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Updated from October 27, 2016 – February 10, 2020

Have you thought about starting a membership site?

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Why Run A Membership Site?

You may have heard that it’s a way to grow your business,  bringing in a reliable revenue. But what are the pros and cons?

Starting a Membership Site is an idea that many people are looking for today, for good a good reason.Membership or Course



 Membership with a community of like-minded people might be in Your future.

or – Perhaps a course would suit you better? The answer depends on the need.

What do you want to see in your life  going forward in this age of COVID-19? What do you want to create in the future for you and your family? Can you see your dreams come true ?- if you have the money to do it.

What is in store in your life concerning money? What income do you want to create? Do you see fun times ahead with friends or family? Would that even be possible?  Do you want to make money online? Do you have a strategy to do it with?

How do you want to create a difference?
How can you contribute to your community? Contribute to a charity? Personal growth or maybe more spirituality? What would you like to see happen? What can you create? What career goal images pop up?

What things would you like to do?  What would you like to do to make that happen? What do you see yourself doing?

Want to wake up each morning feeling grateful for all that you have? Not having to punch a time clock at work?  working for someone else instead of for yourself? Been there, did that, for many years. I was never happy doing that type of work, and I tried many different types of work.

What to do:

– Write it all down in your day timer with a dated deadline.  Use a scheduler like Asana or Trello and schedule it all to be done… and do it. Do your research on starting a membership site or writing courses. It is not the same.

Either of these strategies, a membership site or creating a Course is the ultimate way to make money online. The dream is to be self-reliant, work from home, and base all of your business online. In theory, this is a great idea… and it can be done. I learned from others who have done it. Here is what I found….

Creating a Course First

Before creating a membership site you may be interested in doing a simple course to start with. Later it could be incorporated into a membership course along with other content such as videos.

The Best Online Course Building  brand software for WordPress is  Thrive Suite or Thrive Apprentice 

Co-Founder, Owner Oct 2014 to present  day of Thrive Themes is Shane Melaugh. From his Linkedin profile  he states that his skills lie in business strategy, marketing analysis and skill/talent development under which he creates conversion focused WordPress themes and plugins.

You can also Create  Pro courses with this plugin straight from your WordPress dashboard.
Course vs Membership

With the power of Thrive Apprentice you can boost your subscribers by quickly creating free online courses as lead magnets, or when used with your membership plugin, create paid courses that integrate seamlessly with  your site.


I have a paid membership with Thrive Themes. I have purchased many of their  excellent products. I am an affiliate as well.


A Membership Site…

This type of business site is obvious in that you produce a residual income and because almost 70% of your members will be recurring members, then you don’t have to focus so much attention on attracting new clients. You really appreciate your members and you show it.

Membership Sites my  Related article


A Membership Site

IVORY MIX   Take it slow and concentrate on building these elements one and a time. You’ll be up and running in no time!


VIP Membership  


A membership site that I belong to is  Ivory Mix with it’s membership site:  My affiliate link. Also great article tech tools.

One of the ways people can achieve this is through the creation and running of a membership site. By running a membership site you will obtain a reliable monthly income and a large group of people that look forward to what you have to say and who trust what you do online. You know, that know like and trust factor.

For these people, you are an expert in your field and a person that can be relied on, and that is what every Internet marketer is looking for,  an expert who can help them.  Kayla Butler heads the Ivory Mix Membership. She teaching recurring income in a very fun way!

The Benefits of a Membership Web Site

It is every internet marketers dream to have a large group of people who KLT you. That stands for “know, like and trust “. You can achieve this through a website membership. Once you have created these bonds, then you can market your own products or affiliate products to these members, so not only do you get the residual income from the fee you charge, but you also sell other products to your select group of people. Having an affiliate component where others can sell to prospective members and receive an affiliate pay is the ideal.

As your membership grows, so will the opportunities that come your way. People will see you as the expert in your field and other people will want to join, as well as marketers who will want to advertise with you. Also  have you promote their products and you will also earn a commission from those products. This means you will receive bigger and better business opportunities.


Closing Thoughts

Whichever way you go with your business, a membership site, or setting up several courses, it’s all up to you to decide. Everyone is different and no two businesses are the same. What works for one, does not necessarily work for another.  If you would like to discuss this, I offer a free 20 min consult by appointment on my contact page. Happy to chat with you on Zoom.


About Kathryn Maclean https://www.facebook.com/KathrynRMaclean/
I am a long time blogger with WordPress /domains & hosting for web development. I am a certified Social Media Campaign specialist using Facebook, Instagram,Twitter, & Pinterest.


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  1. Hi Kathryn

    You are right. I see that the best way to make an impact in your community is to gather like minded individuals. Thanks so much for this insight. Take Care

    1. Hi ikechi,
      Yes having a community with people who are interested in what you are is the way to go.
      Putting it all together in a membership site is a great idea.
      Thanks for your comments.

  2. I’ve had an internal struggle going on for months now about whether or not to set up a membership program. Just to be clear, I’m talking about paid membership. I have my business model, name, domain, content plan, and already know there’s strong interest from my subscribers so I’m SO close, but something is still making me commitment shy. Well, I am just about to kick off a 30 challenge to breaking self-limiting beliefs, so I guess I know what my personal challenge will be! 🙂

    1. Hi Marquita,
      Sounds like you are close to a decision. Wonder what might be making you commitment shy?
      After your 30 day challenge you might be ready.
      Best of luck, thanks for your comments.

  3. Hi Joy,
    Thank you so much.
    If I can help her out with what I know about membership sites I am more that happy to do so.
    Thanks for your comments!

  4. Hi Deborah,
    That sound great! It will be done as well as your blogs I am sure.
    Support website for artists and creative people. Wonderful!

    Let me know if I can be of help. Thanks for your comments.

  5. Well hello Emebu,
    I am glad to be able to help you with membership site info.
    You will find that PAC is a very helpful group.
    See you around the group. Thanks for your comments.

  6. I have come so close to doing this but there are a couple of things I would like to master before I put more time into something else. There’s an outline in my head and maybe sometime in 2017. Thanks for sharing the value of membership sites.

    1. Hi Lydia, Glad to share info on membership sites.
      For 2017 put it into your calendar when you start planning for the new year.
      Planning is key.

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