Membership Sites are they Easy to Set Up?

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Hey guys,

I was just wondering how easy are membership sites to set up and does anyone at all know of a great resource that teaches step by step how to do it, Im hoping to build one in the future around PLR eBooks and software?

If anyone could help that would be great!

Cheers....John.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I like (love) Wish List Member for a membership blog. I bought the unlimited version and they have good faqs to get it up and running.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jolly Loh
    i'll suggest Yaro Starak's Membership Site Mastermind. You can download his Membership Site Masterplan free report at membershipsitemastermind dot com
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  • Profile picture of the author yzal
    wordpress is great for easy membership sites.

    try WP emember.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    Hey John,

    You can make it as simple or as complicated as you like.

    The simple version is just having a paypal button which takes people to an email signup form. You then just put your stuff in a password protected directory and email your members the password.

    That's something you could do quickly, easily and for free.

    Or you could go for one of the thousands of bits of software that let you do more and it'll come down to your preferences.

    You can do it using Wordpress and a membership plugin very easily too.

    It's really down to what your needs are and how complicated you want it to be and how much money you want to spend.

    You can pick anywhere from free to $10k

    Or just pay someone else to set it up for you.

    You don't need to buy anything to do it, so it's all down to choice.

    Plenty of warriors have good membership scripts and systems.

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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Ranger
    That's hosted on DAP's official website so it's always going to be a bit bias.

    However, I use DAP every day. If you know how to use Wordpress then turning it into a private membership with DAP is real simple.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dietriffic
    Yeah, I know it's hosted by DAP.

    But, it's a feature list. It's pretty clinical. Not an opinion.
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    • Profile picture of the author tjs1954
      I use Wishlist and I love it, very easy to setup, they have videos on their site that walk you right through it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Glenn Pegden
      Originally Posted by Dietriffic View Post

      Yeah, I know it's hosted by DAP.

      But, it's a feature list. It's pretty clinical. Not an opinion.
      It's pretty easy to pick and choose the features to compare to make one product look better than another though. I've yet to see somebody do an unbiased review of all the major Membership Plugins, I'd love to see one though.

      I also find it interesting that the comparison doesn't include Your Members, I'm not sure if that's because we don't throw money at marketing and paid reviews, or simply because whilst YM may not look as pretty as some of the competition, we do tend to match them feature for feature.
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      • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
        Originally Posted by Glenn Pegden View Post

        It's pretty easy to pick and choose the features to compare to make one product look better than another though.
        This is true, but if you take a look at the list, it is the exact list of features that I, as a consumer looking to buy member software, would pick and choose to compare.
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  • Profile picture of the author spiny
    you can use WP with a plugin, or easymemberpro script.
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  • Profile picture of the author verdi
    John

    To answer your question...

    I have found every membership site software I've bought (or been given) to be the most complicated, time consuming and mind numbing experience of my life. Butterfly marketing is a nightmare. I spent MONTHS watching the videos, making the changes and I still couldn't get it to work. Fireball should have been simple - but something went wrong. I can't recall all the other scripts I've tried to use. But there have been a lot.

    Admittedly, I've not used any of the new WP scripts but Jimmy D Brown seems to have had the best idea, which is taking off now, and doesn't involve any scripts at all - create a fixed-term membership. People sign up for the 6-month or 12-month membership.They pay with PayPal on a recurring basis unless they unsubscribe. Each month you send an email with a link to the web page containing your content for that month (Jimmy gives you a pdf download) and towards the end of the fixed term you try to persuade them to sign up again for an advanced course.

    I don't know how this will work for an ebook site (gosh, there are so many of those I wonder any of them make any money at all! - but it's down to good marketing). But maybe, what that market needs is a different approach. Use the Jimmy D Brown method and, every month, give them a link to the latest 10 or 30 new ebooks. I belong to a couple of ebook memberships and I really would like to be able to see clearly, which are the latest ebooks - instead they are just chucked into the list!)

    Hope this helps
    Joe
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    • Profile picture of the author RichardDean
      Originally Posted by verdi View Post

      John

      Butterfly marketing is a nightmare. I spent MONTHS watching the videos, making the changes and I still couldn't get it to work.
      Ya and we made him a million dollars and still can't get it to work either.
      Buy some more hyped up crap.

      I have tried all the other crap out there myself...

      This is by far the best
      I found simple member pro to be the best and a very easy system to use.

      I do have to say it started out really really simple, like all good things people wanted more (warriors).

      This was made by a warrior then sold off, it is still really good and has a lot of good features.

      I did like it better when it had fewer features.

      Works great and support is great.

      9 out of 10 would be a 10 but it has too many features.

      Hope this helps

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  • Profile picture of the author SeanSupplee
    A membership site is easy to set up if you know how to install a script your way around Cpanel and a basic understand of how you want you site to work.

    Amember is good
    Instant member is pretty good but lacks the customization - you cant gain access to the script code and tweek it at all.

    Butterfly marketing script from what I have seen sucks big time half the stuff does not work on it.

    Looking for a easy set up either instant member or amember. There are other ones that are awesome and give you access to the code but they are going to cost you a grand plus.
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  • Setting up a membership site doesn't have to be complicated from a technical point of view. Amember or WP wishlist, once installed and running (you'll figure them out in one weekend), will get the job done.

    Running the membership site is a whole different story. Membership sites are difficult to run in my opinion, and hard work too.
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  • Profile picture of the author JustKid
    Not one to brag but my product in my sig is centered around the creation and selling. Also comes with the software and content.
    While I havent tried out a few that people mentioned here I do know that BuddyPress is what I used to do and should work fine if your not up to buying a way of how to create a custom one.
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  • Profile picture of the author phxgolfer
    I just launched a membership site using EZMembership site (link at bottom of my website). The support is awesome. The script is just as it says EZ.

    You can modify it or have it modified in pretty much any way you want.

    I was also mentored thru the entire process by a wonderful lady who really knows her stuff when it comes to running membership sites.

    PM me if you would like further details.

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  • Profile picture of the author money2k
    I have a membership website, but I am probably using the most difficult CRM for it. I am using Memberspeed. It is not easy, but since I have been using it for a few months now I have gotten the hang of it and it does everything you would want from a membership website. You can take a look at what I have done with the software in my signature.

    Good Luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author John_Edwards
    Originally Posted by Stuart Macfarlane View Post

    Have a look at BuddyPress, its basically wordpress but with built in social and member community features.
    It might do what you need.
    Hey Stuart,

    Ill check this out, it looks promising, I oringinally got interested in membership sites with the intent of trying to build a recurring income I notice thata lot of marketers are going with this trend aside of their own products and affiliate marketing!

    Thanks John.

    And thanks for all the input guys its all being considered!
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    • Profile picture of the author Rikki_Fawkes
      Have you tried using MemberWing on a Wordpress blog? That's what I use. It takes a little bit of a learning curve, but their manual is fairly helpful. Plus, the free version is just that... free.
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    • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
      I'm a big fan of Membergate, but it is certainly higher end - more of a full scale CMS.

      One real advantage I have found is that for membership sites with lots of content (training programs, articles, interviews, etc...) they optimize content for SEO that is still for private members only - many membership sites out there do not make private content available to search engines - so you don't get the added traffic you get with Membergate.

      Also -with membergate there is lots of multi-tiered membership support where you can control every upload or content against multiple tiers of membership AND it supports a forum as well as social networking aspects integrated.

      Jeff
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