Creating A Membership Site – The Different Types of Memberships



There are membership sites and then there are membership sites.

There is an old saying that nobody knows exactly where it originated that says, “Different Strokes for Different Folks”.

The old saying simply means that as individuals we have different needs and different expectations for most situations in life and membership websites aren’t an exception.

That principle applies to both membership website owners and membership website members. There are many different kinds of membership websites.

Some will appeal to some people and others will appeal to other people no matter which side of the fence you are standing on.

There really isn’t a one-size-fits-all membership website. Let’s discuss the various options for membership websites.

Web 2.0 Websites

One type of membership website that you are very likely familiar with is the Web 2.0 sites like YouTube and MySpace. These are social networking sites that provide tools for an interactive network of friends and include such user-submitted things as personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music and videos.

Some of these social networking membership websites have come under fire recently because they have been shown to be play grounds for predators. Since these problems have arisen there is more scrutiny of members than there has been in the past. These sites are not likely to just ‘go away’ any time in the foreseeable future because they are very, very popular…not to mention profitable.

Playing on Exclusivity

Then there are paid exclusive sites like (which instructs members about the inside secrets of making money on the Internet with resell rights), Golf sites (which are owned by professional golfers and offer instruction that isn’t readily available free on the Internet), etc.

These exclusive membership websites are designed for specific people and appeal to a group of like-minded individuals who are seeking instruction or information that can only be had on exclusive membership websites.

They call the Internet the ‘information super highway’ but these exclusive membership websites really do make the information super and the information that is provided is far superior to just the regular stuff that everybody gets for free.

Getting Free Members – Going for Volume

Not all membership websites are not paid-for membership sites. Another kind of membership website is a membership that is free. One such site is There is no charge for the membership to this site.

The objective of a free membership website is to acquire the names and email addresses of people who are interested in a specific topic in order to build an opt-in list. Still this IS a membership website and unless a visitor joins the site, they do not have access to some really good information that is not otherwise available.

Community-Driven Membership

Yet another kind of membership website is what is known as a “community site”. Sometimes membership in a community site is free and sometimes it is paid.

The idea of a community website is that there are a group of people who are all interested in the same basic topic but who go about accomplishing success in various ways. They get together at a community website and exchange information and ideas.

Sometimes community websites will offer one-on-one training above and beyond the cost of membership in the community website.

One Thing All Membership Sites Have in Common

Membership websites of all kinds have one thing in common. They allow for interaction between members. The old Web 1.0 was a one-way street but in this brave new world, communication flows in both directions.

You will notice that on all of the various types of membership websites there is a blog or a forum that affords a place for members to communicate not only with the owner of the membership website but also with other members.

The communication opportunities afforded by membership sites is one of the biggest reasons that membership sites are so very popular today and probably will be popular as far as the eye can see. People want to hear but they also want to be heard. They want to learn but they have information to share with others as well. Membership websites provide a place for the sharing of ideas and information.

There are different kinds of membership sites and different people will like different kinds of membership sites. If you are considering starting your own membership website, the good news is that there will be people who will like it and want to be members.

Membership websites are popular and membership websites are profitable. Recurring income is a very good thing!

Ready to get started creating a membership site of your very own? Does the sound of predictable monthly income that comes in like clockwork make sense to you? Then take a moment to check out this highly recommended resource.

In our next lesson we’ll cover 2 of the most important aspects you need to consider and ‘tick’ before even launching your own membership site.

Next==> Passion And Demand 2 Secrets To Membership Site Success

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