After many months of planning, we have finally have a new pricing structure to our website. Let me walk you through it.
As you know, for the past four years we had one plan, which was $6.99 monthly. Up until 2020 we also had an annual plan of $75, until we disabled that. The $6.99/month membership got you complete access to everything we created here.
We hated to make a price change but frankly it’s become unavoidable. The positive news is that we’ve done everything possible to keep everything easy and reasonable.
Because of legal and bureaucratic reasons, we could not simply move everyone to our preferred $8.99 per month amount. MemberPress, which provides the engine for this site, made it clear to us that PayPal and credit card companies would not allow us to change your plan. You will have to do that.
That was a surprise, to be honest, but it only shows how little I knew.
In the end, however, this enables a better solution.
The New Membership Levels
Bronze Level Membership
We are KEEPING a monthly $6.99/month option. This is the BRONZE level of membership and you can keep this level for as long as you like. However, starting on November 15, that level will be reduced in terms of what level of access you can have to this site.
As of November 15, Bronze level members will only be able to access my weekly Fireside Chat podcasts (this includes the previous version of those chats which I called “Weekly Wrap.” And of course you can still access any of the free content that I post, such as Richard Dolan Shows or various guest appearances and the occasional free video or podcast that I may do.
Generally speaking, I would say that a substantial majority of the content on this site is not free content. So as of November 15, if you choose to retain a Bronze level membership of $6.99 per month, you will lose most of your access to this site.
Silver Level Membership
I would strongly encourage interested members of this website to sign up for a SILVER level membership. This will be the new default on this site moving forward. Silver level membership is now available on a monthly ($8.99) and annual ($99) basis. A Silver level membership will get you full access to everything on this site, both in the past and moving ahead. It is the new default level membership.
Gold Level Membership
We also offer GOLD level memberships. As of right now, this does not include anything that is not included with Silver level. It’s more expensive ($20.00/month and $200 annually), and I am thinking of potential things I can offer down the road that are exclusive for this level. But for the time being, we offer this because frankly you might feel it’s something you want to do in order to support us. If you have the means, and you like what goes on here at this site, and you believe in what we are doing. It’s not going to be for most people, but for some it might be a level they are comfortable with. We will just add that one big reason we even offer this is because we have had members of our site suggest it.
Final Date of the Change
Even though the formal change to the system will take place on November 15, Silver and Gold level memberships are available now. You’ve got a month, but if you forget, you’ll discover you can no longer access most of this site. So, assuming you want to switch to the Silver or Gold level, you can do it any time.
Good news: when you switch to the new plan you won’t lose any money even if your monthly payment rolled over last week. Memberpress will pro-rate your first month to make sure you will only pay the extra $2 worth.
HOW TO UPGRADE YOUR MEMBERSHIP
This part took some effort on our part in order to make it easy for you. Fortunately, it now is.
For the record, this is easily done via our Menu at the top of the page. Go to “My Stuff” and select “Manage Subscription.” Then click “Change Plan” on the right side of the screen.
Or you can just click here: https://richarddolanmembers.com/account/
Once you select Change Plan (highlighted in blue on the right side) you will get a pop up menu that will enable you to select whichever plan you prefer.
it looks like this:
You will notice that it will PRO-RATE your monthly fee if you are going from Bronze monthly to Silver monthly. (Everyone on this site has been on Bronze Monthly). So you DO NOT lose any money when you do the upgrade.
Select your plan and that’s it. You’re done.
IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM
In the event that something isn’t working as you hoped, please contact our Tech Support. You can always reach this on the Menu by selecting Contact Us and then Tech Support.
Or you can just click here: https://richarddolanmembers.com/log-in-issues/
More Upgrades Still to Come
For the record, there are still some website upgrades we are working on but the pricing change turned out to be more involved than we had initially thought. So I want to get this part done before moving ahead with the rest. We will be doing a “reskinning” of the site to give it an updated look and adding several more features.
One of the things we also completed today is the Welcome material for new members and the “Newbies Start Here – HELP GUIDE” section. We had these previously but they needed a major update. This should help members of the site have an easier time to enjoy everything on our site. Not everyone knows about our Members Forum, for example, which by itself is a very useful resource for research.
So even if you are an experienced user of this site, PLEASE CHECK OUR PAGE, “NEWBIES START HERE – HELP GUIDE.”
The reskinning will definitely happen before the year is out. But one big change at a time!
I will be making a permanent link to this post at the top of the main page of this site.
If you are confused by any of this, you can leave a comment here and I will see it right away. And you can always email us.
FINALLY, Tracey and I both want to thank you for your support of us on this website. We take this site seriously and want you to be happy here. So with our deepest gratitude, thank you.
Richard and Tracey