos

Being a semi-frequent Reddit user, I’m not that surprised to see people are interested in earthquake forecasting and reports. One user on the site regularly comments on big weather events with his insights on wind speed and earthquake magnitude which I find surprisingly interesting.

I can’t tell if Dutchsinse is that same Reddit user but with 245 Patron’s he’s clearly very popular.

What’s perhaps the most impressive thing is that he reached his $1,000/m goal in just three days of creating his Patreon page, no doubt helped by his almost 200,000 Youtube subscribers.

Fanny Barlow: $1,581 per month

Sends a make-up and beauty monthly subscription box

Just 36 people support Fanny Barlow’s “magic, fairtytales and shenanigans” but they pay an average of $44/m to do so.

Fanny ships a monthly beauty box called MAKE WAVES which includes “beauty products, artist items and cute accessories.”

What I like the most about her venture is that she pledges a lot of money to causes in need. With every MAKE WAVES box she ships, someone living rough will receive a package containing toothpaste, a toothbrush, and other essentials.

Tefler: $1,626 per chapter

Writing their first ever novel

Not everyone on Patreon is looking to get paid monthly. Some people get paid per video, per podcast episode and in this case, per book chapter.

What’s most surprising to me is that the creator of this page has never written a novel before.

With over 1,000 patrons, my best guess is they used their ‘status’ on a sci-fi Facebook page or forum to promote their work and build an audience, which should be inspiring for anyone else looking to write their own novel.

Oh, and they’re up to chapter 78. Even if they received much lower earnings for previous chapters, that’s a lot more money than they would have ever received with a book advance.

Opening Arguments: $1,721 per episode

A podcast that explains the law behind the news

Having picked up a nice Patreon URL at /law, Andrew and Thomas run a popular podcast on all areas of the topic.

The hosts aim to give you “all the tools you need to understand the issue and win every argument you have on Facebook”.

With politics being a hot topic at the moment, it’s no surprise to see their latest episodes cover the news surrounding President Trump and ex-FBI Director Comey.

Black Plasma Studios: $1,772 per month

Creates animations from Minecraft gameplay

I’m not into Minecraft or even gaming in general but I know how popular eSports and the likes of Twitch streaming has become.

If you spend 5 minutes on Patreon you’ll find hundreds of people making money in the gaming niche, but with Black Plasma I wanted to highlight a more interesting approach.

They make animated videos based on in-game events when playing Minecraft. The demo video on their page is actually quite impressive.

The audience they’re reaching is quite niche, but with an average monthly donation of $17 per Patron, people are clearly willing to pay for niche.

Monky London: $2,090 per month

Automotive videos most notably about car builds and drifting

There are literally thousands of Youtuber’s on Patreon so I don’t want to highlight too many, but this one stood out because it’s personal, rather than some big car brand.

Monky London create videos which feature the likes of drift racing, car builds and tuning.

For $10 or more per month you’ll get stickers, decals and access to Q&A videos where you’ll stand the chance of being featured with your question.

Citation Needed: $2,148 per episode

A podcast where the hosts pretend to be experts on any topic

Citation Needed is the result of three podcasters who teamed up together in the middle of 2016 to bring you this experimental podcast.

Pulling in over $2,000 per episode – and with three updates already made in May – it certainly seems to have been a hit.

For $100 per month (with a six month guarantee) you get to hang out with the guys and get featured on the show, which is a great deal if you’re a fan.

Caia & Casson: $2,417 per month

Creating an illustrated children’s book on ocean conservation

I’m absolutely in love with this one. If anything it’s because I’m so impressed that there are people to support projects like this.

Not only is it great for the environment and for children’s education, but it opens the door to more people focusing on similar ideas.

No offense intended, but they don’t really offer the best rewards (though a signed card is cool!). It goes to show people are just happy to support such a project without getting anything but good vibes in return.

Cindy Guentert-Baldo: $2,467 per month

Lettering tutorials and planner videos

Cindy got her start on Youtube by offering tutorials on lettering, but when a random video on using planners took off, she started to create a lot more of them.

As someone who picked up a Wacom tablet not too long ago, I think I’ve actually watched a few of her videos before finding her on Patreon.

Her top tier of $100/m has a really smart offering for up to five people: She will doodle lettering in anyone’s planner for them once per month.

Matthew Gafford: $2,491 per month

Live drawing and art tutorials

It’s great to see people with real talent being rewarded for their skills and Matthew Gafford is one such person.

More than 443 patrons donate a monthly sum for his live drawings in Flash Vegas and Adobe Illustrator.

The most popular donation tier is $10/m which gets you credit at the end of each animation and all character notes.

Danny Wood: $2,524 per month

Group coaching for those interested in Real Estate

More interesting to me is not what Danny is selling, but the pricing model he’s adopted.

Real estate coaching is nothing new, but to have a single pricing tier ($20/m) and not use something like Paypal is pretty interesting.

A monthly donation gets you access to all of his videos and two group coaching calls per month.

Hak5: $2,649 per month

Videos on internet security, privacy and freedom

Any time there is a security threat the news gets talking, with the recent WannaCry malware a good example of that.

Threat Wire was launched by Hak5 in 2012 to keep readers up to date on the latest news in the security world. Just a few months later, Edward Snowden would leak details of NSA spying to the world, creating growing interest in the subject.

As with the Ocean Conservation illustrations, not much is offered in the way of rewards for being a patron, implying users are simply happy to support the site at the popular $2 and $4 per month levels.

Fraser Cain: $2,679 per month

Space reporting on UniverseToday.com

If Fraser reaches $25,000/m he’s vowed to remove all ads on Universe Today, which has probably been affected by the rise in ad blocker usage.

That said, he’s presumably still making a great income from the site he’s been running since 1999.

I always thought of the site to be full of Viral Nova-style “clickbait news” but I’m clearly wrong as they have a lot of fans willing to support their commentary.

The Corbett Report: $2,689 per month

Open-source journalism

If you’re hoping for a description of what James Corbett means by ‘open source journalism’ then I’m sorry but I couldn’t find a clear answer.

As far as I can tell, he believes ‘open-source’ to mean independent and funded by readers. Coincidentally, that makes The Corbett Report perfect for Patreon.

With just one tier at a dollar per month, subscribers are able to comment on the site and get access to an exclusive newsletter.

Gone with the Wynns: $2,706 per video

Videos about their travel ventures around the globe

I only discovered Gone with the Wynns a few months ago but when I did, I’m not ashamed to say I binge watched a lot of their videos.

For some reason I had no idea that any normal person could just buy a boat and sail the world. Well, I knew it was possible, but didn’t know there was a whole community behind it.

The couple are absolutely killing it on Youtube with more than 133,000 subscribers.

The Bowery Boys: $2,846 per month

A podcast on the history of New York City

I’m pleasantly surprised to see that a podcast on as niche of a topic of the history of New York is still popular in 2017.

The Bowery Boys have produced more than 200 episodes over the years with the aim to publish 25 per annum if they can hit their Patreon goal of $3,500 in monthly donations.

Recent episodes include covering things like ‘Famous Dogs of New York’ and ‘Building the Extra (Wall St) Wall’.

DarulArqam Studios: $2,903 per month

Educational videos for children learning the Quran

One thing I love about researching new stories for Gaps is finding niches that I would never fathom exist, never mind offer the chance to make a very respectable income.

That’s certainly the case with Darul Arqam’s videos, made to help children with learning the Quran.

Darul has $200 per month and $500 per month tiers, but the highest people are paying for ($100 per month) offers public thanks at the end of one video per month.

Danny Roddy: $2,916 per month

Detailed videos on stress, aging and general health

Danny was actually the first person I came across in my Patreon research who tempted me to sign up and make a pledge.

I’m not a health fanatic but I do like in-depth insights into a topic (hopefully that isn’t a surprise) so appreciate the depth at which he’s willing to cover certain topics.

More than a third of his Patreon income comes from 10 people who pay for a monthly chat with Danny where they can discuss topics like libido, nutrition and hair loss.

Randi Harper: $2,989 per month

Develops open-source anti-harassment tools

Continuing the theme of great causes, Randi Harper is helping to reduce online harassment which is becoming an increasingly bigger problem.

Unfortunately her website is down so I can’t see exactly what it does, but a Newsweek article focuses on how it allows you to block words (and people) on Twitter.

She’s just $600 shy of her monthly target of $3,600.

The Sword of YHVH: $3,044 per video

Multi-hour videos on lessons from Scriptures

It was no surprise to me that people are interested in watching religious content, but I’m surprised to see videos that typically last for a few hours being so popular.

I believe Yeshua comes from the Hebrew spelling of the word Jesus, so these are videos mostly about Christianity.

The Sword of YHVH have just 1,461 subscribers on their Youtube channel, so they’ve clearly found their target audience to be doing so well.

Jason Lanier: $3,045 per month

Photography videos, tutorials and meetups

The testimonial on the Gaps homepage is from someone doing very well teaching photography so it’s great to see another example of that.

The main selling point of patronage is certainly the live Google Hangout chats and live photography concept teaching.

Eight patrons (the maximum number of places) pay $100/m to have a private 30 minute Skype call with Jason each month.

Healthcare Triage: $3,070 per month

Creating healthier people through educational videos

Healthcare Triage is coincidentally one of three Youtube channels featured in this article focused on the topic of health.

Interestingly, their two most popular videos on Youtube are both about the health benefits (or downsides) to marijuana, even though they were recorded three years apart.

With over 200,000 Youtube subscribers I would expect to see their Patreon income continue to grow.

Sylvie von Duuglas: $3,087 per month

Documents her journey fighting Muay Thai in Thailand

As someone who has spent a lot of the last few years in Thailand, it was really cool to come across Sylvie’s unique journey in the country.

Over 600 patrons support her writing on topics like the history of Muay Thai and how western women can fit into Muay Thai culture.

11 people donate to her $30 per month tier which allows them to suggest future video and vlog topics for Sylvie to cover.

Gargron: $3,159 per month

Open-source social networking software

I have a feeling most Gaps readers will be interested in this open-source social networking software called Mastodon.

The network “is like an unlimited number of different Twitter websites, users of which can follow each other and interact regardless of which Twitter website exactly they are on.”

More than 50,000 people use their own hosted version of the software, which is no small feat.

I started playing with it a few days ago and actually found it really fun. The interface is a cross between Twitter and Tweetdeck, and actually slicker than both of them.

Boho Beautiful: $3,199 per month

Produces yoga and travel videos, documenting their life journey

Boho Beautiful is like those Instagram pages where people try really hard to show they’re living ‘the life’, but they might actually be doing so.

Juliana and husband Mark create videos about yoga, meditation, fitness and also document their travel journey.

With 450,000 Youtube subscribers I wouldn’t be surprised to see their monthly income dramatically increase.

We Animals: $3,291 per month

Photographs animals in need of human help and attention

I had to include We Animals in this list as it’s such a cool and inspiring example of what one person can do to help others.

Jo-Anne McArthur, the photojournalist behind We Animals, helps to bring attention to the species of animals on this planet in need.

As with other similar projects on the site, patrons mostly get to support the project rather than get something in return, though those pledging more than $100 per month do get a personal “Thank you” phone call from Jo-Anne herself.

Jerry Banfield: $3,374 per month

Videos on Linux, SEO, Hacking, and (honestly) everything else

It’s hard to really describe the content of Jerry Banfield’s Youtube channel as he talks about so many diverse topics.

It’s surprising I’ve never heard his name before as he seems to have a focus (now and then) on ranking websites in Google.

If he reaches his next target of $5,000/m he aims to give away all of his training courses for free.

Mike Erre: $3,528 per month

A podcast on interpreting Jesus in the modern day

I apologise that I can’t comment too much on the more religious Patreon projects as I’m just not a religious person myself.

Mike Erre has created the VOX podcast to help modern Christians deal with the teachings of Jesus in the 21st century.

48 patron’s pledge a minimum of $50 per month to show that, in Mike’s words, “you deeply care about our growth and future, and want to see the family grow.”

John Pavlovitz: $3,577 per month

Online pastoral care and content

John Pavlovitz blogs about topics ranging from faith, the Church and grief, all the way through to parenting and dealing with teenagers.

His lowest tier of $1 per month grants access to a private Facebook group of his, which I haven’t seen many other pages offering.

What’s interesting is that John is actually incredibly inactive on Patreon, so people are clearly supporting his continued value outside the platform.

The Ukulele Teacher: $4,233 per month

Teaches the Ukulele and creates Ukulele song covers

This one is quite self-explanatory but it’s great to see someone can take such a cool little instrument and make a living out of teaching it.

Currently sitting at 950 patrons, 455 of them pay $1/m to support the show and get videos 24 hours before the Youtube public.

I can’t find the name of the shows creator but he’s now able to do what he does full-time which must be a great feeling.

Effectively Wild: $4,522 per month

Two friends hosting a baseball podcast

I’ve never watched a game of Baseball in my life so my US-readers will have to tell me how good these guys are, but it’s great to see a sports-focused podcast getting so much love.

Effectively Wild is hosted by Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan who publish a few episodes per week on topics that “blends analysis and silliness”.

To date they’ve produced almost 1,000 shows which has earned them a great reputation with their many fans.

Bite Size Vegan: $4,635 per month

Educational videos on becoming, and staying, Vegan

While I’m not Vegan, I have dramatically reduced my meat intake and removed all processed sugars from my diet so this one was nice to find.

Emily, owner of Bite Size Vegan, has grown the brand to over 150,000 subscribers, making it one of the biggest Vegan channels on Youtube.

Some of her favourite feedback seems to be that even non-Vegans can enjoy her videos without feeling pushed to change their eating habits.

Travelling Museum of the Paranormal: $4,726 per month

A museum about the paranormal that tours America

This museum’s business model is as interesting as it is paranormal.

Greg Newkirk and Dana Matthews travel the US to bring their fans live access to different haunted, cursed and paranormal locations.

Started in 2013, they’ve been traveling coast to coast to indulge their followers’ interest in the depths of the supernatural.

Gina Häußge: $5,229 per month

Develops a ‘snappy’ web-interface for 3D printers

As someone who thought 3D printing was going to be absolutely huge, it certainly feels like the hype has died down and 3D printing has gone very ‘niche’.

For that reason it’s great to see that people are still supporting the technology, and Gina is one such person creating tools to improve the lives of 3D printer owners.

Her OctoPrint software allows you to monitor all aspects of your printer and print jobs from anywhere you have an internet connection.

For Crying Out Loud: $5,853 per month

A podcast on motherhood and parenting

Stefanie and Lynette have been hosting the FCOL podcast for over five years.

Their listeners love that they’re painfully honest about their lives, both the good and the bad.

On average their patrons donate little more than $5 each, but it quickly adds up when you have as many fans as they do.

Ben Komets: $6,384 per month

Creates miniature art and miniature art tutorials

Ben Komets is a professional miniatures artist based in Berlin, Germany.

Unlike some other Youtube channels mentioned here, Ben ‘only’ has 2,700 subscribers, making it that more impressive he has over 600 patrons.

His most supportive patrons ($100/m) get an hour of video feedback each month as well as all of the necessary files from his many tutorials.

Lisa Clough: $6,758 per month

Fine-art painting and tutorial videos

Similar to Ben above, Lisa Clough also teaches Art via her Youtube channel which has amassed nearly 150,000 subscribers.

If she reaches her next income target of $7,500 per month she’s going to upgrade her camera so she can take better pictures to work from.

Her artistic ability really is incredible so it’s no surprise she’s doing so well.

Jeff Gluck: $6,692 per month

Website coverage of NASCAR racing events

Jeff’s NASCAR coverage is completely free to any and all; he just asks people to support him so that he can keep the coverage going.

His Patreon page says he’s hoping to launch a podcast one day, though with one on the site already, he may have just hit the mark.

With almost 160,000 Twitter fans he’s clearly already a ‘name’ in the world of NASCAR.

Oliver Babish: $7,012 per month

Witty cooking videos, often cooking food from TV shows and movies

From his frequent posts on Reddit, Oliver seems to be a genuinely nice person, so it’s great to see the hard work he puts into his videos has really paid off.

Even if you’re not into food and cooking you’ve likely heard of “Binging with Babish”, Oliver’s Youtube channel which has over 800,000 subscribers.

His income jumped $60 per month just in the last few hours so this one is going to grow fast.

YellowLaw: $7,118 per month

Novel translations

There are a lot of anime-focused pages on Patreon, and quite a few of them offer translations from novels.

I presume they’re translating some Japanese to English, so a western audience can keep up to date their favourite anime series.

Update: As I was writing their description they jumped from $7K per month down to $2K per month, with a big update on their page explaining why.

I’ll leave this one in place just in case it does jump back.

Rancho Relaxo: $7,413 per month

Animal rescue and animal safety education

You can probably tell I’m a huge animal lover if you’ve been reading all of these descriptions, but if not let me say it again: I LOVE that people are supporting projects like this.

Not only is Rancho Relaxo an incredible non-profit which rescues animals, but they also update the world on the work that they do and how others can help.

Their recent monthly goal helped them purchase a new piece of land which is crazy, and if they reach their next goal they’ll be able to build a new barn for their animals.

Matt Kiser: $8,079 per month

Daily newsletter and blog around political commentary

Matt Kiser and his well named podcast is supported by over 1,500 patrons each month who enjoy his political commentary.

WTF Just Happened Today is a blog and newsletter that chronicles the daily shock and awe in national politics.

Matt says the entire goal of his Patreon page is to make WTFJHT a sustainable, community-funded media company.

Sailing La Vagabonde: $9,020 per video

Videos sharing their journey around the globe

My mind has been opened up to a new world of traveling in this past week, with Sailing La Vagabonde being the biggest earners I could find in the space.

Riley bought a boat he named La Vagabonde in 2013 and a year later picked up his sailing partner, Elayna.

They have more than 300,000 Youtube subscribers who enjoy watching their travels around the world (and arguing in the comments about how Riley afforded the boat in the first place).

Evan: $10,263 per month

Develops a front-end framework for web development called Vue.js

Evan has one of the best earnings per patron ratio on the site, and possibly the best for people earning more than $10,000 per month.

Vue.js makes some of the best UI ideas “more approachable, so that any developer can quickly pick it up”.

One patron pays more than $2,000 per month to support effort but the cost is justified: They get their website and logo on every page of his website, which reaches more than 500,000 unique visitors per month.

OSW Review: $10,364 per month

Wrestling commentary and review videos

If you don’t already know about OSW review it’s tough to gleam many details from their Patreon page besides “they create something to do with wrestling”.

They create videos around wrestling events but surprisingly use Vimeo to display them rather than benefiting from a Youtube audience. I’m not sure if there’s some backstory there.

They also take the audio from each episode and put that out as a separate podcast.

Doughboys: $10,887 per month

A podcast about the best and worst of chain restaurants (really)

It’s almost hard to believe a podcast like this exists but Mike Mitchell and Mick Wiger have been able to make it very successful.

If you think that saying they review chain restaurants was a joke then well, you may be new to the Internet, as that’s exactly what they do.

After listening to some podcasts on their site, I’m most impressed with the technology that allows you to skip ads within the audio.

Even though I’m known to not be much of a podcast fan, I did find the episodes very funny.

Dr. Rhonda Patrick: $12,876 per month

Videos and articles on science, health and aging

Dr. Patrick is the creator of Found My Fitness, a Youtube channel and website covering the latest science of health.

Unlike many health channels, her videos are very substantial with many of them a few hours in length.

Her 79,000 subscribers were recently treated to in-depth videos on depression, iron overload and fasting.

Rudy the Magic Guy: $19,918 per month

Magic the Gathering thoughts and investment advice via video

We started this list by talking about board / card games and it’s nice to (almost) end on the same topic.

Even if you’re like me and not into things like Magic The Gathering, Rudy talks about investing in the cards to make money down the road.

His second most popular video talks about how he spends upwards of $200,000 per month on cards for the game, which is pretty insane.

Kurzgesagt: $29,445 per month

Animated videos on the topic of science

With over 7,600 patrons, Kurzgesagt is one of the most popular projects on all of Patreon.

The “Hello Patreon!” video on their profile goes into detail on why they’re only able to upload one video per month: Animation takes a lot of time.

They clearly deserve to have their more than 4 million Youtube subscribers, and after watching just one video it’s really no surprise to see why they’re so popular.

Team Cemu: $33,386 per month

Develops an emulator to play Wii U applications on PC

If you’ve ever wished to be able to play Nintendo games on your PC then Team Cemu develop software to help you do exactly that.

Gaming is an absolutely huge niche on Patreon so anything that could interest a large number of gamers is always going to be a hit.

Their emulator is especially popular for those who own a Raspberry Pi mini-computer.

Dr Jordan Peterson: $34,420 per Month

Video lectures on profound psychological ideas

I am a huge fan of Dr Jordan Peterson. I actually had no idea he had a Patreon page until I did this research, even though I’m actually a customer of one of his products.

His Youtube videos are some of the best I’ve seen on the topics of psychology, depression, and “turning your life around” so it’s great to see he’s getting paid handsomely for producing such great content.

While he did cause controversy last year (you’ll need to make your own opinion on that), I think he’s a great speaker with a great message to share.

The Biggest Gap in the Market Here Is (Literally) Not Safe for Work

30-40% of content on Patreon, from what I can tell, is of the adult nature.

During my research for this article I have seen things I never want to see again. From cartoon foxes in suggestible positions to logos made to look like semen, I’m all for people having their fantasies, but my browser history is forever ruined.

The surprising thing about having so much adult content on their site is that Patreon actually make it very difficult to find.

And I really looked (for research, I promise!)

First of all, there’s no NSFW or Adult category.

With a younger audience this might be understandable, but you would think the search function would provide a little more insight.

Interestingly, there’s not much to that either.

It’s really odd because, again, their site is absolutely full of adult content.

This is the “Safest for work” NSFW Patreon I could find.

Hopefully I’ll never have to type the following search query ever again but it’s amazing even a direct search won’t bring up this content.

There aren’t many game related screenshots I can add to this post, but it’s incredible how many NSFW games there are.

Some of them are making incredible amounts of money.

The search function does nothing however if you desire to find more.

In other words, unless you’re already a fan of some adult content elsewhere, you’re not going to find it by chance on Patreon.

And that’s why I think the next online millionaire is going to create a Patreon specifically for adult content and performers.

It’s the kind of content many people are interested in but not many want to be associated with, so if you’re fine with the association, you’re going to have less competition.

If I were to build an ‘Adult Patreon’ myself I would keep the branding more general than naughty, mostly for the countless “Youtube stars” that people are paying a lot of money to see photos of on the site.

There’s Always an Opportunity to ‘Datafy’ New Websites

The original version of this blog post looks nothing like the article you see today.

I spent days finding every single person on Patreon who was making money and put them together in a massive HTML table.

I thought people would love the table because for the first time ever, they could finally see who the biggest earners were on Patreon.

Here’s some proof of my data collecting.

If I had performed a Google search for ‘top patreon earners’ before doing all of that work then I would have been greeted by Graphtreon. Graphtreon tracks all Patreon earners and even charts their income growth and dips.

I was a bit gutted to find this site after spending days copying details manually. Compared to my static table, their information is automated, live, and included a lot more pages than I found through clicking around.

Something I noticed with Graphtreon however was that it still wasn’t very easy to tell what people were doing to make money. I had to click on every single Patreon to get an idea of what they were offering.

That’s when I decided to change this article to make the best projects on the site – at least in my mind – easy to stand out.

What surprised me the most about Graphtreon is how much traffic it’s getting. The idea is cool, sure, but I can’t imagine myself going back there often.

Just look at these traffic stats:

Seeing how popular Graphtreon is reminded me about the other websites that ‘datafy’ popular sources and build a following on top of them.

Here’s a few more examples of people that have done similar things with other platforms:

  • Reddit List tracks the growth of Reddit sub-Reddits
  • Top Authors tracks the most followed Medium writers
  • Top Pub tracks the most followed Medium publications
  • Social Blade tracks the top streamers on Twitch

Any time a new site starts growing, there’s always an opportunity to track and rank their users, and reach a large regular audience for doing so.

I missed the boat on Patreon, but there will be more.

Can You Skip the Money and Go for the Mission? An Unexpected Insight

I’ve been writing about how to increase website traffic (and thus make more money) for eleven twelve years now.

While it’s always been clear that people want to succeed online for different reasons, I’ve typically thought of the process as using the internet to make money in popular niches, and then funnel those finances into other hobbies and causes you care about.

But what if you skip the making money part and go straight to focusing on a mission? Patreon has opened my eyes to the idea that it’s possible.

Autism Father is one of my favourite examples of this in action.

A father of a child with Autism created a safe space so other children with the same condition can play Minecraft together online, and safely.

There are countless similar examples on the platform:

  • Govtrack makes $2,882 per month as a trusted source for journalists
  • Scewo makes $1,440 per month to develop a stair-climbing wheelchair
  • DNA Lounge makes $4,140 per month to keep their San Francisco music venue open
  • Rancho Relaxo makes $7,534 per month to rescue farm animals

If you’re not looking to make millions and see an opportunity to use Patreon to support a personal mission to serve others, you may be able to get financial funding much quicker than you think.

If Anything, Researching Patreon Has Reminded Me of Two Important Lessons…

The first lesson is this: You can get create financial freedom in any niche if you spend the time to attract loyal fans.

Ben Komets – featured above creating miniature art – makes over $6,500 per month thanks to his Youtube videos yet this channel ‘only’ has 2,700 subscribers.

While Evan reaches over 500,000 people per month with Vue.js, only 147 people support him financially, with their average monthly donation sitting at $66 each.

The Sword of YHVH has only 51 people supporting his multi-hour scripture commentary, yet they earn him a very respectable $3,000 per month.

This trend I saw over and over again is that you don’t need a lot of supporters to make a great side (or even full-time) income.

If you’re taking action online it may not be that you haven’t picked the right niche, just that you’re not reaching the right people.

The second lesson is this: Never get stuck into ‘boxes’ about what makes money online. New opportunities appear all the time.

It was quite humbling to realise how many industries there are that I had no idea there are so many people making money.

Thousands of people are making money with web comics, funny podcasts and even Youtube channels documenting interesting murders.

There’s literally a podcast making over $2,000 per month giving commentary on every single episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Another, called ‘My Favorite Murder’, makes over $3,500 per month.

Pokemon has always been a niche with a lot of fans but with the release of Pokemon Go less than a year ago, the brand really took up interest again.

We can see how that has resulted in people making a lot of money, through the following Patreon’s:

  • Pokesnipers is sharing Pokemon Go coordinates for special finds and making $9,829/m
  • Pokedex100 is creating a pokemon hunting platform and making $5,446/m
  • PokeGo++ have over 1,200 Patron’s at a minimum of $5 per month, earning them more than $6,000/m

Two of these businesses couldn’t even have existed just a few months ago, and one would have really struggled to promote themselves.

If you found some interest in this article, just start randomly browsing around Patreon and see what’s there.

While 7,000 words definitely looks like a lot, I’ve only covered 90 creators out of more than 46,000 on the site. Go and explore what’s out there to inspire and dictate your next moves to make money online.

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