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How To Start A Successful Membership Website

Aug 20, 2008
The start-up costs and running costs of a membership site are minimal if you know what you are doing. The reason online membership sites are so successful is that people are more than willing to part with money in order to gain valuable content. Many niches can convert into a successful membership site including business information, how to make money, personals, entertainment, sports coaching, marketing services, weight loss and dieting help.

Subscribers are will to part with anywhere from $9.95 a month to $19.95, and if the site is really unique and valuable as much as $200 a month.

There is plenty of stretching room in the world of membership sites as the current statistic states that only 9% of online users currently belong to a membership site. Because the WWW is an international marketplace anyone, anywhere can start and profit from a membership site.

Individuals wanting to start a membership site should understand that there are 4 key steps that they must take in order to start a successful membership site.

Step 1 - They need to target the correct market for their topic area.

Step 2 - The content should be unique and valuable. If the information is not found anywhere else online than you will be able to pull in subscribers without much effort other than advertising the fact that your content is unique.

Step 3 - You need to find subscribers by generating quality traffic such as getting good search engine positioning, using pay-per-click, using joint ventures, utilizing Ezines, affiliate programs and viral marketing.

Step 4 - You need to involve you membership in the learning process by adding tools and services such as software, ebooks, resources, and give-aways. When you provide tools and services along with your valuable content you are giving members everything they need in one place, which adds value to your site.

Do you have a special skill or interest that you can turn into a profitable membership site? Can you find unique, content that members would be willing to pay to receive?

Starting a profitable membership will be exciting, rewarding and fun. You will need to understand what is involved in setting up the site and how to maintain it. There are many things to plan for including auto-responders, automated sign-ups, credit card processing, automated cancellations and website content that is continuous.

You will not only profit monetarily from your membership site but you will also learn a lot too as you go through the process of setting up the site and running it. You too can run a successful membership site. Seek out as much information as you can about membership sites, what makes them successful, and how to run them before you dive in. The more knowledge you have the easier it will be for you to start your own membership site.
About the Author
Tom Williamsen is an membership site expert.
Find out more about his membership website ebook and script here: http://www.yourmembershipwebsite.com
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