Membership site - free or charge

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Hi

I'm about ready to launch a store site that's crammed with e-books, literally hundreds of them. A lot of top quality stuff in there, covering 32 different niches.

There's 332 covering IM alone, dozens more about blogs/ezines then another 30 niches on top.

If you were me. Would you,

a) Offer membership at say 20 dollars and offer discounted/free ebooks.

b) Offer free membership let people look around and charge normal rates once inside

c) Forget about membership.

d) Something else.

I was toying with turning it into a WSO with free membership and a nominal ($2) charge per book for Warriors.

Could you let me know your thoughts, please?

Warmest Regards
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  • Profile picture of the author mycongme
    Better get some reviews after you have made the site. As experts would make it easier to deal with things after that only. Its hard to understand your concept and goals if its only in talks
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  • Profile picture of the author KingRoyal
    I would say, free membership, and once inside you up sell your upgrades, Ive always have had good experience with that.
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  • Profile picture of the author khooster1
    Have a low front-in fee (between 2.99 to 5.99) for the 1st month.
    subsequently, you then charge the normal rate.
    You can also provide a OTO to pay for a year at a great discount (30%-40%)

    This pricing is optimised for membership website.

    Let me know if you need more helps. cheers.
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  • Profile picture of the author twister85
    Every thing for free to get more traffic and then offer OTO'S with free products as well as earn by advertising.


    This way both the users and you will be happy.
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  • Profile picture of the author lucidbs
    Originally Posted by UnclePeter View Post

    Hi

    I'm about ready to launch a store site that's crammed with e-books, literally hundreds of them. A lot of top quality stuff in there, covering 32 different niches.

    There's 332 covering IM alone, dozens more about blogs/ezines then another 30 niches on top.

    If you were me. Would you,

    a) Offer membership at say 20 dollars and offer discounted/free ebooks.

    b) Offer free membership let people look around and charge normal rates once inside

    c) Forget about membership.

    d) Something else.

    I was toying with turning it into a WSO with free membership and a nominal ($2) charge per book for Warriors.

    Could you let me know your thoughts, please?

    Warmest Regards
    For paid membership, you should always have fresh ebooks on a weekly/monthly basis. Otherwise, give a few up front for free and imitate butterfly marketing script that Mike filsame used to upsell it as oto for everything if you don't plan to add ebooks down the road.

    Just my 2 cents.
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  • Profile picture of the author UnclePeter
    Thanks for the feedback all, but you can see why I was asking. All great advice but all different. This thread is like the inside of my head. There will be quite a few additions on a monthly basis.
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  • Profile picture of the author yakim1
    I have a lot of membership sites because I'm testing a new membership software that I'm getting ready to release later this year.

    I have found the most success in getting paid members by giving a $1 trial membership.

    If the trial member does not want to pay for the membership and cancels, you just down grade his membership to the free member and send him an email stating why his membership has been down graded an he can still login as a free member at...

    Give the login url so he can now see just the free stuff. Put your free members on a list by their selves and email them every time you add a new product to the member area even if it is just for paid members.

    This gives you a chance to then remind them that they can easily upgrade for $x.xx after they login.

    If the trial member does not cancel, then you have a paying member with the member not having to do anything extra. The trail makes it easy for the trial member to stay.

    This is the most successful membership model for me.

    I hope this has been helpful,
    Steve Yakim
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  • Profile picture of the author thedanbrown
    I would go with b... bring in a whole bunch of people and let them see all the value then charge them to take advantage of your material.
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  • Profile picture of the author jazbo
    I have both free and paid levels on my site. I would tier it. Have a free membership that gives them access to a few basic products. Then a paid level for the lot, and also keep a few of your best products as purchase options, with three prices : non members, free members and paid members.
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