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How To Build A Fully Automated Drip Membership Site in WordPress

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Here's the dream:

You create your courses and set up your WordPress membership site. You integrate it with your email marketing system, Drip, so you can still use the same tags and email automation software as before.

Then, you just kick back and watch as the membership site sells itself and keeps your students engaged like a well-oiled machine…

Sounds like a pipe dream, right?

It's not.

Whether you're offering online courses, products, a social network, or any variety of resources inside your membership site, you can absolutely automate the whole thing, using just two tools: AccessAlly Pro and Drip. Continue Reading

How to Automatically Redirect Visitors to A WordPress Login Page

Why Should You Automatically Redirect Visitors to a WordPress Login Page?

A membership site is a wonderful tool that allows you to restrict access to your website content. When built properly, the only ones who can access this content are those who have purchased a subscription (or, in the case of a free course, opted in).

The good news is that your membership site plugin can take over the task of automatically redirecting visitors to the WordPress login page first, then permit those with the right credentials to move on and explore the site itself. Continue Reading

Why Offering a Free Course Inside Your Membership Site Is Worth The Effort (And Extremely Profitable)

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Wondering how to build a profitable membership site from the get go?

Maybe this sounds familiar…

Your membership site starts off with a powerful launch that brings in some paying members…

Welcome to the membership marketing hamster wheel.

Some of your membership site subscribers are lost to cancellations…

But maybe you gain another few through a second marketing campaign… Oh wait, you're back to filling your membership with content and keeping members on board longer.

After a while, it might feel like the membership site is taking more of a toll on your health and sanity than it's worth.

Fortunately, there's a simple method you can use to free yourself up, let go, and let your membership site sell itself. Continue Reading

How To Create a Trial Period For Subscription Programs in WordPress

Why Create a Trial Period For Subscription Programs in WordPress?

It can be challenging to find successful ways to market and sell your subscription programs. Buyers are often hesitant to commit to a recurring payment for a product they aren't sure they'll like.

Sure, you might offer a “30 Day Money Back Guarantee” but that doesn't always win them over. After all, obtaining that “money back” can be a huge hassle and, depending on the company, impossible.

But there's one strategy that can increase the amount of signups, and decrease cancellations. And that's offering an extremely discounted (or free) trial period for subscription programs. Continue Reading

5 Things to Look For When Choosing A WordPress Membership Site Theme

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There are impressive membership sites out there… but the question is: what's the best WordPress membership site theme to achieve your own membership goals?

The impressive sites you've seen are exquisitely designed, but they're also effective at bringing in solid recurring revenue, month after month.

That's because the appearance of your membership site goes hand-in-hand with its functionality and effectiveness.

Naturally, when you see a membership site and think I want that, your first question is: I wonder what plugin they use?

…but the membership site plugin controls the page protection, user automations, etc. It doesn't actually control the whole website styling.

The WordPress theme does. Continue Reading

How to Track Course Progress in WordPress (Piecharts, Progress Bars, and More!)

Why Track Course Progress in WordPress?

When you run an online course membership site in WordPress, it can be challenging to keep your students engaged and motivated.

One way to overcome that challenge is by tracking course progress in WordPress with your membership site plugin.

By tracking your students' progress through the online course (and displaying this progress through pie charts or progress bars), you make it easier for them to see how far they've come – and how much work they have left to do.

It's a great way to visually motivate them to stay focused on course content. Continue Reading

5 Ways Onboarding New Team Members Online Leads To Happier Employees And Saves You Time

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In the “old days,” onboarding new team members meant resurrecting the old hard copy of the company manual (you know, that one in the 3-ring binder).

The new hire would turn the pages, only to be told again and again “Ignore that part. We do it differently now.”

Fortunately, things are beginning to change.

Many companies are now seeing the benefit of creating an online version of the onboarding process. Not only does this save time (for everyone), but it also leads to increased knowledge, decreased overwhelm, and happier employees.

Here are 5 benefits of onboarding new team members online that ultimately lead to happier, better trained employees… and practical tips to help make it happen within your own membership site. Continue Reading

How to Create a Custom Login Page for WordPress

Why Create A Custom Login Page for WordPress?

The default WordPress login page is pretty bland.

For typical users, this is a non-issue.

If you're running a membership site, though, you don't want to send your subscribing members to that default login.

This is when you want to create a custom login page for WordPress. The good news is that you don't need to mess with any code – all you need is your membership site plugin and a simple shortcode. Continue Reading

Your Guide to Building a Recurring Revenue Business Online With a Membership Site

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Picture this: the ocean waves are crashing along the shoreline. It's hot, and you're lounging under the shade of an umbrella, enjoying the feeling of sand under your feet.

In one hand is a drink – in the other, your cell phone.

You just got off a call with your VA, who gave you a quick update on the team's accomplishments (all great), and the revenue numbers for the week (really great).

The numbers are looking so good that you're feeling even more relaxed and ready to enjoy the full two weeks of vacation still ahead of you.

Your recurring revenue business model is doing the work for you.

…that's the dream, right?

It's so real you can almost reach out and touch it.

Recurring Revenue Isn't A Pipe Dream – You Can Make It Work

It's true: the recurring revenue business model isn't brain surgery. Nor does it require a PhD to make it work.

Instead, building a recurring revenue business online with a membership site is entirely possible with three things: the right idea, the right tools, and the right strategy to promote it. Continue Reading