How to Motivate Your Readers to Support You

Inspire your readers to support you with these strategies

By Vocal TeamPublished about a year ago 2 min read

When it comes to showing their support, readers have the option to subscribe, tip, or pledge to your profile. Each of these features works differently, so let’s sort out the differences between them before we go any further.

The difference between tips and pledges

First off: tips versus pledges. Tips are one-time payments of as little as $1 or as much as $50, whereas pledges are monthly payments of $2.99/month. Anyone can tip, whether they have a Vocal account or not, but only Vocal creators can pledge.

All Vocal creators can receive tips as long as they have a linked Stripe account. By contrast, only Vocal+ members can receive pledges.

Second: pledging versus subscribing. Subscribing to a creator adds their stories to your feed, so you can easily see when a new story is published. Pledging to a profile automatically subscribes you to it, but regular subscriptions are 100% free and won’t earn you any money.

To motivate your readers to tip or pledge to your profile, we recommend using these four key strategies:

Create high-quality work

Quality speaks for itself, so crafting a good hook, selecting an eye-catching cover image, and writing an engaging story will always be the best ways to inspire loyalty and support from your readers.

Develop reader and creator relationships

People are more likely to pledge to a creator they feel a personal connection with, so responding to comments goes a long way toward making a tip or pledge feel worthwhile. Forming relationships with other creators by commenting on their stories may earn you a new subscriber and open the door for future collaboration and cross-promotion.

Solicit tips/pledges on social media

As part of your regular self-promotion, mention that readers can tip or pledge on Vocal. Be specific about how tips and pledges help you—e.g., they take some of the strain of bills off your shoulders or pay for all the lattes you drink during your coffee shop writing sessions—to show readers that their support matters. [Link: Engaging Your Readers and Subscribers]

Solicit tips/pledges at the end of your story

Obviously, you don’t want to be too bold. Just a short sentence encouraging readers to support your work is enough. For example, “Enjoy this story? Consider tipping me or pledging to my profile!”

For a more in-depth guide to reader engagement, take a look at our suggestions for building connections with your audience.

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Comments (17)

  • Emily Binkley6 months ago

    Will definitely start doing this. 💯

  • LianaAbry11 months ago

    Check my last book review about the most famous motivational book in the world

  • Nice insights ❤️✨

  • Stevi-Lee Alverabout a year ago

    Hi everyone, I'm new here. Check out this short story of mine and let's connect:

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  • Benjamin Leeabout a year ago

    Good review!!

  • Jassyjassabout a year ago

    Thanks for the tips and that's right it helps us a lot if peoples support us by encouraging us through comments and subscribing to us. Thank you Vocal for the story.

  • Mark Grahamabout a year ago

    Thanks for all the tips you gave in the article. I have done what you suggested.

  • Loryne Andaweyabout a year ago

    I'm glad the first two suggestions address the quality of your work and the quality of your relationship between yourself and your readers. I'm in Canada so tipping through Vocal is more expensive since the currency is in USD. Call me tight-fisted, but I only tip writers if their story truly impressed me, not because they ask at the end of their article.

  • Samia Afraabout a year ago

    Good insight

  • Akhil vinayakabout a year ago

    superb... its interesting( ^ ~ ^ )

  • Testabout a year ago

    Thanks for the tips, Team. I never feel comfortable asking … perhaps I’ll give it a go on my next story 🙂

  • Hafees Riyasabout a year ago

    nice useful

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