Substack is a new tool for creating paid newsletters. It's venture backed and collects 10% of your revenues generated from paid subscriptions (compared to Buttondown's 0%), and is missing some of the key features required to make an easy, technically-inclined newsletter, like support for scheduled emails, analytics, and an API.
That 10% is more than you think: if you're making $2,000 a month from your newsletter, $200 of that is lining Substack's pocket.
You shouldn't be penalized for growing: that's why Buttondown's fee doesn't grow with your newsletter's success.
|Free for your first thousand subscribers||Because it shouldn't take a credit card to get a newsletter off the ground.|
|Free archives||Because sometimes you don't want your newsletters to disappear into the ether.|
|Embeddable widget||Have your own personal site? We'll hook you up with the code.|
|Analytics||Dive into individual email performance, client information, and more|
|Markdown support||Buttondown also supports HTML and good old fashioned plain text: whatever your preference is!|
|Drag and drop image uploading||Images are uploaded quickly and securely.|
|Email scheduling||Write an email on Thursday and send it out on Friday; queue up an entire month's worth of letters.|
|Free RSS support||I mean, some people _really_ like RSS.|
|Clean, usable design||Design is more than just how it looks, and Buttondown is designed top to bottom to make it easy to use.|
|Smart embeds||Embed tweets, Youtube videos, and more just by dropping in the link.|
|Autosaving||Never worry about accidentally closing a tab ever again.|
|First-party API||Everything you can do on Buttondown's interface, you can also do with our REST-ful API.|
|Paid subscriptions||Buttondown makes it easy and painless for you to get paid for your newsletters. Want to have a free tier? That's possible, too!|
|Third-party integrations||Setting up your Buttondown account to work with Zapier, IFTTT, Weebly, Squarespace, Ghost, and more.|
|Privacy-first||Buttondown is GDPR-compliant — and then some. I don't collect any data about you (or your subscribers), and you can turn off pixel tracking and link tracking with a click of a button.|
|Multiple newsletters||Want to run more than one newsletter from the same account? Buttondown's got you covered.|