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Hi there. I just recently started offering a free course on my website here to learn Evernote as a way to get more subscribers.
I have it set up using OptimizePress which is a membership plugin. I've had some people complain that the registration process is too complicated and long. (Which it is but that is the way OptimizePress is set up). I would like to have them just enter their email and first name and get immediate access yet I don't want the page with all the video lessons on it just sitting public where anyone can see it.
Do you have any suggestions? I thought of having a page where they give their name and email, they would get an email subscribe confirmation (I use MailChimp) and once they confirm subscription the confirmation email has the link to the page with the free course.
But then do I have that page not protected? Should I have a password for it? And does it matter that everyone would have the same password and they could share it?
Just to be clear: I'm not real worried about this content being seen openly but it's purpose is for me to get subscribers so that when I sell a product I can market to them.
Thanks for any suggestions.
You could do it the way you're describing and just do a password protected page. I've seen this done a lot, so it's not uncommon.
Another way to do it, is to the use the Auto-Responder feature within MailChimp and send your free material directly from Mailchimp after the subscription is confirmed.
And one more option is to use the Gravity Forms plugin ( you would need the Developer license to get the Mailchimp add-on) along with the Members plugin for controlled access, easy MailChimp integrations, and easy form submissions from the customer.
Hope this helps!
i agree with Lauren. the easier users can sign up the more you'll get.
Thanks so much for the info. I really appreciate it.
One question: I do have the Gravity Forms developers license and the MailChimp already integrated. When you state "along with the Members plugin for controlled access" are you referring the the OptimizePress plugin I am using or another plugin?
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