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Building your “list” with AWeber

We’ve been discussing alot about membership sites and one of the most important aspects of membership sites is your email management solution.  AWeber is not only the best email management solution, they offer a wealth of information on their site that is worthy of reading and videos that are well worth your time watching  that will educate you in regards to building your lists and marketing business.  I was reading an article on AWeber today that I thought important enough to share with my readers.  No one knows email lists like AWeber…and, no one does it better.

I was reminded not to try and cut corners when it came to building my email list.  As in any market, there are those that will take advantage of the anxious, impatient, virgin mind of the newbie.  When we’re told that it’s “all in the list”…(that phrase repeatedly appears over and over)…and someone comes offering their prescreened lists and all you have to do is buy one… it’s very tempting to jump on what seems like a great opportunity to build your list overnight and start making sales.

Instead, for the most part, it turns into a nightmare.  I shutter to think that I nearly ordered one of these lists early on.

To check out the article click here…. AWeber It’s definitely worth the read…especially if you’re a newbie.

Some things you just can’t cut corners on…and, building a qualified list is one of them.

Now, I am off to Tampa to visit the grandkids for a few days.  Yep, they will wear me out…but I love it!

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enJoy….

Kathy

Membership Master

If creating a membership site from scratch is your thing, I discovered an awesome series of videos that you can purchase to get  you going on setting up your membership site.   Membership Master is a collection of 8 Professionally recorded videos that will teach you everything you need to know about setting up your own membership site and installing AmemberPro.  This series will get you through the tough technical issues you encounter when setting up a membership script.

Among other things…you will learn:

  1. what tools you need before you start
  2. how to plan your site out
  3. how to set up and organize your download and welcome page
  4. how to set up a Word Press blog
  5. how to set up a forum
  6. how to install the AMemberPro membership script…this is where it gets technical and could be a major road block if you are not proficient in techie stuff.  Let Dave get you past all those kinks with his step by step video.
  7. how to create products and protect your files with the script
  8. testing your membership site to make sure it works

These videos were created by the Master himself, Dave Nicholson…who has created many successful membership sites.  The cost is exceptionally good at $47.00 for an instant download.  That’s for the entire video package.  Of course Dave has promised a complete refund if you are not happy with your package.

If Amember Pro is your choice of subscription software this video series is for you.

Membership Master

Till next time….

Kathy

Ideas for Membership Sites…

Membership sites are truly the trend.  If you don’t believe me, just Google membership sites and see what others are saying.  Today, let’s explore some ideas for membership sites.

As always, it’s easy to feel a sort of ‘block’ the minute we assign a task to our minds such as coming up with a theme for our site.  So, let’s loosen that block and get those juices flowing.

Start writing down all the things you are passionate about.  What excites you and gets your adrenaline flowing?  Do you have any specific skills and the ability to teach these to others?  How about that hobby of yours that people rave about? These ideas are your comfort zone.  Staying with a topic you are passionate about will keep you interested, which will translate to great content for your membership site.

Remember, we are looking at membership sites as long term.  There will be on going research and diligent effort in keeping your members interested.  Different than writing a book where you put the information down once and move onto something else.

Some of the wisest gurus are setting up membership sites as their retirement income.  There is a model of  a membership site that teaches a course and can last a defined amount of time, let’s say 12 months to complete the course.  But we’re going to focus on long term membership sites.

Below I’ve listed some ideas that would make great membership sites.  Maybe you can find your niche topic within them or they at least will loosen you up enough to see how wide spread the possibilities are.

Health/medical….always a hot topic and one that is researched a great deal on the net

Family/parenting….now, that’s a subject that will never go away.  Use the skills you have obtained through experience to help others.  New parents are always looking for guidance and we all know that children are our most prized asset.

Caring for the Elderly….the age span of humans is on the rise.  Can you help others with this growing trend?

Travel…this field literally covers the world.  Have you been in a business where you traveled alot?  Can you share ideas and tips about certain locations?

Employment….unemployment is on the rise and people are seeking help in finding jobs, writing resumes and any tips that could give them an edge in landing employment.  Do you have some expertise in this area, or maybe you’ve experienced job loss yourself and found a shortcut to finding that perfect job.  An interactive forum would be ideal for these members.

Starting a business….with huge corporations folding every day, there are more and more people looking to start their own business.

Entertainment….with all the stress related issues going on in people’s lives, some light hearted entertainment might just be the ticket.  Start a paid membership site for music or movie downloads for example.

This list could go on and on.  The topics I’ve listed, are broad range topics, most of them have numerous niches within those niches.

Still can’t come up with an idea?  Here’s a few examples of membership sites that I have come across that I must admit even surprised me.  It just might help to loosen that mental block.

Bounce Houses

Sharing fishing tales

Dog Trainer Club

Public Domain Central

Drawing Tutorials

Some of these are monthly subscriptions, some bi-monthly and some yearly.  In every case, they are earning the owner money.  The possibilities are endless.

Do you see the potential for yourself?

To your success….

Kathy

The Value of Membership Sites….

There is an online business model I’d like you to get acquainted with.  This business model is Membership Sites.  Although Membership Sites have been around for sometime now, the past few years have seen a huge leap in the amount of  Membership Sites online.

Membership sites can come in many forms.  They can be totally free sites requiring only a sign up.  Or, they can be paid Membership Sites requiring a sign up and a recurring payment. Payments can be once a month, every three months or whatever payment structure you decide on….depending on what the  market dictates.  Sometimes Membership Sites are free but offer a paid upgrade (such as a gold membership) with more info, videos etc.  Once the sign up is complete your reader is mailed a password for entrance.  Some Membership Sites include a forum where you can share ideas with others and develop relationships.  Personally I think adding a forum can be a very important element as people then get connected to others and it becomes a circle of friends….beyond just the business model.

The beauty of a paid Membership site is obvious…recurring residual income….not to be confused with passive income because it does require on going attention and work.  But, the beauty of it is this….your work reaches all your readers at one time through your Membership site.  This creates leveraged income.  Leveraged income delivers value to one person or a group of people at the same time.

How many people can you reach with your Membership site?

We are all familiar with musicians and actors…they often receive residual income for a product they produced one time such as a CD or movie.  The same principles apply to paid Membership sites.  Your customer signs up once and they are billed on an on going basis….producing recurring income for you.  Get enough readers interested in your topic to sign up and stay signed up and you can create quite a nice recurring income for yourself.  And, retire early…  😉

The trick isn’t so much to get your readers to sign up….but to retain your readers once they do sign up!

Membership sites do take monitoring…and continual great content to keep your readers coming back.  You can write your own content or outsource some or all of it depending on your budget…or possibly some of both.  If you are really passionate about your topic, writing your own posts will allow your personality and passion to show through and that’s something that your readers will connect with.  Readers feel more than we give them credit for and “feeling” someone’s passion through your content can be addictive to your readers.

Bottom line is you want to keep your readers.  They are your cash cow.  Keep them happy…and hungry…always looking forward to coming  back for more.  They signed up to your site to learn something…teach them well, and they will come…and stay.

Create enough residual, recurring income for yourself….and the lifestyle of your dreams will manifest.  More importantly you create FREEDOM for yourself.  You are no longer tied to a brick and mortar environment but can operate your business from any where in the world that you can get an Internet connection.

Now that’s freedom!  Next we’ll continue our exploration into Membership Sites and the value they add to your life….and finances.  😉

To your FREEDOM and mine,

Kathy

What a valuable piece of information….

Checked into my email this morning to find a nice gift.  You just never know what might be lurking behind that mail click.  To my surprise this morning was a lead to a page that listed 556 resources for online success.  This is as comprehensive as it gets.  I haven’t had time to go through the list and check each link out, but I can easily see the value in this golden gem.

Using your time wisely is one of the most valuable aspects of success.  No doubt this is going to save me hours of search and you can be sure I am going to keep this list close at hand to reference.

Many thanks to Keith for sharing such valuable information.  I am constantly amazed at the incredible minds I have aligned myself with.  That’s an important message too.  Read that sentence again.

If you are a beginner…or even a seasoned pro, aligning yourself with those ahead of you on this journey is as important as any aspect of this business.  Never for once believe you know it all.  Always stay in the position of student…even while you are teaching and you will continue to learn.  Believe you know it all….and soon….in the big picture, you will know nothing.

Learn from others, share what you know…and success will follow!

That’s living the laws folks.  Give and receive….and so it goes….  😉

Check it out.

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Thanks again Keith!

EnJOY,

Kathy

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