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Start a Membership Website 7 Reasons [Part 1]

Start a Membership Website 7 Reasons [Part 1]

starting a membership websiteIn this series we will look at 7 compelling reasons to Start A Membership Website Beginning with: Reason #1 RESIDUAL INCOME!

What is Residual Income? And How Does it Work?

A residual income stream will earn you money even when you’re not on the clock. Owning rental units, collecting royalties or owning a membership website are examples of such passive income.

5 Benefits of Residual Income and Why You Should Start a Membership Website

  1. You can experience true financial independence if your residual income produces enough money.
  2. Time Freedom. Having residual income allows you to do more important things with your time. Such as enjoying a favorite hobby, supporting a charity or cause close to your heart or spending more quality time with your family and friends.
  3. Peace of Mind. Because no matter what, you will have a constant flow of income (however large or small it may be). This is critical if you get injured or sick, can’t work because of another emergency, or if you just want to take an extended vacation.
  4. Live Anywhere in the World. You will make money no matter where you live unlike a linear income which ties you down to your geographical position.
  5. Much Less Stress. Knowing that every month you will see enough money to come in to pay the bills.

Residual Income and Membership Websites

In the last 15 years online I have sold hundreds if thousands of dollars on courses and one-off products [eBooks, Videos and Audios]

Especially in my first few years online, selling various manuals and courses in .pdf format was a huge part of my business.

But in hindsight, there is a serious flaw with this business model.

Because even if you have an utterly fantastic month and sell hundreds of copies of your eBook or course, the next month the slate is wiped clean and you have to start all over again.

This is where Membership Websites really shine – they hand you the power to create residual income.

Lets Look at the Math:

Imagine you have a membership site and you charge people $97 a Month

  • 10 Members = $970 a Month
  • 25 Members =  $2425 a Month
  • 50 Members = $4850
  • 100 Members = $9,970 a Month
  • 150 Members = $14,550 a Month
  • 200 Members = $19,400 a Month
  • 250 Members = $24,250 a Month

Stop and think about that for a moment… just 250 member @ $97 a month gives you a residual income of $291,000 a year!

All you need to do is provide MORE than $97 a month in genuine value for money.

One of the most important things you will need to start a successful membership website is the right software to create, manage and promote it. I strongly suggest that you check out the wonderful solution here

[In Part 2 we will look at another benefit of starting your own membership website]

The Cowardly and Corrosive Power of Gossip

The Cowardly and Corrosive Power of Gossip

gossipSomething I really don’t like about certain elements in the the IM crowd is the way some people feel they have a right to ‘Put Others Down’

I recently read an article about a friend of mine. A gentleman with integrity a mile long.

He has been marketing full-time online for almost 20 years. The guy has a heart of gold and would walk over broken glass before he would say or do anything to harm another person.

Anyway, a so-called “Expert” poked fun at his blog and was sneering about how unprofessional it looked.

He really stabbed my friend in the back in an effort to make himself look good.

The next thing he had folk coming out of the woodwork to add their snide and negative comments.

I decided to personally contact 3 of these individuals and ask if they knew the integrity and character of the guy they were mocking?

Guess what?

None of them had ever met him, spoken to him, or bought any of his products!

And yes they were caustic, sarcastic and venomous in their comments.

I asked each individual if they considered it even remotely an act of integrity to join in what amounts to “Sticking the cyber boot into someone” who for all intents and purposes, they knew absolutely nothing whatsoever about?

Not a one of them had the guts to admit that what they had said was inexcusable, gutless and lacking in common decency and respect.

I didn’t bother to tell them that my friend has been responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in combined sales.

FACT: Gossip is the intellectual refuge of  moral and ethical Pygmies.

Gossip is corrosive and destructive. It is definitely NOT anything to be proud about. It is rooted in insecurity, jealously and resentment.

And it is definitely the pathway to the dark side.

A SUGGESTION: Instead of putting people down, we can always choose to be known as people who encourage, inspire, motivate, edify and uplift!

Because surely there is enough hate in the world without using petty gossip to add to it.

Besides, if you can’t say anything nice about someone, you could at least keep your big mouth shut!

Top 10 Reasons to Start An Internet Newsletter

Top 10 Reasons to Start An Internet Newsletter

start an internet newsletterSomething you will hear Internet Marketers say over and over again is “The Money is in the List!”
In reality, this is only half true.

The real truth is that the money is in the relationship of trust and respect that you invest the quality time and effort to build, earn and deserve with your list.

If you are serious about building a list that makes you money, please be sure to bookmark this site.

Because every week I will be sharing new tips, ideas and insights to help you build a list that creates a financial corral around you and your loved-ones that is virtually bullet-proof.

  1. Establish yourself as a trusted expert. People search online for information and will look to you, as a subject matter expert, to provide it to them. Every week (or whatever schedule works) provides an opportunity to build on this, while reinforcing your brand.
  2. Build a relationship with the people on your list. It’s common knowledge that people like to buy from people they like. By using ezines to connect with readers in their homes, you can develop a relationship of familiarity and trust. Be sure to share a little about yourself or your company in every issue, whether it is an anecdote, event, or employee spotlight.
  3. Keep in touch with prospects and clients. Consideration should be given to eventually developing two ezines: one for prospects and one for clients, as each require different information. This is a great way to notify your readers of weekly specials or upcoming product launches, offer new articles or customer stories, and provide links (or urls) to updated FAQs, blogs and splash pages.
  4. Drive traffic to your website or blog. As noted in #3, remember to call attention to new blog posts or other changes to your website with links directly to those pages. Remind readers of your online newsletter archives. Promote special sales (maybe with discount coupon codes only for subscribers) with a link to the sales page. Use links to turn your ezines and newsletters into ‘silent salespersons’– driving traffic to your website and building your lists around the clock.
  5. Build content on your website. Make a habit to adding your ezines and newsletters to your website in an archive area. This serves a several important purposes:
    • Visitors can read an issue or two to determine if your ezine will be of interest to them, which could help to increase sign-ups and potential sales.
    • If you optimize your article placements, you will not only make your website ‘meatier’, but you’ll also bring new traffic from the search engines.
  6. Get feedback from your readers. Make it easy for you to stay in touch with prospects and customers and vice versa. Ask them to take action and comment on your articles and offers. Conduct polls and surveys. Start a ‘Letters to the Editor’ column in your ezine. Feedback allows you to fine tune your messages, target your marketing, and expand your product line. It’s also great for relationship building!
  7. Develop an information product. If you deliver your newsletter once a week and include two articles, at the end of a year you’ll have 104 well-researched articles in your portfolio! Pick the best-of-the-best and turn them into a bonus ebook for opting-in to your list, submit to download sites to build your list, or sell in PDF-format!
  8. Grow your mailing list. Let your ezine subscribers work for you. Be sure to remind your readers that it’s okay to forward your newsletter to anyone they’d like. In addition, it’s important to include sign-up instructions for those who received your ezine from viral marketing methods. A simple line titled, ‘Get Your Own Copy of XXXXXX’, with a link to your squeeze or opt-in page is all it takes!
  9. Gather demographic data. By offering surveys, feedback forms, and niche reports, you’ll be able to get valuable information about your prospects and customers. Learn what makes your readers tick, how to better serve them, and how to give them what they want. Make sure they become repeat customers!
  10. Save money! All of the above benefits of publishing an ezine are free or almost free. The small investment of a top-rated ezine publishing system is nothing compared to the cost of brochures, business cards, advertising, direct mail, pay-per-click or other means of promotion. Not only that, but someone has to manage that production! Because your newsletter is delivered online, you can grow your list to be as large as you want without worrying about the expense. Bottom line − it’s proven that email marketing is the most cost-effective marketing solution for companies just like yours! 

 

21 Lost Gentleman Traditions That Still Apply Today

21 Lost Gentleman Traditions That Still Apply Today

man opens doorChivalry IS, in fact, dead when the gentleman no longer understands the meaning behind his chivalrous acts. When actions no longer come from within, but are forced and religious, the inner gentleman dies and so does chivalry.

21 Lost Gentleman Traditions That Still Apply Today

1. He stands when she walks in the room
In the old days, men stood out of respect when a lady, dignitary, or elderly person walked in the room. It was a sign of respect and humbleness. Today, men stand out of courtesy when a guest visits a meeting. A gentleman will stand from his table when he’s introduced to a guest. Standing for her shows you are attentive and you care.

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The Night My Stepfather Tried to Drown Me… [Part 2 Leaving Home]

The Night My Stepfather Tried to Drown Me… [Part 2 Leaving Home]

angry stepfatherSo there I was, unable to swim and yet knowing if I went back to the shore I would die anyway.

I remembered seeing people swim on their backs and I just kicked my feet and moved my arms and started going further and further out into the river.

I could hear my Stepfather shouting at me: “Come back! Just you wait till you come back! Come back I going to drown you like a stinking rat!”

NOTE: Over the years, the utter irony of his words and total LACK of incentive has struck me as very stupid.

But at the time, all I could think was: “I’m going to die and I’m only 14”

Then I felt my head hit something in the water. It was a small boat anchored about 70 feet out from the shore. I grabbed a hold of the side and pulled myself into the boat. I hid under the tarpaulin.

I know it is ridiculous looking back but at the time, I was convinced that if I moved or made even the slightest of sounds, he would somehow hear me and swim out to drown me.

Eventually I fell asleep. I woke in the morning about 8am hungry and very thirsty from the heat.

I looked out and my heart sank.

The tide was in and the water looked so deep!

It was one thing to have made it to the boat under the power of adrenaline but now in the light of day I was TOTALLY stuck.

The feeling of despair was overwhelming. And then I saw a couple of guys in a fishing boat about 90 feet away.

I started waving at them and shouting and a few minutes later they were moving towards me.

They asked me what I was doing and how I got there. They were amazed when I told them I couldn’t swim and took me to the shore.

I remember one of them asked if I was hungry and handed me $20 [a LOT of money for a kid back then]

So there I was, standing on the shore, $20 in hand – my clothes creased and wondering:

“What the heck do I do now?”

One thing was sure. I had to leave home. I knew I could never risk going back.

I looked at the $20 all the money I had in the world… and thought: “I’d better spend this wisely…”

[Continued in Part 3]

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