Just a quick post explaining exactly what I mean when I refer to “Premium Subscriptions”, “Premium Member”, “Premium Content”, ect (because I’ve gotten the question more than once).
Simply put, Premium means “paid“. So when I refer to premium subscriptions or premium content, it means that people are paying for it.
At the forums section of GrownUpGeek.com we have a section known as the “private” or “restricted” forums – aka, the Premium Membership forums. To get into the “Restricted Forums” members must do one of the following:
- Be a helpful member, making many helpful posts/comments. We can track this with the Drupal User Points Module. The incentive to get into the premium/restricted forum for free helps to drive more user-generated content in the open areas of the forum
- Submit new content for the Restricted/Premium area. Any member that submits new items such as Myspace URLs that allow you to view private profiles, Facebook tricks, etc, get free, lifetime access into the restricted/premium forums. This helps feed more premium content into the premium forums, creating added value for premium members
- “Premium” Subscriptions – Members can ‘subscribe’, via PayPal to maintain access into the premium/restricted forum area. First month is $5.99, and each additional month is $1.99. As long as their subscription payment stays current they will have access to the premium/restricted forums. The awesome thing about these reoccurring subscription fees is that that if you can keep members subscribing (by giving them a good reason to stay), those fees start to increase almost exponentially every month. I got the idea from reading Jeremy Schoemaker’s blog, and it has paid-off exceptionally well. I guess I owe him. We use the Drupal LM_PayPal module to automatically maintain our premium subscriptions.
- One-Time Fee: Members that make a one-time donation of $25 gain lifetime access to the premium/restricted forums.
So, Premium Members are simply paying members.