Substack terms


Frequently Asked Questions.

What is a FAQ in Substack?

A FAQ in Substack refers to a section or page that contains Frequently Asked Questions about the Substack platform. Substack is a platform that allows writers and publishers to send digital newsletters directly to their subscribers. The FAQ section provides answers to common questions that users may have about using the platform, such as how to subscribe to a newsletter, how to publish posts, how to manage subscriptions, and how to use various features of the platform.

The FAQ is designed to help users understand the platform better and troubleshoot any issues they may encounter. It serves as a self-service support resource where users can find answers to their questions without needing to contact Substack's customer support. The FAQ section is regularly updated to address new features or changes in the platform, ensuring that users have the most current information.

How much does it cost to use Substack?

Substack is a platform that allows writers to send digital newsletters directly to their readers. The cost of using Substack can vary depending on the type of usage. For free newsletters, Substack does not charge any fee. However, for paid newsletters, Substack takes a 10% commission on the subscription revenue generated by the writer.

In addition to the 10% commission, there are also payment processing fees which are typically around 2.9% + 30¢ per transaction, charged by the payment processor, not Substack. These fees are deducted before the revenue share is applied. Therefore, if you are a writer who plans to monetize your content, you should factor in these costs when deciding on your subscription price.

How do I subscribe to a Substack newsletter?

Subscribing to a Substack newsletter is a straightforward process. First, you need to visit the Substack website and find the newsletter you want to subscribe to. This can be done by searching for the newsletter's name in the search bar or by browsing through the categories. Once you've found the newsletter, click on it to open its main page.

On the newsletter's main page, you'll see a "Subscribe" button. Click on this button and you will be prompted to enter your email address. After entering your email, click "Subscribe" again. You may be asked to confirm your subscription through a link sent to your email. Once you've confirmed, you're all set. You will start receiving the newsletter in your email inbox. Some newsletters are free, while others require a paid subscription. If it's a paid newsletter, you'll need to provide payment information to complete the subscription.

How do I start my own Substack?

Starting your own Substack is a straightforward process. First, visit the Substack website and click on the "Start Publishing" button. You will be prompted to create an account using your email address. After confirming your email, you will be directed to a page where you can name your Substack, describe what it's about, and choose whether it's free or paid.

Once you've set up your account, you can start creating posts. Click on the "New Post" button to open the editor. Here, you can write your content, add images, embed videos, and more. When you're ready, you can publish your post immediately or schedule it for a later date. You can also choose whether to send the post to all your subscribers or only to your paid subscribers. Remember to promote your Substack on your social media platforms to attract subscribers.

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