If you are selling information products to a particular niche market, building a membership site may be just the way to make people feel special and so entice them to buy from you. A membership site may be a very good option for you. Remember – information is most valuable when it’s only available to a limited number of people. It’s true – it’s why art snobbery exists!

Selling information over the internet is big business nowadays. What you can do is sell subscriptions to online content at your membership site which is then password protected. This is a popular online business because it’s fast and easy to set up, with the right tools. It also costs very little to set up and run. Pay-for-content is the newest and now the hottest way to make money online. Business information, match-making and entertainment are the most lucrative niches but even much smaller and more specialized niches are bringing in great profits for people.

Membership sites give you an impressive residual income, as almost three-quarters of members renew their membership. The great thing about PLR products is that people can buy them from you and then sell them on themselves if you give them re-branding rights. That means they are more likely to buy it from you because they also can use it to make money.

The thing to be aware of with building a membership site for PLR products. Bear in mind what we’ve said about people remaining loyal to their subscriptions; they’ll stick with you – and year on year, subscription charges are rising; that’s great news for you if this is your online business.

So what do I need for my own membership subscription site?

There are four main things you need to make your membership subscription site do well and make you good profits, just like any other online business.

The right target market

Try to find a subject which people feel strongly about; this can be a hobby, a sport, a car…anything so long as people will want to learn about it and talk about it. That means they will come to your website. Do a keyword search to find out if the niche you’re thinking of looks like it will be big enough to sustain your PLR products website and make sure it does not have too much competition from already established websites; remember, people are loyal to their subscriptions so unlikely to move to you unless you offer a tempting unique selling point.

A unique selling point

If potential subscribers can find the same PLR products online for free as you’re offering them, then common-sense tells you that they’re unlikely to want to pay you for it, so you won’t get subscribers; just like with any online business, your conversion rate will be poor and your information product business will be in trouble.

You should do your homework and search both online and offline to make sure that the content that you are trying to sell is not given away anywhere for free.

Finding subscribers

If you’ve got your target market right, it’s not as difficult as you might think to get subscribers. You just need to get your search engine optimisation correct and advertise your website through article marketing, blogging etc.

Tools or services

Remember that people loving something for nothing. Try to match your freebies with your information products you want to sell; so give people a taster of what’s in your Members’ Area. Give them reason to subscribe and get into the Members’ Area. Show them that by subscribing they can get good quality information products.