My $15 Membership Site Blueprint..

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I've spent the better part of today setting up a new
blog based membership site.

I already had the domain.. in fact I've been planning
to set this up for ages, but I finally managed to get
on with it today. Anyway, back to the plot.. assuming
you need to buy a domain, let's say $10

I set up a cpanel hosting account and used Fantastico
to install a basic Wordpress blog. I put the blog in its
own sub-directory, to allow for flexibility in the future.
Let's assume my hosting costs are $5 a month (The
site is on one of my own servers)

I set up a simple redirect on the site's root index page
to make sure casual visitors will land on the blog.

My next step was to set up wordpress with my own set
of basic plugins.

I then found a theme that had a nice fit with the purpose
of my blog and I edited the header, footer and css files to
my own personal tastes.

The next, and most complicated step, was to install and to
configure the free version of the MemberWing plugin. This
involved making sure that the IPN settings and auto-return
setting in my PayPal account were correctly configured.

Then I set up a PayPal subscription button and pasted the
code together with some brief sales copy in a dedicated
"Become A Premium Member" page.

Finally, I wrote and published five "articles" to my blog, some
of which included the "marker" to indicate the beginning of
premium content.

A quick request for beta testers here in the forum and a few
very kind Warriors helped me to iron out a couple of self
inflicted bugs and I was ready to launch.

So, I now have a fully functioning Membership site with an
in-build content management system, including the ability
to schedule my publishing, Set up and first months running
costs are around $15.

What are you waiting for? Get on with it!

John
#blueprint #membership
  • Profile picture of the author Lee Campbell
    Wow this seems a lot simpler then setting up something along the lines with Joomla. My question is can you set up different level of memberships and such?

    But still a brilliant plan.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
      Originally Posted by Lee Campbell View Post

      Wow this seems a lot simpler then setting up something along the lines with Joomla. My question is can you set up different level of memberships and such?

      But still a brilliant plan.
      Yes, the MemberWing Plugin allows you to set up
      Bronze, Silver, Gold & Platinum levels and each
      level can have its own subscription fee.

      John
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      • Profile picture of the author Lee Campbell
        Originally Posted by John Taylor View Post

        Yes, the MemberWing Plugin allows you to set up
        Bronze, Silver, Gold & Platinum levels and each
        level can have its own subscription fee.

        John
        Does this also allow each of the levels to have certain access to certain things whether it be an individual page or blog entry.

        Lee
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    • Profile picture of the author Simplweb
      Originally Posted by Lee Campbell View Post

      Wow this seems a lot simpler then setting up something along the lines with Joomla. My question is can you set up different level of memberships and such?

      But still a brilliant plan.
      Hmmmm

      That might be good for a very simple application, but for any meaningful membership website you need to be trying to create a viral online community. A huge piece of that is a forum. You need user profiles to leverage the social networking as well.

      Coincidentally enough (no... really), I just launched a WSO for Joomla-based membership sites. Obviously more expensive, but I can create them faster than your solution .

      We actually had a couple of guys create full-blown membership websites using their iphones!
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Hartunian
    John,

    Excellent post. Thanks!

    What other plug ins do you use in your membership sites?

    Regards,
    Paul
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    • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
      Originally Posted by Paul Hartunian View Post

      John,

      Excellent post. Thanks!

      What other plug ins do you use in your membership sites?

      Regards,
      Paul
      Hi Paul,

      I've only installed the bare minimum at the moment, as
      I didn't want to complicate the set up.

      As well as MemberWing, I've activated:

      SpamKarma2 - In my opinion, the best comment Spam
      prevention tool

      MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer - avoids multiple pings when
      editing posts

      AudioPlayer - I plan to add Podcasts to the premium area.

      John
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    • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
      Originally Posted by Paul Hartunian View Post


      What other plug ins do you use in your membership sites?
      Paul,

      Sorry, I missed one..

      WordPress › All in One SEO Pack WordPress Plugins

      John
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim Dixon
    Wow John, this is a beauty.

    I was looking for something like this a while back but I never found the MemberWing plugin.

    I take it that this just secures the actual content within WordPress? I only ask because I had to use something that secured access to my niche database which sits outside of WordPress (so I had to use a PHP script called iSubscribe).

    But to be honest it was a right pain to get working so if I set up a membership site within WordPress in the future, I will definately use this model.

    Many thanks.
    Tim
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  • Profile picture of the author jhollar
    John,

    Fantastic post..the plugin looks really cool too! Does it allow you to drip content each month i.e so members who join today don't get access to all the content from the past etc....

    Ron
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    • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
      Originally Posted by jhollar View Post

      John,

      Fantastic post..the plugin looks really cool too! Does it allow you to drip content each month i.e so members who join today don't get access to all the content from the past etc....

      Ron
      Short answer: Yes!

      John
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
    John,

    Very cool. One question...

    Did you configure the IPN and auto-return in the button/order link itself? If not, you might have challenges with any return pages that are straight HTML.


    Paul
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    • Profile picture of the author Marhelper
      John,

      Do you have a link to your membership site so I can see how it looks first hand?
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      • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
        Originally Posted by Marhelper View Post

        John,

        Do you have a link to your membership site so I can see how it looks first hand?
        I deleiberately avoided posting the URL because
        I didn't want this to be seen as a promotional
        post.

        I'm sure if you were to look in the right places,
        you'd soon find it. Or just send me a PM.

        John
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      • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
        Do you have a link to your membership site so I can see how it looks first hand?
        That would be his IM gossip column, at Marketing Confidential.


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        • Profile picture of the author Nathan Hangen
          Very nice, do you haev any subscribers yet?
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          • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
            Originally Posted by nhangen View Post

            Very nice, do you haev any subscribers yet?

            Yes, the premier membership base in growing.

            John
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    • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
      Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

      John,

      Very cool. One question...

      Did you configure the IPN and auto-return in the button/order link itself? If not, you might have challenges with any return pages that are straight HTML.


      Paul
      Paul,

      After trying a few alternative settings I discovered that
      the optimum set up is with auto-return set to off and the
      IPN set to on, with a return url to the root domain.

      The "success" and "cancelled" return urls can be easily set
      up in the subscription button.

      Getting that part of the set up was the most challenging
      part of the entire process. But, if I can do it, there's hope
      for many!

      John
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim Dixon
    Another thought, can you integrate any affiliate models with this?

    I'm thinking PayDotCom really as the subscription is PayPal based.

    Tim
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    • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
      Originally Posted by Tim Dixon View Post

      Another thought, can you integrate any affiliate models with this?

      I'm thinking PayDotCom really as the subscription is PayPal based.

      Tim
      Not as far as I know Tim, it's certainly
      something that I'd be interested in and
      I'll be asking the developer if it's a
      possibility.

      John
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  • Profile picture of the author Nathan Denton
    Well done John, that is certainly one way of getting things done quickly. A membership site in one day, wow. I wonder how many members you'll have in 30 days from now?

    Good luck with it.

    Nathan
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    • Profile picture of the author Jim M
      Originally Posted by nhangen
      Very nice, do you have any subscribers yet?
      Having joined and seen 'under the hood', I can confirm to anyone who want's good straight, up to date info without the spin. John's new site ticks all the boxes, it's very early days but it's obvious this will grow into a great resource for internet marketers.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
    Jim,

    Thank you. I really appreciate your feedback.

    The site isn't yet two days old and I have great
    plans to add lots of value for my new members.

    In fact I've just posted yet another new article

    John
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeCollins
    Wow, thanks for sharing your plan John. I've been thinking about starting a membership site and this model seems really simple and straightforward. I hope you have lots of luck with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author JL Melvin
    John - is that a custom WP theme?

    If you don't mind me asking who created it for you?

    I'm going to have to dig into this, because I run a resume writing website and this might be what I need to take it to the next level.

    Jeff
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    • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
      Originally Posted by JL Melvin View Post

      John - is that a custom WP theme?

      If you don't mind me asking who created it for you?

      I'm going to have to dig into this, because I run a resume writing website and this might be what I need to take it to the next level.

      Jeff
      Jeff,

      The WP FullSite Theme was completely free, all I did was edit
      the logo and make minor changes to the CSS file.

      John
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  • Profile picture of the author Ross Kenny
    Just get on with it is the moral of the story...!!!!!!

    I did with my Keyword Junkies Membership site and never looked back..

    You have to see your projects through to the end otherwise you'll fail and destroy your mindset...!!
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  • Profile picture of the author thomasukm
    Hey John,

    Really great setup, i have seen more membership sites turn to using wordpress format due to easy of setup and the availability of plugins.

    Thomas
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  • Profile picture of the author Bev Clement
    It looks like a great model John, and having that plug in makes so much sense. I'm looking forward to using it for a diet site for the new year. I was wondering which route to take, and that makes perfect sense. Thanks for letting us know, and about the drip feed through the date of the posts.
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  • Profile picture of the author patfl
    Thanks for sharing this John, it's basically a business in a box you're offering here...

    And as subscriber, I can say the content is really excellent.

    Patrice
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  • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
    A couple of updates..

    1. In a little less than 48 hours since the blog was re-launched
    there have been a total of 559 unique visitors.

    2. The sign up to premium conversion rate is 2.7%

    3. I've added eight blog posts and there are 16 comments from
    visitors and members.

    Assuming I can get four new members each day, the blog will
    be have earned around $1,200 by the end of month one. Similarly,
    if the rate of membership growth is maintained, the blog will
    be making over $14,000 a month this time next year.

    Initial investment $15... Food for thought?

    John
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    • Profile picture of the author Headhunting55
      Originally Posted by John Taylor View Post

      Initial investment $15... Food for thought?

      John
      No, DESSERT for thought!

      Nice work, John!
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  • Profile picture of the author jhollar
    John - that's fantastic!!! congrats as well on the re-launch. Could you mention how you promoted your new membership site?

    Ron
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    • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
      Originally Posted by jhollar View Post

      John - that's fantastic!!! congrats as well on the re-launch. Could you mention how you promoted your new membership site?

      Ron
      Hi Ron,

      So far..

      1. Sent an announcement to my related lists.
      2. Announcements on Twitter.
      3. A Warrior Special Offer.
      4. Used BigMike's SocialBot 3.0
      5. Used BigMike's RSSbot to post the feed to 30 directories.
      6. Announcement of my existing blog
      7. Added a link to my Warrior sig
      8. Digg, StumbleUpon, Del.icio.us & Reddit

      and I'm sure that this thread has helped too.

      John
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  • Profile picture of the author Sylvia Meier
    John great post, gonna set myself up a few. I posted about this on my new site, as well as crediting you for it, with a link to your blog.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
      Originally Posted by jibond View Post

      ..how much is reasonable charge for each month payment?
      The only people who can answer that
      question are your potential members.

      If you already have a list, set up a free
      survey using SurveyMonkey and ask them
      to choose between a range of price options

      what are the most crucial part when we begin build my membership site?
      The most crucial element is knowing your
      target market. Your membership site
      should provide content that meets their
      needs and answer their most pressing questions.



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  • Profile picture of the author James Schramko
    My daughter did the same thing with a gaming niche.
    She made video tutorials showing cheats.

    It was only $10 for 6 months. She used a plugin
    called wp-Member.com Advanced Wordpress Membership Plugin

    It is a great little business model.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lance
    Can't do it for that now. If you want paypal with Memberwing, you have to go with one of the paid versions that are now available. Looks like a good script!

    Lance
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    • Profile picture of the author Nightengale
      Cool model!

      Question though:

      I've never created a membership site and am very interested in this model for doing so. But what about those members who drop out? Will they be able to access the members-only area if they've bookmarked the page?

      I've seen members-only areas lock out members if their memberships lapsed and I've seen other members-only areas allow people back in if they'd bookmarked the correct page even though their membership had lapsed. So I'm just wondering if this model allows you to lock out people of they let their membership lapse.

      Thanks,
      Michelle
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      • Profile picture of the author buddynextdoor
        Originally Posted by Nightengale View Post

        Cool model!

        Question though:

        I've never created a membership site and am very interested in this model for doing so. But what about those members who drop out? Will they be able to access the members-only area if they've bookmarked the page?

        I've seen members-only areas lock out members if their memberships lapsed and I've seen other members-only areas allow people back in if they'd bookmarked the correct page even though their membership had lapsed. So I'm just wondering if this model allows you to lock out people of they let their membership lapse.

        Thanks,
        Michelle

        Hi can anyone clear above mentioned query by Michelle, As I too am new to Wordpress Membership Website concept....I am also keen to know what Michelle asked above

        By the way, Forgot to mention.." This is a Rocking THread".....I thank all the members and John for maintaining this CHAIN with continuous answers and questions and creating it one of the best on Warrior

        regards
        Buddy
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Riddle
    Unfortunately, The plug in cost $79 to implement this simple $15 membership for it to be automated.

    Mark
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    • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
      Originally Posted by netmalls View Post

      Unfortunately, The plug in cost $79 to implement this simple $15 membership for it to be automated.

      Mark
      The free version of the script is still available
      and, while automation can be bought at an
      additional cost, it is still possible to set up
      a membership blog for $15.

      Of course, as you grow your list of members,
      you can reinvest your income in automation.

      John
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  • Profile picture of the author Lance
    When John first made the post, Memberwing was free. Since then, the developer added a few things that warriors suggested in another thread and has started charging based on different options available. Looks to be a cool script, although I haven't tried it.

    Lance
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  • Profile picture of the author ebiz96
    Thank you John.

    Great business model.


    Ash
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  • Profile picture of the author dordor
    awesome post !

    I always look for GPL script (like wordpress, joomla etc.) it's easy to learn and almost free to use.

    thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author digitalnow
    Thanks, John!
    I've been gearing up to do exactly this! You kind of lost me at:

    "After trying a few alternative settings I discovered that
    the optimum set up is with auto-return set to off and the
    IPN set to on, with a return url to the root domain.

    The "success" and "cancelled" return urls can be easily set
    up in the subscription button."

    but hopefully I can figure it out. I'm not thrilled with the 15+79=94 price, but I was thinking of password protecting pages and I'm sure this was is much easier and more user friendly.

    David
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Fullman
    John,

    I've checked out your blog...looks good to me.

    I have a question.

    Can MemberWing be used in a free membership model? For instance, I notice you 'tease' some content a la, "...To read the rest of this article you need to be a premium member".

    Can Premium Membership be a simple opt-in?

    Nice find,
    Steve
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    • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
      Originally Posted by Steven Fullman View Post


      Can Premium Membership be a simple opt-in?
      Steve,

      I haven't tried a free model. I use my own script:
      Reverse Squeeze Wordpress Plug-In to capture optins
      from within a WP blog.

      John
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  • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
    David,

    The settings I referred to are the settings that you control
    from within your PayPal admin control panel.

    I had to experiement quite a bit before I figured out the best
    setting for my membership blog.

    John
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  • Profile picture of the author MarketingZen
    Awesome model John you should write a step-by-step WSO report for us less experienced Warriors!

    Thanks again and Happy New Year everyone!
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    Thanks for your post, John!
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    • Profile picture of the author Barry Goss
      For anybody who wants to set-up the SAME "Blog Membership Model" that John set-up, using the MemberWing Plugin, but with many MORE ADVANCED options on the payment-processing, e-commerce, and affiliate management side of the model, check out:

      Nanacast's WP "Member Lock" Plugin:
      http://www.LWLMedia.com

      (( once on site, scroll down and click on: "Automate And Centralize Your Business" ))

      After 4 years of searching for a HOSTED one-stop-managed e-commerce-to-affiliate tracking system (even scrapping a $3K system to move into web 2.0 technology that wins hands-down), we moved everything over to Nanacast to run our promotions and campaigns.

      We can run all types of pricing structures (from a firesale, to a dimesale, to a trial offer and payment plan pricing system and more), issue customized coupon codes to our community, and accept all forms of payment (PayPal, AmEx, Discover, Visa/MC).

      Yet, this is just for starters...so, so much more to say about what is behind such a seemingly infant platform...yet, Josh knows his stuff when it comes to where the shortcomings of other "scripts" and "systems" lie ( think of Nanacast combining the best features and enhancements of 1shopping cart, Butterfly Marketing, aMember, Fantasos, etc. )

      Learn about Nanacast's Wordpress script by going to the site above.
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    • Profile picture of the author raiko
      Thanks for the post John. I saw in another post that you were also trying out DAP. DAP seems to be a little more expensive but I'm curious what your experience has been with it and which of the two you prefer?

      Thanks in advance!
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      • Profile picture of the author alertinvestor
        I ran across this thread several months ago and I decided to give this model a try. I set everything up and began promoting the site.

        One of the things that came up was when a member logged into the membership site, they were being taken straight to the Dashboard page of the blog. I didn't really like that, so after a little research, I found a plugin that redirects members to a specific page (main page in this case) and can be configured based on class of member. (gold, silver, etc.)

        Problem solved...

        It's called Peters Login Redirect and it can be found at the WP site:

        WordPress › Peter's Login Redirect WordPress Plugins

        Check it out
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        • Profile picture of the author Dave OSullivan
          Thanks for this, I just installed it and it works perfectly.

          It was bugging me that members were logged in to the dashboard as well, now they are directed to their own specific download area.

          Cheers,
          Dave.


          Originally Posted by alertinvestor View Post

          I ran across this thread several months ago and I decided to give this model a try. I set everything up and began promoting the site.

          One of the things that came up was when a member logged into the membership site, they were being taken straight to the Dashboard page of the blog. I didn't really like that, so after a little research, I found a plugin that redirects members to a specific page (main page in this case) and can be configured based on class of member. (gold, silver, etc.)

          Problem solved...

          It's called Peters Login Redirect and it can be found at the WP site:

          WordPress › Peter's Login Redirect WordPress Plugins

          Check it out
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  • Profile picture of the author digitalnow
    John,
    Nice site. I'm finishing my own at this time.
    I just wanted to share a couple of my observations about your site....

    You don't have a "home page" link anywhere. After clicking through your site for a bit, there is no easy way back to your home page. In addition, you would probably help yourself by having an opt-in for a newletter or similar to build your list. I know that you collect names when premiums pay and I know you have a script that is supposed to ask you to log in after so many visits (it never asked me though), but some people may want to "stick" with you and you are not giving them a way to do that without paying $10 a month.

    I am certainly not an expert, but I hope this is useful.

    Best of luck,
    David
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  • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
    David,

    Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it.

    I agree the "Home" link needs to be added to the
    navigation bar. You can navigate Home by clicking
    the "logo" in the header, but it's no obvious.

    I haven't installed my Reverse Squeeze plugin yet and
    that's why you haven't been asked to optin to read
    more content.

    I've recently installed an alternative list building system
    and I'll be activating it soon, when I've completed my
    testing. ;-)

    John
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    • Profile picture of the author Recruitment Nick
      A great business model and real food for thought... great thread john!

      Can I ask - how is it going now? Both in numbers and in how are you finding the plugin with a tad more experience?

      Have you tried any new methods of marketing over the last couple of weeks to what you originally stated?

      Either way, thanks again, a truely great thread I have bookmarked to comeback to
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      • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
        Originally Posted by Recruitment Nick View Post

        Can I ask - how is it going now? Both in numbers and in how are you finding the plugin with a tad more experience?
        As planned, I'm adding new content regularly and
        the content is doing the selling. I'm also pleased
        with the level of interactivity with an average of
        three comments for each post.

        Have you tried any new methods of marketing over the last couple of weeks to what you originally stated?
        The Christmas and Hogmanay holidays slowed things
        down somewhat. However, starting next week I have
        a few promotional activities in the pipeline.

        John
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  • Profile picture of the author Gunter Eibl
    Thanks John,

    The MemberWing Plugin was exactly what I was looking for!

    Gunter
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  • Profile picture of the author Richard Tunnah
    Cracking stuff John. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Johnnyboy83
    Thank you for writing this post John. One of my new year resolution is to one continuity membership site up and make some money from it.
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  • Profile picture of the author united99
    Great post John.
    I'm developing an ecommerce model for a new accountant client. This idea certainly provides some good potential. Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author jhongren
    Great Post, John....

    Looks like it is getting easier
    each day to set up a member
    -ship site. =)

    Cheers,
    John
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  • Profile picture of the author jimmidwest
    Hi John,
    I'm learning about wordpress and this plug-in looks very interesting. And it's free.

    Thanks for a great post.
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  • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
    I have to be honest John..

    That I doubted this method when you first posted it, purely because of the simplicity...

    BUT..

    Being a member of the site you did it on ( http://marketingconfidential.com/private ) and looking into the plugin just now.. I can see how smoothly this can run...

    My niche blogging of late has taken more of a "membership" type level. My I.M. blog is more chit chat.. but some of my niche blogs really are bleeding too much free, high quality info.. So this is perfect..

    Expect to hit a brick wall on many of my blogs soon as I implement this

    Cheers dude

    Peace

    Jay

    p.s. What makes this even more special, is that some of my blogs are 2 - 3+ years old, but I can work this into them retro actively (sp?)... good times...
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  • Profile picture of the author MarketingZen
    Hello Guys,

    I'm utilising this plugin for my membership site, my question is when seperating premium content and it says after article 'become premuim member or log into your account' how are the members able to log in? What page do yo redirect them to? I notice John yours does not have the login option so how do your subscribers gain access?

    Cheers,
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    • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
      Originally Posted by Labno View Post

      Hello Guys,

      I'm utilising this plugin for my membership site, my question is when seperating premium content and it says after article 'become premuim member or log into your account' how are the members able to log in? What page do yo redirect them to? I notice John yours does not have the login option so how do your subscribers gain access?

      Cheers,
      Hi Labno..I'm not John, but I am utilising this plugin for membership blogs...

      The process is up to you, but on my sites.. I am directing them to a subscription page so they can sign up via Paypal and subscribe to the premium content..

      Peace

      Jay
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      • Profile picture of the author MarketingZen
        Hey Jay thanks for the reply, ye ive got all that set up what i wasnt to know is after people sign up there are two options 'register or sign in' to read rest of article.After people have alreasy signed up to the site how asre they re-accessing the site content?
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        • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
          Originally Posted by Labno View Post

          Hey Jay thanks for the reply, ye ive got all that set up what i wasnt to know is after people sign up there are two options 'register or sign in' to read rest of article.After people have alreasy signed up to the site how asre they re-accessing the site content?
          Ah right..

          I have mine set up so that I:

          Step 1) E-mail them a username and password

          Step 2) In the same e-mail I also include a link to the login page.

          Once they have registered, they will be cookied when they next visit after one login...so all the content will be visible right away..

          Job done

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  • Profile picture of the author Sagar Mehta
    John, great thread. The best kind of methods to do anything, in my humble opinion, are the ones that are simple and straight to the point. Your post shows how easy it is to setup a membership website, and almost free.

    I think you already had a domain for this site? If someone needs to buy a domain, they can do this for LESS that $10 by using NameCheap coupon codes. That'll make your total running costs below signigifcantly $15

    MemberWing is a nice find - thanks for that too!

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    This is great, this an interesting information
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  • Profile picture of the author MarketingZen
    Cool Jay,

    Is the sign-in page part of the plugin set up or did you have to come up with your own on a new page on wordpress?
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    • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
      Originally Posted by Labno View Post

      Cool Jay,

      Is the sign-in page part of the plugin set up or did you have to come up with your own on a new page on wordpress?
      I setup a page called "Premium" on all the blogs that I am using the plugin with... then configure the link in the memberwing note that appears when you use the {+++} to direct people to here if they want to sign up..

      Works a treat..


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  • Profile picture of the author MarketingZen
    So when people actually sign upas a premium member they will auctomatically get a 'sign in' account through the memberwing plugin process?Thanks for the anwers mate!
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    • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
      Originally Posted by Labno View Post

      So when people actually sign upas a premium member they will auctomatically get a 'sign in' account through the memberwing plugin process?Thanks for the anwers mate!
      If you have the paid plugin then Yes, you can set it up to do it automatically..

      If you have the free version of the plugin then you need to add them as a member manually.. easy to do and then you can mail them the user name and password..

      Peace

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      great thread, thanks John - you da man.
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  • Profile picture of the author optimuswarrior
    John, I looked at your site and can't find where the sign-in and pay here button is.

    Did you keep Memberwing or did you upgrade to a paid one? It makes more sense to me to pay for one to get the real features.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
      Originally Posted by optimuswarrior View Post

      John, I looked at your site and can't find where the sign-in and pay here button is.

      Did you keep Memberwing or did you upgrade to a paid one? It makes more sense to me to pay for one to get the real features.
      There are several posts that require you to
      become a premium member to see all of the
      content and there's a link in the navigation
      bar too.

      Yes, I'm still using the Memberwing plugin on
      Marketing Confidential

      John
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      • Profile picture of the author Jeff_Bell
        Thanks John...

        You & your website just inspired me to finish my Wp membership site that I started months ago!

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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Thompson
    John - brilliant stuff. I love the fact that for $100 you can buy the plugin and have no branding on it, gradual content delivery, etc. This is a MASSIVE opportunity here.

    I seriously like this product! I have a project in mind where this might be absolutely perfect.

    How are passwords handled? Say I subscribe with PayPal, is my email address going to be my login, and my receipt number my password?

    This is a great product, and your blueprint is outstanding from a technical perspective.

    If you don't mind saying - what is your plan for:

    1) promotion - to get subscribers
    2) content creation - to keep subscribers
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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    John,

    Thank god i've found this. Ron Killian forward me to this thread.

    I am trying to setup a similar membership but i just can't understand how to deliver automated access using Memberwing free edition + Paypal button.

    I see you are using this method (free edition?) + Paypal with a desired username and password.

    How did you put this to work John?

    Thanks!

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  • Profile picture of the author Mickey Janzen
    Where does one place the content markers?

    I've tried before and after the content, on the Visual and html section of Wordpress, over the hill and down the hill.............

    What am I missing?
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    • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
      Originally Posted by Mickey Janzen View Post

      Where does one place the content markers?
      Simply type your public content as you would
      normally and then position your {+++} where
      you want the premium content to begin.

      John
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  • Profile picture of the author Mickey Janzen
    John,

    Thank you for replying.

    Did that, over and over, published it since it wouldn't show as a draft and still it did not work.

    I'm wondering if I'm missing something in the instructions or maybe the plugin won't work with my theme.
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    • Profile picture of the author alertinvestor
      Mickey,

      What is probably happening is that you are logged in as the administrator so you can see everything. Same thing happened to me, by the way.

      In order to see how your site looks with the content markers in place is to open a new browser and then navigate to your home page. You should then be able to see how it looks to folks visiting your site who are not members.

      Hope this helps...
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      • Profile picture of the author Mickey Janzen
        Originally Posted by alertinvestor View Post

        Mickey,

        What is probably happening is that you are logged in as the administrator so you can see everything. Same thing happened to me, by the way.

        In order to see how your site looks with the content markers in place is to open a new browser and then navigate to your home page. You should then be able to see how it looks to folks visiting your site who are not members.

        Hope this helps...

        That was indeed the problem.

        A hearty thank you for your help!
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  • Profile picture of the author Marc Jager
    Hi John,
    Thanks for posting this 'get on with it' + 'how-to'!

    I'm wondering how it's going?

    Also, do would you have any advice for someone who doesn't have the tech know-how to do the steps you mentioned below?:
    (The next, and most complicated step, was to install and to
    configure the free version of the MemberWing plugin. This
    involved making sure that the IPN settings and auto-return
    setting in my PayPal account were correctly configured.

    Then I set up a PayPal subscription button and pasted the
    code together with some brief sales copy in a dedicated
    "Become A Premium Member" page.)
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    • Profile picture of the author raiko
      I was curious how the comparison of Memberwing and DAP went. Did you prefer one over the other?

      Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author chazmer
    very VERY good post, memberships sites are very lucrative if done correctly, and your short post could be the guide some people need. ofc we all know the real problem is traffic generation
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  • Profile picture of the author dynameek
    Originally Posted by John Taylor View Post

    I've spent the better part of today setting up a new
    blog based membership site.

    I already had the domain.. in fact I've been planning
    to set this up for ages, but I finally managed to get
    on with it today. Anyway, back to the plot.. assuming
    you need to buy a domain, let's say $10
    .
    .
    .
    So, I now have a fully functioning Membership site with an
    in-build content management system, including the ability
    to schedule my publishing, Set up and first months running
    costs are around $15.

    What are you waiting for? Get on with it!

    John
    Thank you very much John. Didn't know there's a WP plugin for membership sites and it's free and fully featured for that matter? I'll be looking in that line from this very moment. I'm excited to get going on a new membership site now cos that seems to be the rave of the moment...
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    • Profile picture of the author theimdude
      Hi John,
      Thank you for this post. I want to use it for a membership site offering plr ebooks etc. With this I can still show the content but block out the download link so potential members can view all content.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mickey Janzen
    Does anyone have a step by step guide they wouldn't mind sharing, even for a price?

    I'm a real dunce when it comes to the more technical stuff.

    I'd really appreciate it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mickey Janzen
    Hi,

    Would anyone be able to tell me how to add a download link for premium members? I've been at this for 2 days now.

    I have no problem adding a download link to a blog without the Memberwing plugin. However, when I try to do the same with my membership site, the link just takes me to a 404 page.

    I always use the WP Download Monitor Plugin. I've also tried uploading the files to the premium_users section on the server but still nothing.

    What am I doing wrong? If anyone could point me in the right direction, I would be most grateful.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mickey Janzen
    Well, my day is done and I'm no closer to my goal.

    The Memberwing tutorial page is limited in it's tutelage. Especially for not-so-technically
    inclined like myself.

    Please, if anyone can help, I would be very grateful.
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  • Profile picture of the author opportunites
    Thank you for you post!
    it is an open eyes for me...

    What about the technics part (installation, database etc.) How you handle it?
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      Is Memberwing easy to install and use??

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    Very well put together plan. Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author MarketingZen
    Its great but as mentioned support needs improving.

    If i wanted to NOT charge people for joining my site but simply for the purpose of capturing their e-mail using memberwing how can i set up the sign-up process, i.e what can i use to sign them up and generate a password is there another plug-in to integrate with memberwing?
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  • Profile picture of the author Adam Moran
    awesome post!...thanks for the information!
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  • Profile picture of the author Moonraker
    Many thanks John - extremely rich and useful information (and the same goes for the whole thread itself). I came here particularly as I am setting up a blog as a niche membership for video tutorials (my speciality). Bit alarming as it already apears on Google 1... too soon!! But that totally demonstrates the power of a blog. The plugin I use is SafeMember, which I got at a WSO. Everything you have told us squares pretty well with my scheme, but I had not thought of taking a poll. Great idea And congrats on the success with your memership blog! Dave
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    Thanks for sharing John!
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  • Profile picture of the author Cpawhiz
    Hey John, it's been quite a while since you first posted this, why not update us and let us know if the site is still up, if you made money from it and what you have learned since from it.

    Thanks John for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author sunray
    I understand of course that this thread is more about the technological side of it, but I still have a question on the actual usability. What I mean, does this really work? What kind of articles and content do you provide that people actually do come and pay 15 dollars a month to read get a chance of seeing it? I've heard that even big newspapers who have an army of people working on the content have trouble selling monthly memberships.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bruce Wedding
    Since this thread revived and Memberwing has changed, let me give you a great free option on a membership plugin, S2Member. It's free, does multiple levels including free, handles Paypal and Clickbank:

    Here's a video where I set one up in 34 minutes:

    Setup a Full-Blown Membership Site in 34 Minutes… Free! | WP Video Notes
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