How to Start and Run a Profitable Membership Website

You have decided to make a living online, but you are still a bit stuck on where to begin. Someone mentioned Adsense, CPA, and a host of other ways to get started and you feel overwhelmed. Why not stick with a proven business model that has worked for a countless number of Internet Entrepreneurs: Membership Websites. Whether you know it or not, you actually belong to a membership website already. Do you have an account on Facebook, MySpace or Twitter? There you go, you belong to a membership website.

So, how can you catch in on the new found craze for membership websites all over the World Wide Web? By starting your very own membership website. Why should you start your own website? You need to start membership websites because they are the rave of the Internet these days, and if you don’t start your own membership website, you may be leaving a lot of money on the table.

People love membership websites because they like the fact that the membership site has a limited membership. They like exclusive! Membership websites rarely allow foul language of flaming and people like that f95zone. On open websites there is not usually a monitor that forbids bad behavior or bad language and is no administrator is there to enforce the rules.

In starting a membership website, you could either use the free model or the paid model, or a combination of the two.

In the free model, you don’t require members to pay any fees to join your membership website. All that they are required to supply is their name and email address, and probably other contact information like street address, and phone number godaddy email. The main purpose of starting a free membership website is to build an opt-in list that you can later market relevant products to. Of course, even in a free membership website, you must still supply relevant content to keep your members happy, so that they won’t unsubscribe from your list.

The other business model for membership websites is the paid model. This model is the most lucrative, as members pay you a recurring fee (usually monthly) to be a member of your web site. It is here that you have the opportunity to actually start profiting almost immediately.

Now let’s talk about the advantages of actually owning a (paid) membership website and there are many, many reasons. One of the main reasons can be summed up in just two beautiful words; recurring income. Every single month the very same people pay you. You don’t have to sell them anything, they’re already sold.

Recurring income adds up fast, too. For example; if you have a membership website that charges $29.95 per month that means that over the course of one year you will make $359.40 from EACH MEMBER and with NO additional overhead expenses. It’s like a money tree!

Additionally, the owner of a membership website does NOT have to scramble for website content constantly. The members supply all of the content that is needed and they PAY the website owner to do it! What’s not to like? 
A membership website is a site that members find safe, interesting and satisfying and a membership website is a site that the owner finds profitable, cheap to run in both time and money. Membership websites are the wave of the 21st century because they work and they create a win/win situation for both owners and members! 

These days, it doesn’t make sense to pay a lot of dough to host your Web site. I am going to give you three alternatives that won’t cost you more than $5 a month. All three are great for people who don’t have a lot of HTML coding expertise and don’t want to shell out the big bucks to pay for graphic designers and programmers. I have built sites using all three methods and while they do have their limitations, they are all acceptable for handling the basics, and in some cases will do a lot more advanced things as well.

Let’s start off with GoDaddy. First, we choose whatever dotcom name your little heart desires, and hopefully is still available.. Next, we take a look at what GoDaddy offers for its own Web hosting plans. If you go to their sign-up page online, you will see lots of choices. Pick the Economy Plan for Linux. If you want to host more than one domain from the same server, you would pick the Deluxe Plan. You can get a better deal for two-year contracts if you call their customer support line rather than signing up online. Still, it works out to $5 a month, on top of the registrar fee to register your domain.

Why Linux? Because we will be using their WordPress..org installation, and that works better on Linux. You don’t need to know anything about Linux to run your site, you get the same great features of having a world-class blogging platform that you have with a WordPress.com hosted site, and you can do a lot more with it as well.