I don’t do a ton of “review” posts on this blog – but I’ve gotten a fair amount of questions about my experience using Podia.Com for selling my content and courses, and most recently, offering a private membership style community as well.
Generally, when people ask, I tell them I love Podia, highly recommend them, and think if you’re selling content or courses (everything from digital downloads, to teaching classes, to offering “members only” Patreon style VIP content and beyond) Podia is the absolutely best platform for it all.
I decided to post a short review, simply because some of the folks who are asking me questions (usually, in response to content or courses they BOUGHT from my Podia store – and in response to email follow ups that are being delivered on the Podia platform, too 😉 are sharing reviews from some other publishers that feel a bit misguided and confused – like the one below.
Podia offers producers of digital content a compelling alternative to Patreon’s model of membership-based crowdfunding. If you earn a thousand dollars a month or more from digital sales on Patreon, simple math dictates that you stand to take home more of what you earn with Podia, provided you don’t mind hosting and selling your offerings on your own site.
However, many creators use Patreon not as their sole means of support but rather as a way of supplementing their income by monetizing passion projects. During the course of Patreon’s recent fee debacle, I came across numerous compelling stories from small-time creators whose revenue would have been threatened if Patreon’s announced fee structure change had gone through (it didn’t) — a hundred bucks a month or so can mean the difference between a creator being able to afford dental insurance or not. For smaller creators looking for a more seller-friendly platform on which to host their campaigns, Podia isn’t a realistic alternative; the monthly cost is simply too high.
The simple truth is, Podia is NOT a Patreon alternative, or a “crowdfunding” site. It does have those features (amongst many others) but to argue it’s a more expensive Patreon is completely missing the point. Podia allows me to:
- Sell my courses
- Sell my content (digital downloads)
- Create a membership community for “Patrons” (the patreon alternative/competitor piece)
- Recruit affiliates and JV/business partners ( a HUGE part of growing an online agency or earning passive income from subscribers while empowering THEM to help evangelize for your brand + business)
- Send an email newsletter
- Send email automation (drip) campaigns
- Create an entire storefront for my business (or for yours)
- No platform transaction fees
If you are building a coaching practice, or teaching classes online, or selling books, or selling services, or are simply looking for an amazing way to turn your passion and sense of purpose into a profitable online presence without tweaking your own tech – Podia.com is the best platform I’ve found, and by FAR, has the most affordable suite of services under one umbrella – bar none.
The real analogs are Teachable.com, or Thinkific.com or those sort of online LMS platforms, and if you compare features (no memberships, higher fees, far more spotty email marketing/automation/ tools, etc – there is no comparison) The Patreon like features that Podia offers are only a small sliver of the value, and yet….many of the reviews I have read over the last few days, only focus on those. (like the perplexing and somewhat missing the plot review at the link above)
In addition – the founder/CEO of Podia, (Spencer Fry) is always accessible – very friendly – super helpful – and has always gone out of his way to answer my questions (and/or complaints when I’ve had them) – via email/live chat and pretty much, instantaneously. (something that most Podia.com users have noted as well)