In the last lesson we talked about some of the best reasons

why you should start your own membership site. In this lesson we are

going to go over a handy checklist that you can use to set up your

membership site.

Starting a membership site is easier than you think. Although there are

a lot of requirements involved, you can breeze through them all with this

simple checklist. Once you get through this list you'll be in prime

position to launch your own membership site and start gathering a

consistent monthly income from your site.

A domain name

Your first step is to get a domain name. Use the most popular keywords

in your niche and add a community-oriented suffix like club, group or

team. For example, your classic car membership site could be hosted

at www.classiccarclub.com.

A website

Your website design will have a big impact on how your members use

your website and how often they come back. You'll need a welcome

page, a blog, a downloads page and perhaps a forum, depending on

the nature of your membership site. If you want the best look for your

membership site, consider hiring a professional designer who can give

you a consistent look from start to finish.

A sales letter

Your sales letter should convince visitors why they should join your

membership site. Some would consider it to be the most important part

of your site because it gets people in through the door. The sales letter

needs to emphasize the benefits of your membership site as well as

mentioning the features. Build desire to become part of the “in crowd”

within the membership site and you'll make the decision easy for them.

A payment processor

You won't make any money with your membership site unless you have

this set up properly. While many people use Paypal to process their

monthly subscriptions, you can also use Clickbank, Paydotcom or

Ejunkie to process your payments. These three options are your best choices

if you want to have an affiliate program for your membership site.

A membership site script

A membership site script will keep your website secure. The script will

build a registration form into your site, which will allow paying members

to sign up and access the site. It will also keep visitors from accessing

your content without paying. Thanks to membership site scripts you

don’t have to hire a coder to set up a custom script for you.

An autoresponder program

You'll want to keep in touch with your members and let them know what

is going on inside of the site. Using an autoresponder e-mail list is a

great way to keep people active in the site. You can send out a new

message each time there is a content update, or you can e-mail a

weekly newsletter. Place an opt in box on the welcome page that

members get to after they've successfully subscribed.

Some good content

Before you launch your site, you should have several articles, reports

and other forms of content available for your members to enjoy. If you

plan on having a certain amount of updates per month, you should have

at least twice as much content when you start. This way the members

know that they'll be getting quality from you in the future. Write the

content yourself or have a ghostwriter do it for you.

An editorial schedule

Just like traditional newspapers, your membership site needs an

editorial calendar. You don’t want to scramble around each month trying

to get your content together. Plan ahead at least a few months of

content and get it prepared before you need to post it.

By following these steps, you'll be ready to promote your membership

site and start earning monthly income.

Click here to access lesson 3. We will be talking

about choosing the right script to power your membership site.

Don't forget, if you have any questions or need any assistance please

feel free to contact me at anytime. I am here to help.