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https://graphtreon.com/ is a great tracking tool for getting data on all Patreons.

Patreon cosplay isn't all lewd! Check out cosplay tutorials, accessories, fanfilms and photoshoots, and support your favorite cosplayer. But yeah, mostly lewds. What are you gonna do?

I'm making $525 a month with 139 patrons Well below average for a Patreon, but nice supplementary income all the same.

What are your thoughts on Patreon? It involves a lot more networking, planning, and preparation than I thought to get anywhere.
>I'm making $525 a month with 139 patrons Well below average for a Patreon, but nice supplementary income all the same.

That's pretty damn good anon. Do you sell lewds? Or other stuff?
I write the free-to-read (somewhat lewd) anime convention drama story. Patreon's my tip jar. There's a pretty straight-forward plot, but for the most part I'm trying to accurately convey a lot of the "convention experience," fandom and cosplay and gothic lolita to readers who might have never known about the culture. Snippet:

“Ugh, I really have to wear this thing, too?” As Kelly held that black pair of bloomers in her hands, she couldn’t help but give Stephanie a dubious look. She sighed and shook her head, stepping into them and pulling them up her legs.

/Well, at least they’re comfy./ Unable to resist, she immediately bounced over towards the mirror to see how she looked in them.

“Ah, hold on, it’s not—they’re not done,” Stephanie admonished lightly, pointing towards the dangling ribbons. The pink-haired cutie knelt down beside her and pulled these drawstrings tight, cinching the brief bloomer legs snug about Kelly's thighs and giving the undergarments their distinctive bubbled shape.

/Strange./ Kelly had been sure this thing would look ridiculous on her, but... weren’t these actually pretty cute? There was an exaggerated fluffy /puffiness/ to them—her silhouette would probably look as though she was wearing a pumpkin over her hips—but rather than simply seeming silly, they gave her a sense of charming femininity. They were adorable; while the underwear wasn’t revealing in the slightest, these bows and ruffles were clearly meant to be appreciated, which somehow made them feel coy rather than prudish. As Stephanie tied her ribbons off into neat little bows, Kelly felt like she’d become a present to be unwrapped.
I want to make a patreon but there are so many girls doing it how do I stand out?
Assess your individual strengths and interests, plan out what projects you're likely to do into the next year or so. Materials, poses, locations.

Create a timetable, make progress posts public so you can be held accountable and feel the pressure to work towards your goals, and see how it works out for you.
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Thanks for the link.

Top 20 cosplayers on Patreon
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Vs the top 21 "adult cosplayers" on Patreon. Included the 21st because she was the only one of the bunch who posted her revenue for a baseline.

Arent some of them doing lewds though
I don't know how Graphtreon decides which is which but Stella is the only one marked NSFW.

some of those girls arent even that hot

like there are many better looking girls who dont have a fraction of the subs
Doesn't matter how hot you are if no one finds you. Really shows how important networking and promoting yourself is.

One thing, Riddle's patreon is apparently free. She made a whole point of that, all you need is a patreon account and you can follow for free. Not sure of all the details, though.
OP here. Having lots of free content is one of the best decisions you can make for a Patreon. 90% or more of the internet finds paywalls of any kind (and for any content) to be an immediate and permanent deterrence.
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My thoughts on patreon are that it seems to have turned the cosplaying community into an e-begging fest and I'm not a fan of it. Like, I understand that there are people who want to cosplay who are more unfortunate than me because I have a nice job, but even times in my life where I was dirt poor I never e-begged for money. I don't know maybe I'm wrong about this. Like maybe this is a way to make cosplay into a "career" just like people on youtube do or something.
I don't really care for the effect this stuff has on the cosplay community as a whole but keeping up the amount of content needed and level of engagement with the patrons in order to be one of these top people is not easy and I don't envy them one bit, especially if they're relying on that income. It's not just a matter of just having the right looks and being willing to show some skin.
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That's what it is most of the time; people turning a hobby what they love into a source of income.

The (potentially) unfortunate reality is that their Patreon success may be measured by a very different standard than their cosplay success.

Boudoir shoots, implied lewds, actual nudes and et cetera offer a low-effort and high-return increase in patrons and patron yield, but stray further and further from the fandom/hobbyist aspects of cosplay.
>strip down to your undies and stick on a wig once a month to cosplay Boudoir FOTM

Not exactly the most taxing job in the world. And for the top creators, it is there job they arent trying to fit it in between things.
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To maintain a steady income, they have to eat healthy, stay in shape, carefully take care of their skin, and find ways to keep monthly or bi-monthly photoshoots from becoming repetitive and stale.

Or, they wind up like pic related.

moo is still in the top 10 most popular though....
Imagine where she'd be if she'd taken care of body, focused on building relationships instead of destroying them in stupid drama, and not gone batshit crazy, though

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