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I was doing my usual, which was working at the daily grind of my slow, but steady home business (of publishing books) when I got this email about a new release coming out.
But it said nothing more than “Dillard was releasing something new, and did I want to be part of it?”
I knew of Mike Dillard from his days in Magnetic Sponsoring. This is where he “almost single-handedly revolutionized the Network Marketing industry” – simply by introducing them to Attraction Marketing, and the Self-Liquidating Offer (“Funded Proposal”)
After that, he'd gone on to build something called the Elevation Group which I hadn't paid much attention to, since it was beyond my price range.
Then I got another email saying how to login to the affiliate members area – and once I got in, I started reviewing his descriptions about what was being offered...
The reason I'm finally publishing this - is so you can learn from someone who's been there, drunk the Kool-Aid, and survived.
(From the Introduction)
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This book has just been released (today, actually.)
You're in luck that I thought to give it a landing page so you could find where and how to get your own copies.
This is part of the Online Millionaire Plan book series. (Which I'll get together in a bundle for you at some point...)
Where To Buy Your Copy
- ISBN 9781312144651
- Copyright Robert C. Worstell (Standard Copyright License)
- Edition beta 0.1a
- Publisher Midwest Journal Press
- Published April 27, 2014
- Language English
- Pages 202
- Binding Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink Black & white
- Weight 0.79 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches) 6 wide x 9 tall
Links in this book (in case you got the hardcopy version):
Elevation Income Offer (go ahead and sign up for "future notices", then they should send you a link to the sales page.)
Elevation Group - membership to how to invest your extra income.
Magnetic Sponsoring for MLM home businesses
Affiliate Site Alternatives -
Email Service Providers -
Membership Paid Hosting -
Membership Self Hosting -
Product Creation -
- What's Mike Dillard Up to Now?
- How Mike Dillard Did it - he gets naked in public...
- Unboxing Ny Just-Arrived Elevation Income Kit by Mike Dillard
- The missing ladder to start climbing to your success with Elevation Income by Mike Dillard
- The Bottom Line to Mike Dillard's Success with Evolution Group and Magnetic Sponsoring
Monday, January 27, 2014
You get what you pay for in building a membership site - even if it's your own sweat-equity
I was just about to wrap this up review of Mike Dillard's Elevation Income and publish it as a book (after being distracted by various other subjects and projects) when I found a solution to other problems which fit here.
That makes this a footnote or postscript of sorts.
As you recall, the secret to his millions was a membership site pushed by affiliates.
The trick to pulling this off is to figure out how to do it without the expensive solutions he was pushing in his video's.
A little research found this:
You can actually set up a membership on a Blogger blog.
This means your costs are already covered. No additional expense. Except your own time.
There are really just two ways -
- password protect the entire blog, make it private and by invite only.
- add a script which password protects any whole page/post or just part of it.
This password function has been built-in to Wordpress for years. My point with Blogger is that you can get it hosted on their servers for free, and being part of the Google+ scene will probably make your site and content rank better. (Wordpress.com has numerous fees for hosting your blog there - and simply won't let you put affiliate or sales links on their free blogs.)
I first ran across building a Blogger membership site in Blogs by Heather. She said you could either protect the whole blog, or use a script to protect a whole post or page.
However, I searched wider to see what else was available and find if anyone came up with the same conclusions.
This post from Silly Girl gives a very nice script that's found on vincentcheung.ca and is able to selectively block just some parts of the text. (With another, shorter tutorial on that script at Simple Blogger Tips.) That's probably your best bet overall, since the non-member could become enticed to see what they were missing - and you don't have to have "Pro" and "Free" sections delineated as much. (Again, they get what they pay for.)
The whole page method would give you links to pages that don't show up. (Harder to do this with posts.) However, it would be good for ecourse delivery.
The drawbacks to this overall is that you can't easily run your own affiliate program, that you can't do split-testing.
The other point is that you can't drip content and then have it disappear. (One way to get people to buy the book based on the content is to have their original content go by-by after several weeks. Should have downloaded it when they had the chance. Now they have to buy the book to get your hard-won content. Of course, that has the benefit of now being readily available on their tablet or smartphone in one package...)
And finally, all these solutions have only one password. Meaning that eventually your hard-coded password will find its way onto forums. You'll need to reset it at least once a year or earlier.
That leaves our best solution being a plug-in-based Membership site built on a Linux-based Wordpress self-hosted as the best bet overall. (And you should host it on Amazon's scalable cloud, which is yet another research job I won't hold up the book for.)
The pluses are that you can start immediately with nothing but the autoresponder and domain name you already have. External affiliate sites (as already covered) can provide you with the recurring payments you need, and will handle the refunds for you. Meaning costs are next to nothing, just a lot of work figuring out how to get it running. See the tutorials.
A side note is that even if you post on Blogger, the point is to give it a CNAME so it's not [YourNiche].blogspot.com, but rather [YourNiche].[YourOwnDomain].com - this should tell Google's bots that it's a "real" blog, not a cheapo.
The bottom line, is of course the value of the content, regardless of what hosting you use.
That's the un-stated real sweat equity in any site you put up. I've seen some otherwise well-marketed memberships fall apart when you saw how cheap the content really was. (They called it "underground." I called it "amateur.")
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Now it's back to the book. I'll put a nice link and cover-shot up when it's done, so: Stay-Tuned; Subscribe.