If you have spent time online, most likely you belong to some sort of membership site.
Perhaps you entered your name into an opt-in box and joined to be able to participate in conversations and discussions with others interested in a similar topic. It does not really matter what the niche is, there are membership sites out there that exist for them.
Just type in a keyword, followed by the word Forum or blog and you will get plenty to choose from. Often they are membership sites.
Sometimes these sites are free, while othertimes there may be a fee to belong. With your fee, you most likely will be getting access to more content and materials than the general non-paying public. These could be educational videos or tutorials, bonus DVD's mailed to you each month, mp3's and the likes.
The advantage is that you can give teaser content to anyone who sees the posts, but in order to see the whole thing and be able to participate, you need to upgrade your account. Think of it as dues you pay to belong to the club.
There are many services out there and I personally have used Mike Filsaime's Butterfly Marketing as well as Stu McLaren and Tracy Childers WishList Member.
The Butterfly Marketing is set up to be a complete website with affiliate options and the ability to have multiple membeship levels with protected content, while the Wishlist Member is meant to integrate into a WordPress Blog (it is a plugin). As more people are running their content on blogs these days, this is crucial to have.
I highly endorse both of these and you can get Butterfly Marketing open source for nothing right now, though the Wishlist Member will run you about $97. The main reasons are that the Butterfly site is not offering as much support anymore, unless you upgrade after picking up the open source software, while the Wishlist site is continuing to update and stick with the times and changes occuring online.
Right now Wishlist Member is having a Christmas sale through the end of 2011 where they are offering some major bonuses which you get when you join.
Some include thousands of hand drawn icons and graphics, additional plugins to control which member levels see what within a page or link and a 3 session live course that will take place in January 2012 in regards to setting up your first membership site.
So if you have been thinking of getting a membership site, now is the time to do it. Perhaps you get a little spending money that you want to invest into your business. This is the ideal situation to be in.
When you buy WishList Member http://yourreviewguru.com/WishListChristmas before the end of the year, you will be able to get those great bonuses. They most likely will not be there after the new year.
To sweaten the deal, I will have some of my own bonuses to go along with this that you should be interested in as well that will compliment your membership sites.
1) 6 months text message coaching when you need need it. (Potentially Priceless)
2) Silver level Access to the Membership Marketers club. Normally a $47 subscriptions
3) I will mail you a DVD of the Speedy Profit Creator: This is a 10 video DVD put together by my buddy Omar Martin on getting your first product online
Get your business off on the right foot with the Speedy Profit Creator
4) I will mail you a printed copy of Mike Filsaime's Butterfly Marketing Manuscript (yeah, that is me holding a fresh copy of it! (This normally sells for up to $97 or more itself!)
Butterfly Marketing Manuscript 3.0
So go check out Wishlist Member today and rake in all the loot before your chances are gone!