One of the questions we get asked most frequently at SubHub is “what are the good membership website ideas?”
The answer is very simple: whatever your passion is.
You can create a membership model based on any type of business, but the one thing you don’t want to do is choose one just because you think it might make money.
There is no way your website will generate paying members if you are not passionate about the subject of your membership business.
Yes, you can’t just be passionate about making money!
There are dozens of successful membership sites in the niches below, which clearly suggest that there is money to be made from these subjects. But keep in the mind that the owners of these sites are truly passionate about what they do, and truly want to help others. So before you start, just make sure with a quick check that you also fall into that category!
Having said all that, however, just because you’re passionate about your membership business idea doesn’t mean it will be easy to be profitable, either. Let’s face it, successful membership website niches are also competitive. There will be competition in whichever niche you choose. Your job is to show your potential members how you are different from the competition.
Here are just a few examples of membership website ideas to inspire you, from SubHub clients who at one time were just like you – trying to determine how to start a membership business. They have since developed their audiences and built successful membership websites.
If you want some SubHub examples, check out our Case Studies.
Subject #1 – Weight Loss, Fitness and Exercise
Diets and fitness are evergreen subjects. They will always find a willing audience happy to pay for advice.
Subject #2 – Health & Meditation
Closely aligned to #1, spiritual and mental health membership models are extremely popular. If this is your niche, you can go with a combination of audio files, videos, checklists, e-books and any number of other resources for your members. In addition, meditation and self-growth classes are excellent candidates for evergreen courses.
Subject #3 – Business Coaching
Business coaching is big business these days, especially online business coaching. If you have expertise in digital marketing of business services or products, this could be your niche.
Subject #4 – Online Magazine
Online magazine subscriptions are another way to monetize your expertise. Membership levels might include a free newsletter round up of the latest publications, access to current editions, and access to archives.
Subject #5 – Sales & Marketing
Online marketing has become a sector in its own right, with dozens of membership websites emerging over the last five years. They look at every niche marketing subject including SEO, SEM, social media marketing, pay per click, etc. Sales skills, whether for an online business or not, are always in demand.
Subject #6 – Investment Coaching
Investment tips are a great use of a membership website, and something very much in demand. You can share reports, performance spreadsheets, trade examples, screen shares, videos, personal coaching and more. SubHub’s built-in forum lets your subscribers hold discussions to discuss tips and investment methods.
Subject #7 – Life Coaching
The subject of dating and relationships continues to grow as a viable membership business. With couples glued to their phones and computers all day and into the evening, the question of how to maintain a relationship becomes more important. Similarly, stress management and self-improvement/personal empowerment niches offer a huge opportunity to start a new membership business.
Subject #8 – Online Training Courses
Online training is one of the most burgeoning fields on the internet right now. SubHub’s course editor makes it easy to set up drip or evergreen classes to share your expertise, whatever niche you are in.
Subject #9 – Children’s Education
We all know that educational budgets can limit the abilities of teachers and educators to do what they would consider their best work. Membership models can supplement those efforts with materials and coaching help.
Subject #10 – Faith & Ministry
Websites that are offer assistance or trainings on faith-based teachings are becoming more and more popular.
Of course, you do NOT need to write about one of the subjects above to create a successful subscription or membership website. With global reach and a deep knowledge of where your customers can be found, even the most specialist subject can become a successful membership site.
Paid-for content revenues are growing across the world.
There has never been a better time to start a subscription or membership website.
Start today! Open a free SubHub trial website: https://subhub.com/trial