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At a subscription website, whether someone pays for the content or not, users subscribe in order to have content pushed (delivered) to them – by email, website, app or the U.S. mail – on a set schedule via their subscription.

A magazine subscription website and newsletter subscription website are, of course, familiar subscription products from far back in the print era, and portal subscription websites are Internet creations that share the same characteristic. In all three types of subscription websites, content is continually published and pushed to subscribers on a regular schedule.

In order to be a premium subscription website, the content being sold must stand out in the crowd to get customers to pay for it. By its very nature, the word premium means that the information product you’re creating is better than most of the products already available. It must meet an unmet customer need that’s compelling, valuable and easy to communicate.

Magazine and newsletter sites are usually premium (paid), and portals are free. Their purpose of a portal is to attract visitors with free content, convert them into email subscribers, and then push them to the magazine and newsletter subscription websites. They’re all valid and quite profitable website business models for publishers and are supported by Mequoda and our Haven Nexus CXMS.

One of the best things about subscription website publishing is that unlike a magazine, the website allows an observer to study all aspects of the publisher’s operation: content, design, curation, frequency, advertising and marketing. 

While many magazine and newsletter publishers have avoided building subscription websites, the rapid growth of tablet computers and the sale of tablet-based app subscriptions are convincing them to include digital subscription marketing in their core long-term publishing strategy.

However, as publishers begin to include website access in their long-term publishing strategy, they’re beginning to discover other ways of bundling web access into print and digital packages. The first, Universal Pricing, bundles platforms at a discount, but the second, Contrast Pricing, we’re finding is more profitable and gets consumers to pick higher priced bundles.

Success in subscription website publishing takes mastery. And no matter whether you’re just starting a subscription website or you already have one of the Internet’s successful subscription websites, you can learn and do more with your subscription website after you read our new FREE 130-page handbook, Subscription Website Publishing.

Will Users Pay for Online Content?

Consumers are deciding to pay for online content as they tire of filtering the whole Internet for high-quality articles
“So I’ve figured out how to get traffic — how do I make money?”

That’s a genuine quote from a new Gold Member, and one we hear often, although usually without the “I’ve figured out how to get

The Subscription Website Publishing Handbook

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What Is a Subscription Website?

Subscription website business models have evolved exponentially in just a few years
Once upon a time, there were a few different versions of subscription websites that Mequoda defined. We wrote about them, analyzed them, and built them for our clients.

Over time, we watched new versions of subscription websites come into being. So we revised our naming

5 Keys to Starting an Online Magazine Business

Starting an online magazine business brings one platform that offers advertisers the visibility and tracking accountability they desire

Tons of Publishers’ News: Time Inc. Digital, Rodale, Niche Media, and More

Latest publishers’ news includes personnel moves, mergers & acquisitions, and multiplatform advances
For publishers, news from across the industry is nonstop these days, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Keeping tabs on the activity of other digital magazines and media companies makes for an instructive exercise in both inspiring stories and cautionary tales for

19 Digital Publishing Solutions You May Need As a Magazine Publisher

Are you acting as the general contractor of your content management system when it’s supposed to be managing itself?

How Can I Find My Top Keywords Using Website Analytics?

Using website analytics to determine your top keywords and then what to do with them
When developing a new subscription website, it’s crucial to know which keywords to develop your site around.

When a client comes to us, one of the first questions they ask is, “What are my top keywords?” What they’re usually talking about are

7 Best Resources For Creating an Online Magazine

Creating an online magazine (also known as a web magazine) will look like a profitable piece of cake once you’ve digested these seven posts
It’s never been a better time to be a publisher. It’s so good that brands want to be publishers and have launched their own brand magazines. Some publishers have gone digital-only, but typically

The 8 Characteristics of a Subscription Website

Each subscription website business model we write about has a distinct combination of characteristics
When Mequoda writes about subscription website business models, we always include a chart that outlines eight different characteristics of the different models. As far as we know, we’re the only ones writing at length about publishers’ website architecture, much less going into

Creating an Online Magazine Team That Turns Dusty Archives into Dollars

The four key roles you need when creating an online magazine team that’s effective
If you’re a frequent reader of Mequoda Daily, you’ve probably noticed we are big on helping print publications adapt to today’s digital environment. There are quite a few ways to bring your brand online these days, but the future of publishing is

Why Subscription Website Business Models Are Ideal for Every Publisher

A magazine or newsletter subscription site paired with a portal subscription website leads to publishing success
If you’ve been reading this blog long enough, you’re quite familiar with the Mequoda Method for multiplatform publishing success. You may even understand the acronym that sums it up: ACEM, which stands for:

Attract new visitors to your site organically.
Convert those

Online Circulation Is Up, but So Is Meredith’s Print Performance

We’re not digital-and-damn-the-torpedoes here at Mequoda, believe it or not. While digital magazines are our focus, we believe there’s room for print in multi-platform publishing; while Mequoda Members approach us to help them transition to a mobile and desktop existence, many retain their print properties and find success in doing so. But what about those rare breeds who go from digital to print? Allrecipes, a Meredith title, is one such example, and they’re flourishing with an increased rate base. Other publishers are focusing on online circulation with recent news from audit houses.

Digital Magazine Design Features: Progress Bars, ‘Read More’ Buttons, Ad Blocking

Digital magazine design is evolving nearly as fast as digital magazines themselves, because digital magazine design plays a huge part in defining digital magazines. Publishers continually implement new features to enhance reader experience, increase viewability for advertisers, and stay current with the shifting demands of the industry.

Webify Your Subscription Website While Avoiding Shiny Object Syndrome

Designing a good website isn’t easy.

Many interconnecting elements have to be correctly executed to achieve profitability. Even when your website is created, how can you know if it wouldn’t benefit from a tweak here or there?

One good indicator is how many repeat visitors you generate.

Get More Subscribers: Top 8 Reasons Why Visitors Resist Subscribing to Your Website

Do new visitors to your site subscribe, or do they take one quick look, then click back to where they came from? Here are the top 10 reasons your visitors may not be converting to subscribers.

Americans Will Spend More than $1.3 Billion on Digital Magazines in 2015

Throughout the week, we’ve released stats from our 2015 Digital Magazine Market Study. One stat covered print readership, and the other covered readership of digital magazines. But they center on consumption. Today’s stat centers on conversion. Turning readers into revenue. They give you a glimpse into how best practices – exemplified in the Mequoda Method – can pay off.

8 Subscription Website Homepage Ideas for Audience Engagement

These subscription website homepage ideas will help you provide a better user experience through website design

Mequoda has long quantified its own best subscription website homepage ideas, which we put into action with all of our clients. Having recently launched two brand-new websites and re-launched a third, this is an excellent opportunity to show you how we put our subscription website homepage ideas into action.

Publisher Monetization: Video, Display Ads, Facebook

Popular industry opinion says publisher monetization of video, digital advertising, and social media is a 21st-century challenge. The thinking goes that previous generations of magazines – read: print – were blessed with a much more straightforward task than we have: Produce quality content and distribute it effectively via subscriptions and newsstand.

But popular industry opinion is wrong.

The aforementioned 21st-century challenge is actually age-old; it’s simply the same song, different verse. Or, put another way, the straightforward task that our predecessors faced is still the one we face today: Produce quality content and distribute it effectively.

If anything, you have more options than ever. Readers, do, too, of course, which means you have to step up your game – but the reward is full-throttle revenue streams when you find the right formula. Mequoda can help you with that part. And Digiday – one of the foremost monitors of digital publishing news – can help you track the trends that will shape your strategy. Let’s take a look at quartet of their recent articles.

Magazine Pricing: The 7 Immutable Laws of Economic Behaviorism

We’ve been writing about the pricing of website and digital and print magazine subscriptions a lot lately, which has lead us to dig up some intriguing themes. Of course, the word “intriguing” tends to mean different things to different people: In discussing our best practice of decoy pricing with a client who is a psychotherapist as well as a publisher, the client gasped, “But you’re manipulating the consumer!”

Our enthusiastic response: Absolutely!

The Mequoda Community Subscription Website Business Model

Some of the most successful publishers let their users generate more than 99 percent of their content. The publishers who can do this become masters at building communities that draw users to both read and post.

Out of the 16 website business models that Mequoda currently monitors, the community subscription website archetype is the only one where the publisher relies on its community to create the content. There are six premium (paid) archetypes, and four affinity (free) archetypes. This is one of the four free ones.

How to Make a Digital Magazine on a Shoestring Budget

If it seems like everybody has a digital magazine, that’s because they do. If you’re a publisher and reading this, then I’m guessing you’re not quite “everyone” yet, but you’re seeing the influx around you, and maybe even your customers are asking for a digital edition.

When I first got an iPad, the first thing I did was head to the Newsstand and look for my favorite magazines. I expected them all to be there, but some of them weren’t. I would have pressed down my fingerprint and subscribed on the spot—Apple makes it so easy to make a purchase like that—but they lost my business. I wonder how much more business they lost from others. To be honest, I subscribed to a number of magazines that day, so I didn’t spend my free time going back every week to check and see if the others ever appeared.

Ad, Publisher Dynamic Gets Complicated With Blocking Software

If you’re an ad publisher and rely solely on that revenue for your company’s future, blocking software is a disturbing development indeed. While it’s not yet at crisis levels, it’s worrisome enough to demand some action, which is why vendors with antidotes are popping up here and there, while publishers and marketers devise responsive strategies. Ad Age did a great job of covering this story and a couple of more recently. Let’s take a look!

What is Tablet Publishing and How Is it Affecting Magazines?

Digital magazines come in all shapes and sizes. We recommend web magazines, because they adapts to any device, even tablets. But a digital magazine app is most native to tablet publishing because every tablet comes with a digital newsstand of some type; a place where the user can plop down on the couch, find a magazine they like, download an issue, and read it.

Ideally, they’re flicking through the pages, as opposed to flipping through a print magazine. The experience is similar, although nobody goes around creating catchy t-shirt sayings with “I love the smell of old tablet magazines” printed on the front.

Content Distribution Strategy a Key to Survive and Advance

Developing a content distribution strategy that goes beyond print and desktop is no longer a luxury – it’s a requirement if you want to stand any chance at sustained success. Folio: recently dug into MagNet’s first-quarter newsstand sales study and found an interesting conclusion. The trade magazine also checked in with Garden & Gun to see how it came back from the brink of extinction, another story that’s instructive for multiplatform publishers. Today, we take a look at those posts and some other industry news.

Three Membership Website Copywriting Tricks to Improve Sales Dramatically

If you want to convert more website visitors into new members for your membership website, or any type of subscription website, write compelling copy. Use emotional copywriting to twist their heartstrings (eharmony.com) or tap into all the ways your product will benefit the new member (ladders.com).

Below are some wise tips from our Executive Content Director Mary Van Doren who has mastered the art of writing landing page copy for every type of subscription website.

What Every Great Membership Website Has in Common

Membership website publishers must recognize the value in their products. Not all subscription websites are created equal, but the best ones do have something in common.
The commonality that all great membership websites include is an affinity (free) subscription website, which could be a portal or a blog. This is a place where content can be written and published to attract users, because their minimum information unit, their MIU, is a user profile.
An affinity subscription website is the most important accompanying part of the premium subscription website model. It’s this free part of the website which helps attract new users through great content and strong SEO. For the website itself, having a free subscription blog helps build the audience, potentially developing a larger base of paying customers, too.

TheStreet Experiments With Digital Magazine Subscription Tactics

When it comes to experimentation, digital magazine subscription models are made for trying new things and fiddling with formulas until you find the right fit. Integrating events into your mix and layering in additional ways to monetize content can also rejuvenate your company. Of course, there’s also staffing changes and acquisitions to jumpstart your operation, if you have the means. Luckily, we’ve found five recent articles in Folio: that address all of these strategies.

5 Tips for Email Marketing Calls to Action

How to get your readers to act with buttons and text

The best emails are fully engaging; the content interests the reader enough to go through the entire email while the relevant calls to actions persuade the reader to get more involved with a brand. This can equate to purchasing a product, signing up for a future event or subscribing to more content through Twitter or Facebook.

In order to start this process, strong calls to action need to be employed throughout the email.

What is Website Taxonomy?

Website taxonomy needs to be clear and easy to understand so your audience members can find the information they seek. The mobile version of your website has to be even more concise and understandable since it’s displayed on a much smaller screen.

Did you go through all your online business’ topics prior to launching your website? Is all the content properly aligned with uber phrases labeling the top content and related topics found within them?

Creating the Perfect Subscription Website Portal

Here at Mequoda we can never stress enough the value of a free portal to any subscription website, no matter what archetype it is. It’s the key to driving website traffic, it helps you convert random visitors into email subscribers, and it keeps paid customers engaged with your content.

But just because it’s free to your users doesn’t mean it’s easy to create and maintain. The centerpieces of a portal are your regular, frequently-updated, concise posts. And that’s a style of journalism that few magazine publishers understand.

What Are Subscription Websites?

Many subscription websites charge a fee to access the premium content found behind the paywall, which is why subscription websites are among the most profitable websites on the web. And it’s not just publishers who are creating them – although the brands and startups who are, might consider calling themselves publishers sooner or later.

11 Elements of Highly Effective Event Websites

Are you missing any of these cha-ching worthy event website elements?
Publishers aren’t strangers to events. B2B publishers often get more involved in audio conferences and webinars, but both consumer- and business-facing publishers host live events and often sell access to these with event websites.

Event websites have their own business models. They are built to sell seats

New Digital Newsstands Will Empower Single Author Digital Magazine Publishers

“For $10,000 per issue I can create a magazine that the big boys can’t produce for $250,000. Apple and Amazon have given me a distribution platform where I can compete head-to-head. The big magazine companies have no idea where the industry is going.”

The above comment was shared with us at a magazine industry event. The person who made the comment is a veteran magazine industry professional, who was recently laid off in yet another round of staff downsizing from a legacy magazine publishing company.

The Battle for Best Website Design Lies in These 16 Questions

No matter how many website awards there are out there, no one website could ever win the battle for best website design of all, because there are so many factors that come into play.

For example, some might think they have the best website design because their website is “pretty,” with loads of white space and great fonts. But if it’s not also search-optimized for someone to find it, then who cares? Another example is a site that’s completely search-optimized, even user-friendly – but there’s not a single call to action to be found. What’s the point?

4 Things the Best Membership Websites Have in Common

One of the more popular paid subscription website models that Mequoda has identified is the paid membership website. Unlike some of the other models, it’s user-driven and content-based, and its unique minimum information unit (MIU) is content created by a member.

Lynda.com Investment Largest of Its Kind in Six Years

A Lynda.com investment round announced on January 14 demonstrated a renewed commitment to both education technology and digital publishing.

What are Digital Magazines?

Digital magazines comprise the whole ecosystem of paperless magazines.

If a story can be read digitally, it’s a digital magazine. It doesn’t matter if it’s read on the web, or a tablet, or a smartphone – if you can’t flip a physical page, then it’s a digital magazines.

Over the past few weeks we’ve been talking specifially about online magazines—magazines that live on the web, and are often sold and browsed through a subscription website, but this is just one type of digital magazine.

How to Build a Website with a Simple Website Architecture Template That’s Great for SEO

People concern themselves with the external factors (link-building, social media, etc.) of SEO, but those are nothing without website architecture that’s built to pass link juice through the website’s pipeline. Did you know that there are ways to build a website for great SEO that go beyond inbound links and even the words on your website?

A properly optimized site has a chain of command that would look very similar to your business model if you put them side by side.

8 Reasons You Should Launch an Online Magazine Library This Year

Over the past few weeks, we’ve talked a lot about digital magazines and specifically online magazines – the online edition of a magazine in HTML format, which typically comes with a library of back content.

How to Build a Website with Multiple Business Models

Knowing how to build a website isn’t just about design, it’s about the business models behind every tab

If you’ve read Mequoda Daily before (I hope you have!) then you know we frequently speak about subscription website business models. Most people see these business models as different tabs on their websites, but we make distinct separations between them.

For example, if you look at Natural Health Advisory, the “Home” and “Free Newsletters” tabs are part of a Portal website business model because they exist to distribute free content in order to attract website traffic. The NHA Library and NHA Letter tabs are part of a Newsletter subscription website business model, which is a premium model meant to drive revenue. Free and paid models like this, should always go together.

5 Pitfalls of Publishers’ Subscription Strategies

Formulating subscription strategies is now one of the most important processes a digital publisher can undertake. It’s also one of the most challenging. This week, the International News Media Association listed their five “worst practices,” as it were, while studying how one Swedish media house is thriving.

How Do Online Magazines Compare to Digital Magazine Apps?

Do you sell an online magazine or a digital magazine? How about both? Many publishers do, and they don’t even realize that both have totally different business models.

Online magazines are read online and are not formatted for a tablet or other e-reading device. They can be read just like any web page and may be responsively designed like a web page. You can view an online magazine most often through a magazine subscription website, which is set up to make the content easy to read, search and digest on a PC or Laptop. Often times, online magazines are part of a larger collection of content, like a back-issue archive.

Subscription Websites

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Determine How to Build a Website for your Magazine in 10 Questions

If you feed a mouse a cookie, then it’s going to want some milk. If you own a magazine, then you’re going to want to build a website. If you do not yet have a website, or rather, if you do not yet have a good, profitable website, then your next steps are as follows.

And yes, if there was ever a true use for the phrase over-simplification, you’re about to read it.

Let’s also think hypothetically, and that we hypothetically own an organic gardening magazine.

What is Digital Publishing? It Makes the Multiplatform World Go ‘Round

Up until ten years ago, the majority of magazine publishers did not publish online. Newspaper publishers were first to the game in the late 1990’s but even as recently as 2006, weren’t making money from them. Still, they pushed on, as did the magazine publishing industry.

And the publishers who have prevailed in digital publishing didn’t see the web as just one platform to re-publish the same content as print – they saw it as a new platform for many different products and many different variations of those products.

The Many Platforms of Multiplatform Publishers

Even the smallest of magazine publishers publish on two platforms: their magazine and their website.

Mequoda publishers typically publish five to six different platforms, and within those platforms, many more sub-platforms.

Based on the fact that every platform has completely different user experiences, we came up with our idea of what this looks like, and we call it the niche media user experience dashboard — that is, what users get out of the many different platforms.

10 Subscription Website Publishing Lessons for Profitable Website Design in 2015

If you publishing any kind of periodical, then you’re no stranger to subscription websites. This year we published more than fifty new posts about subscription website publishing.

Subscription Websites: What’s Your Minimum Information Unit?

How many types of websites are there on the world wide web of sites?

At one time we were watching new ones popping up every day. But in the past few years, we’ve identified a solid nine subscription website archetypes for publishers to consider, depending on their business goals and their content. I’ve posted about all of the six premium (paid) models in the past few months.

The Four Foundational Multiplatform Building Blocks

Mequoda Multiplatform Publishers build profitable Mequoda Pyramids with a Mequoda Matrix as their guide and a Mequoda Portal as their foundation…
Over the past several weeks, we’ve rolled out a foundation of what we consider the most essential building blocks of a multiplatform publishing system. We believe that by using these building blocks, any publisher can

You Love Us, You Really Love Us!

Even better, your opinion may have won you a free iPad Mini!
Over the summer we hosted a contest that asked you, our readers, to review our four new  best practice handbooks in exchange for the chance to win an iPad. Well, this morning we picked a winner!

Have you read our new handbooks yet? One reviewer sent