Power Membership Site Package

The most flexible membership site platform. If you want your
site to run like the Academy, this is it.

I have used and tried many different combinations of software for membership sites over the years. If you’ve been a reader or student of mine for awhile, you might have seen some of those changes.

The combination of tools you see now here at the Blog Marketing Academy is the result of all of that trial and error. It is a powerful platform that offers a ton of flexibility… some of which I’m not even using myself.

I get a lot of questions about my setup here with the Academy. I’ve had others essentially try to build their own versions and some have even used my services to essentially build a “Blog Marketing Academy” for them, only applied to their own niche.

This package has been compiled with that in mind.

In the end, you will have a powerful, flexible membership site & community platform that works more or less like this very website. I’ll set it up for you and make it work the way you need it to. All you need to do is bring the content.

 

Here's The Bullet Points...

Just Making It Simple For You

This package is for business owners that want a true community-driven, social learning online business platform that has all the bells and whistles.

We’ll build it on the BuddyBoss platform, just like this very site. 

The Nitty Gritty

The idea here is to set you up with a site that can grow with you as well as keep your future costs down. And while I will help you get it all up and running, I don’t want you to feel as if you’re stuck with me. Everything is based on Wordpress and “out of the box” software. Not only that, you’ll be able to modify things yourself without knowing any code at all.

To do this, we will be using the Thrive Suite of tools. Feel free to research this yourself to see everything that’s included. Your site will be based on Thrive Theme Builder, using the Architect page builder. For any online courses, we’ll use Thrive Apprentice. I will do all the setup and the customization of your theme, course environment and more. But, using the visual builders, you will be fully empowered to make adjustments as you see fit on your own.

For ecommerce needs, we’ll set up Woocommerce. It works great with Thrive Apprentice. And if you need recurring billing, no problem. I’ll get you all set up. No need to figure out the technical stuff on your own.

For your email list, we’ll use FluentCRM. It is an awesome Wordpress-based marketing automation CRM. You won’t need to take on a monthly bill for a third-party email host. Just a small little bill for actually sending the emails (but I recommend Amazon and they’re so cheap it is crazy). I will also help you get set up with the basic automations needed (including welcome sequence, thank-you emails, etc.)

You will not need to purchase these packages separately as an added cost. It is all included in this packaged service.

I’ll even host your site for you for a year. You’ll be hosted on Cloudways, but I’ll take care of the bill. You’ll be able to access your site directly, but I will also be on there as a team member so I can help you through any confusions or issues as regards hosting. After a year, you can either decide to renew our relationship for continued management, move the site to your own Cloudways account, or migrate to another host of your choosing. Oh, and I’ll do the migration for you if you decide to move.

Questions You Might Have (And My Answers)

I can’t call them “frequently asked questions” yet because… well, this is a new package. 🙂 So, here we go…

For one upfront package cost, I will take on the heavy lifting of getting your platform built. I’ll setup and install the software, get it all working, get the basic look and feel of the site up to how you want it, get the mechanics set up, and (optionally) host it for a year. We will also kick things off with a strategy call so we can work out the details of what you need before building anything.

I also know that, at times, people don’t even know enough to know what they need. And as you know, I’m way more than just a web dude. So, I will also be your advisor and coach through this process. When we speak, I will learn more about your intentions and I’ll guide you through the process.

Basically, the platform will be ready for you. All you’ve got to do is bring the content and your personal touch. I’ll take care of the mechanics and help get you over the sticking points.

Yes, but within reason. When we do our planning session, I will learn more about your needs and wants. And I will be putting the site together using Thrive Theme Builder. We will start with a fully operational and professional look and feel and I will customize it as needed to suit your brand and personal taste.

Keep in mind that I am not a pro graphics designer. I will not design your logo for you, nor create a fully custom design. For that kind of thing, you need a graphical/web design pro. But, I can get you to a good starting point. And, being based on a visual builder, you will be able to make modifications at any time.

We’ll figure that out during out planning session. I have other licenses to tools you may need, such as SEO plug-ins, performance optimization, etc. I’ll help you take care of all that. We will use my agency licenses for any plug-ins used as part of my service to you. Anything else you may want, you can buy that and I’ll help you install it and set it up. It is your site and you’re in the driver seat.

You will need to sign up for an external email SMTP service for your emails. I recommend Amazon SES as you can send a LOT of emails very cheaply. We’re talking, perhaps, a full 100K emails for only $10. Chances are,  you’ll be sending a lot less than 100K emails, so your actual monthly bill to Amazon will be quite small.

If you want to install any other software plug-ins unique to your business, you may need to purchase your own licenses for those. Also, if you choose to use other web hosting, you’ll need to pay for that.

You will be responsible for your own domain.

If you would like me to remove the hassle of hosting for you, I can. I will manage your site on Cloudways and I will take care of it for a year. After that, you’ll have a few options. We can keep the site right where it is and you’ll just pay Blog Marketing Academy for monthly management. That’s totally optional. You can also just take over the Cloudways account and we’ll move the site to your account and you just pay for it. Lastly, if you don’t want to use Cloudways, you can choose to use any host you want and I will migrate your site over there for you. Hosting is included in this service as a convenience only if you need it. I’m happy to do it.

As for any plug-ins I install as part of providing this service, we will be using my client/agency licenses. I incur those expenses so you don’t have to. You will be able to update things and we’ll keep things maintained.

No. It is up to you to bring the business, the offers, and the content. It will be up to you to generate traffic. Obviously, as part of the Blog Marketing Academy, I do help people with initial strategy. But, this package is not about a “business in a box” where you just step into a money-making business. That’s the kind of thing bullshit artists promise in order to have you part ways with your money. What I am providing here is the PLATFORM from which you can build and grow your business.

Honestly, we’ll see. The first thing you will do is schedule a strategy session with me. Once we talk, I’ll have a better feel for things. Initial setup of the site is usually pretty fast. For the things I need you to do, I will provide checklists and guidance. I try to systematize this as much as possible for both your sake and mine.

My goal is never to lock you in with me as a service provider. In my ideal world, I’d get you up and running and you’d take over and be able to modify and run your site totally independently. So, with that in mind, I will be providing some training inside the membership for you to help with the included software. I will also be available to hop onto a call with you to show you around or to provide any “over the shoulder” videos to show you how to do things. Keep in mind, too, that all the software we’ll use is publicly available and very well-supported, so there is also a TON of documentation and content online on how to use it.

This package is based on the the needs of the majority of people starting up a membership site and building their platform. I do realize that you may have other things you want and that it is possible you’ll need some extra work done that is not typically part of this. That’s OK. All package clients have access to the members-only discount on service credits, so you can always purchase additional credits for other non-standard work. Also, we’ll talk about it in advance, so you’ll always be in the know and in control.

The first thing we will do together is a consultation via Zoom. If, for some reason, during or right after that call we decide we’re not a good fit or that what you have in mind isn’t something I’m going to do, I will refund your money minus the cost of our call ($98). Once work begins and I build your site for you, there are no refunds.

Here’s the thing… I don’t think it will come to this. Every client I work with does so because they like having somebody they trust to help them personally. And I like to think I’m a cool dude to work with. 🙂 

As always, if you have any other questions first, feel free to contact us and we’ll knock it out.

Let's Get Started

You can pay upfront or break it up a bit. Up to you.

Keep in mind, too, that this service includes licensing for the plug-ins used (close to an $800 value).

Pay Upfront

$ 1499
  • Full setup service and initial consultation, followup
  • Includes plug-in access (no need to purchase your own license)
  • Includes initial strategy call
  • Includes 1 year of hosting (and migration to new host later if desired)
  • Includes followup training to help you use/modify your site independently

2 Payments

$ 799 2 payments
  • Full setup service and initial consultation, followup
  • Includes plug-in access (no need to purchase your own license)
  • Includes initial strategy call
  • Includes 1 year of hosting (and migration to new host later if desired)
  • Includes followup training to help you use/modify your site independently

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