Quick Tips on How to Start a WordPress Membership Site

Quick Tips on How to Start a WordPress Membership Site

Starting a membership site is an excellent way to explode your earnings, while also bringing in a monthly or annual source of income in the process. However, starting a membership site isn’t as easy as throwing up a new WordPress site, installing a few plugins and calling it a day. Actually, millions of membership sites are started every year, but only a small fraction of them will find success. This is mainly due to the fact that membership sites need paying customers to keep them alive — and this is where most site owners and marketers go wrong.

The good news is that there are plenty of tools and resources out there to help you with the pre-planning and setup process before you get started — all of which I will be providing for you below.

Create a Membership Site

Quick Tips, Tools, and Resources for Building Your First Membership Site

If you’ve ever wanted to start a membership site of your own, you will know there is are lot of options to choose from. Everything from what type of content you will be offering, how much you will charge for access, and also how you will build your site so you can store and lock content for members only. I’m going to cover most of these topics and questions in detail for you below.


1 – Why should/shouldn’t you build a membership site?

The most common reason to start a membership site is because you have some form of premium content to offer and also want to make money from it. At the same time, a membership or community-based site can bring a lot of loyal to your brand following. If this is something you already have in place, the overall success of your membership site is much more likely to happen.

However, before jumping the gun and going live with your site right away, there are many things you should be thinking about — such as;

  • Do you have the time, resources, and focus to make a membership site work?
  • Is there enough value offered through your program for an audience to pay?
  • How large of a niche audience can your membership site attract and is there a market for it?
  • What is the end goal for your membership, and how can you scale it over time?

Another thing to consider is why you are creating your membership site in the first place. If you are simply going after the money, this might be an immediate cause for concern. It’s extremely hard to convert a free content/blogging audience into a paying audience. Be sure to consider all options (and split test where possible), before actually going live with a membership site.


2 – Tools and Resources to Build a Membership Site

Having considered launching a few membership sites over the years, I’ve spent hundreds of hours considering all of the different options out there. Since I already use WordPress for most of my sites, this is something I wanted to stay consistent with — yet there are still many alternatives, options and WordPress plugins to choose from. MemberPress, Memberium, WooCommerce Memberships, S2Member and MemberMouse are some of the most popular solutions on the market today. I recommend taking a look at this article on top membership plugins for a full review on each.

But don’t forget… each of these solutions are just one component to your membership site and how your content is set up. You will also need to look at different options and solutions for payment methods, engagement, tracking, content creation and much more. Here are some top solutions on the market today.

  • Paypal / Stripe – These are two of the best payment processors out there. Nearly everyone already has access to Paypal, but not all solutions are compatible with it, or provide enough options for customer payment. When Paypal isn’t your best option, don’t forget about Stripe, which makes accepting credit cards and online payments easy — while also now being more compatible with most membership platforms.
  • GetResponse / Aweber – Don’t even think about launching your membership site without an email platform in place as well. While people will be paying to access your membership site, it will be important to keep them updated with any news, changes and notifications you may want to send out to all members.
  • YouTube / Vimeo – A great majority of membership sites are now focus on video content. When choosing your video hosting platform, be sure to choose one that offers premium video hosting, tracking capabilities and the option to remove ads and embed video. YouTube and Vimeo are two of the top names out there when it comes to video hosting for membership sites.


3 – Content Creation and Audience Engagement

As mentioned earlier, the end goal of your membership site should be to provide extreme value over whatever else it is you are currently offering. In most cases, when you see a private community or membership online in the blogging or online marketing space, it’s because they are providing step-by-step tutorials and guides on how to accomplish something — in much more detail than what they might be offering to their general site or social media audience. This is also something we have been seeing lately with many gurus and experts within their own space, mainly because it’s a lot easier to set up a membership site than ever before. Names like James Wedmore and Chalene Johnson have launched their own membership sites and online courses through a solution like Kajabi, which is an all-in-one solution for creating and selling content online.

With all of this in mind, it’s important to consider your options and how you want to provide value to your audience. A perfect example of this would be to offer individual modules and courses within your membership area — both through written content and online video. An added bonus to paying members only should be a weekly or monthly video chat session. It’s also a great idea to offer some type of Facebook Group engagement where everyone can chat and meet on another platform outside of just your individual membership site.

As your audience and member base continues to grow, always ask what type of content or improvements they would like to see. After all, your members are the most important component of your membership site.


4 – Promotion of Your Membership Site

Once you’ve created your membership site and done a soft launch to bring in a few members, it’s important that you have an outreach and marketing plan in place. Membership sites are extremely tough to grow in size, as you need to actively convert free audiences into paying customers. At the same time, if you have a slow growing membership and an audience that isn’t participating, this in itself can be enough to bring the downfall of your precious community.

Here are a few ideas to bring some life and promotion to your membership site.

  • Email – Always take advantage of the power of email marketing and those who may already be subscribed to your mailing list. If someone already gave their email address to subscribe to your content, there is a good chance they would pay for your premium content as well.
  • Content Block – If you already have a website or blog, be sure to make different areas of your site more exclusive than others. Not only will this provide more content for your premium members, it will also draw a lot of interest from your free users as well.
  • Affiliate Program – Depending on the niche market you are in and they type of community you are trying to grow, launching an affiliate program might be a great idea for your membership site. With an affiliate program of your own, you can partner up with other sites in your industry and offering them a commission for each new member they send to your site.
  • Podcasts and Interviews – Participate in podcasts and expert interviews on other sites. This will allow you to show off your expertise and reach new audiences — thus further growing your reach and membership base.

No matter how big or small your membership site may be, implementing each of these methods can result in a huge member increase over the life of your community and marketing efforts.

How to Build a Membership Site Infographic

Special thanks to Become a Blogger for their infographic below. I always like to break down the steps of how something is accomplished, while also including visuals at the same time. Leslie over at Become a Blogger has done an excellent job at covering all of the components of a successful membership site through the infographic below.


Create an Affiliate Store with WooCommerce, WordPress and Datafeedr

Create an Affiliate Store with WooCommerce, WordPress and Datafeedr

Of the many different ways to make money online, one of the hottest crazes right now in the world of affiliate marketing and online business is starting an online store. The reason why this market is so hot right now is that often times you won’t need to hold any inventory, deal directly with customers or even collect payment. This all depends on the type of online store or e-commerce site you want to create, but in short — the technology and software solutions are now in place to make it easy enough for anyone to get set up and live in no time.

One such tool, Datafeedr allows WordPress users to simply, quickly, and seamlessly create an affiliate store by connecting with more than 30 different affiliate networks and 13,000 merchants from around the world.

Let’s take a look at what Datafeedr has to offer, and how you can start earning money with an ecommerce or online store of your own.

Datafeeder Offers a Powerful Suite of WordPress Plugins

We are all already familiar with the success and power of WordPress, but it’s still something I have to stress all the time. The free CMS has created millions of smaller businesses, applications, themes, plugins and much more — ultimately making it possible for anyone to create any type of website or online business they like.

The same applies with Datafeedr and how they have made their integration with WordPress simple, fast and seamless — which allows site owners to focus on the content and promotion of their site, and not the technicalities of setting a custom solution up.

With all of that in mind, Datafeedr provides much more than just integration with WordPress — they are essentially providing a full affiliate marketing and shopping solution out of the box. At the same time, Datafeedr has a wide range of tools and features that they offer to all of their users, but they also have a system in place that allows for the access to individual plugins, components, and features as well. This is where the customization of features really comes into play.

Once connected with Datafeedr, site owners will have access to over 30 affiliate networks and over 13,000 merchants from some 20 countries around the globe. This type of access is a much for anyone looking to compete in the world of online shopping, coupons, e-commerce and product sales.

As an active affiliate, you should instantly recognize many of the names on the supported networks list that Datafeedr works with. Some of the more popular networks on the list include Clickbank, Conversant, Rakuten Linkshare and Shareasale.

To get started with the setup and integration process, site owners will need to connect with the Datafeedr API plugin which allows for integration to your WordPress site. Once this is in place, you can start playing around with the functionality and customization of other plugins offered through Datafeedr.

Creating an Online Store with WooCommerce Integration

As mentioned earlier, WordPress has spawned millions of plugins, businesses, and opportunities for site owners and brands around the world. One of the most popular being WooCommerce, which is a platform to help with the setup of an online store, tracking products and taking in new customers.

This is also where the Datafeedr WooCommerce Importer comes into play, as it will allow site owners to seamlessly integrate the two together while offering access to millions of different products that can be promoted right away.

As with all components of Datafeedr, again there is no need to worry about programming or hiring a designer to get your site or online store up and running. You also won’t need to log in and out of each affiliate network that you want to work with as well — this can all be done right through the platform and plugins being used. In short, through the use of the Datafeedr WooCommerce Importer and it’s built in search feature, site owners can start listing and promoting more than 350 million products across 30+ different affiliate networks, while also working with over 13,000 merchants.

Another added benefit to working with Datafeedr, is that affiliates will earn 100% of their commission and not need to share a portion with outside networks or integration tools. There is also no need to download, import or parse through datafeeds, which can get quite confusing for the average site owner or affiliate marketer. All products are automatically pulled through the Datafeedr plugin and updated as needed from their direct affiliate network or merchants as well.

If all of this sounds a bit confusing, Datafeedr has you covered, as they have a great step-by-step setup guide for working with the WooCommerce Importer. If you are familiar with WordPress, you will have no problem setting this up yourself within a few minutes time.

Creating Product Sets and Comparison Engines with Datafeedr

Keeping with the theme of making the process of setting up an online store as easy and customizable as possible, Datafeedr also offers a Product Sets plugin. This plugin allows for the setup of related products that can easily be imported into your store. This is quite similar to what you might see when shopping on Amazon, where they recommend similar products of interest.

When selecting products to add to your store, all it takes is plugging in the product name, brand, price, if the item is on sale and has an image. This can be seen in the screenshot below as well.

In addition to providing users with the ability to add related products to their site, an even more exciting option is their comparison shopping feature, which is accomplished by using the Comparison Sets plugin. Everyone always wants to save the most money possible, and the best way to accomplish this is to compare prices across a wide range of sites. By providing your audience with this information, you are instantly giving them the best pricing options available, further increasing the likelihood for them to take action on your site — all while earning a commission in the process.

You can see an example of this feature in action above, with the product being available through Wayfair, Overstock, Amazon, and Rakuten. The prices are quite similar, but your audience would definitely appreciate the instant $15 in savings they could get when buying through Wayfair.

There are also plenty of advanced features and customization options for this plugin as well — which includes the ability to create comparison widgets, change currency options, import Amazon locale and set items to display based off specific maximum or minimum sale prices.

Going Live with Datafeedr

To get started with Datafeedr, you can access all of their WordPress plugins for free. Each of them is available through the official WordPress plugin directory, so you can conveniently research and install each of them at your own will. This is just another added benefit of Datafeedr solutions, as you won’t need to download or install the plugins through FTP or mess around with any ZIP files.

Once you are ready to start using any of the integration plugins, you will need to subscribe to one of the Datafeedr API plans. Each plan varies in cost depending on how many API requests you would like to use each month. You can see a full breakdown of each plan below.

Regular pricing plans start at $29/month which allows for up to 1,000 API requests each month and each request can call up to 100 products. The recommended plan is the “Basic Plan”, which allows for up to 25,000 API requests or the $99 professional plan for up to 100,000 API requests. The best way to measure what plan is best for your business and site is to look at your existing traffic and how many products you would like to push.

The option is also there to change your plan at any time, and each also comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.

As mentioned at the beginning of the article, more people are shopping online than ever before. Big brands and affiliate marketers both know this all too well. Datafeedr not only got in ahead of the game and created a revolutionary set of WordPress plugins, they are also making it easier for site owners and affiliates to earn more money in the process by creating advanced online stores of their own.

Head over to Datafeedr today and explore your opportunities with selling online through the power of affiliate marketing.

Rocket Hosting – Super Fast WordPress Hosting that Looks Great!

Rocket Hosting – Super Fast WordPress Hosting that Looks Great!

Rocket Hosting – Super Fast WordPress Hosting that Looks Great!

Written by Zac Johnson

Web hosting is a requirement for every site and blog on the internet today, but not all web hosting platforms are the same. Some are catered to extremely low-end hosting and cost just a few dollars per month, while other are catered specifically to big ecommerce sites that require super fast hosting and lots of storage space and immediate customer support.

Another huge component of web hosting, is knowing what type of platform you are going to power your site with, and how many sites you will be hosting through your preferred solution. This ultimately leads us to our next type of hosting, which is WordPress Hosting.

As WordPress continues to dominate the CMS space and power more sites than any other platform, the demand and need for WP-focused web hosting solutions continues to rise day after day.

And this is exactly what we are seeing with Rocket.net, a web hosting solution built for WordPress users, and created by hosting experts that have already been in the industry for several years now.

With so many different hosting solutions out there to choose from, today we are going to look at Rocket.net Hosting and see why they might be the right choice and best option for your site.

Rocket.net WordPress-Focused Web Hosting

Having been a website creator and owner for more than 20 years now, I can firsthand tell you that the process of choosing the right web hosting can be one of the most annoying and time-consuming processes out there. However, after the decision is made, you likely won’t need to log into your account that often, unless you are adding new sites.

With that being said, when you are choosing a new hosting solution, it’s important to go with a good one so you don’t need to change later on.

Rocket.net is a WordPress-focused hosting solution that has a completely customer user-interface that is extremely easy to use, while also looking quite awesome in comparison to other platforms.

The company was also founded by Ben, Aaron and Josip, whom all have extensive background in the world of web hosting and internet marketing. Through their previous work and experience in this space, they felt was time to create a hosting solution of their own… even with how competitive the market currently is.

And while the hosting market is extremely competitive, Rocket.net also already done a great job of standing out from the crowd, while also keeping their focus purely on WordPress sites and having solid goals and company standards in place.

You can learn more about the team and growth of the company, through the About page on their site.

Rocket.net Hosting and Features

When looking around for a new and reliable hosting solution, there are a few things you should be considering over others. As important as pricing might be to most site owners, the importance of data backups, immediate customer support and a hosting platform that is focused on WordPress, may quickly find their way at the front of your preference sheet.

In the case of Rocket.net, they have all of these areas covered, but they also don’t fall into the ‘few dollars per month’ hosting solutions — and nor should they.

Through the use of the advanced features offered by Rocket (include Free SSL Certificates, Website Firewalls, Full Page Caching, Automated Updates, 200+ Edge Locations and Automated Backups), they are already offering more than most of the competitors out there, while still also being quite competitive on their pricing.

Rocket.net Dashboard Member Area

Another key factor to consider when choosing your web hosting solution, is what the interface and backend looks like. Gone are the days (at least they should be) of logging into a premium hosting solution and seeing the ugly CPanel solution and trying to figure everything out.

Rocket.net has gone with a complete custom solution and interface that makes the process of adding domains, setting up new sites and complete site management super easy — while also being visually appealing.

You can see a screenshot of their member dashboard area below.

Let’s Start a New WordPress Site Using Rocket

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a website site, already have five blogs or even a network of 100+ sites… we’re likely always going to be adding new sites to our hosting at different times.

And with each individual host out there, the process is always the same for connecting a domain name to your hosting account and going live with a new WordPress account (depending on their platform).

While some hosting solutions might not offer WordPress installs at all, and others will offer one-click solutions, Rocket.net has a pretty fancy set up in place… which we will walk through right now.

1) Create New Site

First thing first, you will need to click on the “Create Site” button from your main dashboard area. Then you will be sent to the area shown below, which is where you can add your site name and geographic location.

2) WordPress Site Details

Since WordPress is the focus of Rocket.net hosting, you will likely be using WP with your new site.

To set this up, simply add your requested username, password, email address and language, and also if you would like to include Multi-site Support and WooCommerce.

3) Ready to Go Live!

Now it’s time to go live with your site. After filling out all of the previous content, you will be sent to the new dashboard area for your new domain and site. From here you can click on the “Get Started” button to proceed with the process.

After clicking the “Get Started” button, it’s now just a matter of adding and connecting your domain name to the Rocket.net hosting servers. This is a simple three-step process which the platform walks you through.

If this is your first time walking through the process of setting up a new domain and WordPress site, Rocket.net makes it extremely easy and fast. If you’ve already done this a million times with sites, you will also appreciate the process and breeze right through it.

Rocket.net WordPress Hosting Costs

As most of us already know, web hosting comes in many different shapes and sizes. And along with these shapes and sizes, comes a world of a difference in hosting costs as well.

For example, most shared hosting solutions that offer $5 a month hosting, also require you to pay 12, 24 or even 36 months in advance to secure those prices. That is fine, but if you aren’t looking to pay hundreds upfront, it might not be the best solution. It also might not be ideal, since they are going to stick thousands of shared sites on the same server as well.

Rocket.net has considered all of these factors and have come up with a premium pricing plan that not only fits the needs of site owners, businesses and brands, but also allows for competitive pricing in the process.

WordPress hosting plans start at $25 a month when billed annually, and go up to $166 per month if you need more then 25 sites to be hosted through their platform. As you will notice, the more sites you need, the higher the level of a hosting plan you will need to go with.

* Rocket.net hosting is currently running a launch promotion special where new customers will get their first month of hosting for just $1!

And of course, all Rocket.net WordPress plans come with the super-easy WP install process and Free SSL, CDN and WAF for all hosted sites. If you already have sites hosted elsewhere and would like to move them over to Rocket.net, they offer full migration services for this as well.

Rocket.net Premium Web Hosting Support 

Along with premium hosting being offered by Rocket.net, they also promise to have some of the best customer support options in the industry as well.

Through the use of their email/support tickets, publications and announcements through their blog, a user-friendly Knowledge Base and network status, they are doing a great job already. And if you visit the site or log into your account, you will also notice that have Live Chat options as well.

Rocket.net Hosting for WordPress Sites

The process of starting a new website or blog is always a fun one, no matter how many sites you might already have. But it might not be a fun process if you have a slow web hosting solution that is super aged and not offering the advanced features being highlighted in this Rocket.net hosting review.

In order to create a successful website or blog, you need to have a premium hosting solution that not only can offer services that grow with your site, but also make it an easy and enjoyable process to work with.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out what Rocket.net has to offer and see if they are the right hosting for your site.

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