If you have been around the make money online world or even simply trying to make some quick cash, you may have noticed that membership sites are one of the most lucrative business models especially when it comes to internet marketing.
In fact creating my own free membership site is one of my projects for the year 2010. So why I am creating it for free? Simple. My goal is to simply build my own list out of those folks who will sigh up for the freebies on that membership site.
You see, free membership sites offer a powerful way to build a mailing list, because visitors prefer them to other free offers, such as eBooks or software tools.
Can you make money offering freebies? This is where the popular phrase “money is in the list” applies. You can offer free valuable gifts in exchange for their email add and other contact details.
You may not be making an upfront income but you can later make money from the list of targeted folks who download your free gifts.
Another beauty of having your own list is that you can be earning a recurring income as long as you can offer them really useful and valuable products or services.
So, how to create a paid or even just a free membership site?
If you are a skilled programmer and web developer you can easily develop your money making membership website.
Of course for average internet marketers who can understand HTML and PHP codes they can make it by hand but it is time consuming. I actually went through this route and needless to say that it cost me a week or two trying to weave the whole membership site.
But there’s an easy solution to this common problem.
And for folks who can’t understand those web designing codes, there are a lot of easy to use membership software and scripts being sold out there.
I can refer a lot of software and scripts that you can use to create your own freebies site but most of it comes with a very expensive package. For this post I can only mention one powerful script that you can use to create your own instant membership site.
I said “instant” because you can quickly set up your members’ area in just minutes without having to spend a lot time fiddling with the codes.
And one thing more these memberships sites are integrated with WordPress! This means that it will easily enable WP blog owners to convert their site into content rich membership websites. So here are the top wordpress membership plugins.
eMember pluginWordPress eMember – Client support for this WP membership plugin is served via a support forums and tutorials. It’s currently only available in a single site license but your purchase includes free lifetime updates and unlimited support instances. Stand out features include the ability to restrict posts and pages per member level, category based access restriction, and a complete member management area.
WishList Member – An exceptional WP membership plugin that comes in two different licenses (single, unlimited sites) and a 30-day money back guarantee. Notable features include a shopping cart, multiple payment gateways, custom login pages, the ability to display partial content for different member levels, and more. One year of unlimited customer support is provided through a support ticket system, video tutorials, and numerous instructional guides.
Easy Member Pro – Nowadays setting up a membership site has become exceedingly easy – with the help of various types of software and platforms. The first two software mentioned above depend highly on the hosted WordPress platform. Now, if you don’t want to use WordPress because of of it’s inherent security issues, then Easy Member Pro is the best recommend software to run a paid membership site.