Does Being an Explicit Podcast Hurt Your Chances of Monetization


Explicit Podcasts Cost More in Fees?

I’ve been wanting to talk about explicit podcasts. I saw a post on a Facebook Group:

Lila Donnolo

This is a sample of it

Now Patreon says they have transferred processing pledges for their “adult” creators overseas, where there will be an extra processing fee. Patreon already takes a substantial cut of our earnings, credit card companies take a cut, and now we will get hit (again!) with processing fees.

My account is NOW FROZEN AGAIN. I cannot access my funds from last month, and no new pledges can be made. I am losing potential income, especially since so many more people have been made aware of my podcast after my traveling adventures.

While I was at Burning Man and without access to my email, Patreon’s “Trust and Safety” team sent me warnings about “nudity or *implied* nudity” in my publicly available Patreon posts. IMPLIED nudity?!!!! IMPLIED NUDITY. I’m really not sure what they were referring to.

When they didn’t hear back from me (again, because I was at Burning Man and offline), they “temporarily suspended” my account. This was 12 days ago. 11 days ago I began the laborious process of making all of my posts – containing anything that a prudish company might delineate as “sensitive” – patrons-only. I also wrote 11 days ago to the “Trust and Safety” person who contacted me, Hunter, asking him to please reinstate my account.

As of today, I have received no response. I’ve reached out through email twice now, and through the website once. There is no customer service number that I am aware of.

I want all of us “adult” creators to be served well by our patronage service. Since that’s not happening, I suggest that we take our business elsewhere. BUT WHERE?

Thus far, my earnings from Patreon only cover 1/3rd of my editor’s fee each month, but: they cover 1/3rd of my editor’s fee, and that is meaningful to me.

And then There is Cum Town

I randomly came across the Cum Town podcast. I might like the show if I was a 22-year-old male. I reviewed it on my Podcast Rodeo show. It wasn’t horrible. I’m not a prude, but it seemed a bit too loose and unorganized for me.  One of their subscribers left a comment on the post

Cum Town Patron

Yep. They have (as of 9/2018) 8463 patrons and making $37,970 a month (or $455,640 a year).

What floors me about this, is their listing in Apple podcasts points to the wrong site. Their website is www.cum.town.com and their Apple listing has it pointing to http://shoutengine.com/CumTown/ which makes me scratch my head (as they could be doing so much more).

2 thoughts on “Does Being an Explicit Podcast Hurt Your Chances of Monetization”

  1. I”m curious…..if Patreon takes such a big cut, and it is risky when it comes to implied nudity (I actually know what that is, as one of my daughters is a lingerie model), would one/she, my daughter, be better off to offer one or two “items” on Patreon, then direct to her website for the sale of more expensive items?

    1. What has been the case in many adult scenarios is you bypass “traditional” and build your own. There are tons of ways to make a membership site with WordPress, or something like thinkific. You just need to check their Terms of Service to make sure anything “adult” is not an issue.

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