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31 Days to Profitable Membership Sites: Day 4 - Do Your Initial Tech Set Up


31 Days to Profitable Membership Sites: Day 4 - Do Your Initial Tech Set Up

Today you’re going to go through the initial tech steps you need to take to set up your site. That means you’ll do the following:


· Buy a domain name.

· Get hosting.

· Choose an email service provider.

· Select a payment processor.


Let’s take a closer look…


Buy a Domain Name


You developed your site name in the last step. Now today you can purchase your associated domain name. Just be sure to use a well-established, reputable registrar like NameCheap.com or GoDaddy.com. Also, be sure to purchase the “.com” version, as that’s what most people think of when they think of a domain name.


Get Hosting


Your next step is to secure webhosting that’s linked to your new domain name. Again, stick with a reputable, well-known host such as HostGator.com or any number of other established hosts.


Once you select a host, then go back into your domain registrar dashboard and change your domain’s name server (DNS) to point to your new host. Your new host will give you the numbers you need to plug in. If you have any questions about how to do this, check your domain registrar’s knowledge base – most big registrars have instructions and even videos showing you how to complete this task.


Choose an Email Service Provider


You may decide to deliver your content by email, especially if you have a fixed-term PLR membership site. In that case, you just load your monthly content to your autoresponder and let the platform deliver on a set schedule (such as weekly or monthly, depending on what you’re offering). Likewise, if you have an ongoing membership site you can announce new content with live broadcasts every month.


No matter what sort of site you set up, you’ll be using an email service provider to keep in touch with your members and recommend back offers. That’s why it’s important to pick out a reliable, established service such as Aweber.com, ConvertKit.com, GetResponse.com or any number of other well-known and reputable email service providers.


Select a Payment Processor


Your last step is to select a payment processor to handle orders for your website. One good option is PayPal.com. If you intend to have affiliates, then you might choose a platform like ClickBank.com. If these options don’t suit you, then you can look further into processors such as Stripe.com, Zaxaa.com or 2Checkout.com.


Optional: Select a Membership Platform/Plugin


I like to make things as easy as possible, which is why I often set up fixed-term membership sites and deliver the monthly content using an autoresponder. That’s what I suggest you do too, unless you have experience or a particular reason for choosing something else. If you are electing to use a membership platform, then you might check out popular options such as ProductDyno.com. Search Google for other options if this doesn’t suit you.


TODAY’S TASK: Your task for today is to go through the above steps to purchase your domain name, get hosting, select an autoresponder, and choose a payment processor. In all cases, be sure to stick with reputable, established platforms/solutions that you can rely on.



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