Need Some Advice On Creating A Sports Betting Membership Site

by kaseyp
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I have a client who wants me to create a sports betting membership site. I've
never created a membership site before.

He gave me some examples to look at:

Sports Picks - NFL, NCAA, Football Basketball MLB Baseball
Today's Sports News, Las Vegas Odds, Matchups and Sports Betting Stats at Covers. Get free sports picks and the best sports betting forum

So if anyone could give me advice on:

How much to charge for this type of site?

If there are any good plugins to use for this? I know that there
are some membership plugins/themes such Freshmember,
Instatheme, Instamember, Membersonic.

Approximately how much it might cost to outsource this
type of site on upwork.com or elance.com.

How I might go about creating charts that are easily or automatically
updatable with sports statistics?

Any advice would be very much appreciated.
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  • Profile picture of the author OnlineStoreHelp
    Originally Posted by kaseyp View Post

    I have a client who wants me to create a sports betting membership site. I've
    never created a membership site before.

    He gave me some examples to look at:

    Sports Picks - NFL, NCAA, Football Basketball MLB Baseball
    Today's Sports News, Las Vegas Odds, Matchups and Sports Betting Stats at Covers. Get free sports picks and the best sports betting forum

    So if anyone could give me advice on:

    How much to charge for this type of site?

    If there are any good plugins to use for this? I know that there
    are some membership plugins/themes such Freshmember,
    Instatheme, Instamember, Membersonic.

    Approximately how much it might cost to outsource this
    type of site on upwork.com or elance.com.

    How I might go about creating charts that are easily or automatically
    updatable with sports statistics?

    Any advice would be very much appreciated.
    The first site was made by this company phphandicapper.com - sports picks websites handicapping web design nfl football website designer mlb baseball scripts . You can see that by looking in the code.

    Second site is ASP and javascript.

    This is not a "Let me hack up a wordpress site" type of project in my opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    This really should go in Help Wanted.

    Prepare to get bombarded with PMs. It's wrong for them to do that and if the post was in HW self-promotion issues could be avoided.

    I use s2member (free) and Optimizepress.

    It takes someone who's familiar with this stuff an hour or so to set up the basics. But like the artist, a whole lot of goofing around is required before reaching that level of expertise. So a few hundred bucks at minimum...content extra.

    You also need a header--requiring a graphic designer, and you really do get what you pay for.

    Plugins are required for increased security and other options.

    The charts you're talking about will require programming...at the very least a Google Docs spreadsheet downloadable in the members area.
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    • Profile picture of the author kaseyp
      Originally Posted by Jason Kanigan View Post

      This really should go in Help Wanted.

      Prepare to get bombarded with PMs. It's wrong for them to do that and if the post was in HW self-promotion issues could be avoided.

      I use s2member (free) and Optimizepress.

      It takes someone who's familiar with this stuff an hour or so to set up the basics. But like the artist, a whole lot of goofing around is required before reaching that level of expertise. So a few hundred bucks at minimum...content extra.

      You also need a header--requiring a graphic designer, and you really do get what you pay for.

      Plugins are required for increased security and other options.

      The charts you're talking about will require programming...at the very least a Google Docs spreadsheet downloadable in the members area.
      Well I'm not ready to hire anyone yet, as I haven't sealed the deal yet. So I didn't think the "Help Wanted" section would be appropriate. Thanks for you're advice though.
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      • Profile picture of the author RebillEm
        You need to know a few things about the membership website before you get started on building it. Things like:

        - target audience
        - free content offering vs paid content offering
        - price point
        - offer vs product

        Beyond that, the major functional components of a membership website are:

        1 - member management - know who they are, change their password and provide other customer service roles. it needs to work with #2 below

        2 - content protection / member authorization- you need to lock down the paid only content.

        3 - pay wall - join page, transaction processing

        4 - content management system - the most popular choice is word press. You can get plugins that help with 1,2 & 3 above

        Then you need a content plan moving forward to keep customers rebilling. If you don't offer value, your member values will reflect that with piss poor numbers.

        Hopefully your client can give you the few things above with some detail. The rest is a matter of building out the site.
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        • Profile picture of the author Steve B
          It's sounds like this is a first for you . . . you've never had experience with building membership sites. So I have to ask . . . why does your friend need you as a middleman? Why can't he just go to one of the freelance sites (like you're thinking) and just hire this job to be done without paying you also?

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  • Profile picture of the author bradcoin
    I agree with the above posts - if you don't have expertise in that area, look for someone who does and either pass them off or partner there.

    Look for a web design/dev company who has done this before (I've worked with: Web Design Company | Professional Website Design - DreamCo Design) who has done this.

    I do highly recommend wordpress because of the abundance of plugins available, including ours (CoinTent). We've partnered with a bunch of fantasy sports sites like these as examples that you should look to for structure and pricing:

    http://fantasygolfinsider.com/
    DraftKings Daily Baseball Hitter Projections - Razzball DFSBot
    Daily Fantasy Baseball Strategy, The Fake Baseball FanDuel MLB Cheat Sheet - The Fake Baseball

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author lamzoR
    Hello there,

    I am running my own sports-betting blog and website since 2014 and I gained more then 28,000 followers on Facebook. I am a graduated sports-manager. If you still need help with that let me know.

    I have a very good source for major leauge sports.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gambino
    Way before Wordpress kind of dominated the Internet, I know someone who had success with this.

    Heres my advice:

    1. Charge for how much work you have to do to develop the site.

    2. No idea about plugins for this type of site. The site I'm talking about didn't have a membership area, it operated by email and picks were sent out dialy. The most common way to do this is to give away free picks to one list and convert them to buyers with a link in your daily picks. If you send out winners you will see conversions. The other most common way is to have charge $1 for the first week or month then roll it over to full price.

    The problem with this niche is that the companies that sell stats are extremely expensive if you're looking to do anything out side of the box. There are a lot of places that have box scores and live scoring codes for cheap if you look online. But, depending on what you do it could get expensive.

    The good (and bad) news is that most gamblers paying for betting advice online are degenerates. They probably won't follow the stats on your site as they'll be watching live or on ESPN. So, you really need to focus on a certified way to track your picks and show your profit each week/month/season more than anything else.

    Back in the day, you could post a game analysis and/or free pick or a link on the Covers forum and come away with a few customers each day. Not sure if they still allow that.
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