Is this a good idea for a membership site?

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I want to run a membership site, but I don't actually create any products or perform any services. I only need 300 people to pay $10 a month or 600 people to pay $5 a month but i can't think of anything i could do. I love to curate content, research and organize it, create lists, etc. but i am not sure if anyone would pay a monthly fee for that. I'd be saving them time by having it all in one place, delivered to them on a regular basis, but my friend told me she would be pissed if she knew someone was charging money for information they could find for free. But isn't that what the entire internet is? People are making money online by selling information that anyone can find for free if they research or read enough books.

Would this be a success or am i dreaming?
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  • Profile picture of the author farrow26
    Hey there,

    Your idea is absolutely not a Dream! If any one can find anything on the internet then why they want to join your membership site? It's because and when you can deliver something different from market which helps others to overcome their problems. Try to deliver valuable information who are looking for that!

    Hope this helps you out!

    Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author BrainSponge
    If you are offering a product that saves time for people then there will be a market for it. But the trick is in collating something that people will really want and pricing it right.
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  • Profile picture of the author jazbo
    "I only need 300 people to pay $10 a month or 600 people to pay $5 a month"

    There is your first problem. Do you know how hard it will be to get 300 people paying monthly?
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      Originally Posted by The Copywriting Engineer View Post

      Set up retainers with clients that are for bigger amounts of money
      For what, exactly?

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  • Profile picture of the author businessmanic
    Think about a magazine in a niche. When it becomes popular many people don't mind paying. It's about what are you offering is it going to benefit a group of people in any way? Will it help them stay healthy or make money?
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  • Profile picture of the author dangwild
    You'd need a niche where people are already frustrated finding good quality content.

    If you go to any old niche where people might benefit from curated content, but aren't feeling the frustration of trying to find the right content, then you are not likely to convince anybody to sign up.

    I read about somebody (I think it was in the book 4-hour work week) who set up an online library of sound clips, and sold those in one place - and became thousands of people's go-to place to pick up sound clips.

    Do some research - find a 'starving market', and a frustrated market, and you'll have a chance.

    Just be careful of letting the numbers make you fantasize about how easy it is. We can play games with percentages - 'if only 1% of people are interested, I'll be a millionaire' - and then you realize that 1% is a heck of a lot of people in a world of overwhelming disinterest.

    Good luck, but look really really hard for the right thing to curate.

    Oh - and don't compete with bigger companies that are already doing it - find UNIQUE.
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  • Profile picture of the author Xtremsurvivor
    Hey,

    In order to make a membership site successful, you can't just put content and information like that. You have to bring more value to it,
    As a first step, you have to structure in a logic way (like a step by step course for example) FRESH and valuable information that will the customer in your market. You have to find a common problem and resolve it with a guide.
    Then, Very Important, you want to build a community. You can add as a bonus a private facebook group where members can help each other, where you can get some interaction with them.
    Also, if you have the time, you can give, once a month, a live Q&A webinar, record the replay and put it in the membership area.


    I hope this will be helpful to you.
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    • Profile picture of the author GaiaGoddess
      Originally Posted by Xtremsurvivor View Post

      Hey,

      In order to make a membership site successful, you can't just put content and information like that. You have to bring more value to it,
      As a first step, you have to structure in a logic way (like a step by step course for example) FRESH and valuable information that will the customer in your market. You have to find a common problem and resolve it with a guide.
      I know I will need something more than just curated information, although I would honestly pay a dollar a month for it. I have a knack for gathering and organizing information and I wish there was a site that did this for all my favorite niches. Well there IS one for my favorite niche which I was going to build a website around but they did it exactly how I would do it and they did it much better so I am not going to just copy them. I need something that is guaranteed to bring in money, unlike a website or blog. I will have those too, but for the income I will need something people pay monthly for. I also plan to sell ebooks.

      Then, Very Important, you want to build a community. You can add as a bonus a private facebook group where members can help each other, where you can get some interaction with them.
      Oh for sure, that is the part I am most excited about! Facebook is where I spend the most time online, I know it inside and out, it's my favorite thing to converse with people on there. So yeah this will for sure be a huge part of my plan!
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  • Profile picture of the author shmol
    I may be wrong but since you love to research and curate content, you might be better off starting a blog on one of the big niches like the weight loss niche.

    In this you can write about fitness and health also, while creating lists that deal with the top 10 best foods for weight loss, etc. or the top five foods you should eat after your workout.

    Yes, this has been and is being done, but since it is such a big niche, you should be able to grab some of this traffic.

    As far as making money, once you are getting good traffic you can have banners for clickbank products or you can rent space on the site.
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    • Profile picture of the author GaiaGoddess
      Originally Posted by shmol View Post

      I may be wrong but since you love to research and curate content, you might be better off starting a blog on one of the big niches like the weight loss niche.

      In this you can write about fitness and health also, while creating lists that deal with the top 10 best foods for weight loss, etc. or the top five foods you should eat after your workout.

      Yes, this has been and is being done, but since it is such a big niche, you should be able to grab some of this traffic.

      As far as making money, once you are getting good traffic you can have banners for clickbank products or you can rent space on the site.
      I have zero interest in the weight loss/fitness niche. I am 105 pounds and never work out and want to gain weight, not lose it, lol So that niche is the furthest from an interest of mine. One of my niches is spirituality/personal development which is also a big niche and it's my favorite subject so I will work with that. I have already tried the website/blog thing though and that didn't work mostly because I am not cut out for writing on a regular basis, I love writing to get what I need to say out, but that always is only a one time thing. I don't have enough to say to make a few blog posts a month for the rest of my life. That's the problem I struggle with when it comes to providing value. I am not good at creating new information, I am only good at finding it and sharing it, that is why I think a curated content system would be best for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author absolutelee
    Doing something similar (writing plr articles) is how I got my start back in 2008. This is a really great idea! I have to pay someone to get me curated content. Why not pay you less?
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    • Profile picture of the author GaiaGoddess
      Originally Posted by absolutelee View Post

      Doing something similar (writing plr articles) is how I got my start back in 2008. This is a really great idea! I have to pay someone to get me curated content. Why not pay you less?
      I am not good at coming up with new things to say, even in the topics I love, I pretty much only have a few things to say then there's nothing more, certainly not enough to sustain a blog, which i've tried a few times and failed.

      I would only ask a dollar a month for curated content, I dont think that is a lot at all. Even $5 a month. It would be for people who don't have the time to search for things on their own. I know I have spent HOURS each day for YEARS to discover this content, if someone is a busy parent or going to school or working overtime or whatever it is, they simply can't find it fast enough unless it's already put together in neatly organized sections and lists. This is the only thing I love to do, as a skill, so I am going to do it regardless if it is a success or not. At least it would be useful to me, if nobody else, lol
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      • Profile picture of the author kingstadvideo
        I think another key here is having material good enough to justify coming back each month. In the example for parents/people short on time, if they do come across the list and buy it for the $1.00 wont that be all they need for the time being and not see a justifiable reason to come back/pay a monthly subscription? How often are you thinking of updating lists? Or will they just be ongoing with additions? I think that's a key issue to overcome, unless you're going to focus on hitting a different niche group each month or something like that.
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  • Profile picture of the author drewgood
    My advice is to focus on creating VALUE (whatever the product or service ends up being). And then focus on communicating that value to prospects. The focus on a specific number of people may yet serve you, and if you can allow yourself to think even bigger, you might open yourself up to real opportunity here, but a big thing I recommend is making sure you can easily convert one person. Once you figure out how to make that first sale, the rest will likely (and hopefully) come easier for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Originally Posted by GaiaGoddess View Post

    ...but my friend told me she would be pissed if she knew someone was charging money for information they could find for free.


    People like that are oblivious to the real world.

    Walk into any major bookstore in the US and you'll find a large percentage of what's for sale originated from public domain (free).

    Dover Publications is one example of a multi-million dollar business that sells rehashed books based on public domain (free) content.
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    • Profile picture of the author GaiaGoddess
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      People like that are oblivious to the real world.

      Walk into any major bookstore in the US and you'll find a large percentage of what's for sale originated from public domain (free).

      Dover Publications is one example of a multi-million dollar business that sells rehashed books based on public domain (free) content.
      Thanks, I agree! I keep telling her almost everything you pay for can be found for free, so her views are wrong. I will check out Dover Publications, maybe i'll get some ideas or inspiration!
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  • Profile picture of the author alexhan
    There will be always have people do not know where and how to get the 'free' content. Besides, there are always have people want to buy time rather than spend time doing own
    research. So, the membership site is not a dream. But, the challenges are the content you post. Hope this help.
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    • Profile picture of the author GaiaGoddess
      Wow, you made that just for my question, thank you!!! I am glad to hear people will pay money for curated information, this gives me hope! Over the last 2 days I kind of realized that if i really have to settle on just one niche though, I would pick this specific one but it's super small, I mean total I would probably only have about 2000 people in my audience IF I get all of them to subscribe, and even worse, most of these people are into the minimalist lifestyle, a lot of them use bartering rather than money, it's that kind of lifestyle, so they're not into clicking on ads, being convinced to purchase a program or membership, so i'm really fighting an uphill battle with that one, but it's my biggest passion and the only thing i believe I can stick to. However, I originally wanted a few membership sites so I would probably build a few in profitable markets first and then once I can quit my job i can focus on the one that probably won't earn me any money.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jorkman77
    I think almost anything can be a membership site. Here's the thing - it's all in the details. First you have to build a brand and attract your ideal customer in a niche that has a good track record of being lucrative. Personally I always look to see if competition is quite good. Otherwise you are going to have uphill battle. I have no doubt this particular plan would work for you IF - you can... a) Engage and inspire a tribe of fans b) create a super salespage that converts (you know - have all of the necessary elements and c) show me why a membership site is absolutely necessary for me and d) have a launch - you know, build excitement and interest and maybe even kick off the launch with a live event or just Facebook Live. Up to you. Lastly I think for a membership site I guess again if you can show me how much I am making a month by paying X per month for your site's benefits - if I am going to possibly gain 1K a month by accessing the benefits of your site, then 200 a month is a no brainer. Its all in the presentation and how well your copy is laid out. And give me a 1 dollar trial to test the site out. Just a thought I know the other Warriors are probably conflicted on this but If you get excited and can transfer that excitement to a group of engaged fans that keep wanting more and more from you - I think you could sell them virtually any kind of higher ticket product and you will get plenty of buyers. People want value and they want most bang for their buck so make sure its looking quite awesome.
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    • Profile picture of the author GaiaGoddess
      That's funny you used the phrase 'uphill battle' because i used that in my last message before i even saw yours! I know my tiny niche wouldn't be big enough to be profitable especially since there are no needs or desires or problems they have (it would basically be a community of festival goers in my local area). But like i said, I will probably build more than one site and one of my interests is in a big enough market. My problem though is coming up with something worth the money. I would really just be collecting information and putting it all in one place. Not really worth much. I was thinking about the membership being only $5 a month, or less if I had to lure people in. I have nothing to sell though so that's my biggest issue, i don't want to be forced to come up with some quality product every month just to make it worth it to them. That's why I would never charge a high price for the membership. Something so low that they wouldn't even care if they got anything new each month.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randy McLean
    Another way to bring value to a membership site are exclusive interviews with experts. You can contact them online and they can promote their product in return.

    You can offer them as audios and do 1 or 2 a month. Start with other people at your level in the same niche and work from there.

    Mike Dillard uses this model with financial education and brings in 7 figures a year (or more). He wasn't an expert in that field so interviewing other experts made perfect sense.

    Not saying you or I could duplicate his success but you only need a fraction of that to make a good income. In fact, I have a friend who makes his living with a martial arts membership site.

    He just hit 300 members which is his goal this year. He charges $47 a month.

    Do the math. And don't sell yourself short.

    Charge whatever the market will bear.
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    • Profile picture of the author GaiaGoddess
      I really like that idea, a small group...if i charged $5 I would only need 2000 people to be able to quit my job. I like the idea of interviewing experts, however in my #1 interest niche, there aren't experts, there are only people like me. We just go to festivals, there isn't even anyone making a lot of money AT the festivals, the vendors are broke as hell, lol Our photographer even started a GoFundMe campaign so he can buy a new camera, but everyone is so broke too they can't give him much. I have talked to art vendors who literally made no money at a 3 day festival, none. It really is a community of poor people. So i'm not sure how i can monetize anything catered to them. These people save up for an entire year just to afford one festival ticket. So I am at a loss with how i can earn money from these people, but it's my biggest passion so i have to figure something out.
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  • Profile picture of the author mojo133
    Your idea is not bad but For monthly subscription people will want more new per month.
    One of my friends only upload the new image every week & he charges $3 per month. He collects all them free.
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  • Profile picture of the author lead Alligator
    Most training can be found for free, but if you make it unique, people cant tell if its something that can be found for free. People love to pay so they dont have to find it themselves.



    You can create memberships about list building, blogging, email marketing ect.

    Try to give your membership an end date like a fixedterm membership running 4-6 months.

    Remember in memberships you can upsell members on programs with recurring payments, like aweber, hostgator, jaaxy as a keyword tool and so on. Thats why you dont need to let it run forever. Members only stay in memberships for around 3 months anyway. Thats why you need to promote your membership all the time. I would go for a $9.97/mo membership at a minimum or sell a membership training for $97 one time fee, if i make a paid membership. I do that in different niches.

    Even with free memberships you can bank big. Free memberships are in my opinion even better, because you can recommend your members products for even faster results, expecially products where you earn recurring commisssions, and people will flock to your training in droves when its free.. My biggest successes are free memberships. They are so easy to maintain and do they are not stressful make content for. .

    Hope it was helpful
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    • Profile picture of the author GaiaGoddess
      I am just worried about my niche, the one i am the most passionate about and know I won't stop with it just happens to be a tiny group of people whose lifestyle revolves around not spending money, lol I will have to think hard and try a few things and see what works.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    Going back to your first post, I'm going to suggest a little change in how you view your offer.

    Don't try to sell "curated content."

    Sell TIME. Time spent haplessly searching for reliable information, sorting out the fluff and clickbait and "fake news" (hot topic as I write this).

    Another suggestion is to make each "issue" topic specific. Go to Quora or Reddit, and pick a popular question and use that as the base for your curated collection.

    A paid FB group would let the more serious members of your audience discuss topics/articles, suggest their own, and access archives of past curated lists. I think it would make a good upsell.

    With a good niche topic, I could see at least three layers, all dependent on the same work/content.

    > Main product - a weekly collection of articles/videos/podcasts, etc.
    > Downsell - a monthly digest with a taster of what's in the weekly, say the top 10 for the month.
    > Upsell - the private FB group with archives.

    Just remember, you aren't selling "stuff they could have found for free", you are selling them back a piece of their life - time.
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    • Profile picture of the author GaiaGoddess
      I think this can work quite well with one of my niches I wanted to have a site about, but it's not the main one I am 100% passionate about. That one has such a narrow window of monetizing options but it's the one I have the passion for so I won't stop doing it even if I am not earning any money.
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  • Profile picture of the author feedmemoreadscom
    Bingo...Most people are lazy and would prefer to pay someone for information and services that would take them time to research and perform.

    Originally Posted by GaiaGoddess View Post

    but i am not sure if anyone would pay a monthly fee for that. I'd be saving them time by having it all in one place, delivered to them on a regular basis Would this be a success or am i dreaming?
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  • You have to find a niche you are interested in where you can offer original content.
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  • Profile picture of the author GaiaGoddess
    I have been spending the entire day researching membership site platforms, and I cannot believe how expensive they all are! I can't afford any of them! I really liked how Livebinders works, it's not a membership site but it's a site where you organize information then create an access key so only certain people can view your stuff, so i would charge money for access. I spent a few hours writing up content and copying links to the websites, etc. but then I realized...I will be having TONS of links, and I know that is good for a website to have those, it helps get you ranked (especially when those sites link back to you)...and then i thought i wonder if i will be better off just having a normal site, so the public can find it, and I could get a lot more traffic that way? but i probably wouldn't make much money from ads and affiliate links (tried that before). My niche is very small though so maybe I should stick with the membership idea, I just cant afford to use those platforms so i'm gonna have to find a way to make it work through Livebinder although I have no idea how to accept payments, especially recurring ones.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by GaiaGoddess View Post

      I have been spending the entire day researching membership site platforms, and I cannot believe how expensive they all are! I can't afford any of them! I really liked how Livebinders works, it's not a membership site but it's a site where you organize information then create an access key so only certain people can view your stuff, so i would charge money for access. I spent a few hours writing up content and copying links to the websites, etc. but then I realized...I will be having TONS of links, and I know that is good for a website to have those, it helps get you ranked (especially when those sites link back to you)...and then i thought i wonder if i will be better off just having a normal site, so the public can find it, and I could get a lot more traffic that way? but i probably wouldn't make much money from ads and affiliate links (tried that before). My niche is very small though so maybe I should stick with the membership idea, I just cant afford to use those platforms so i'm gonna have to find a way to make it work through Livebinder although I have no idea how to accept payments, especially recurring ones.
      Gaia, it sounds like you might be getting a bit hung up on the term "membership" here. For what you describe, do you really need a full-blown membership platform?

      Over the years, I've belonged to several groups like you want to run. Some were paid, some were free, and some were bonuses for purchases made. None of them were run from "membership platforms".

      The simplest one was a password-protected html page with the current month's content on it. Each month, he sent the members who were still subscribed a new password when he updated the content.

      Another was run via a private group (on a free platform now known as Yahoo Groups). I imagine one could do the same thing with Facebook groups today.

      Another option for a simple membership site is a Wordpress site with a plugin like S2Member or Wishlist Member.

      Bottom line, don't focus on the terminology. Make a list of what you actually need the solution to do, and find something that will do the job as simply as possible.

      Start with a private group or WP site, add PayPal subscriptions, spend a couple of hours a month updating the list of paying members, and you're good to go.

      If your project grows to the point you need something more sophisticated, you'll have both the means and the insight to make a great decision.
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      • Profile picture of the author GaiaGoddess
        Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

        Gaia, it sounds like you might be getting a bit hung up on the term "membership" here. For what you describe, do you really need a full-blown membership platform?
        Well the more i research, the more i find that membership sites are the easiest way to earn a passive income, because you're getting money every month rather than one time. A lot of entrepreneurs say why even bother with a normal website when you can do a membership site. Besides, my niche is super small, only about 2000 people, so I won't make any money off them unless it's a monthly recurring thing.

        The simplest one was a password-protected html page with the current month's content on it. Each month, he sent the members who were still subscribed a new password when he updated the content.
        That's pretty much what my goal was with LiveBinders, they already have it set up to private, you just give people the password. But, I dont know how to make them pay since you can't do that through that site.

        Another was run via a private group (on a free platform now known as Yahoo Groups). I imagine one could do the same thing with Facebook groups today.
        I want to have a private FB group too, yeah, that would be easy, I'm pretty good at using FB so that will definitely be a part of my membership plan.

        Another option for a simple membership site is a Wordpress site with a plugin like S2Member or Wishlist Member.
        I checked those out too but those are what i mean when i say they are expensive, all of those are generally around $100 a month on up. I really hate Wordpress too, that was a huge reason why my websites and blogs have failed because Wordpress is so complicated and time consuming, mainly the editor. That is why I have been avoiding having an actual website. I also read Wordpress doesn't let you use affiliate links (a lot of them, anyway) and i had more than a few that never worked on my site so I gave up because of that too.

        Start with a private group or WP site, add PayPal subscriptions, spend a couple of hours a month updating the list of paying members, and you're good to go.
        That's what i need to figure out how to do, add Paypal subscriptions. But not everyone has PayPal so i'd also need a way to collect money through credit cards. I know i can't add those features on LiveBinder, so that's the pickle I am in right now. LB works perfectly for organizing my information, and it's free, with password protected content, I just can't monetize it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
    Teachable is free to use.

    Haven't used it myself, but it's a another option.
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    • Profile picture of the author GaiaGoddess
      Originally Posted by Michael Meaney View Post

      Teachable is free to use.

      Haven't used it myself, but it's a another option.
      It's not entirely free, you have to pay a transaction fee for each course someone takes. Plus, i'm not doing courses, I'm not teaching anything.
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  • Profile picture of the author The Leader
    I am sure the word 'internet' translates from the word fee so as no-one wants to pay anything as they just keep looking for free alternatives.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    Originally Posted by GaiaGoddess View Post

    Well the more i research, the more i find that membership sites are the easiest way to earn a passive income, because you're getting money every month rather than one time. A lot of entrepreneurs say why even bother with a normal website when you can do a membership site. Besides, my niche is super small, only about 2000 people, so I won't make any money off them unless it's a monthly recurring thing.
    I'm not arguing that recurring income isn't the way for you to go. I just meant that you don't always need a full-blown, all-the-bells-and-whistles enterprise-level solution to a relatively simple set of requirements.

    It's kind of like spending months learning every nook and cranny of MS Word when all you want to do is write a few reports. You can do that with about 5% of Word's capability.

    Originally Posted by GaiaGoddess View Post

    I checked those out too but those are what i mean when i say they are expensive, all of those are generally around $100 a month on up. I really hate Wordpress too, that was a huge reason why my websites and blogs have failed because Wordpress is so complicated and time consuming, mainly the editor. That is why I have been avoiding having an actual website. I also read Wordpress doesn't let you use affiliate links (a lot of them, anyway) and i had more than a few that never worked on my site so I gave up because of that too.
    Last time I looked, S2 Member had a free option that would do everything you described.

    If you keep it simple, WP isn't that hard, at least not the WP.org self-hosted version. Rather than investing in a platform that has way more features than you plan to use, invest in having someone install and set up a simple WP site and a simplified editor. If you can use a word processor, you can use the simple version of the WP editor.

    As far as affiliate links go, you may be confusing Wordpress.com (similar to Blogger and other third party platforms) with Wordpress.org, which provides the free WP you have installed on your hosting plan.

    I know a lot of people who dislike WP because they make it more complicated than it has to be, and the more research they do, the more content they run into aimed at techies and developers rather than everyday users. If you can find a way to make peace with WP (or some other self hosted platform), you'll make your life easier.

    Originally Posted by GaiaGoddess View Post

    That's what i need to figure out how to do, add Paypal subscriptions. But not everyone has PayPal so i'd also need a way to collect money through credit cards. I know i can't add those features on LiveBinder, so that's the pickle I am in right now. LB works perfectly for organizing my information, and it's free, with password protected content, I just can't monetize it.
    If you have a PayPal business account, you can take credit cards as well as PP payments. Take some of the research time you've been spending on "membership platforms" and dig around in PP's excellent support pages.

    One more thing in favor of WP - password protecting single posts or pages is very simple - Just click the option when you publish and provide a password. And it's free, too.
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  • Profile picture of the author unifiedac
    Originally Posted by GaiaGoddess View Post

    People are making money online by selling information that anyone can find for free if they research or read enough books.
    This is exactly right. When I create a WSO or other product, I like to think of it as a product of convenience.

    There is so much information out there, but where do I find the answer to my specific problem? By doing the research and creating a product, I can provide people with proven solutions. They don't need to crawl 100 crappy sites just trying to get you on their list, they can find the actual solution in the product I offer.

    The key is to PROVIDE REAL VALUE to your customers. Don't just throw something together that someone can easily find. Put together a comprehensive product that make people say, "wow, he really went the extra mile to deliver value on this." If you take the time to create a product, with the benefit of the customer in mind, you will be successful. If your goal is to make money and put the customer second, you will fail. Do unto others...

    Natural law applies to internet marketing too!
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  • Profile picture of the author GaiaGoddess
    I have decided to go with Ning, and create a membership site community. I can do everything i want through there for only $25 a month. I have already been gathering up my content (organizing it in Livebinder) so i already know I need more than just content, cuz really it's kinda sucky, lol i mean I just type one paragraph about each thing and that's all i got, then I copy and paste links to each thing. The whole thing took me about 4 hours. So that's why i like Ning because you can add a forum to your site, which will definitely help my community, you can add any features you want on your page. It will focus more on community interaction rather than me having to come up with all this content. I will have contests, interviews, member of the week, polls, surveys, and just really interact with them through the forum and the private FB group i'll create. Engaging with a community is more up my alley than creating content anyway.
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  • What is your niche? And is this the kind of niche where people have the money to pay a monthly membership fee.or see the value in doing so if this is information they can get elsewhere? How will you be creating a community or providing access that is worth the value of paying for the group membership? I belong to many groups through Facebook and LinkedIn that are all free.
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    • Profile picture of the author GaiaGoddess
      Originally Posted by Gini Graham Scott View Post

      What is your niche? And is this the kind of niche where people have the money to pay a monthly membership fee.or see the value in doing so if this is information they can get elsewhere? How will you be creating a community or providing access that is worth the value of paying for the group membership? I belong to many groups through Facebook and LinkedIn that are all free.
      i agree with you that there are free groups to get the same information, but people in here are insisting they will pay for information. My niche is a small (2000 maybe) group of festival goers in my local area.
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      • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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        Originally Posted by GaiaGoddess View Post

        but people in here are insisting they will pay for information.
        So - ask them who is going to step up and purchase the first membership?

        Frank
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  • Profile picture of the author aizaku
    Originally Posted by GaiaGoddess View Post

    but my friend told me she would be pissed if she knew someone was charging money for information they could find for free.
    dont listen to your friend


    you are not only providing information


    ...but you are also providing convenience, structure and sequence of information.

    best of luck,
    Ike Paz
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