Online Membership Sites - Should You Join One?
Depending on the gravity of the topic (how specific and severe a problem the site is focusing on) the prices vary drastically. There are some memberships at $5 annually, some at $5 per month, others are at $397 annually, and some thousands per month. As you can see, prices vary drastically.
Another factor in the pricing is the reputation of the owner (expert). Then there is also the amount of information and the services offered. This all plays a part in membership pricing.
I just subscribed to a site that offered WordPress training (just to see if I could pick up a couple of tips), it was $10 a month or $24 per year. Being a former accountant, I did the cost efficient thing and opted for the $24.
The site consisted of around 20 videos, about 10 minutes each. They were on the very basics of WordPress – that was it.
Two Lessons Learned:
1. It might be a good idea to opt for the monthly fee, even if it's just for a month, so you can determine if the site has what you need. If it does, opt for the long-term, cheaper rate. If it doesn't, unsubscribe.
2. Don't underestimate your skills. There are a number of worthwhile programs, sites, and courses online that warrant the investment, but, before you jump in know exactly what you'll be getting. There will be those membership sites, programs, etc., that teach less than what you already know (sometimes much less).
Finding a ‘Good’ Membership Site
There are loads of experts out there vying for your ‘dollar.’ So, how do you pick a membership site that will provide you with what you need? A membership site that will move your forward in your area of choice.
First thing is to determine if you need a membership site. Can you get by with the information in an ebook, or maybe an ecourse? This is something you’ll need to figure out.
A lot of people like the connection and access to the expert/s, and want the ongoing and updated information. They also like the community of members who are like-minded and struggling to the same end. This allows for a much wider ‘help pool.’ Members often end up helping each other. There are also big organizational membership sites like the National Association of Professional Women – women join for the networking aspects.
Once you’ve decided you want to be part of a membership site, the first action step is to ask around for one that’s worth the cost. A good place to ask is ‘big’ sites in the topic or area you’re interested in. For example if you’re looking for writing and online marketing you might visit WOW! Women on Writing. Send a message asking for help through their contact page.
Site’s like this deal with a lot of professionals and will probably be able to recommend someone.
You can also do an online search.
Once you find a membership site you’re interested in, check out what’s being offered:
• Is it member interactive – is there a member forum?
• Is the information updated regularly with new helpful content to keep you moving forward?
• Is the ‘expert’ active on the site – will she respond to hot topics and questions?
• Will there be bonus content, like screen-sharing webinars or videos?
In her promotional material, the ‘expert’ should have a detailed outline of what you can expect. Then of course find out the cost. Many sites offer a monthly and yearly option, the yearly being less expensive.
Do your homework if you’re interested in a membership site to find one that’s right for you.
What do you think of membership sites? Would you join one?
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