Why Are Membership Sites Hot?
There are many reasons why membership sites are hot right now. Many people are discovering how profitable membership sites are and the word is spreading.
The main reason why membership sites are so popular right now is that they are a very easy and profitable way to sell information online. The information can be in any form such as software, articles, games, and ebooks, even music. Membership sites allow access to this information through a password-protected site. Pay-for-content is a really hot revenue vehicle. Content is king and people are really willing to pay in order to get good content. Those who own the membership sites earn recurring income from those who subscribe to the site. Did you know that Americans spend over 2 billion dollars a year on online content?
Membership sites continue to produce income month after month. The ones that make the most income are those that have hot topics, give unique content, use viral marketing to start a snowball of subscribers, have a site that is easy to use, with tons of valuable content.
Features and advantages of a membership site include the presence of a forum where people who have something in common can gather to exchange ideas. Forums are excellent places to learn from others so you don't make the same mistakes.
Individuals can find sources of unique and reliable content that is valuable.
The interaction between members is also valuable because it allows the members to become attached to the membership site so that they continue to find value there and keep on coming back.
A good membership site will provide at least the basics about the particular niche topic that the site revolves around.
The membership site should help members to reduce their learning curve on the given topic of the site.
Members should find all they need about the topic inside the membership site.
The membership site should allow members to do things much faster and easier because they are using the site.
The members should not have to go out and buy additional resources, as the membership site should provide everything they need on that particular topic.
A good membership site will utilize Adsense to either generate decent revenue or in order to reap rewards for providing unique content to its members.
Good membership sites provide revenue and value while providing knowledge to those interested in that particular topic or niche. Membership sites can make leaders rather quickly if they have excellent content.
What kind of person would want to run a membership site? Someone who is passionate about something and wants to share his knowledge or someone who is an expert at something and feels that people would benefit from that knowledge or even someone who is really serious about making a lot of money online.
Membership sites sell content to those interested in the focus of the site. Individuals pay to have access to this information. Typically the member's area is a password-protected area of a Website. The content contained in the member's area can be articles, ebooks, videos, CDs, DVDs, Teleseminars, Software, games, even music.
Why, you ask, are people willing to pay for information when the Internet is such a highway of FREE information? Let us examine the Internet for a moment in order to answer that question. You do not need permission to place information on the Internet and anyone can put up a Web page with information on it and no one checks it for accuracy. It is true that there is a lot of free information on the Internet, but is it quality information? Most memberships are not only giving their members quality information the site provides information that is not found online. The information may come from experts in the field, or it may come from those doing the activity or those who have access to valuable information about a topic. Pay-for content is a hot revenue maker at this time and it is projected to be an excellent way to generate a solid income for many years to come as membership sites are just now taking off and there is still a wide-open field of topics yet to be covered by membership sites. People are willing to part with their hard earned income to the tune of $2 billion dollars in the U.S. in 2007. This amount will increase as more membership sites pop up.
In answer to our question, who would want to run a membership site?” lots of people have already said, I do! They come from all walks of life, some to share a hobby with other enthusiasts, some to teach as a mentor or a coach, and still others to impart skill or share knowledge with others. Perhaps after reading this article you too might answer the question with a resounding, “I would like to run a membership site!”
If you do join the many Website owners who are making money with a membership site, you will reap the rewards of residual income as members pay you month after month or make yearly payments to you, if you offer that choice. You will also be rewarded with the knowledge that you too are sharing valuable quality content with your members by providing products or a service to them.
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