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Create a paid Telegram community in minutes (step-by-step guide)
Create a paid Telegram community in minutes (step-by-step guide)

A Step-by-Step Guide to Paid Channels and Groups on Telegram

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Written by Seth
Updated over a week ago

Telegram is a multi-platform messaging service with over 700 million active monthly users, with a strong focus on security and scalability. Telegram groups allow for discussion among members, while Telegram channels enable broadcasting messages to large audiences. In recent years it’s become a popular way of creating profitable, subscription-based chat communities, for everything from stock trading to non-profits to reselling groups.

With LaunchPass you can create a paid Telegram community in literally five minutes, charging for access to both groups and channels on Telegram. This short guide aims to step you through the entire process.

This guide will cover the following steps:

  1. Create your Telegram account

  2. Connect your Telegram to LaunchPass

  3. Create and Publish Your LaunchPass Signup Page

  4. Connect your Stripe to receive payment

  5. Activate your account and start your trial

  6. Share your page!

Before we dive in: if you prefer to get some help getting started, our team will walk you through setting up your entire Telegram community launch from start to finish! Book your free setup call here.

Step 1: Login to Telegram or Create your Account

First, login to Telegram or signup for your free Telegram account by downloading the app for iOS or Android and following the onboarding instructions. You can also use the Telegram app for desktop on the Telegram website, however, you will need to use your device to verify your login.

Step 2: Connect your Telegram to LaunchPass

Login to LaunchPass to connect your Telegram account. You do this by clicking the "Connect Telegram" button on the LaunchPass home page.

Select your country, enter the phone number associated with your Telegram account, and click “Next” on the authorization screen.

Click “Confirm” in the message sent to your Telegram account. Click “Accept”.

Once you’ve connected your Telegram account, you’ll be brought to the LaunchPass account confirmation page. Fill in your details, accept the Terms of Service, and click “Ready for lift-off”.

Step 3: Create & Publish Your LaunchPass Signup Page

You’re now logged in and connected to LaunchPass and can start creating your community!

In the Admin dashboard, click on Click “Create Page”.

You’ll need to make sure to provide LaunchPass with the right permissions and settings:

Helpful Definitions

Business Name: The name of your business that will display on your signup page. This field can be edited at any time.

Offer Name: The name of the specific offer to display on your signup page. This field can be edited at any time.

Offer URL: Essentially, the link to your signup page. Updating the “Offer URL” field will automatically update your signup page URL.

Once you’ve filled in the details, you can set your brand styles and publish your page. Note that you can edit your page and make updates at any time.

Step 4: Connect your Stripe account to receive payment

Once you have created your signup page you can now connect your Stripe account. This is how you will get paid by subscribers that sign up for your group. Click “Link Stripe” to connect your Stripe account. Remember to do this before getting subscribers!

Step 5: Start your trial

Once you’ve connected your Stripe account, click on “Start Trial”.

You’ll be brought to the billing page. Under Premium, click “Select Plan”. Add your payment information to start your free 14-day trial. This will allow you to start charging for access to your group.

Note: We offer a Free tier if you want to create a free community. You will not be able to charge members for access at this tier.

A rocket emoji will appear in the top left of your admin menu stating "All systems ready to go!" once you have done this correctly.

A Note on Billing: As a group owner, payments to you from your members are received via your Stripe account. Your LaunchPass subscription charges are via the card you added under the Billing section of the admin dashboard. More information about pricing and billing can be found here

Step 6: Share your page!

The link generated once you publish your paid offer is for you to share with those you want to invite. This link will send them to the offer page you just created, where newcomers can sign up.

If you need any help, our setup team will walk you through your Telegram configuration (free of charge!)

We hope you found this tutorial helpful, and if you have any questions at all feel free to email us at [email protected].

Looking forward to seeing what kind of paid Telegram community you create!

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