Well, today I want to share with you a method that involves non of that.
Here is the model in one sentence:
Create a membership community with a free Facebook group as an addition to something you sell.
This works even easier if you already have a simple info product to sell but if not you can easily create one. Here's how it works:
Create or use an existing info product and sell it along with bonus membership access (your Facebook group). So lets use an example:
So lets say you have a $7 ebook or a $17 video course. You could easily turn that into a simple membership site. For this example lets say you have a simple ebook that helps people write their first book. (could be any niche and any product). You could easily turn this into a membership site by adding a community (group component to it.)
The benefits of the group could be ongoing training from you, the community aspect (mastermind/questions/networking), access to ask you questions, etc.
You could base it on one or all of those things.
To start you can charge a low fee until you build up a nice membership base and get a strong community going. Could be something from $7 to $17 a month to start with. You can even give free access to start in exchange for testimonials or just to build the community.
Later you can raise the price of the community and scale things up by promoting your other relevant products/services/affiliate products to your group. Make sure to do it sparingly as they are already paying you and only promote things that make sense to what your membership is about. For example, if there is a new software that makes doing what your teaching easier that would be a good idea to promote to your group.
This is a simple way to create a recurring income without all the headaches of setting up an advanced membership site. Just putting all your focus on this simple model could add up to a nice recurring income quickly.
So that's the model, here is the basic setup:
Create a sales page on your own website. Once people purchase send them to a download page on your website that includes the ebook or video course you created and a link to request access to your Facebook group. As people purchase they will request access to the group and you can let them in/remove them if they cancel.
You could also have links to your main training as a pinned post or in the resources section of your Facebook group.
Make your Facebook group private when you set it up so people can find the group but they can't see the content unless they join.
So thats it guys. Simple yet very effective! Hope this helps someone get started or sparks an idea for building something new.