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Would you pay to be a part of an online community?

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Shawn Gossman

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I'm a member of a copywriting community that is about $500 a year.

There is more than a forum, though. There are courses, 1 on 1 sessions, events, master classes, and more.

Is that a type of community that you would consider paying for or would you pass on that?
Personally.. nope. With the breadth of the internet, most topical information can be found elsewhere for free.
It's one reason my site is free to all. I have no problems with maintaining it out of my pocket since it was originally set up for MY use.
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I think traditional communities like this and others like it are best served free.

But I think it’s okay to put a price tag on a community that gives more engagement products, and one on one support for a specific niche.

It won’t work with all niches. But some sort of premium feature could perform well.
What you're really asking about is the value of an online community?

People pay for associations, industry certifications, groups and clubs all the time. As long as the community can articulate and prove it's value to justify it's cost, then it should charge.