Membership Monetization : Day 5

In the last lesson we talked about some quick tips to help ensure the success of your membership site. In this lesson we are going to talk about setting up a weekly to do list for your membership site.

Once you get your membership site up and running, you’ll need to stay on a weekly maintenance schedule to add new content to your website, promote it and promote the affiliate program. Fortunately, there are just a few simple steps that you need to take on a weekly basis to keep your membership site moving along.

– Respond to customer support questions.

This should be your top priority because it helps you hold onto your existing customers. One dissatisfied customer can make you lose out on a whole bunch of future customers. Try to get to this at least twice a week so you can respond promptly to their inquiries.

– Remove cancellations.

Most membership scripts will require you to manually remove canceled members from the database. Take care of this quickly each week so that you won’t have people getting into the site for free.

– Post new content.

This is a given. Your members are paying for fresh content delivered each month. Rather than have them wait all month for a new update, split up your monthly delivery into four different parts. This way there is fresh content for the members to see each and every week. An editorial calendar will help you stay on track and keep your customers satisfied.

If you have a forum as part of your membership site, be sure to check in several times a week to stay on top of important threads and respond to questions from members. Be present and your members will see that you are dedicated to helping them.

– Poll your subscribers.

Your membership site’s success depends on giving the members exactly what they want. You can keep your finger on the pulse of the market by offering a weekly poll. Ask them about their favorite parts of the site, what they’d like to see next, and their worst problems with the topic or any other information that you’d like to know. If you do this on a weekly basis, the members will look forward to participating and give you tons of valuable feedback.

– Send out a “wrap up” e-mail newsletter.

Toward the end of the week you should send a short e-mail newsletter to your subscribers to let them know what happened in the site. Many times people will sign up for a membership site, forget why they did it and then unsubscribe a few months later. With an e-mail newsletter, you can remind members of what is going on within the site and encourage them to come back, see the new content and get involved.

– Write and distribute an article on your membership site’s topic.

Your membership site won’t grow unless you promote it. Article marketing is a powerful way to drive traffic to your site and brand yourself as an expert in your niche. At the beginning of every month, brainstorm a list of four to six different topics that you’ll write about that month. Write one to two articles per week and then distribute the articles to a few key article directories. The whole process won’t take more than an hour per week and it will be well worth it.

– Make new connections on social networking sites.

Spend some time each week finding and connecting with people in your market on Facebook, Twitter and any other sites you may already be a part of. Use search terms related to your niche and add new people as friends. This will help build your circle of influence and get potential new members to your site.

Make sure you look for your next lesson soon. We will be talking about some great ways to promote your membership site.

Remember, if you have any questions or need any assistance please feel free to contact me at anytime. I will be glad to help.

Success is NOT an Accident,


Membership Monetization : Day 4

In the last lesson we talked about choosing the right script to power your membership site. In this lesson we are going to go over some
quick tips to help ensure the success of your membership site.

Membership sites are a great way to make recurring income online. If you’re thinking of starting your own site or you already have one going, here are a few quick tips for success with your membership site. They will help you simplify your content creation process, get affiliates to promote your site and get new members.

– Outsource content creation.

Your membership site’s success depends on the new content that you deliver each month, every month. If you want to cut down on your content creation time, consider hiring a ghostwriter to provide your site with articles, reports and blog posts. When you use a ghostwriter you’ll be able to concentrate on your strengths (like promotion) rather than struggling with the writing. When you outsource, you don’t have to worry about being a good writer or knowing a lot about your topic. You can have professional content that gives the site value without writing it yourself.

– Get professional graphics.

Studies have been shown that outstanding graphics can compensate for average content. Of course, this isn’t an excuse to produce
lackluster content. But if your site looks good, people will want to be part of it! Your site’s graphics don’t have to be overly fancy, but they do need to look good. If you’re not a pro at graphics, you should find a website designer to give you the professional look that you need to
draw in customers. You may be able to barter with a designer for free graphics by offering a free membership to your site.

– Have two or more levels of membership.

Creating two levels of membership or more can help you draw in a wider customer base. You can help people join the site who might not
be able to if the price is higher, but you still have the opportunity to get a higher monthly fee from those who want the added benefits of being in the top tier. To encourage more sign ups, you can have a free membership level, a silver level and a gold level.

– Use a blog to promote your membership site.

Create and maintain a blog outside of the gates of your membership site in order to build traffic and increase your presence within the niche. You can maintain your blog as part of your main website or create it on a completely different domain. Blog about popular topics in the membership site’s forum and give teasers about the content that members are receiving. When you give quality content and mix in
references to your membership site, you’ll create credibility and get new members for your sites.

– Add video to your membership site for major impact.

Whether you use traditional video where you talk in front of the camera or screen capture video technology like Camtasia, you can offer top quality content for your members through this new media.

Make sure you look for your next lesson soon. We will be talking about setting up a weekly to do list for your membership site.

Live Your Mission,


Membership Monetization : Day 3

In the last lesson we went over a handy checklist that you can use to set up your membership site. In this lesson we are going to talk about choosing the right script to power your membership site.

A membership site script will help make running a membership site very easy. Most scripts allow you to securely set up a website so that non-members can’t access your private content.

There are many different membership site scripts available. Before you purchase a membership script, look for answers to the following questions on the script’s website:

– Does the membership script have a satisfaction guarantee?

Study the sales page for the membership script carefully to find a satisfaction guarantee. When a creator of a script includes this, you can buy the script confidently knowing that if you have trouble later you can
file a refund request. If the script doesn’t function the way the creator promised, you’ll be able to get your money back. Reputable product creators understand this and will display this clearly on their sales page.

– Does the script come with an instant use website template?

Your membership site building process will go a lot easier if your script comes with a website template. The website template will allow you to set up the script and the basis for your website within just a matter of
hours. You can normally edit the template with your own custom header and icon.

– Does the membership script offer automatic activation for paid accounts?

Once someone pays for their membership to your website, they’ll want to login right away. That’s why it’s so important that your membership site script offers automatic processing for member sign ups. This way
the new members are automatically transferred to the login page, allowed to login and automatically activated to gain access to the site.

– Does the script immediately send a welcome e-mail to new members?

Many scripts offer this helpful option that allows you to build rapport with your new members immediately. A welcome e-mail will help make your new members confident about their purchase and introduce them to the
major features of the website. This should be a standard feature on the membership script that you purchase.

– Does the memberships script integrate with popular payment sites?

You’ll save a lot of time and energy by finding a membership script that works with Paypal or other major payment processors. If you find a membership script that does this, you’ll be able to get started all the
more quickly.

– Do the script creators offer ongoing support?

A membership script is totally worthless unless it is working properly. When you make an investment in a script, make sure that you can get the support you need so that your site can make you money. Look for promises of ongoing support on the sales page or reviews from current customers that prove the membership script  creators follow through with those who purchase their product.

With the wide variety of options available to you here are a few of the most popular…

Wishlist Member which is a plugin for WordPress and my favorite.



If you have trouble finding the answers you need on the scripts that you are considering then is may be best to mark them off your list and move on.

Make sure you look for your next lesson soon. We are going to go over some quick tips to help ensure the success of your membership site.

Remember, If you have any questions or need any assistance please feel free to comment below. I will be glad to help.

Live Your Mission!

Membership Monetization : Day 2

In the last lesson we talked about some of the best reasons why you should start your own membership site. In this lesson we are going to go over a handy checklist that you can use to set up your membership site.

Starting a membership site is easier than you think. Although there are a lot of requirements involved, you can breeze through them all with this simple checklist. Once you get through the following list you’ll be in prime position to launch your own membership site and start gathering a consistent monthly income from your site.

A domain name

Your first step is to get a domain name. Use the most popular keywords in your niche and add a community-oriented suffix like club, group or team. For example, your classic car membership site could be hosted at

You can also build a membership site into an existing blog. You can have regular content for guests and non-paying subscribers. Then you can have “premium” content that is protected.

Do you see the login box to the right? That’s for premium members of

A website

Your website design will have a big impact on how your members use your website and how often they come back. You’ll need a welcome page, a blog, a downloads page and perhaps a forum, depending on the nature of your membership site. If you want the best look for your membership site, consider hiring a professional designer who can give you a consistent look from start to finish.

– A sales letter

Your sales letter should convince visitors why they should join your membership site. Some would consider it to be the most important part of your site because it gets people in through the door. The sales letter needs to emphasize the benefits of your membership site as well as mentioning the features.

A payment processor

You won’t make any money with your membership site unless you have this set up properly. While many people use Paypal to process their monthly subscriptions, you can also use Clickbank, or your own merchant account and a shopping cart like to process your payments. These three options are your best choices if you want to have an affiliate program for your membership site.

A membership site script

A membership site script will keep your website secure. The script will build a registration form into your site, which will allow paying members to sign up and access the site. It will also keep visitors from accessing your content without paying. Thanks to membership site scripts you don’t have to hire a coder to set up a custom script for you.

There are dozens of scripts and options available. Personally, I recommend Wishlist Member.

An autoresponder program

You’ll want to keep in touch with your members and let them know what is going on inside of the site. Using an autoresponder e-mail list is the best way to keep people active in the site. You can send out a new message each time there is a content update, or you can e-mail a weekly newsletter. Place an opt in box on the welcome page that members get to after they’ve successfully subscribed. Or if using Wishlist you can integrate Aweber and your members only email list is built automatically.

– Solid content

Before you launch your site, you should have several articles, reports and other forms of content available for your members to enjoy. If you plan on having a certain amount of updates per month, you should have at least twice as much content when you start. This way the members know that they’ll be getting quality from you in the future.

But you do not have to over do it. Your site could literally be ONE interview a month.

-An editorial schedule

Just like traditional newspapers, your membership site needs an editorial calendar. You don’t want to scramble around each month trying to get your content together. Plan ahead at least a few months of content and get it prepared before you need to post it.

By following these steps, you’ll be ready to promote your membership site and start earning monthly income.

In the next lesson we will be talking about choosing the right script to power your membership site.

Don’t forget, if you have any questions or need any assistance please make a comment and I will answer directly. I am here to help.

Live Your Mission,


Membership Monetization: Day 1

In each lesson of 10 Days To Membership Monetization you will learn how you can successfully start and profit from your own successful subscription site.

In this first lesson we are going to talk about some of the best reasons why you should start your own membership site.

It is a profitable fact that many successful bloggers, speakers, authors and online business owners know, membership sites are one of the best online business models that you can use!

One of my subscription sites has over 3,000 members paying $10 a month. It takes about 30 minutes a week to manage.

When it comes to setting up your own membership site there are many different options available, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t make them a part of your Internet marketing strategy. Reselling information to your market on a monthly basis has many benefits including:

A monthly recurring income.

This is one of the most popular benefits of starting a membership site.

When you build a membership site you’ll have 100, 200 or even 500 members paying you on a monthly basis for your information. Imagine the possibilities! With a $15 monthly membership fee, you could be looking at a $7500 a month just for one site. If you provide more content and charge a higher price for your membership site, you could be earning well over six figures a year for your site.

Having affiliates promote for you.

Affiliates love membership sites. If they have a choice between recurring monthly income and a one-time ebook sale in the same niche, they are going to spend their time promoting the membership site. They are looking for the same type of recurring income that you are. You can easily set up your affiliate program through Clickbank, 2checkout or Promote your affiliate program to your members and super affiliates to get more sales.

Dominating your niche.

No other platform allows you to have widespread coverage on a niche the way that a membership site does. Within the gates of your membership site, you can offer a wide variety of content. In addition to articles and short reports, you can do teleconferences, videos and interviews.

A subscription site is also a great way to brand yourself and as expert or authority in your market.

Plenty of backend sales opportunities.

The income from a membership site doesn’t stop with the monthly membership fees. There are plenty of opportunities to make additional income from your site. You can sell private tutoring, advanced products and platinum memberships. You can also repackage part of the content used in your membership site and sell it as an independent products.

You can sell advertising as well to boost the profitability of your membership site.

Easier than you may think!

It has never been easier to run a membership site, especially if you don’t have any technical expertise. It used to be that you would need the help of a web programmer to get a membership site set up properly. Not anymore!

Thanks to easy to use content management systems like WordPress and membership site plugins like Wishlist Member that will make security easy, you can have your membership site set up within a matter of hours.

In the next lesson, we are going to go over a handy checklist that you can use to set up your membership site.

I also want let you know that if you have any questions or need any assistance please feel free to make a comment below. I will be glad to help you in any way I can.

Thank you again for joining me for this short course.

Live Your Mission,

On a recent mastermind call our team was discussing strengths. After mentioning a few, someone said, “Paul, don’t forget your strength in creating continuity income.”

Honestly, I had not thought about it. Maybe because of how easy it is to set up the sites. I use Wishlist member for 90% of my membership sites and it’s super simple to use!

In fact, I just watched a great video Stu McLaren put together on “membership models”.

You can watch the whole session here:

Membership Models Free Video

It outlines 10 of the most popular kinds of membership sites (and some of them don’t even have content inside!).

Just thought you might like it.