Super cool train of thoughts, Kevin. I so appreciate your mind! I did something similar, just a tad bit different. The challenge is that it's not just a couple of items, it's weekly teleseminars and eBooks. The resources feature is great but still very limited. I can't ask them to pay for an eBook and then send them back to the same resources post to "unlock" their eBook. I tried adding the eBooks to an aWeber form but they're too big. So the flow is to have them pay, register with aWeber, follow up with aWeber gives them an email with the link to the hidden thread where the eBook is upload. Same goes for seminars.
The ideal AUTOMATED flow is that both, members and non-members, can reserve a seat on the teleseminar. So I created a Resources for $20 for non-members and a new User Group for current members for $15 (with the goal of course that people become members).
So right now there are 2 payment options for the same teleseminar. One through the User Group and the other through the Resource. The paypal button linked to the Resource payment ($20) has a "landing page" set up, which is a hidden thread that doesn't show up in the forum and can only be accessed when someone has the url. And I'm assuming that Google can access it too, this is what I'm trying to prevent.
Members who choose the Upgrade option and pay the $15 will then automatically be granted access to that same thread also.
These threads are not really conversation threads, they're informative only, I think I used the library add on and created an article with the call-in information, etc.
I'm trying to automate the process so that all I have to do is change the date and access code in these two posts (resources post and call-in details thread).
A bit complicated, I know, but there's gotta be a way to simplify and automate this.