How to become successful in membership sites

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I've been here at warrior as early as 2004, my old account was deleted I never learned what is the reasoned why it was deleted but that's okey I got my new account

In this forum I learned or heard from senior members their success by starting their own membership sites so on 2006 I guess I started my own membership site offering my own php scripts to my members. But for the past 2 years of the site operation I really don't made good income from the said site.

I guess average of $1000 a year or even less. I am not sure why I got traffic to the site most of the are from search engine search result but I don't get good conversion rate or new members regularly.

I know many senior and even new member here have their own successful membership site. I will appreciate any tips you can give or post that make a membership site successful.

thanks
Ed
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanman
    The only way to have decent success with a membership site is to offer something no one else is offering. There are so many plr etc membership sites which bite dust the time they come on. Therefore people want something unique.
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  • Profile picture of the author Miguel Oliveira
    Besides what ryanman and Imran said, I personaly prefer membership websites with fast response to your questions and those in which you seem to be buying something from a person instead of a company (though some people prefer the other way around).

    Do anything to keep your costumers happy, just like in other websites and businesses.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeffery
    Take a look at Noah's membership site "rich-jerks.com". It is a perfect example of a perfect membership site IMHO.

    The bottom line is Noah delivers and over delivers.

    Jeffery 100% :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author Noah Fleming
      Originally Posted by Jeffery View Post

      Take a look at Noah's membership site "rich-jerks.com". It is a perfect example of a perfect membership site IMHO.

      The bottom line is Noah delivers and over delivers.

      Jeffery 100% :-)
      Thanks for that Jeffery!
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  • Profile picture of the author UncleHQ
    Originally Posted by edpudol1973 View Post

    I've been here at warrior as early as 2004, my old account was deleted I never learned what is the reasoned why it was deleted but that's okey I got my new account

    In this forum I learned or heard from senior members their success by starting their own membership sites so on 2006 I guess I started my own membership site offering my own php scripts to my members. But for the past 2 years of the site operation I really don't made good income from the said site.

    I guess average of $1000 a year or even less. I am not sure why I got traffic to the site most of the are from search engine search result but I don't get good conversion rate or new members regularly.

    I know many senior and even new member here have their own successful membership site. I will appreciate any tips you can give or post that make a membership site successful.

    thanks
    Ed
    Hi Ed,

    I can P.M. you with a link for a free report download which discusses membership sites - excellent report - maybe you can pickup some tips.

    Brian
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    • Profile picture of the author edpudol1973
      Originally Posted by briancol View Post

      Hi Ed,

      I can P.M. you with a link for a free report download which discusses membership sites - excellent report - maybe you can pickup some tips.

      Brian
      Hi Bryan,

      Thanks for the offer, will you please PM me the link I will be happy to learn more about this business.
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    • Profile picture of the author loubo44
      Originally Posted by briancol View Post

      Hi Ed,

      I can P.M. you with a link for a free report download which discusses membership sites - excellent report - maybe you can pickup some tips.

      Brian

      I would be interested in that free report, if you can pm it to me.

      Thanks!
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      • Profile picture of the author David_Thompson
        Starting a membership site the biggest problems most
        people will face is coming up with solid content month
        after month and what niche to work in...

        If you can hit the right target niche and provide the
        content you'll have a winner, again it's about finding
        that hot target market...

        --David
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    • Profile picture of the author davidorich
      Originally Posted by briancol View Post

      Hi Ed,

      I can P.M. you with a link for a free report download which discusses membership sites - excellent report - maybe you can pickup some tips.

      Brian
      hi brian, i'm interested in that report... i'd be most greateful if you'd PM me... thanks man.
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    • Profile picture of the author ideasuniversity
      Originally Posted by briancol View Post

      Hi Ed,

      I can P.M. you with a link for a free report download which discusses membership sites - excellent report - maybe you can pickup some tips.

      Brian
      Brain,
      I am also interested in the free report
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    • Profile picture of the author Jasmine Shaw
      Originally Posted by briancol View Post

      Hi Ed,

      I can P.M. you with a link for a free report download which discusses membership sites - excellent report - maybe you can pickup some tips.

      Brian

      Please P.M the link to me I am interested aswell
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  • Profile picture of the author UncleHQ
    Hi Imran,

    Sent.

    Brian
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  • Profile picture of the author Charann Miller
    Hey edpudol1973, here's another thread on this forum you might find helpful.

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...uilt-mine.html

    I think membership sites are a great way to go especially with the recurring income stream model and not having to spend more money/time acquiring new customers all of the time.

    I am definitely looking into launching my first one this month and aim to build a few before the end of the year.
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  • Profile picture of the author gcjmarkets
    Take a look at John Delevera's membership sites turbomembership.com turboplr.com those are the main two but he has many others. The turbo membership provides IM'ers the most use full tools and he overdelivers every month.
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  • Profile picture of the author The Lady
    i'm creating a new one myself, converging all of my sites essentially into one. so i'm glad so many others are doing something similar!

    ty for the info. i'll take anything i can get
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  • Profile picture of the author UncleHQ
    Hi Ed, Mark,

    Sent.

    Brian
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  • Profile picture of the author ccep
    Hey Brian

    If you're still reading, I like to see that report too.

    Thanks,

    Nathan
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  • Profile picture of the author IMChick
    ummm, Briancol...me too please, on the membership report. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author UncleHQ
    Hi,

    P.M.d

    Brian
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  • Profile picture of the author ebusinesstutor
    My membership sites (Free Traffic Bar and Internet One System) have built my annual income to 6 figures. The nice thing is if I take time off, the sales keep coming.

    I am launching my third membership site at the end of January and hope to increase my total to 5 membership sites at the end of 2009.
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    • Profile picture of the author jonb
      I strongly suggest you read the book "Tribes" by Seth Godin. I think the ability to give people a feeling that they're part of something bigger and part of something meaningful is what separates successful membership sites from unsuccessful ones.

      Also, blow people's socks off the first time they arrive. I just opened my membership site, and it's absolutely loaded with exclusive content. if you visit, and look in the sidebar, you'll see some of the reaction from members.

      When you visit my site, what you'll be looking at is a spot on the sidebar where members can post comments and have them show up instantly. That's real social proof and it's golden to show to prospective members. My site is Wordpress based, so I use a plugin called WP-Wall to do that.

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  • Profile picture of the author JustDean
    Rich Jerks looks very good Brian, I have just started out in IM so I figure I should get a bit wet behind the ears before I move into a membership site
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  • Profile picture of the author The Lady
    thank you for the plugin suggestion - i'm heading over to load it now.

    i'm loading my site w/ monthly content - 30 -50 original articles in the member's niches. plus providing unique content, i need something that will allow users to download the informative content separate from the monthly content - the stuff that will be changing every 30 days. is anyone able to suggest a tool that can do this? also, how do you draw prospects to your membership site?

    ps i'd be interested in the membership report to, if it's still available...
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  • Profile picture of the author oneempowered
    Brian, I'd be interested in the report also.

    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave Ryan
    Didn't read through the rest of the posts, but here's some basics for being dramatically more successful with your membership site:

    1) Focus on retention. This is the big stat to follow! Some ways of keeping members longer is to run an event driven site... always something new, always something they are waiting for, always something for them to talk about.

    2) Referrals. If your site's good people will refer others to you - simple as that. You don't need any fancy affiliate programs for non-im related stuff... just quality and you'll get all the word-of-mouth referrals that you can handle.

    3) Maximize the value of each member. This is a no-brainer... but you must do everything you can to earn as much as you can from the members that you do have. One great way to do this is to segment your members into groups on the back-end for better marketing. It will allow you to promote very specific things that you know they'll check out to the right groups within your membership base.

    To Higher Profits,
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  • Profile picture of the author Buddd
    Hi Brian,

    I too would like to see that report, membership sites hold a real interest for me.
    Thanks in advance!

    Bud
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  • Profile picture of the author Samuel Lee
    Some great suggestions, probably the only way to have some good results with a membership site is by making sure you are offering to people something that is unique and not readily available at other membership sites. People always want something unique and not readily available, therein lies success.
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    • Profile picture of the author reynald2790
      How to become a successful in membership sites is you must know what they offer. What can membership site do to you? And how to market yourself in internet business. You must know what is your goal in order for you to succeed. Just be focused on what you like to do in that site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gren Bingham
    Jeffery above is correct. Noah Fleming's Rich-Jerks.com (nothing to do with the e-book) has been running for years and shows what can be done with a paid membership site when it is well run. It has a modest membership size by choice. Most members are also members here.
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  • There's some useful information in this topic, thanks for the tips guys!
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  • Profile picture of the author ConnieMuller
    Thanks folks, I'll be sure to apply in my membership sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sam Rodrigo
    Hi Ed,

    I think offering just PHP scripts is too broad of a subject to get memberships sold.

    Why not offer something like "WordPress PRO PHP Scripts" for example? Since the code for just about all plugins are open source, you can take someones code, give them credit and modify it to suite your members, even based on their requests. Be a bit careful, because such code may not be commercially sold. In that case, you can look at the objective/functionality of such a plugin and design your own to meet your member needs. Just an idea...

    At times you need to work on the product --Then the marketing will take care of itself.

    Success,
    Sam
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