Payhip Membership: Simple Affordable Membership Tools For Bloggers (Video)

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I gotta question for you - Are you looking for a really simple way to create memberships for your blog or online business? If you are, then you're in luck! I'm going to be sharing with you Payhip's simple but awesome memberships feature. Should you be excited? I think so.

A while back, I wrote a short personal review of Payhip, the platform that lets you sell your digital products and downloads such as eBooks, software, digital art, and everything else in between.

I’ve been happily using Payhip to promote and sell my eBooks for a few years now and I absolutely love using the platform, and I honestly think you would to.

Payhip is extremely cost-effective. It's easy to set up and begin using. As a Payhip member, you get access to some fantastic marketing tools to help you generate more sales of your digital products.

You see, Payhip isn't just a hosting platform. It has everything you need to promote and sell your digital products.

Recommended reading: Payhip Review: The Perfect Platform To Sell Your eBooks

Right then, there's some awesome news about Payhip. The company recently added a brand-new feature to their service called Payhip Memberships (Affiliate link).

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What is Payhip Membership and why does it matter?

Payhip Memberships allows you to create memberships so that you can earn recurring revenue from your blog or website.

Remember that recurring revenue is one of the best tactics for growing your passive income.

Using this new feature is simple and easy - All you have to do is create some 'exclusive' content, such as some informational PDF’s, videos, audio content, an online course perhaps. And then upload it to your Payhip account and create a membership so that only 'paid members' can access this content.

Sounds awesome, right?

And the best thing is, it's so easy to set up. When you compare Payhip's membership tools to other more complex setups, it's really no contest.

What if you already use Payhip?

If like me, you already use Payhip to sell digital goods, downloads, etc, you can even allocate specific products to a membership plan.

For example: You may sell a dozen eBooks individually. Well, you can now bundle them and create a monthly membership at a premium.

The other great thing about using Payhip's membership tools (Affiliate link) is that you can embed the membership system into a page on your website or blog.

What I've done for my blog here at Magnet4Blogging is create a membership in Payhip first. Then embed the custom buttons into my landing pages. I created a tutorial video to show you how below.


How useful is the Payhip membership tools?

Creating a membership system on your blog can be quite a challenge. Having something as easy as Payhip to setup is valuable to your business, at least in terms of time and money.

You don't need to worry about the technicalities involved because, for the most part, Payhip takes care of everything. I covered most of these in the last review.

Here are some of those technical details I'm referring to -

  • Product hosting and pricing.
  • Payment processing and invoicing.
  • Paying EU VAT.
  • GDPR.
  • Setting up email notifications.
  • Security.

Now, I want to stress that this isn’t a full-blown and complete membership solution if you’re looking for something a little more elaborate. But for a simple membership setup, then this would be ideal for most bloggers and solopreneurs to use.

How does it work?

If you’re already a Payhip customer/user, you can simply log into your Payhip account to access the memberships feature. It’s available across all plans, which is pretty cool.

When you add a new product, you will be given two options:

Option one would be to create a standard product.

Option two would be to create a subscription-based product. See the image below.

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When you create a new subscription-based product, you will see a page like the one below –

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By the way, you can add as many plans as you like to each membership you create.

Now, as I said earlier, this is a simple solution for creating really simple memberships, so you shouldn’t expect super-advanced features.

That being said, the most important options are built right into Payhip Memberships.

Here’s a list of things you can do –

  1. Add a subscription title and description.
  2. Upload an icon image that appears in the checkout.
  3. Create multiple plans for your membership.
  4. Set your reoccurring price and billing intervals (3 months, 6 months, yearly, and custom).
  5. Enable a trial period.
  6. Assign existing products to your plan.
  7. Collect shipping address.
  8. Upload a custom banner for branding.

Here are some other things you can do with Payhip in general –

  1. Manage membership accounts, billing history, and membership cancelations.
  2. Create customized billing intervals.
  3. Manage member email notifications.
  4. Have peace of mind with encrypted payment information and customer transactions.
  5. Upload any type of content that you want to make exclusive to your membership plans.
  6. Securely embed membership systems on your website or blog.
  7. Memberships are accessible on all devices for your customers.

OK, once again do check out the walkthrough video tutorial above for a guide of each feature mentioned above.

How much does Payhip Membership cost?

Payhip's membership pricing is structured in three plans.

The Basic Plan (Affiliate link) is 100% free and will let you create 2 membership plans.

With this plan, you will, however, pay a 5% fee for each customer transaction and you can earn unlimited reoccurring revenue.

The Standard Plan (Affiliate link) will set you back $29 per month for unlimited membership plans, however, you will only pay 2% commission per customer transaction, and again, earn unlimited revenue.

The Professional Plan (Affiliate link) will set you back $99 per month, again where you can create unlimited membership plans and earn unlimited revenue, and you can enjoy zero transaction fees.

What are the pros and cons?

Pros –

  • Low affordable transaction fees.
  • Cancel your membership at anytime.
  • Immediate payments for each transaction. (Theres no waiting around for your monthly payments to come through.)
  • Let your subscribers pay using PayPal or Stripe (Credit or Debit card).
  • A simple solution for creating simple memberships/plans to earn reoccurring income.
  • No coding or technical configuration required.
  • Embed memberships on your website.
  • Manage memberships.
  • Access analytical reports.

Cons -

  • Pro membership plan is quite an expensive jump from the Standard plan.
  • PayPal and Stripe takes their normal transaction fees. Bare this in mind when pricing up your membership plans.
  • No option to create upsells.
  • Limited marketing tools.

A quick mention for none-secure (https) websites

I just want to quickly clarify that if you're going to embed memberships into your blog or website. Or embed any kind of BUY NOW button, make sure your site is secured first.

With Payhip, although the transactions are taken care off-site, it's still good e-commerce practice to have some kind of SSL in place for your own domain.

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This will greatly help with two things -

  1. Give peace of mind and confidence to your customers that they're buying from a secured site.
  2. Help to increase your overall membership sales conversion rate.

Your web host provider should be able to sort you out with free SSL.

Conclusion

To round up, Payhip’s new membership features are fantastic in a sense that - If you are looking for something very simple and easy to set up off-site, with all the technical stuff on the backend taken care of, then give it a try (Affiliate link).

Again, if you’re looking for something more complex with advanced features, such as - upsells, conversion tracking, traffic analysis - Then you may want to see what alternatives are available.

If you’re looking for something you can integrate better on your WordPress website, for instance, then check out the Member Press plugin.

All-in-all, I've been impressed with Payhip's services over the years, and the membership tools is a nice addition. I'll let you decide what you think, perhaps give the free plan a try (Affiliate link).

If you have any questions, please leave them below and I'll try to answer them the best I can.

Recommended reading

  1. Payhip Review: Why I Love Selling My eBooks On Payhip
  2. How To Create A Powerful Scarcity Marketing Campaigns
  3. Where To Sell Your eBooks Online
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