How To Create Your Own Membership Site?

by cyrus on Apr 9

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There are many ways to make money on the Internet, but one of the hottest ways to make money on the net these days is by starting your own membership website. There are many folks who blog about what they love but don’t earn enough money in return. If you can offer value to your readers that others are not or can not, you may want to think about starting your membership site. Let’s say you know a lot about green technologies. You have two choices here. You can start a blog and monetize your knowledge through ads and affiliate marketing. Another way to approach this is creating a paid membership site that keeps your members abreast of all the developments in the eco industry. The choice is really yours.

Membership sites are not for everyone, but if you belong to one of the following groups, you should consider starting your own membership site:

  • You have a unique understanding of an in-demand topic and want to start your first online business and want a stable recurring income.
  • You already have an online business and want to add a continuity income stream.
  • You already teach your topic offline.

Creating a membership website is not that easy. You have to plan rigorously to make sure you have covered all the basis. It’s not just about creating content and getting people to sign up for your membership club. You have to find the right niche, and you’ve got to have a scalable software. You also have to drive traffic to your website and grow a real community around it. None of this can be done without proper planning.

If you are planning to start your own membership site and have no idea where to start, don’t fret. As long as you sit down and put down a decent plan, there is no reason you can’t get your membership site going fast. Here is how to approach the process:

  • Market: not every market is right for membership sites. You want to make sure you are in a market that is ready for your site. Not only that, you need to find a niche that people are interested in. You don’t want your niche to be too broad. You want to differentiate yourself from other membership sites on the market, and one way to do that is through your micro-niche.
  • Plan: once you have found your niche, you’ve got to plan how you are going to provide value to your members. How are you going to host your content? If you are going to have video on the site, your hosting costs can go through the roof! You are going to need a plan for your content factory as well. You should create a structure around your membership site and develop your content accordingly.
  • Software: you don’t have to break the bank to get your membership site going. There are many scripts that super membership sites are using that are not that expensive but are very scalable. Here are the top membership site software packages that you can use to start your own site fast:
    • aMember: aMember is the top membership site software on the market. If you watch the top membership sites (e.g. Immediate Edge) on the market, there is no doubt about the merits of this software package. It’s very scalable, and it allows you to integrate payment systems fast. It can also be used to setup free areas on site, requiring only registration, and no payment.
    • MemberWing: MemberWing is a WordPress plugin that allows you to create your membership on the top of your WordPress installation. It gives you similar options to aMember. If you are a WordPress junkie, you should give MemberWing a try.
    • Easy Member Pro: another sophisticated membership software that allows you to create your own membership site fast. And best of all an affiliate program is integrated in Easy Member Pro as well, so you can start your own affiliate program fast!
  • Design: once you have the software, you need to design graphics and other marketing material for your site. You want to create a killer logo and use proper images to make your site easy on the eye. You also want to make the site easy to use.
  • Content: putting content together is probably the most important part of this process. You want to include case studies, videos, audio files, and even tools for your members. Your goal should be to over-deliver. And you don’t want people to feel they are not getting any real value out of your membership site. That’s the key to sustaining your success with your membership site.
  • Automation: running a membership site is not easy, which is why you shouldn’t shy away from using automation tools to save time and get more done in less time. Make sure you open an affiliate program to automate your marketing and promotion processes as well.
  • Community: don’t forget that your membership site can’t be successful without a real community. That is why you should create a forum to get your members involved and keep them coming back for more. Create support groups and provide bonus material in you forum and people won’t stop coming back!
  • Marketing: you can have the best content on the Web, but you won’t be making any real money unless you can convince people that you have valuable content for them. That’s where marketing comes in. Have you noticed how some folks sell the same content you can buy on Amazon for $20 for $997 on the Internet? Marketing! We are not talking about magic tricks here. You just have to show people why they shouldn’t live without your site membership.
  • Promotion: dont’ forget that getting ranked high on search engines can help you generate lots of leads. If you are thinking about starting your membership site now, don’t wait till 6 months from now to get your own domain. Register your domain today and optimize it for the terms you want to get ranked for. Who doesn’t like free traffic? Don’t ignore the social media either. It’s one of the best ways to drive traffic to your website.

Running a membership program doesn’t have to be hard, but there is a lot of planning involved. You can’t just come out of nowhere with your membership site. Make sure you understand the risks and costs and plan accordingly. These days there are a lot of opportunities in this business, but to win you need to plan and execute like a fox. If you do that, there is no limit to how much money you can earn.


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