LESSON #32: How to Build a Membership Website

Within the past several lessons, I’ve covered a handful of different ways to build a website.

Today I’m going to talk about building a membership website…

(Watch this video…)

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Main points:

  • Membership website = a website that contains a member area.

  • Memberships can be free, paid, or both.

  • Free membership sites: Often used for building a database of members, which can then be monetized in other ways. (Ex. facebook.com)

  • Remember, “the money is in the list”.

  • Paid membership sites: A membership fee is charged. It could be a one-time fee or a recurring membership fee.

  • Using recurring membership fees is a great way to add continuity to your business model.

  • Continuity = Cash Flow = Financial Freedom

  • Membership area is an ideal way to provide ongoing products/services.

  • (see video for behind-the-scenes of one of my 6-figure paid membership sites)

  • Multi-tiered membership sites: can give you the best benefits of both free and paid membership sites. (Grow a big list while generating income)

  • (see video for behind-the-scenes of one of my multi-tiered membership sites with over 30,000 members)

  • Tips for choosing a membership site script:

    - Get one that will install on your own domain.

    - Get one that is popular… there’s safety in numbers.

    - Make sure it will support your payment processing method.

    Possible choices:

    Membergate – high end solution with a great reputation. Runs about $4k-$30k.

    Amember – this is what I use for my paid membership sites.

    Butterfly Marketing – this is what I use for my multi-tier membership sites.

    Marketing Website Generator – This is a souped up version of Butterfly, made by my friend and programmer Nick Temple. Highly recommended.

    WordPress Wishlist – a membership plugin for WordPress (not shown on the video).

    Monthly Income Formula – A complete step-by-step home study course for setting up a membership site, including the script, ALL for much less cost than any of the scripts above.

    Action steps:

    1) Decide if you’re going to create a membership site.

    2) If yes, choose a script to run your site, and buy it.

    3) Install the script, or pay someone to install it for you. You can post projects and get scripts installed as cheap as $10 at Rent A Coder

    In the next lesson I’ll be covering WordPress!

    As always, you are welcome to post your questions and comments below :-)

    Have a great day!

  • 306 comments on “LESSON #32: How to Build a Membership Website

    1. johnny

      Great lesson on memberships. Searching for memberships, I found a more to the point article where you can build a paid membership using SocialEngine and AVChat for the video-chat part. It will guide you step by step so, it’s accessible to everyone.

      Reply
    2. Elvis

      Hi Eric,
      These are great lessons and I want to build my own membership website that have several areas like Tuturial Area, Discussion Area, Old Exam papers and answers, An area where I post picture of my Gold ash for sale, and so on.
      Can you help me build this site, I have a name that I want to use. I will pay for costs.

      Thanks

      Reply
      1. Eric Post author

        I do not personally offer site building services, but it is certainly something that you could outsource. I do talk about outsourcing in this lesson series. Also, if you’re interested we can give you more personal direction in my group coaching club.

        Reply
    3. polski psycholog szwecja

      Fantastic post however I was wondering if you could write a litte mokre oon this subject?
      I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit further.

      Kudos!

      Reply
    4. Jay Bergers III

      What about building it with OP 2.0 ?
      Do you still need to purchase member software that integrates with Optimize Press 2.0 ?
      If yes, could you comment briefly re: how to proceed? I am currently a $97 month subscriber.
      Thanks!
      Jay

      Reply
      1. Eric Post author

        You do not need to purchase additional membership software if you’re using OP to run your membership site. You can use their OptimizeMember add-on, which is included. Alternatively, you could purchase and use an additional membership plugin such as WishList in conjunction with the OP theme. But if the OP membership features are sufficient for what you need, then you don’t need to buy anything additional.

        Reply

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