2 Mistakes That can Kill Your Membership Program

Creating A Successful Membership WebsiteFor a membership program to be successful certain things need to be in place. There are things that can also cause your membership to fail. Let’s look at 2 common mistakes made that can kill your membership program.

Mistake #1 – There is not adequate momentum.
If you want your membership program to be a success you need to have momentum. This means you need to have tons of people that are eager to join.

The minimum number of people you should have ready to sign up is 50. Less than that and it’s not likely to work – your program is likely going to fizzle out. There are few people that will hang on to a dead forum where nothings happening. They want action, information, interesting advice, etc.

There should be at minimum of 10 posts a day happening on your membership site forum. That’s the minimum. You will notice if you can get your membership over a 100 that suddenly things come to life.

Mistake #2 – You start a membership site because you think your idea is good Bottom line – it doesn’t matter what you think is good. It matters whether others have an interest in what your membership site has to offer.

You should be applauded for having the enthusiasm to want to start a membership site, but before you put all of that effort into your idea, make sure what you think is a good idea is really what others are willing to pay to join.

When you start your membership site make sure thatmembers only you take the time to create a buzz before you start your program.

Let’s look at an example. Project 123, created by XYZ is that kind of project that is just begging to be part of a membership program. The place to start is by creating a on buzz on your blog, on Facebook and through other social media channels that builds momentum so that people simply can’t wait to sign up.

That’s two common mistakes that are often made that will cause your membership program to fail. There are plenty of others.

Before you take on a membership site make sure you take some time to research the best way to make your site a success. There are proven things that work and proven things that fail. Knowing this before you begin can reduce your chance of failure.

So, Why You Should Create a Membership Site ?

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If you’ve been thinking about creating a membership site, you should spend a little time to defining just why you should create a membership site and what the benefits will be to you. Let’s have a look at some of the main benefits.

#1 Membership sites provide and easy way for you to interact with your users. If your goal is to build a closed community of people that are committed, this is by far the best way to accomplish this.

Everyone involved has paid money to become involved so they tend to be more committed than those members associated with free communities or open communities.

#2 A membership site is easy to update. Sure, distributing your content or product in the form of an eBook isn’t as complicated, but it is much harder to keep current.

Once you have put it together and it’s out there – that’s pretty much what people get. After a few years, sometimes in a matter of a couple of months, the content is no longer relevant or even if it is relevant it becomes stale. With a membership site you can add, edit or even delete content just like you would with a blog.

#3 You can generate recurring income with your membership site. This is one of the most appealing aspects of a membership site. You can charge a monthly fee or an annual fee, or you can offer both. The more flexible you are the more members you’ll attract.

#4 You don’t need to have good design skills. If you are creating an eBook you need to have some great design skills.

Some people attempt to do their eBooks in PowerPoint if they don’t have the necessary design skills – they quickly learn just how bad of an idea this is.

PowerPoint is not designed for this type of project. When you have a membership site, except for your logo, you can do everything in a pre-made WordPress theme and keep the design minimize.

For many that simple factor makes the membership site the best option.

#5 Your product will continue to evolve and become better over time. The more user interaction allowed the more valuable the information on your site will become and the more information that will actually be created.

This is just five reasons why you should create a membership site. There are certainly others.

Why not give it a try now?

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Press Release Writing Tips And Resources

All Content Created Online Whether On Your Blog, Article Directory Submissions Or Press Releases There Is One Element Critical To Readership And It’s Results!

Question: What is the first thing your audience sees when landing on your content ?

Answer: Your Content Headline

5 Wiining Headline Formulas 2If your headline is not attention grabbing enough to generate interest in reading the rest of your content then you’ve wasted a valuable asset and more importantly your time.

Here are some guidelines to writing better headlines:

  1. Asking questions is one way of getting peaked interest in your content and your press releases.
  2. Using the tips, strategies or techniques as your headline focus. For example: Learn 5 Tips To Triple Your Income!
  3. Using current News or Events to attract your specific and exact audience you are after. If your after an audience that loves dogs then you would use something like; The latest Dog Training science recently discovered to train your dog in 14 days!
  4. Your headline must be accurate and engaging.

The next order of business in writing a press release that keeps your audience engaged is your first paragraph of your content.

Your first paragraph should be direct and to the point to keep your reader wanting to continue through the rest of the press release or any content for that matter.

Huffingtonpost.com says:

Press releases are an essential element of any public relations strategy. These short, compelling documents detail product releases, event announcements and other newsworthy items a company produces.

As CEO of the tech PR firm Cutler Group, it’s my job to help take the business dealings of innovative tech startups and turn them into press coverage — and one of the first steps my team and I take is writing good press releases on our clients’ behalf. Read more…

Copyblogger.com says: 

I’ve learned one important thing about press releases. A great press release is not something that prompts a journalist to write an article; rather, a great press release is published as an article.

While that may be an abstraction outside of the most time-strapped of reporters, many times the better your press release, the more of it ends up verbatim in the resulting article. Read more…

Here are some great tips to writing awesome Press Release Content:

Top Free Press Release Submission Site:

  1. 24-7PressRelease.com – Share Your News with Journalists, Consumers, & Bloggers. (The site offers several different press distribution options, including a free plan to submit up to one posting per day.  They also provide great press release writing tips on their “PR Resources” page. )

  2. Free Press Release – On this site, the free distribution option allows you to use specific font styles to create a more customized press release.  For only $1 per release you can insert up to 3 images to add branding with a logo or enhance your release with pictures of an event or product.
  3. PR.com - PR.com has a different layout than the other sites. Their categories are the main focus of their website which makes it easier to find what you’re looking for and allows for more qualified traffic to be exposed to your press releases.
  4. i-Newswire – Here, i-newswire has an impressive list of their distribution partners on their home page and include channels such as: search engine distribution, new sites distribution, and RSS feed distribution.
  5. PRLog – PrLog’s press release plan has the most features available for free.  With clickable links inside the body (a key feature to increase your website’s SEO), ability to include company logos, unlimited unique press releases, and more, this site allows for a truly customized press release at no cost to you.

Remember which ever way you go with your Press Release submitting it to these above sites are important to getting your PR found online but more importantly writing high quality always trumps quantity and the engagement will be a noticeable indication as well.

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Building An Online Business On A Budget

Have You Thought Building A Business Online To Be Out Of Your Reach ?

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I am sure most would say, YES.

And believe me I thought the same and was really intimidated by all of the stuff that goes along with building an online business.

I want to put some relieve to your thoughts and probably your fear or intimidation when you look at all the parts that go into putting a business together.

Unlike a small business shop or store you don’t have to sort of not have an overhead, no employees unless you outgrow your capacity which could happen, you also don’t even need a product believe or not.

You can create a simple blog or website around your passion and use other people’s product to sell on your site or build an online store using Drop Shipping provided by wholesalers.

Here is the break down the basics of what is needed to build your own online business website or blog:

  1. You need Hosting for your site ( $10 a month )
  2. Domain Name ( $12 a year )
  3. Email Autoresponder ( $20 a month )
  4. Now you need other people’s products you could sell on your site. Here are a three popular affiliate networks you can join for free: Clickbank.com, CJ.com and Amazon.com.

That’s It! You can get by with this only until you grow your business further.

Another way to sell affiliate products is to join an Affiliate Marketing platform that provides you with the training, tools and resources plus products you can sell without having to build a website or blog.

Two of the more popular affiliate marketing platforms are:

  1. Elite Marketing Pro

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  1. Mobe

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Wholesaling Products On eBay or Personal Website:

how-to-make-money-on-ebayAnother very popular method of making money online is by selling products on eBay but the challenge for most is finding products to sell on eBay.

Most product owners will not sell to private individuals and will definitely not wholesale to you as a private individual.

But fortunately there are wholesale suppliers that offer Drop Shipping directly to the customer so you don’t have to stock inventory and worry about order fulfillment or payment processing which is an excellent choice for selling products on eBay or on your website too.

This wholesale directory sources also provides you with the opportunity to create your own online store without having to build your own website or stocking your own products.

These are two popular ways of selling online and Building An Online Business On A Budget.

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Affiliate Marketing For Beginners

Never Done Affiliate Marketing Before ?

No Problem!

Affiliate MarketingIt’s not as complicated as you might think. You just need to do it correctly so you maximize your marketing efforts.

You will be required to do marketing in order to get people to see what your selling. You have different methods of marketing but marketing can get a little tricky.

Here I will be giving you an overview of affiliate marketing for beginners and what you need to do in order to get started.

In affiliate marketing you are selling products that others have already created and are already set up to take orders. This makes affiliate marketing a very attractive business and many are raking in some serious dough with it and you can too.

This is not only affiliate marketing for beginners it is also for those who are currently struggling with affiliate marketing as well.

First thing you need to do is figure out what product you will sell and which niche would you prefer to work with. My advice is to select a niche that you know something about and can write about it with the knowledge you already possess.

It is easier to write and talk about something you know well and it will reflect in your Ads, Copyrighting, and your sales funnels.

In this example I will be going over the Health & Fitness Niche ( make sure to watch video below ) which is a very competitive niche but room for anyone to make a few bucks because it is a Billion Dollar industry and people are spending a lot of money to find these products and this is where you come in.

Quick Tip: As a coincidence this is the time of year when this niche is mostly pitched by health & fitness companies, affiliates and big department stores. This time a year people are just getting over the holidays and ate a little extra, if you get what I mean.

And most have made their new years resolution of loosing a few pounds to fit that bathing suit they plan on buying or already purchased for that vacation they are planning to go on.

Second thing you need to do is find an affiliate network that you can find a reputable product that is selling and doing well. You don’t want to sell a crappy product to others because I am sure you wouldn’t appreciate it as well.

You have to put yourself in your customers shoes and ask yourself why would you buy the same product that you are trying to sell.

There are many free affiliate networks you can sign up with and some of the popular ones are:

  • Clickbank.com
  • CJ.com ( Commission Junction )
  • Shareasale.com
  • Amazon.com
  • Jvzoo.com
  • and many others…

Once you sign up for one or more affiliate networks than you will find a product you would like to sell.

Third thing is once you find a product then you would like to do a little bit of keyword research to find keywords people are searching for online to find the health & fitness product you plan to sell.

You could use a free tool like Google Keyword Planner to find your keywords you will be using in your marketing campaigns.

Here is a video I previously recorded on doing keyword research below:


You want to go after low competition keywords that have a low CPC ( Cost Per Click ) so you don’t blow your budget and not get the results you are expecting which ultimately is making sales.

In the video above I did not discuss this strategy but if look at the video you will see that in the Google keyword tool next to the Competition Tab you will see the Suggested Bid Tab. Click on this tab twice so you will get the lowest bid on the keywords it will display and you could use in your marketing campaigns.

Fourth thing is once you find at least 10 to 20 keywords it’s time to build your sales funnel or better yet your lead funnel.

For this I highly recommend you have a lead capture builder like one offered inside Elite Marketing Pro and here is a video I recorded about what you get with this system which additionally gives you over ten top products you can sell as well and give you all of the marketing training your need to build cost effective marketing campaigns.

Also ( highly recommended ) you will need an email autoresponder like Aweber or GetResponse at a minimum. Why ?

The Money Is In The List!

To make it in this business you want to capture your leads and prospects email information to stay in touch with them and follow up with other free reports, bonuses or other products you might have or find that you would like to share with them.

This affords you the luxury of building a list that you can just send an email to and potentially grow your business and your sales without having to continue to pay for additional marketing every time you have a product to offer. It’s the smart way to do affiliate marketing.

I discussed this in more detail in my previous blog post, go here to read more: How To Create A Lead Capture Page Using Elite Marketing PRO which is the next step you need to do in order to collect your leads and prospects email information.

Your list will be your most valuable asset you will have in your business and will guarantee you longevity in your business.

The email autoresponder will manage all of your lists for you so you can efficiently stay in touch with your subscribers and your customers all in one place.

You can segment your lists by niche, subscriber status or buyers list which you should do to make life easier on yourself when wanting to contact your list and send them other products, tips or free reports you would like to share with them.

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How To Create A Lead Capture Page Using Elite Marketing Pro

Having A Lead Capture Page Is A Down Right Necessity If You Want To Enjoy Long Term Success In Business Online or Off-Line!

Why is this so important ?

Lead Capture PageThe answer is quite simple. Today over 90% of consumers are online and most of them are doing their shopping via mobile devices.

If you have a small business you might ask yourself, Why do I need a lead capture page ? All of the major name brand stores and companies are doing it and for good reason.

One thing I’ve learned in online business is that, The Money Is In The List! And this is where smart marketers, big brand name stores and smart business owners have taken their marketing to the next level and so should you.

The most valuable asset you could have in business is a list of loyal subscribers and even better than that, a list of loyal consumers.

The investment is quite small when you compare the value of a subscriber and an email list. For example: Did you know that Microsoft purchased Skype for a whopping $8.5 Billion and Skype was not worth on paper anywhere this kind of money.

But why did they pay such astronomical price because of the list of subscribers. The list of subscribers over a lifetime will be worth many times what they paid.

So, How Do You Create A Lead Capture Page To Start Building Your List Of Subscribers ?

  • First you need a lead capture page system like LeadPages.net, or join a program like Elite Marketing Pro which includes on as part of their membership which allows you to build professional pages to match your brand and business.

This is where Elite Marketing Pro comes in because they have an integrated a lead capture software that makes the sales process automated.

  • The second thing you will need is the Copy you will use in your capture pages. Important to note that your copy must be congruent with your website copy so there is not disconnect in the sales process.
  • Third thing you will need are photos you plan to use in your lead capture forms as you seen in the video. If you haven’t watch the video I recommend you watch so you get a better idea of what I’m talking about.
  • The fourth thing you will need is an Email Autoresponder service like Aweber which is where you will manage all of your lists segmented into individual businesses or niches.
  • The fifth piece if the puzzle is your product. If you don’t have a product and would like to use affiliate products it is perfectly fine. There are free affiliate networks and companies that will allow you to sign up for free as an affiliate. Like Clickbank.com, Shareasale.com or Amazon.com and many others…

If you have your own product then you are going to need additional tools and resources to make everything work as smoothly as possible.

Here are additional things that you will need if you have your own product:

  1. You will more than likely need to have your own website to process order fulfillment and payment processing.
  2. If you decide to build a website on WordPress there are plugins like WooCommerce which allow you to process orders and product fulfillment and also integrate payment gateways.
  3. You will also need a payment processor like PayPal and Shopping Cart or others. Most payment processors will allow you integrate API’s directly with your website so the consumer never leaves your site in the sales process.

To learn more about Elite Marketing Pro watch a free video where I take you behind the scenes and what this is system is about and how it can help you and your business as well.

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