Create and Monetize a Community

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While basic, the community feature lets you create community spaces and add members. 

Then, members can interact by creating and responding to posts.

Build free communities or monetize them by building sales funnels and upsells. 

Key Takeaways:

What Is the Community Tool?

The community tool allows you to set up community spaces and add members so that they can engage with you and each other.

The number of communities you can have depends on the plan you have chosen. 

You can have one community on the free plan, five on the Startup plan, 20 on the Webinar plan, and no limit on the Unlimited plan.

What Can You Do Inside a Community?

What Can You Do Inside a Community?

We have to admit that the community feature is pretty basic. 

Beyond creating and responding to posts, there’s not a lot else you can do there.

You can upload images and add emojis to your posts, but it is not possible to include video or audio files unless you host them elsewhere and provide a hyperlink for them.

Essentially, the community feature is purely for text-based discussion and little else. But that doesn’t mean it’s pointless. 

Having a dedicated space for your audience (rather than somewhere more distracting like Facebook) allows you to directly promote your products and services while building up a loyal following. 

Besides, you can set your own community rules here rather than having to abide by a social media platform’s rules.

How to Set Up a Community (Step by Step)

To build your first community in, follow these steps.

How to Set Up a Community

Step 1: Log into your account and select Products/Sales from the menu at the top of the page. 

From the dropdown menu that appears, select Communities” and then hit the blue Create button in the top right corner.

Create button in the top right corner

Step 2: A pop-up will appear where you can name your community and select the domain name (use the domain or use a custom domain). 

The system will automatically input the path for you. Click Save to continue.

Step 3: Your newly created community will now appear under the Communities tab. Any additional communities that you create will appear as a list on this page. 

Click on the name of your community to open it for editing.


Step 4: Now your community is set up, you need to start building topics and posts for people to engage with. 

These are essentially areas where people can post about a specific subject.

Click on the + sign next to where it says Topics and create as many as you need.

For example, if your community is about saving money, you can have topics about budgeting, saving tactics, finding cheaper deals, etc. 

Once you have the topics completed, you can start adding posts. This works much the same as social media. Someone makes a post, and then other people can comment below it.

All posts let you add photos, emojis, and hyperlinks.

Topics and create

Step 5: Head to the Settings tab of your community.

This is important because this is where you determine if your community is to be private or public. 

A public community can be found online via a search, whereas a private community is invisible to non-members.

While in the Settings tab, be sure to add a cover image for your community before hitting Save in the bottom right-hand corner.

Save in the bottom right-hand corner

Step 6: It’s time to start adding members to your community. Click on the Members tab and then Invite new members.

Click on the Members

You have two options for inviting members. 

You can either input the invitee’s email address (they will be sent an email with a link to join the community), or you can copy the community invite link and give it out to people.

How to Monetize Your Community

How to Monetize Your Community

There are a couple of things you can do to gain revenue from your community. 

First of all, you can build a sales funnel where customers can purchase access to a private community. 

All you do is set up the offer and determine the price, and when people purchase it, you send out an email with the invite to join. You can also decide whether to charge a one-off fee or a subscription.

Secondly, you can include the community as an upsell for a course. 

When customers purchase your course, they will be given the option to tack on the community access for an additional fee.

Finally, you can use a free community as a place to promote your paid products, offers, and services.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The community feature is very basic. Members can create posts and respond to them, upload images, and insert hyperlinks. Beyond this, there is not a lot else that you can do.

The number of communities you can create depends on the plan you are subscribed to:

  • Free Plan: One community
  • Startup Plan: Five communities
  • Webinar Plan: 20 communities
  • Unlimited Plan: Unlimited communities

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  • Janette Bonnet

    Janette Bonnet is a Senior Writer at SupplyGem. She’s been in the teaching and training field for over 10 years and has been writing about it for more than 5 years. She knows a lot about online course tools like GoHighLevel,, and Teachable. Thanks to her long experience and a professional training certification she earned from CIPD, she’s great at helping readers understand these platforms. When you read her articles, you’re getting advice from someone who’s actually used and knows these tools inside out. Beyond her professional endeavors, Janette has dedicated many years to volunteering, especially in animal welfare, showcasing her commitment to giving back to the community.

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