Now that you’ve created your site and have taken into account the feedback of your first set of members, it’s time to start promoting to a wider audience. We’ve published lots of useful content covering this topic, including some simple SEO strategies for membership sites, as well as a guide to creating a buzz around your program. Then there’s social media marketing to consider, not to mention starting a blog to attract more of your target audience.
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!
Asking members to login to the member site allows you to tailor the user experience to each member. With user-specific access you have the ability to remember what content they’ve subscribed to, what content they’ve accessed, and possibly what content they’ve favorited or completed. You can also provide quizzes and lessons to truly personalize the experience. This controlled membership area provides a very customized experience that enhances the user’s interaction with the website and builds engagement.
Recent Examples on the Web Fortunately, most of the following checklist items are reasonably easy to implement, without requiring much heavy lifting. — Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Follow these steps to keep your personal finances in check during the coronavirus pandemic," 29 Mar. 2020 In Seattle, officials are distributing hygiene kits and provide tips and checklists on prevention to shelter operators. — Popular Science, "COVID-19 could hit homeless communities hard," 18 Mar. 2020 In Seattle, officials are distributing hygiene kits and provide tips and checklists on prevention to shelter operators. — Michael Cousineau, The Conversation, "Coronavirus could hit homeless hard, and that could hit everyone hard," 13 Mar. 2020 True, the building was missing a few amenities: doorman, garage, gym (all must-haves on Henderson’s original checklist). — Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "Shawn Henderson Turned This Turn-of-the-Century NYC Apartment Into a Hidden Gem," 10 Mar. 2020 Most significantly, the copilot had had difficulty locating checklists and performing in emergency scenarios. — Fortune, "After first 737 Max crash, why did Boeing’s pilot warning fail to stop second plane from going down?," 9 Mar. 2020 The second document provided a checklist that included developing contingency plans, establishing key relationships across communities, providing supplies to prevent spread at events and planning for staff absences. — Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Elections Commission issues guidance on coronavirus ahead of April election," 6 Mar. 2020 Since tackling your entire house and yard at once can be overwhelming, take things one step at a time by following this checklist. — Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Follow This Spring Yard Clean Up Checklist to Make Your Patio and Lawn Summer-Ready," 29 Jan. 2020 Elevator buttons have been added to the checklist, too. — Sarah Mervosh, New York Times, "These 4 People Are Facing the Coronavirus Head-on," 12 Mar. 2020