Don’t Make The Mountain Come To You

I’ve been designing websites (and especially membership sites) since 2005. And if there’s “one thing” I’ve learned over the years, it’s this…

Go To The Mountain.

Here’s what I mean. Your life will be much, much easier if you build your membership site based on the capabilities of the membership site software/plugin and other tools you’ve chosen.

You’ve likely heard the old adage; “the right tool for the right job”, and its correlate “not every problem is solved with a hammer”.

That little diddy is 10 times as true when you’re working in the wonky world of WordPress, membership site software, and integration with a cornucopia of themes, plugins, functions (and other power tools).

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What’s The Difference? Keeping Male And Female Members In Mind – Part 2

We’ve already talked about copy-writing for the two biggest audience demographics

Women and Men.

While many people have no trouble creating content for specific niche markets, the two most seemingly obvious groups of users don’t seem to get enough consideration. Site owners will either fail to take full advantages of writing for each group or worse, will unintentionally offend one side or the other.

This time around, we’ll find out how to tailor your content with both men and women in mind in order to speak to your entire (and correct) audience.

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PlugIn Spotlight: SlimStat

Is it possible to use too many WordPress plugins?

Well, if we’re being honest, then yes it’s probably true that we can install too many plugins on some sites…

Although, if you do find another good one, it is always smart to look into it. Especially if it can improve efficiently and could possibly include more capabilities than your current setup.

Speaking of these types of plugins…

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Inside The Insider – Episode 151

Stu and Wray are back in the same location to come together and bring you the latest and greatest WishList Insider News!

These two co-hosts discuss all the cool stuff from the last week and have some fun along the way 🙂

Topics included in this episode:

  • The NEW Bonus PlugIn Have Been Released!
  • Do You Focus On Your Focus?
  • Please Your Members AND Search Engines
  • HUGE Surge In Membership Conversions
  • Plus More!

Click through to watch the episode for all the details.

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WishList Insider – Forum Focus 131

We really do have some awesome conversations to share with you in this latest Forum Focus.

Questions are being asked and answered every day and we want to be sure Insiders aren’t missing out.

This week’s highlights include:

  • Will This Membership Site Work?
  • HUGE Surge In Member Conversions
  • One Member Account With Access To Multiple Sites

Join in the conversations here…

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Would This Topic Make A Profitable Membership Site?

How can you know if your membership site idea will be a success?

You can plan, you can prepare, you can do all the things to get ready, but how can you KNOW it’s time to open the doors?

Then, once your membership site is open for business, how do you attract new members?

These are all questions that new membership site owners consider when beginning the path to a community.

Luckily, this forum thread digs into these points and provides some options to make starting out go smoothly.

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HUGE Surge In My Membership Conversions

An Insider had an “Ah-Ha” moment when reading a book recently and wanted to share how it helped him increase his revenue over the span of just one day.

All this before even finishing the book 🙂

The interesting this was that there is a “WishList Connection” to the author of the book as Stu conducted an interview with him recently. We include a link to the interview in this thread.

We encourage everyone to take a look at this conversation and find out what you can be doing with your membership site based around the concepts of “scarcity”.

You may even have your own “Ah-Ha” moment!

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Accessing Content On Two Separate Sites

Have you figured out how to create one member account that can login on two separate WishList Member/WordPress sites?

This is a question we get from time to time and it’s an interesting one to think about.

While this is not something that is included in the core WishList Member functionality (separate WordPress databases on each site means a separate user account is needed on each site as well), it’s something people are still curious about.

The Insiders in this forum thread discuss the options available and ask for any additional suggestions anyone may have.

So if allowing one member account to have access to multiple sites is something you have ideas about or have accomplished yourself, please join the conversation.

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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