Focus On Your Focus

When we decide we want to start a business, we get all excited and ambitious.

The problem is that these feelings may cause us to move too fast and skip a few steps on the ladder. That means we may fall… and fall hard.

When beginning a blog, membership site, or any kind of online business really, we need to “Focus on our Focus”.

What’s your focus? What’s your “niche”?

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Grab The Attention Of Your Members AND Search Engines

The average web user is bombarded with a tremendous amount of information vying for their attention.

That means it’s your job to grab that attention immediately once someone finds you.

So how can you do this? With an engaging headline and a catchy follow-up teaser.

If you aren’t successful, the potential member will lose interest and leave (possibly finding your competitors).

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Inside The Insider – Episode 150

We have a brand new Co-Host joining the Inside the Insider team this week so please give him a warm welcome 🙂

There’s plenty of action from the past 7 days so let’s jump right into it!

Topics included in this episode:

  • NEW Bonus PlugIn Coming Soon!
  • Progress Bars Can Help Your Members
  • What To Do When Your Mind Goes Blank
  • One Month Specials – Are These A Good Idea?
  • Plus Much More!

Click through to watch the episode for all the details.

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WishList Insider – Forum Focus 130

Can you hear that?

If you listen carefully, you can pick up the conversations coming from the Insider Forums.

Just in case you missed it, we want to shine the focus on the following…

  • Removing An Opt-In Step
  • Moderation of Member Comments
  • One Month Special?

Join in the conversations here…

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Which Autoresponder Option Works Without Two Confirmations? Aweber vs Mailchimp

When new members sign up, you want the process to be simple.

Any extra steps that can be avoided or removed from the process means a quicker (and more enjoyable) experience for everyone involved.

So why not look into ways that you can prevent members from needing to opt-in multiple times for your email lists?

Less steps equals happier members.

This forum thread discusses some options that could remove this opt-in portion from the registration for your members.

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Turning Off Moderation Approval On Comments

We’ve got another “Quick Hit” from the Forums and this time it has to do with the moderation of first time commentors.

Comments within a membership site are important as they allow members to interact and engage each other in conversation. But, you might want to initially hold these comments for moderation to be sure they aren’t spam.

WordPress allows you to hold the very first comment a member makes for moderation and then once that comment is approved, all of their future comments will appear right away.

There are some other options you can consider when it comes to your comments so we recommend checking out this quick conversation for some tips.

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One Month Special?

Let’s say your membership site has launched and it’s going well.

Members have joined and are enjoying what you are presenting to them.

But, what if you want to run a promotion to gain even more members? Is there a way that you can run a one time promotion that will get potential new members excited?

Maybe a reduced purchase price.

Then how would your current members react to this?

Jump into this discussion to find out what Insiders are saying.

8 “My Mind Is Blank!” Content Solutions

All membership sites are based on content in some form or another.

You need to constantly produce quality content on a specific schedule. If you do not keep a steady flow of desirable content, you run the very real risk of losing traffic and members.

Quality and Quantity of content is essential.

We all go through spurts of having a ton of great ideas when the content seems to just pour out, but there also times when the creative juices seem to simply dry up.

So, what can you do when you’re out of ideas?

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Progress Indicators Make Members Feel “Comfy”

Cart abandonment. Incomplete registrations.

“I never got my password!”

“Where’s my product?”

These issues and complaints are a much too-common occurrence in the life of any membership site owner. So, what can you do to fix these issues, make life easier for your customer, and reduce stress on your heart?

Let’s find out in this “Quick Hit” article…

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What’s The Difference? Keeping Male And Female Members In Mind – Part 1

When promoting your membership site, it’s important to keep your potential audience in mind.

A kayaking membership does well using descriptive action verbs to evoke thoughts of a white water trip, while a yoga membership would find a tranquil description of services more beneficial.

While most membership site owners have no problem writing specifically for a niche market, many often forget the two biggest groups out there…

Men and Women.

Are you addressing them properly?

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Inside The Insider – Episode 149

There was a  missing co-host this week but that didn’t stop us from delivering all the latest Insider news!

We’re ready to get you caught up on all things WishList Insider related 🙂

Topics included in this episode:

  • Good vs. Bad Content
  • The Latest All Access Call Webinar Replay
  • Should You Know Your Member’s Passwords?
  • Can Your Members Easily Get More Of What They Like?
  • Plus More!

Click through to watch the episode for all the details 🙂

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WishList Insider – Forum Focus 129

We’ve got three question for you this week.

The forum has produced some very interesting topics that have Insiders talking. We ask you the following:

  • Should Site Owners Know Your Password?
  • Are You Members Able To Easily Get More?
  • How Can You Change Your Payment Options?

Join in the conversations here…

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Admin Email And Receiving Passwords

As a membership site owner, do you want to know the passwords your members are using?

There are two sides to this as some feel passwords should be private and only known by the account holder while others would rather an admin has control over these passwords.

Insiders have jumped into this conversation and expressed their thoughts and we invite you to do the same.

Join in and let us know what you think.

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Anyone Using A Related Post PlugIn?

What is the first thing you do after enjoying something?

If you’re like most people, you look for more!

That’s where this discussion about Related Posts plugins comes into play. Your members are going to want more of a good thing once they dig into your content, so why not make it easy for them?

The longer your members stick around your site, the more value they are going to uncover.

Find out what you can be doing to lay out exactly what your members are looking for.

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Changing Up Membership Model – Question On Cancelling Automatic Payments From PayPal

Hmm, so what happens when you want to change the payment options you offer?

Setting up recurring billing or specific payment plans is pretty straight-forward, but how do you change these options down the line?

You want the process to remain as seamless as possible for your members and you want it to be easy for you as well.

This forum thread touches on what you should be aware of and the steps that need to be taken.

Find out if you have all your payment bases covered.

WishList Insider All Access Call Session 13 Webinar Replay

Did you miss it?

We held a live webinar yesterday where we answered YOUR questions!

This session includes awesome questions from various Insiders on multiple subjects related to creating and maintaining a successful Membership Site. We have now posted the replay of this webinar so that anyone who missed it can get in on the action (and anyone who wants to check it out again can do so).

Continue on to watch the webinar now…

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