The Different Types of Membership Sites
Have you been thinking about creating your own membership site or network? Although there are several membership models and even more membership niches, there are basically two types of membership sites. There are free sites and there are paid sites. The two types of membership sites have one thing is common. Their memberships are made up of people who share a common interest or have a common need.
You can, of course, buy a domain, set up a website and not charge for memberships and choose who to allow into your community. This is done when the profit is intended to come from sales to members after they join the site. There are free network sites that might be used for this purposes. Example would be a membership group on Facebook or LinkedIn or even a paid membership community with a free option. It costs nothing to set these public community groups and there is no charge at all for a person to join, and in most cases there are no paid administrators or moderators.
Each site owner sets their own rules for how someone can join and the code of conduct for the site. The site topics are varied based on the niche of that membership community. There are many “support” sites for those with health problems or concerns and for those who have suffered the loss of loved ones. There are sites for those who are passionate about crafts like quilting or woodworking. There are sites for those who love to travel. There are sites for different age groups from teens to seniors. The sites include chat software and a limited amount of space for posting pictures, documents and links per member. The free sites do not have such things as access to specialized data or lists. They don’t give access to such things as music lessons. Free access usually gives just the basics needs to peak interest.
Paid for membership sites are set up by businesses or individuals with the objective of making money by supplying hard to find information, access to specialized data or lists, or instruction in various fields. Membership sites are owned and operated by people who either own the sites or who are hired by the site owners to monitor and administer them. The topics for paid access membership sites are even more varied than the free sites and certainly more specialized. Paid membership sites give way more access and benefits.
Owners of paid membership sites sometime have multiple levels, annual events, and are industry experts. If you decide to start your own membership site community, please do some research for your specific industry. There are so many membership communities providing similar services, doing your research will allow you to find a way for you to stand out from the crowd.
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