Having known Jason personally, I can attest to the fact that he is an action taker. When he gets an idea, he doesn’t sit around and think about it for very long. He serves his market and does it well. They’ve done a great job of building up a real community around what they do. It is obviously a great market. And so, they have a 7-figure membership site that you’d likely never guess if you were judging from the public-facing site alone.
This post was originally written in 2015 and then fully updated in 2019. 2 of the sites previously mentioned were dead or inactive, so have been replaced. The other sites had changed their strategy somewhat. So, what you see below is a fully updated list of 10 membership sites, from all kinds of different niches. Let’s see what we can learn. Enjoy!
Scott runs a podcast as well as a blog, so content marketing is a big part of their promotional strategy. However, as I’ve seen with several sites so far, this free content isn’t found until you scroll down to the site’s footer. The main top navigation is all about offer and the paid side of the site. This is definitely an interesting idea. As a “blog guy”, my instinct has always been to have that content front-and-center right at the top. Clearly, it can work the other way, too.
When looking for non-Chinese suppliers, bear in mind that alternative sourcing markets may not be able to produce all product categories like China does. However, in certain categories these countries may be competitive so you can try to source these categories for your business in the long term. For example, India specializes in home products, gifts, eco-friendly products, cotton-based textiles & fabrics, apparel, leather and so on.
In response, some people choose terribly cumbersome names. They find out that “Tshirt.com” is taken and then learn that “HockeyTshirt.com” is also taken. So they create an unworkable domain name like VeryCool-HockeyTshirt.com. Not only is it too long, it contains a hyphen, which should be avoided (some users forget to put them in, sending them to your competitor’s site.)
Google Sheets beat Microsoft to the punch and introduced a Checkbox as one of the Data Validation options. You can go to Insert > Checkbox to quickly create one, and you can customize it by going to Data > Data Validation. I've updated most of the Google Sheets versions of my checklists to use that feature. I hope Excel gets smart and introduces a similar feature some day.
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Consequently, it’s vital you do all you can to serve those members who’ve invested in your program. Adding a help desk system to your website can improve communication, while creating new and varied forms of content for your membership site is sure to increase the perceived value of your program. You can also implement tools like Churn Buster, which can reduce the risk of satisfied members involuntarily quitting your site—something you may not even be aware is happening.
Be aware that your URL affects your search engine ranking, so if you want to be found for “shoe,” it’s a good idea to fit “shoe” into your domain name. One way to do this is to use your brand name along with a keyword term. So MillerShoe tends to work better than FantasticShoe.com. (Which is why MillerShoe is taken, but FantasticShoe is still available.)
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Focusing on acquiring new members is a key part of creating and maintaining a successful membership site. But perhaps even more important is keeping existing members happy. For starters, it’s probably easier to keep a member than find a new one. Then there’s the invaluable word-of-mouth marketing happy members contribute, not to mention the damage to your reputation unhappy members can do.
They have a public Courses page which showcases some of the major courses from their library right out in the open. It looks like each course shown has it’s own landing page and is available for sale separately. This is a similar strategy that I use here at Blog Marketing Academy where certain courses are available separately. Each one functions as a front-end offer, essentially, with the upgrade to full membership as an upsell. They’re then positioning the membership as the obvious money-saving option.
So far coronavirus has had many implications for (global) ecommerce. Transport routes have been disrupted due to areas across China being quarantined. Many staff employed at warehouses have been unable to work. There have been reports of factory closures, parcel or shipment restrictions and significant delays on items from some manufacturing areas.
An online business, one that’s not based on services, will involve selling a product. One of the least used features for building a community around products that business owners ignore is creating a membership platform. Businesses can use it to promote new ideas, reach a community of users who would willingly test your ideas and products, and create a community of people who will willingly encourage others to use your products and your ideas for the betterment of their own.
In professional diving, checklists are used in the preparation of equipment for a dive, and to ensure that the diver and life support systems are fully prepared before they enter the water. To a lesser extent, checklists are used by a minority of recreational divers, and by a larger proportion of technical divers during pre-dive checks. Studies have shown checklists to be effective at reducing the number of errors and consequent incidents.