Online advertising is becoming increasingly annoying, but many small publishers are becoming more dependent on the revenue it raises. The business model of creating free content and giving it away is not a particularly great one.
The Swans Blog does not generate revenue from advertising, and we want to keep it that way, but there's another way to raise revenue without resorting to annoying pop-up, pop-under and banner ads, and that's through the support of our readers and listeners.
If you enjoy what we create, what we do, and you'd like access to exclusive podcasts, articles and content that we create, for you, our supporters, then sign up as a Swans Blog member. We don't do clickbait, misleading titles, 10 reasons why this article sucks, pop-ups, auto-playing videos, and any other annoying advertising.
What we do is create great quality writing and podcasts. We have a team of people who enjoy writing and talking about the team they love, and they do it because they love it. And if you get on board, we'll love you too. I mean, we love you anyway, but we'd love you just a little bit more.
Does this mean you're going behind a paywall?
No! Everything that we already do on The Swans Blog remains free, the same as it has always been. The podcasts, the blogs, the news, match reports, player ratings, stats, columns, injury reports, columnists and everything else - 100% free.
How much does it cost?
The cost starts at just $5 per month - the cost of a coffee in Melbourne, even less than a pot of your favourite Australian brew, and a third of the cost of a chicken parma.
If you feel like you want to contribute more, you can modify the amount before you sign up (see FAQ).
What do I get if I sign up?
- History specials, such as podcasts about our premiership years, or legends of the club
- A monthly long read, featuring one of our columnists who will look at a particular aspect of our club, a time, period or player, an achievement etc., something for you to really sink your teeth into
- An exclusive monthly email for members
- The chance to win a seat at a Swans home game during the season
- The opportunity to write an article for us, or even appear on our podcast as a special guest and tell us a bit about yourself
- Exclusive member only podcasts
- And more...
Ok, I'm in! How do I do it?
It’s simple. Everything you need to know is in the FAQ below, and if you have a question that’s not included, or if something’s not clear, you can get in touch directly and we’ll sort it out as best we can.
Frequently asked questions
What is Patreon?
Patreon is a membership platform that makes it easy for us to provide exclusive content to our members, and for them to subscribe with the knowledge that their security and privacy are in safe hands.
They offer support to all users via their helpdesk, and there are no long term commitments. You can cancel your Swans Blog subscription at any time and the platform itself allows us to give you podcasts and articles that are exclusive to Swans Blog members.
Patreon is used by thousands of artists, singers, writers, podcasters, video-makers and more, and it means we can concentrate on making you great stuff to listen to and to read, while they do all the technical stuff behind the scenes.
How do I become a Swans Blog member on Patreon?
It’s really simple. If you’re already using Patreon, you can simply go to our page and become a patron and a Swans Blog Member.
If this is your first time to use Patreon, follow these steps to get going.
1 - Go to patreon.com/theswansblog
2 - Click big orange button which says ‘Become a patron’
3 - Choose either the $5 or $10 option, and sign up to Patreon with your email address or with your Facebook account.
If you feel you want to pledge more than the $5, you can simply modify the amount in the box, and that will become your monthly amount.
It is possible to pledge less but because of the way the Patreon system works, you won’t be able to access the content if you do.
4 - Choose to pay securely with your credit card or Paypal account.
5 - That’s it. You’re now a Swans Blog Member, you have access to exclusive podcasts and written content, and we love you for it.
How do I listen to the podcasts on my podcast app?
When you sign up to become a Swans Blog Member, you’ll get a unique, individual URL which will allow you to access the podcasts.
IMPORTANT: Do not share this URL as multiple uses will see Patreon block that feed’s access to the content and you won’t be able to listen to our cool shows.
To get the URL, go to patreon.com/theswansblog/overview and on the right side you’ll see a window with your personal URL.
The method to add the podcast to the wide range of podcast apps varies a little, but basically you need to copy the link, and add the podcasts manually.
Paste the Patreon link you copied in there, save the changes, and you’ll be subscribed. After that, new episodes will appear in the app as with any other podcast.
Android Podcast Addict
Both of these apps are free and support the Patreon podcasts. There’s also a Patreon app for iOS and Android which, when logged in, shows you all the content you’re subscribed to:
Patreon on Android
Patreon on iOS
When are payments taken?
Payments are taken on the first of every month.
How do I change my payment method or info?
If you need to change your payment method, or update your credit card/Paypal information, Patreon provide a full how-to on their website.
How do I cancel my payment?
If you want to cancel, follow these simple steps.
1 – Log into your Patreon account.
2 – In the top right, choose ‘My pledges’ from the drop-down menu.
3 – You’ll see a list of the creators you’re supporting, it may be more than one. To the right of the Swans Blog one, choose ‘edit pledge or shipping address’.
4 – On the right hand side, choose ‘delete pledge’.
We’ll be sorry to see you go, but thanks for your support along the way
I have another question, can I get in touch?
If you don’t see the question you need an answer for here, please feel free to get in touch directly.
Before you do, if it’s a Patreon specific question, they may already have an answer on their helpdesk. You can check that out, and search for answers, right here.
If you don’t find the answer you need, just drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our best to help you asap.