Are you considering starting your own membership site, but have been struggling with coming up with ideas? Membership sites that correctly target groups of people who are seeking to solve problems can make a lot of recurring income.
If you can think of a niche, there’s probably a hungry market eager to buy products and services.
And if they’re already buying products and services, they’ll probably purchase memberships into your site.
In short: You’re about to discover a dozen membership ideas, but there are thousands upon thousands of ideas you could pursue instead.
That means that while you can take these ideas and put them to use, don’t be afraid to merely use them for inspiration to create an even bigger list of profitable membership site ideas.
Now let’s get on with the list…
1)) How to Become a Full-Time RV'er
In case you’re not familiar with the term (it’s popular in the U.S.), RV is short for “recreational vehicle,” also known as a motor home or travel trailer.
Now, most people use RVs for family vacations for a week or two out of the year. However, there are those who are considered full-time “RV’ers” – these are people who’ve sold their homes and live in their RVs. Often they travel to warmer climates in the winter, and back to their home region during the summer.
As you can imagine, the idea of full-time RV’ing appeals to some people.
But the problem is, it’s also a huge lifestyle change, and these folks are looking for guidance.
You can provide that guidance by covering such topics as:
- How to choose the right type of RV.
- How to save money on insurance.
- How to get online while on the road.
- How and where to get your postal mail.
- How to do basic RV maintenance.
- Good RV resorts.
- Cheap RV resorts.
- And so on.
There are plenty of topics you could include. Just visit RV forums, groups, and other online communities to see what people are asking about.
2)) Seduction Secrets for Men
Here’s a hot niche topic that has made e-book sellers rich – “pick up” or seduction secrets for men who’d like to get more dates.
Your membership site may include:
- Health and hygiene tips.
- Fashion tips to look good.
- Boosting self-confidence.
- How to catch a woman’s eye.
- How to flirt.
- How to get phone numbers.
- Where to take her on a first date.
- And so on.
If you need more ideas, just visit the numerous seduction and dating sites online to see what sort of information they’re offering. Also, use various keyword research tools to do some further research; it may surprise you when you discover what types of information men are seeking.
3)) Fat Loss Secrets For [Enter Niche Here]
As you likely already know, weight loss continues to be a hot market. But if you want a piece of it, you should find a sub-niche to serve.
Here are a few ideas just to get you thinking:
- Future brides who need to lose weight before the wedding.
- People who need to be in shape before joining the military.
- People who need to lose weight or their employers will have them pay more for health insurance.
- New moms who want to lose the baby weight.
- Middle-age people trying to prevent weight gain as they age.
- College students trying to lose the “freshman 15” (the 15 pounds they put on through poor eating habits since leaving home).
Those are just a few ideas – there are plenty of weight-loss niches out there.
As for content, it’s the same type of content you’d see in any weight loss product, including Diet secrets, information about exercise, motivation, and supplements.
4)) Weight Gain Secrets
Typically we think of weight-loss sites, as that’s a bigger market. But there’s also a decent-size market of people who’re looking to gain weight.
This market includes:
- Bodybuilders looking to put on muscle and mass.
- Athletes who need to get bigger (like football players).
- Tall, skinny teenage boys who’d like to get defined.
- People with medical conditions who’ve lost a lot of weight and are struggling to put it back on.
- And etc.
You can provide diet tips, workout (bodybuilding) tips, supplement tips, motivational information, etc.
You can even put together contests and challenges to see who improves the most in six, eight, or twelve weeks.
5)) Daily or Weekly Motivation/Inspiration
Here’s a neat little membership site you can put together, upload into an autoresponder, and then forget about it.
That’s because it’s fairly easy to create an “evergreen” motivation site that could go on for years using the content you create today.
Now, the best idea is to choose a niche and deliver daily or weekly motivational messages and articles to them.
Here are just a few niche ideas to get you thinking:
- Motivational messages for people wanting to lose weight.
- Motivation for members of a specific religion (in this case, it might not be motivational messages so much as meditations).
- Motivation for people with cancer.
- Motivation for people starting an online business.
- Motivation for people going through a divorce.
- Motivation for athletes.
As you can see, there are plenty of people needing motivation. Just carve out your niche and start delivering daily or weekly messages to boost and inspire them!
6)) Law of Attraction Secrets
Not everyone believes in the “Law of Attraction,” but those who do, form a somewhat rabid market.
That is, they’re always looking for new information on attracting what they want into their life.
As with most of these membership ideas, you can focus on a particular niche for the best results.
Example: You can focus on people who want to attract love into their life, or those who want to attract peace or, perhaps those who want to attract wealth and success.
Regardless of the niche, here are lessons and other ideas to get you started:
- Explanation of what the law of attraction is.
- How it works even if the person isn’t consciously using it.
- How to put emotion behind one’s intentions and desires.
- How to attract anything, effortlessly.
- Daily meditations and visualizations (also, reminders that members should in fact be doing this daily).
- How to use attraction tools like dream boards and gratitude journals.
While you can offer this course through an autoresponder or regular membership site, you may consider offering a support forum or group (this is true not just of this membership idea, but of several we’ve discussed). This allows members to share their results and motivate one another.
7)) Getting Over Grief
You can create a site for people who’ve recently lost someone close to them, but they’re finding it hard to get over their grief.
Again, here’s a site where you may want to offer a support forum or group, as those in grief will take great comfort in getting support from other members.
The actual content you provide can include daily messages of comfort; along with solid ideas for helping the person get over their grief (while at the same time assuring them that their grief is normal and temporary).
As with all these ideas, you may choose to create a site around a specific niche, such as:
- Those who lost a loved one in an unexpected way, such as a murder or a freak accident.
- For widows or widowers who’ve lost a spouse.
- Parents who’ve lost a child.
- People who lose a loved one after a long illness.
- People who’ve lost a beloved pet.
Again, the possibilities are nearly endless.
8)) Going Green Tips
Some people want to conserve energy and resources as a way to help the planet, while others want to do it to help their bank accounts.
You can choose to serve either of these groups of people (or both) by setting up a “how to go green” membership site.
You can create an all-encompassing site that helps people “go green” in all aspects of their lives.
Or you can choose to focus on one aspect, such as reducing their carbon footprint at home, choosing their transportation wisely, driving tips that save gas, how to “go green” on vacation, “go green” tips for business owners, and so on.
The exact content and lessons you provide largely depend on the overall topic you choose.
But the basic idea is to teach people how to reduce, reuse, recycle, and save.
9)) "Do It Yourself" Car Maintenance and Repair
Have you or someone you know ever wished you could save a few bucks by learning how to change your own car oil? If so, you’re not alone.
Plenty of people are interested in learning how to do basic maintenance and repair so that they can take care of their cars better, save money, and just get that good feeling that comes with being independent.
You can serve these people by creating a car maintenance and repair membership site, which may include topics like:
- How to check fluid levels and fill as needed.
- What type of oil and fluids to buy.
- What to avoid (things that are bad for the car).
- How to change the oil.
- How to change belts.
- How to change filters.
- How to change a tire.
- And other car-care tips to increase its life span.
If you’re dealing with fairly basic tasks, you may be able to offer your advice in a fairly general way.
Otherwise, you can offer a niche site such as “Car-Care for Chevy Owners.” Or you can get more specific and launch a site for a particular model (e.g., Car-Care for Corvette Owners).
10)) Classic Car Restoration
As long as we’re talking about cars, here’s another idea: classic car restoration.
Here you choose a specific type of car, such as a 1970 Corvette. Then you show people step-by-step how to restore the car.
Your lessons may include:
- Where to get a good deal on a project car.
- Where to get parts.
- The tools you need.
- How to reupholster the seats.
- How to swap out the motor.
- How to repaint the car.
- How to change the brakes.
- And so on.
Basically, you give a step-by-step guide to choosing and restoring a car. If you space the lessons out appropriately, members can complete a lesson per week and restore their car during the duration of the course.
11)) Fishing Secrets
Topics that save people money and make people money are always popular. But have you ever noticed how much money people spend on their hobbies?
That’s why you can service a hobby niche and make a bundle.
One such hobby niche you may consider is the fishing market. Of course, there are plenty of niches to choose from within this greater market.
For example, you can start a site for:
- Trout fishers.
- People who only fish in one region of the world, such as Canada.
- People who fish from freshwater lakes.
- Stream/river fishers.
- Deep-sea fishers.
- Beginners, intermediates, or advanced.
- And so on.
Depending on who you’re targeting, you may include topics and lessons like:
- Rules, regulations, and licensing requirements.
- Choosing your equipment.
- The best tackle and bait (may include reviews of popular tackle and bait products).
- The best time of the year to fish.
- The best time of the day to fish.
- The best rivers, lakes, streams, etc to fish in.
- Where to get good deals on “fishing packages” (e.g., vacation packages to fishing locations).
- And everything else people need to know to start landing big fish.
If you want to give people the full experience, you can even include tips on cleaning and cooking fish.
12)) How to Save Money
I just mentioned a moment ago that any time you can help people make or save money, you’ll generally have plenty of customers.
That’s why I thought we should with a membership idea that helps people save money.
Here again, there are plenty of niches to choose from. And as usual, the content and lessons you deliver will largely be decided by the niche you’re servicing.
Here are a few niche ideas you can use:
- How to save money on home heating bills (e.g., how to winterize the house).
- How to save electricity.
- How to save gas.
- How to save money on the monthly grocery bill.
- How to save money when you use your credit card.
- How to invest your money wisely in a 401k or IRA.
- How to save money by investing in the right stocks.
- Tips to creating a budget and saving money every month.
- How to save money by re-purposing and reusing products.
- How to save money on your regular bills (e.g., switching cell phone carriers, scaling back on your cable package, etc).
- How to save money by looking for deals (e.g., where to get good deals on vacations, where to get freebies and trial offers, etc).
You can also further target your “save money” site by choosing a particular niche, such as:
- Senior citizens.
- College students.
- Newly divorced people.
- Unemployed people.
- Single mothers (or other one-income families).
So as an example, you may create the “Senior Citizen’s Guide to Saving on Home Heating Bills” or the “Single Mother’s Guide to Saving for Retirement” or “The Retirees Guide to Traveling the World on a Shoestring Budget.”
I’ve just handed you on a silver platter, 12 Profitable Membership Site Ideas that you can do further research on.
However, I’m guessing that as you were reading these ideas, you thought of another dozen or so off the top of your head.
I suggest that you write them down right now so you don’t forget them. And then take a few minutes and brainstorm as many other membership ideas as you can, because one of them can make you a fortune!
Staring and running a membership site takes a lot of work. However, the benefits that you receive from running a successful membership site are well worth the effort.
The key is to follow a proven membership site blueprint because if you don’t you’ll most likely fail.
I’m being honest with you.
Most of the people that start membership sites eventually abandon them after coming to the realization of how difficult the process is.
I repeat; if you want to increase your chances of creating a successful membership site, follow a proven system created by someone who has a proven track record of success.
Don’t waste 5 or 10 years of your life trying to figure it out on your own.
If you don’t take anything else from this article, commit that statement to memory.
Good luck creating a profitable membership site!