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Creating a Membership Site Using Andrew and Daryl Grants Simple Model

July 3rd, 2009

Well its been a while since my last entry and the reason for this is I’ve been so busy developing my new membership site – Matters of the Heart: The Secrets to Emotional Health, Healing, Vitality and Wellbeing @  It’s not live yet but about to launch in three weeks so keep looking out for news of its launch as I will be giving away some special things.

Seeing I’ve been working on my membership site, I thought it a good time to discuss the benefits and points of  such a product on the internet.

  1. A membership site provides recurring income. With the model I am using, people pay for a month and receive weekly eclasses. They can continue with this for as long as the work is valuable. This obviously, is a better deal for you than a one off ebook .
  2. It is best to initially choose a topic that you know something about so you can write the weekly eclasses. Of course another option is to simply pay someone to write all the material for you and you can find ghost writers on such sites as and
  3. There are a number of models for memberships sites but the one I have chosen to go with is that used by Andrew and Daryl Grant. The best way to learn all that they have to offer is to book into one of their workshops (which I did). You can just follow this link to find out about the workshop.
  4. A membership site allows you to dominate your field or to be seen as an expert in your chosen area. This is particularly important on the internet. In my line of work I am regarded as an expert but on the internet it is now about getting my name and my products out there for people to trust me. By the way, if you are wondering what my line of work has been for the last twenty five years, I am an expert in emotional and mental health. I have worked on the full continum scale from personal growth and self development to the other extreme of trauma, critical incidents and disaster management. I am now bringing this expertise to the internet and my membership site is the perfect vehicle to do this. So if you are an expert in a field this may be your vehicle of choice
  5. The three main areas of development for your membership site are
    • Writing the sales page and developing the web page – this is your store
    • Writing the material you are going to market – this is the product or eclasses
    • Marketing your product online and offline – this is what makes you money
  6. Remember that you can always outsource a good deal of this work but of course it will cost money
  7. My husband and I have worked at learning the business from the bottom up and now we are tending to pay the experts more and do what we believe we do best – run the business rather than work in it

I hope this has encouraged you to at least look into this further. Please leave any comments and questions you have. I’d like to know others experiences with this sort of product.

Don’t forget if you want help with the real nitty gritty of the development go to: or just simply click on the banner on the right hand side.

By the way if you are looking for help set up your blog I cannot recommend highly enough Yaro Starak. What Yaro gives away is phenomenal and really worth a fortune. I’ve met him and he really is a nice guy. Just click his banner on the right hand side.

Until next time


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How Yaro Starak Earnt $250,000 With One Membership Site

May 6th, 2009

Yaro Starak over delivers again.
This time he has made available to us a free report on how to develop a membership site. We are currently in the process of building two new membership sites and of course as the time gets closer I’ll be letting you know all about them but for now, a quick review of Yaro’s Membership Site Masterplan.
Yaro is a big believer in the need to establish yourself well and truly within your niche. To do this end he gives away amazing information written in a professional manner yet in a way that the adverage non technical person can understand. The latter would of course be me and so I always appreciate it when someone can tone down the techie stuff to such a level that I can get my head around it.
His current free report: Membership Site Masterplan once again establishes him as an expert in the area of blogging and now building on that success to show us how to be successful with membership sites. The big plus with a membership site is that it is not a once off purchase. The customer usually receives their information weekly over a period of time. This helps the customer to digest large amounts of information in more bit sizes and even more importantly the opportunity to practice what they have learnt. For the seller it of course gives on going income which is always better than a once off sale.
In his free report Yaro covers many important topics inclucing:
* The technology needed for a membership site
* Getting the prelaunch and launch of the site just right
* How to put the membership site on autopilot which of course is the whole idea of creating passive income and the lifestyle that goes with it
* The all important “How to sell”
and many other things.
To get hold of Yaro’s free report on building membership sites, simply click on this link:

If the report is not enough then Yaro also offers that extra added boast of a membership site to provide some hand holding while you are in the important process of getting up and going. To find out more about his membership site simply click on this link:

In my research I have come up with two distinct models for membership sites:

(1) The community type based model. With this model there is no step by step process that the customer goes through rather it is about role models and offering information on a topic in such form as interviewing experts in a particular area. The members themselves often contribute to the community based models and alot of ownership can be generated in this manner.
(2) This is a step by step outcome membership model on a particular topic eg “How to Build a Membership Site”. Members learn something extra each week until they have finally achieved their outcome.
When deciding which model you want to use it will really depend on the topic you have chosen. Ask yourself “which of these two models fits best with my topic and with what I am trying to achieve”
Don’t forget to check out the banners to Yaro’s free reports and products, particularly the new one Membership Site Masterplan.
Until next time
PS. Please let me know what you would like me to be writing on. I really want all this to be relevant and to help people build their online business as others have helped us.

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Yaro Starak’s 10 Blog Traffic Tips

April 27th, 2009

In every bloggers life comes a special day – the day they first launch a new blog. Now unless you went out and purchased someone else’s blog chances are your blog launched with only one very loyal reader – you. Maybe a few days later you received a few hits when you told your sister, father, girlfriend and best friend about your new blog but that’s about as far you went when it comes to finding readers.Here are the top 10 techniques new bloggers can use to find readers.

These are tips specifically for new bloggers, those people who have next-to-no audience at the moment and want to get the ball rolling.

It helps if you work on this list from top to bottom as each technique builds on the previous step to help you create momentum. Eventually once you establish enough momentum you gain what is called “traction”, which is a large enough audience base (about 500 readers a day is good) that you no longer have to work too hard on finding new readers. Instead your current loyal readers do the work for you through word of mouth.Top 10 Tips

10. Write at least five major “pillar” articles. A pillar article is usually a tutorial style article aimed to teach your audience something. Generally they are longer than 500 words and have lots of very practical tips or advice. This article you are currently reading could be considered a pillar article since it is very practical and a good “how-to” lesson. This style of article has long term appeal, stays current (it isn’t news or time dependent) and offers real value and insight. The more pillars you have on your blog the better.

9. Write one new blog post per day minimum. Not every post has to be a pillar, but you should work on getting those five pillars done at the same time as you keep your blog fresh with a daily news or short article style post. The important thing here is to demonstrate to first time visitors that your blog is updated all the time so they feel that if they come back tomorrow they will likely find something new. This causes them to bookmark your site or subscribe to your blog feed.

You don’t have to produce one post per day all the time but it is important you do when your blog is brand new. Once you get traction you still need to keep the fresh content coming but your loyal audience will be more forgiving if you slow down to a few per week instead. The first few months are critical so the more content you can produce at this time the better.

8. Use a proper domain name. If you are serious about blogging be serious about what you call your blog. In order for people to easily spread the word about your blog you need an easily rememberable domain name. People often talk about blogs they like when they are speaking to friends in the real world (that’s the offline world, you remember that place right?) so you need to make it easy for them to spread the word and pass on your URL. Try and get a .com if you can and focus on small easy to remember domains rather than worry about having the correct keywords (of course if you can get great keywords and easy to remember then you’ve done a good job!).

7. Start commenting on other blogs. Once you have your pillar articles and your daily fresh smaller articles your blog is ready to be exposed to the world. One of the best ways to find the right type of reader for your blog is to comment on other people’s blogs. You should aim to comment on blogs focused on a similar niche topic to yours since the readers there will be more likely to be interested in your blog.

Most blog commenting systems allow you to have your name/title linked to your blog when you leave a comment. This is how people find your blog. If you are a prolific commentor and always have something valuable to say then people will be interested to read more of your work and hence click through to visit your blog.

6. Trackback and link to other blogs in your blog posts. A trackback is sort of like a blog conversation. When you write a new article to your blog and it links or references another blogger’s article you can do a trackback to their entry. What this does is leave a truncated summary of your blog post on their blog entry – it’s sort of like your blog telling someone else’s blog that you wrote an article mentioning them. Trackbacks often appear like comments.

This is a good technique because like leaving comments a trackback leaves a link from another blog back to yours for readers to follow, but it also does something very important – it gets the attention of another blogger. The other blogger will come and read your post eager to see what you wrote about them. They may then become a loyal reader of yours or at least monitor you and if you are lucky some time down the road they may do a post linking to your blog bringing in more new readers.

5. Encourage comments on your own blog. One of the most powerful ways to convince someone to become a loyal reader is to show there are other loyal readers already following your work. If they see people commenting on your blog then they infer that your content must be good since you have readers so they should stick around and see what all the fuss is about. To encourage comments you can simply pose a question in a blog post. Be sure to always respond to comments as well so you can keep the conversation going.

4. Submit your latest pillar article to a blog carnival. A blog carnival is a post in a blog that summarizes a collection of articles from many different blogs on a specific topic. The idea is to collect some of the best content on a topic in a given week. Often many other blogs link back to a carnival host and as such the people that have articles featured in the carnival enjoy a spike in new readers.

To find the right blog carnival for your blog, do a search at

3. Submit your blog to To be honest this tip is not going to bring in a flood of new readers but it’s so easy to do and only takes five minutes so it’s worth the effort. Go to Blog Top Sites, find the appropriate category for your blog and submit it. You have to copy and paste a couple of lines of code on to your blog so you can rank and then sit back and watch the traffic come in. You will probably only get 1-10 incoming readers per day with this technique but over time it can build up as you climb the rankings. It all helps!

2. Submit your articles to This is another tip that doesn’t bring in hundreds of new visitors immediately (although it can if you keep doing it) but it’s worthwhile because you simply leverage what you already have – your pillar articles. Once a week or so take one of your pillar articles and submit it to Ezine Articles. Your article then becomes available to other people who can republish your article on their website or in their newsletter.

How you benefit is through what is called your “Resource Box”. You create your own resource box which is like a signature file where you include one to two sentences and link back to your website (or blog in this case). Anyone who publishes your article has to include your resource box so you get incoming links. If someone with a large newsletter publishes your article you can get a lot of new readers at once.

1. Write more pillar articles. Everything you do above will help you to find blog readers however all of the techniques I’ve listed only work when you have strong pillars in place. Without them if you do everything above you may bring in readers but they won’t stay or bother to come back. Aim for one solid pillar article per week and by the end of the year you will have a database of over 50 fantastic feature articles that will work hard for you to bring in more and more readers.

This article was by Yaro Starak, a professional blogger and my blog mentor. He is the leader of the Blog Mastermind mentoring program designed to teach bloggers how to earn a full time income blogging part time.To get more information about Blog Mastermind click this link:

Yaro Starak gives away amazing information. He is truly a generous and successful person. Yaro is someone that I follow and constantly learn from. For more information on his products have a look at his two banner ads on the right of my blog

Until next time
Julie Spain

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