Launching my membership site!

Last Update: May 01, 2015

Today is the day my membership site launches: www.drawlike.me

I believe in membership sites as the ideal online business. This is my 2nd, after a previous attempt in 2010 (that had way too small of a market). I'll be sharing what I learn from this project as it goes :)

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danbarth87 Premium
Sweet!
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loubell08 Premium
Great idea!!
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ArpL Premium
thanks!
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bestofluck Premium
very nice site and theme. You can create a table for the membership options to make it look more interesting.
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ArpL Premium
Thanks, that's on the agenda - for now I went with whatever styling options the theme offered just to get it out the door :)
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TheCatherine Premium
I have to say I started with membership sites but there are several reasons why I abandoned the model. The first was the fact that PayPal can be difficult with recurring payments and the second was content. My membership site was a chess club and getting content was a nightmare. I would love to know how you get on now in 2015 it's nearly 15 years ago since I gave up my last one. Another problem is also selling I didn't have this problem but now you can't sell them on clickbank, when you can but the sales page has to be so watered-down as to not make any. I wish you all the luck in the world and do keep us posted
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ArpL Premium
I too loathe Paypal - that's why I prefer Stripe and refused to consider any membership plugin that did not support it. The content on the site is created my artists - who make the tutorials. Members sign up via artist referrals and the artists keep 70% of the revenue on a recurring basis. Also, a lot of the promotion will come from the artists themselves and their social media followings.
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TheCatherine Premium
That sounds like a sensible plan, a good business footing. Also Stripe is much more lenient in its terms - however I use Stripe and you may have at some point to be aware that their refunds are not done as refunds and they don't give you a reference number. i gave a refund this morning on one of my products and this is what they said


We'll submit any refund you make to your customer's bank immediately. Your customer will then receive the funds from a refund in their account approximately 5–10 business days after the date on which the refund was initiated.

Note that refunds may appear in the form of a reversal. In the case of a reversal, the original payment will drop off of your customer's bank statement, and a separate credit is not issued.

Just as a matter of interest I would have used a studio press theme for a membership site I would love to know what you used it looks fabulous. Again the very best of luck to you
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CathyS Premium
Ohhh... that is way smart. Arp! I'm gonna check out FB and see if anybody there has a page about the niches I'm interested in. Hey - one never knows, right? God Bless!
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ArpL Premium
I used a Genesis subtheme called Drone by ZigZagPress - I'm totally hooked on Genesis, love their approach!
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ArpL Premium
I realized that making your own content was a big hurdle so this was my solution :)
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TheCatherine Premium
Me too absolutely I would have used Genesis so easy to use and I love the idea of not having to update every time there is an update bank of the parent and child themes
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TheCatherine Premium
It's an ingenious solution I'm well impressed that I expected nothing less from you
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ArpL Premium
You know, I got to the solution indirectly through here - I met an artist who was a member here for a month who launched a site and got 2600 hits the first day. We struck up a friendship and that was the final piece of the puzzle. So even for this I can thank WA :)
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CathyS Premium
Oh my gosh! My goal is to offer a membership site but I'm too intimated by them! I'm looking forward to following you and your success! God Bless!
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ArpL Premium
Please feel free to ask, I'm happy to share what I've learned so far :)
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