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July 13, 2010

Finding a Profitable Membership Website Niche

Finding a Profitable Membership Site Topic and profiting from it

Are you interested in starting a membership site but are unsure of what your topic of the site should be? Most of us are experts at something whether that something is a recreational activity such as golfing, playing tennis,or a skilled leisure hobby such as knitting, crochet or Monogramming.

Building a membership site that would suit people's interests and people's abilities. For instance you could be someone who is good at playing poker or golf can start a membership site that teaches the sport. The site would contain valuable information about selecting the right club, swings, manufacturers, etc. The site might have articles on golfing itself or eBooks on famous golf courses. The site could sell physical products like golf balls and tees. The membership site may have a forum where fellow golfers could discuss handicaps, and golfing techniques, or golf shoes.

When designing your membership site you may decide to visit similar membership sites that are already up and running to see what they are offering so that you can make your site unique. In the above golfing example, the future membership owner may decide to read golf magazines and visit bookstores to locate current books on golfing. The owner may decide to join golfing ezines or do some social networking. All of these things will help the new owner to investigate the demand for the golfing niche and help to determine what can be done to make the new golf membership different from what is already out there.

After doing initial research the site owner will want to conduct a keyword search to be sure that, the market or niche is not already too saturated. Competition is healthy as long as the newcomer can think of something that can be offered that is better or unique.

On the other hand, make sure that your niche is not too small because the profits will not be enough.

Once you have chosen a niche and are confident that there is a big enough demand for what you have to offer you will want to decide on all of the services you will be providing to your members. You want to be different from your competition yet provide valuable information, mentorship or products.

Membership sites can offer all kinds of things to their members such as affiliate opportunities, articles, blogs, and free articles for members to reprint, discounts on products and services from third party companies, eBooks, forums for members to share information and ideas, interviews with experts in the field, seminars, software, and tutorials on the topic.

Successful membership sites are constantly adding value to the site by adding new products and services, introducing new tutorials or seminars, providing new resources or giving members new ways to communicate with each other as new technology is developed.

While I wouldn’t recommend starting an online business for everyone, for many people it’s one of the best ways to generate income without a job. It has certainly worked disgustingly well for me. If you’re interested in learning more about this option, please check out Start Your Own Successful Online Business @ for details.

Marisol Diaz is an experienced workshop presenter,executive editor,IA and a business facilitator. She has been writing on legal research and Canada immigration law since 2006. contact her @

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