Choosing Membership Site Software

I’m in the process of building a membership site, and I am taking you on my journey.  It began with a posting on lucrative Internet marketing, and I am following up today with a few words about membership site software.

Building a membership site is a pretty big undertaking for someone who has not done it before.  Of course you can always hire someone to do it for you, but those of us who dig into the trenches of our Internet businesses may want to do it ourselves.  For me, I want to understand the process, the software, the configuration, and the statistics so I can better tweak the site and be better prepared for the next one I make.  I’ll definitely have staff take care of the details the next time around, but by doing this first site myself, I’ll be in a much better position to manage the process next time.

After choosing my niche and deciding I was going to build a membership site, my next step was to figure out how and with what software.  I decided NOT to use MemberGate (don’t let their low price fool you… that’s monthly OR it’s $4,000 plus a lower monthly fee).  Why?  Two reasons, first and foremost, I want to build my site on a blogging platform because search engines like that and tend to give higher search rankings (MemberGate is its’ own platform)… The other reason I did not choose MemberGate is because it is super expensive.  It is important to note that MemberGate has a huge client list, but I think that is because they have been around before other software was available.  I also believe that their new monthly fee option is in response to the competitive software that, well quite frankly, has an edge.  So enough about what I did not choose, I’ll tell you what membership software I did choose…

I chose to use aMember.

As mentioned, I am going to use this blog to keep you updated on my experiences building my first membership site.  I purchased aMember a little over a week ago, and so far I am pleased.  The software is loaded with features, most of which I have not used yet.  I am excited about the built in affiliate program.  aMember charges a low one time flat fee (no monthly charges) for the license, and it comes with 6 months of support.  Being that this is my first membership site, and my pseudo-techno abilities, I have been indeed utilizing their tech support.  I am becoming proficient in the software as I go through the setup process and iron out the wrinkles.  I am pretty sure that it will be fairly easy for me when I build my second membership site (which I plan to do once this one is fully operational).

There are drawbacks with technical support, but nothing that I can’t deal with.  For instance, there is no phone support – it’s email only.  Also, aMember is located in Russia (I think), and the time difference causes a delay in support response.  Now that you know this upfront, you know what to expect so you should be able to deal with it too.  I have been working with Anton.  I have been emailing him everyday with a question, and he is super responsive and knowledgeable.  And if you are reading this Anton, thank you for putting up with my lack of technical know-how and for getting me through the process!

I’ve still got a lot of work to do on my membership site, and I will continue to keep you posted.  Let me know if you have any questions.  You can check out my site and the progress I am making right here:  http://realestateincomeclub.com

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Written by Scott Gilbert on August 25th, 2011 with no comments.
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