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    Paid members section

    This was discussee a few months ago, but i thought d reopen the discussion to see if anyone can provide fresh input on having a paid section to your site. I havnt much luck in this area, but have gained some lessons.
    The main one of which seems to be that you need to offer a large section of your site for free, and then hopefully be able to prompt your users to upgrade to becoming a paid member.
    Anyway, if anybody can offer their experiences in this are, thanks in advance, with advertising just continuing to drop I know that my survival one day my just depend on this model.

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    Depends on Target

    I run a resource site for Macromedia Flash. Would anyone be willing to pay - NO. Why? Our primary market is generally beginning flashers so they are teenagers or people with very little money.

    Even Flash kit the grand daddy of resource sites would loose 95%+ (my estimate) if they went paid.

    If you are doing something for business people that will bring value to them in the end it could work.

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    one way you COULD look at wether it is feasible or not is to take how many visitors you are getting now, and divide that by about 2% so if your are getting 1000 visitors a month with the paid version you may get only 20 (visitors x 2% = X), now what is the information you provide worth to those 20 people. this will help you figure out a price, and then take that price and multiply it by X, is the site still feasible? or will you make more money through ad revenue with your existing userbase?

    keep in mind that if people are paying then they arent going to want ads!

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    iTec is right. If you're going to the pay plan, your traffic matters very little. What matters is your members/subscribers, so focus on that.

    Offering a large amount of free content creates more buyers? Interesting that you have found that, I have heard the complete opposite from others. If people are already receiving 50 free bikini pictures from your website, why would they pay for 75?
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    Only if the last 25 are without the bikini!
    That's all folks...

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    Originally posted by Tyhe
    Only if the last 25 are without the bikini!
    ROFL

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    Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." --Margaret Mead

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    From what I have seen paid member sections or services on top of a free site do not seem to work that well, But they do generate some monthly income, but I believe the people who tend to use it are your site regs who more or less see it as helping the site stay alive rather than them doing it because they really want the access.


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