Will You "Abuse" a Membersite (since many are so "abuse-able"?

by warriorgo 4 replies
Hi,

Had a little thought that is bugging me recently.

Most membersites work in the way that if you subscribe, you have 30 days to go through all the contents.

New contents will be added to have you stay on.

But once I "fed" myself enough with the contents, I get a refund before 30 days are up.

Then 6 months later I subscribe to the same membersite agan and this time even better... I get fed with the original content I seen 6 months ago PLUS all those that had been added in between.

Once again, after I'm full, I get a refund again. (And this can be done again and again)

Now, compare this to someone who faithfully subscribe to the same membersite for 6 months..... paying say $20 per month. So he essentially paid $120 while another bugger got the same contents for free.

I guess my concern is not just a "customer integrity" issue but also one that involves how do you safeguard yourself from abusers.

Any thoughts?
#main internet marketing discussion forum #abuse #membersite
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  • Profile picture of the author Kim Standerline
    Originally Posted by warriorgo View Post

    Hi,

    Had a little thought that is bugging me recently.

    Most membersites work in the way that if you subscribe, you have 30 days to go through all the contents.

    New contents will be added to have you stay on.

    But once I "fed" myself enough with the contents, I get a refund before 30 days are up.

    Then 6 months later I subscribe to the same membersite agan and this time even better... I get fed with the original content I seen 6 months ago PLUS all those that had been added in between.

    Once again, after I'm full, I get a refund again. (And this can be done again and again)

    Now, compare this to someone who faithfully subscribe to the same membersite for 6 months..... paying say $20 per month. So he essentially paid $120 while another bugger got the same contents for free.

    I guess my concern is not just a "customer integrity" issue but also one that involves how do you safeguard yourself from abusers.

    Any thoughts?
    I personally only post 1 month at a time. Previous months have to be paid for. Members who have been with me for a while can get the back info the need just by going to downloads. If someone did this, they would not be able to download the info in between subscriptions.

    You're always going to get people who will join, download your stuff and ask for a refund, I can smell them a mile off. However there is no point in letting it bother you, (life is too short). On the whole most people are honest, that's the main thing

    Kymi
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Ayres
    Use a membership site script that has timed release of downloads.
    you can set it so every 30 days they get a new item.
    if they left and joined again they would start from month 1 again so they wouldnt gain anything from leaving and joinning
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  • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
    This is one problem with membership sites.

    I believe the answer is to drip the content slowly. I recall reading that Yaro Stanak drips his BlogMastermind content month by month forcing his subscribers to go through stages. For example, January will teach you how to set up Wordpress, FTP, etc. February will teach you how to make posts, etc. You cannot jump ahead unless you specifically ask Yaro to put you on the fast track.

    Maybe you can 'expire' download rights after 'x' amounts of downloads per day? I know template sites that do this. Lynda.com uses bandwidth caps for their videos as well.

    Ultimately, it's going to be a cost of doing business. You'll always find people trying to circumvent the system. Good luck.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dana_W
      The Wealthy Affiliate site has an 8-week course where they release the materials to you one week at a time.

      Because I didn't find the forums over there as active as I did over here, I cancelled when I'd finished with the eight week course. They do have some other tools there like a free website building tool, but I just didn't feel like continuing to pay $37 a month for that.

      But yes, having a membership site where it's possible to get all the value within the first month is not a great idea.
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