The “money is in the list”. The old adage is true and will be for quite some time.
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Email marketing still holds the #1 spot as most profitable methods of online marketing. So if you’re not building a list, you’re missing out on earning reliable and simple profits online.
It doesn’t matter what you’re selling or promoting, a list of names and emails of prospects is an essential marketing resource. It creates a community of people who understand your business and have an interest in it. And it allows you to easily and profitably communicate with this inner circle on a daily basis.
In this post, I reveal 50 different powerful ways in which you can build a larger profitable email list. My hope is that you will settle on at least a handful of these techniques; and put them to work immediately. If you can do that, you will see your list grow rapidly in both size and responsiveness.
1. Do Ad Swaps with other marketers in your industry
If you haven’t heard of ad swaps before, the concept is quite intuitive: in
exchange for incorporating someone’s ad into your mailing, they agree to do the
same for you. Typically, this is either done with someone in the same industry or
in a related, but non-competing industry.
Use this technique every 2-3 weeks and you should see your subscriptions climb
rapidly over time.
2. Join Safelist networks
A safelist is a list of email addresses of individuals who have agreed to receive
emails from other individuals on the list. By joining safelists, you can gain access
to a large group of individuals who may be interested in joining your list.
There are thousands of Safelists that are free to join and then there are some
which cost. If you buy ads, you can send ads without receiving them. Google
“safelist ads” to find a heap of safelists.
My Top Free Safelist Recommendations Are:
Top Surfer (good place for cheap solo ads)
Herculist (downline builder, solo ads)
30 Minute List (A central hub to promote your sites from)
3. Place an opt-in form on your blog
Another good way to get subscribers is to simply put an opt-in form on your blog.
You can only do this if you have a blog already. If you don’t have a blog, I highly
recommend you get yourself a wordpress blog. It’s easy to set up on your own
website with just a few clicks.
Then putting an opt-in form on it is
4. Create a Facebook fanpage
If you’re a Facebook user, you’ve no doubt seen countless “fanpages” for various
businesses and just about everything else.
Just remember to incorporate all of the relevant information about your business
on the page, along with links to your list sign up page and to other various web
pages of yours. Also, consider giving people who “like” your fanpage extra
freebies, discounts or coupons for various products.
5. Use banner advertising
Banner advertising has long been a mainstay of webmasters. It can be very
profitable if you spend the time to 1) create a good banner; and 2) find the right
networks to place them on; and 3) target the right crowd with them.
To get a good banner made, consider spending $10 to $30 on http://www.Elance.com
or go to http://99designs.com/ for a designer.
When you have your banner design, place it in a rotating exchange (you add
your banner and then put the code for other banners to show on your own site),
such as this one: http://www.1800banners.com/ (huge banner exchange) and this
one http://startmytraffic.com (an all-in-one free traffic and advertising exchange).
6. Create viral videos
When it comes to enticing people to join your mailing list, another good avenue
you can take is to create video content and use it to promote your site.
For example, you can create a series of instructional “how to” or tips videos for
something related to your niche and include them as content that will be available
to newsletter subscribers.
7. Be a guest on teleseminars/webinars
Online live webinars and ‘hangouts’ are another promising way in which you can
generate list subscribers.
8. Set up joint ventures (JVs)
A powerful way in which you can generate list subscribers is to setup joint
ventures (JVs). A JV involves teaming up with other marketer(s) and working
together to produce a business deal.
In your case, you’ll be making some sort of exchange related to list building. For
instance, you might consider creating a product or writing a sales letter for which
you will share the revenues; and your partner may in turn agree to do all of the
relevant list-building activities and promote one of your websites.
The method above in #7 about being a teleseminar guest is a form of a joint
9. Run an affiliate program
You may be familiar with Affiliate marketing, but this time, instead of you being
the affiliate, turn the tables and get affiliates building your list.
The best way is to use a site like JZvoo or Zaxaa which will let you sell your
products from their site and incorporate an affiliate program with it.
Offer a commission to your affiliates for sales of the upsell offer they generate
and they will be happy to promote your free offer in hopes to get a sale of the
If you sell your ebooks via another channel (not on your own site) such as on
Amazon’s kindle store, make sure you insert links within the pages that suggest
the readers sign-up for your newsletter. Affiliates can still promote and sell it for a
nice commission. They’ll make money; and you’ll get subscribers.
10. Pay for leads
Rather than indirectly using affiliate sales or blogging to generate subscriptions,
you could also consider paying directly for referrals. You can do this
purchasing leads formally; or by seeking out webmasters who are willing to divert
traffic to your site. I.E. solo ads.
Of course, if you wish to do the latter, you will have to setup a transparent
system, so that your offer appears believable. In particular, you will have to setup
an easy-to-check traffic counter that allows your referrers to check how much
traffic you received from them. You will also usually need to pay an attractive
price for the referrals you receive.
11. Add a picture to your landing page
One way in which you can increase the number of subscriptions you get is to
increase your conversion rate. And an old trick for doing this is to make your
landing page more personal. For starters, add an image of your signature.
And furthermore, you will want to consider including a picture of yourself on the
page somewhere. Just little things to improve the conversion rate can see you
receiving twice as many subscribers with the same traffic.
12. Split test landing pages
Another important part of generating subscribers is testing your existing system.
If your existing system does a poor job of converting, then it needs to be
improved. You can do this by a process call “split testing.” This involves sending
identical traffic streams (perhaps generated by Google AdWords) to different
Things to test are headlines, length of page, introduction, call to action, opt-in
button text, p.s., images (with and without) , colors, etc.
13. Create a squeeze page
If you don’t already have one, it is critical that you build a squeeze page, which is
specifically used to capture email addresses for your list.
A squeeze page is a short ‘pitch’ page with very short copy–or, more than likely,
a headline with just a few bullet points. After the copy, include your signature and
a box for visitors to enter a name and email address. Keep distractions minimal;
and attempt to build the strongest pull for your newsletter using the fewest words.
The best way to get a nice looking squeeze page is to use a template. There are
free squeeze pages available with your free membership with Turnkey cash kits
as well as rebrandable ebooks to give away (you’re actually reading one) a
universal squeeze page template that is easy to use, as the name suggests, it’s
totally editable by pointing and clicking.
For new already created for you squeeze pages check out Squeeze Kits
Automated List Profits. You get new squeeze pages each month and follow up
emails that you can plug in to your autoresponder.
Of course, just having a squeeze page doesn’t mean anyone will see it. You
have to get traffic to it and the excellent Easy Squeeze Page Traffic will help you
overcome that particular hurdle.
14. Use Google AdWords to generate traffic
As mentioned earlier, one good way to generate prospects for your list is to
advertise using Google AdWords: http://www.adwords.com. If you’re not familiar
with AdWords, it is a pay-per-click (PPC) advertising medium.
That is, you create a text ad, select relevant keywords for it, and then pay only
when someone clicks on your ad. In general, it is considered to be better-
targeted and more cost-effective than other sources of paid traffic generation.
With this said, using Google AdWords can be expensive. If you’re a beginner,
you might want to study it very hard or hire an expert to manage your campaigns
It’s effective when you make an ROI (return on investment) so it calls for a fair bit
of split testing of ads and landing pages, and revising campaigns.
15. Give Away Free ebooks
Often, getting people to join a list is as simple as providing them with the right
incentives. If you simply tell people to join the list because the email content will
be good, they won’t know whether or not to trust you and usually, they don’t want
to wait to get your emails. However, if you provide them with a free ebook that
they get right after signing-up, they’ll be much more likely to join.
Now, you might think “Won’t they just cancel their subscriptions after joining?”
And, in reality, some of them well. Your focus should be to draw people in,
expose them to your content, and then attempt to convert them by impressing
them with your information.
But first, you need a good incentive to get them to join your list when they first
come into contact with your web site.
16. Free reports
Similar to giving away free ebooks, give away free downloadable reports. These
are often shorter than ebooks and provide a more specific explanation on a topic.
I personally suggest targeting a specific theme or creating a “how-to” report on a
Just like ebooks, you can create a simple report in Microsoft Word or Open Office
and convert it to a PDF file. Upload it to your website and link to it from your
Get the subscriber to opt-in at the squeeze page and then re-direct them to the
thankyou page after they sign up or confirm their email address. I prefer the latter
method. When you join Squeeze Kits Automated List Profits you get free reports
each month as the part of your membership content.
17. Add content to your site
When it comes to generating subscriptions, one of the most important things you
can do is to put your subscription form in places that receive traffic. e.g. your
website or blog.
The more content you add to your site or blog, the more readers will come and
will want to learn more (if the content is good) so they will join your list.
To get content, you can write it yourself, or you could hire a writer from
http://www.elance.com to produce several articles based around relevant
keywords/topics for your site. You could then add those articles to your site with
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a subscription form either in the margins, in the middle of the content, or in a pop-
The more articles you ad, the more traffic you will generate, and the more
opportunities you will have to generate subscriptions.
18. Keep customer information private
One thing that visitors dread is that you will resell their name and email to a third
party; or will use it to spam.
This is why it is important that you include a note below your opt-in form that
explains that you will never sell subscriber information—and you will never spam
people who join your list. This should help to increase your conversion rates and
lower unsubscribe rates.
19. Reward subscribers unexpectedly
While getting more subscribers from external sources is an important part of
keeping your list active and growing, energizing your existing members and
giving them a reason to promote and share your website will help you build your
list with little effort.
One way in which you can do internal promotion is to reward your subscribers
unexpectedly with a free ebook, informative article or special video.
When they receive some product or service that they weren’t expecting to get,
they will be pleasantly surprised and will be happy to share it. You can also
suggest they share your newsletter sign up page or re-publish your article or
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This can potentially becomes free viral promotion for your list. It also keeps your
list active and unsubscribe rates down.
20. Promote high-value products and services
In many cases, the most important thing you can do as a business owner is to
provide and promote high-value products and services. That is, whenever you
sell your own products in your newsletter or whenever you refer people to affiliate
products (or JV partners’ products), make sure they are good and offer value.
If you gain a reputation for promoting every new product about “how to make
money” – not caring whether or not it’s even a good product—you’ll quickly lose
rapport with your list; and, as a result, you can expect them to stop reading your
emails and making additional purchases. Ultimately, they will unsubscribe.
21. Buy ezine solo ads
Ezines offer a wide variety of different advertising options, but most of them
amount to taking up a small portion of the total ezine. In the case of an ezine solo
ad, you actually purchase the rights to all of the content in a single mailing.
Now, you might be tempted to rush to the closest ezine solo ad broker, buy up a
bunch of solo ads, and then send off the first mailer you can draft, but this is
definitely not the best approach. And, in fact, most who do it ultimately end up
getting almost no traffic.
So, instead of doing this, here’s what I suggest: start by finding a copywriter.
Since you’ll be writing a short solo ad, it won’t cost much (in, comparison, say to
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15 pages of long copy). Working with your copywriter, come up with a great deal
to offer readers; and an accompanying great piece of copy.
Once you have your copy in hand, begin methodically seeking out good ezine
matches. Start by subscribing to relevant ezines, and taking notes on the content
style. For instance, is it typically loaded with ads? And how frequently does it
send solo ads? And finally, is the content typically good?
Answering all of these questions is an important part of selecting your ezines.
Once you have done this and have made your choices, either proceed with a
purchase (if the option is available) or contact the list owner to see if he/she is
willing to allow you to purchase a solo ad.
As a final word, I personally suggest that you run only one ad at a time, wait for
the results, and then decide whether to proceed with the next ezine solo ad
Again, Google has a huge list of ezines that sell advertising space and solo ads.
Search for “ezine solo ads” or “ezine ads” to find them.
22. Cross-promote with banners
If you don’t have a lot of resources to sink into expensive forms of advertising,
cross-promotion may be your best option.
Simply put, cross-promotion involves finding other webmasters or list owners;
and forming an agreement to promote each other’s sites to your own visitors.
Say you agree to puts banners that promote each other’s websites on your
thankyou pages. Then your new subscribers can join your JV’s list and vise
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In addition to an informal arrangement like this, there are also more formal ways
to exchange ads.
For instance, there are banner exchanges, http://www.neobanners.com/, which
gives you promotion credits to go towards your banner displays whenever you
promote someone else’s (via a banner they add to the system).
In general, cross-promotion provides an inexpensive alternative to other methods
of list advertising.
If you’re in the “internet marketing niche” traffic exchanges like
http://startmytraffic.com are great places to exchange ads and traffic for free or
little cost. StartMyTraffic has a built in banner and text ad exchange system.
23. Keep your opt-in form ‘above the fold’
Getting subscriptions isn’t simply a matter of sending thousands of visitors to
your site. It involves both traffic generation and conversion strategies.
One such strategy is to place your opt-in form above the “fold”—or the imaginary
line that separates the content that visitors will see when the page loads from the
content that they won’t see, that is further down the page.
Whenever the opt-in form (and your pitch) is placed above the fold, visitors are
more likely to see it before leaving the page; and are subsequently more likely to
use the form to subscribe to your list and get your free incentive.
24. Ask for and offer guest articles
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Another strategy for keeping your list active, energized, and interested in
spreading the word is to periodically get guest posts for your newsletter and offer
to write for other marketers’ newsletters.
You can select prominent individuals from your niche or outsiders who have
relevant information. Whatever you do, make it sure it’s a win-win-win situation,
like all JVs should be. Good content, and a reciprocal event between you and JV
Keep the information relative, interesting and engaging; and it will make your
newsletter readers want to stay and look forward to getting more. If it’s really
good, they may post the article to their site (if you give permission) which can
bring you more traffic and subscribers.
25. Run or participate in a JV give-away
Running a product give-away is an excellent way to generate attention, improve
your relationship JV partners, and gain new subscribers.
A JV giveaway is where many marketers contribute a free gift at one website and
everyone promotes that one website and marketers share the sign ups. Running
a JV giveaway is a pretty big project but the rewards can make it pay off.
First, you’ll need to get a website up where the giveaway will be held. There are
several website scripts that have been developed especially to run these JV
Here is a simple Plugin that works with WordPress that allows you to run your
own JV giveaway. You can purchase the plugin with a one-time fee and use it
unlimited websites. It’s really easy to use and the results you get from using is
will pay for itself many times over.
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Once you have your site going, you will need to find some marketers in your
industry who have a product they can add to the giveaway.
The more JVs you can get on board, the better your giveaway will go. But the
real success comes when everyone promotes the giveaway. Make sure there is
enough incentive for all who participate to promote the event.
For starters, the easier way to benefit from JV giveaways is to just be a
contributor and add your free gift. There are new JV giveaways running all the
time so keep a look out for JV invites for them or find them by searching Google.
But when you think you’re ready for it, run your own giveaway as the benefits for
running one are many times greater than for just the contributors.
26. Word of mouth advertising
While paid advertising and formal cross-promotional methods are an excellent
way to boost subscriptions, informal word of mouth advertising is often the
lifeblood of both small and large businesses. And when you start building your
list, you can encourage your subscribers to tell their friends about you.
How can you do this? First, make sure your content is worth sharing. Ask
yourself would you want to share this with your friends?
Next, suggest that they promote your newsletter or website; and give them
incentives to promote your list. i.e. a free product, cash or prizes.
If you want to improve the chances of a good outcome, you might consider
sending people through “tell-a-friend” system in order to automate it and make it
easy, and also to deliver access to a product download page.
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See below for the chapter on “tell-a-friend” for more.
With social marketing dominating the web these days, it’s easier to share
content than ever before. Put a Re-Tweet button and a Facebook like button on
your web page for your readers to click and share.
27. Ask your readers to forward good emails
Every few emails, suggest and allow your readers to forward your newsletters
that they like to friends. Additionally, make sure that these emails contain links
people can use to subscribe to your list.
If your readers like the email, and forward it to friends as a result, then you may
easily be able to pick up some extra readers without putting in much additional
28. Use ‘Thank You’ pages effectively
Another good way to build subscriber rapport—and this word of mouth
advertisement—is to send new subscribers to a “thank you” page after
subscribing to your list.
Usually, you would have the download link of the free report or info you offered
on the front squeeze page, but it’s a good idea to have additional freebies to
show you are by ‘over-delivering’.
This page might contain free unadvertised bonuses, such as reports, audio
content, and video content. Reaping this unexpected windfall of benefits for
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simply subscribing will encourage your new subscribers to pay you back via
And having a tell-a-freind form or Re-Tweet button or Facebook button will make
it easy for them to share.
29. Add more subscription forms
In general, adding more subscription forms to your sites gives visitors more
pathways through which they can find your list and join it.
So take some time to work through your sites and decide where you can add
new subscription forms. To save time, you might think of adding it in the same
place on each page (i.e. on the right margin).
If there is no place suitable, you could have a pop-up or slide in window with your
optin form in it. If you use a WordPress blog, there are several plugins that will do
30. Eliminate barriers to signing up
In many cases, we can make it difficult or confusing for visitors to become
subscribers. Through complicated or long forms, poorly-written instructions, or
misplacement of the sign-up form, we make it harder for people to subscribe.
Remember: when it comes to list-building (or any other type of marketing), simple
is best. So keep it simple and concentrate on getting all of your visitors to
become list members. Once they’re on your list, let them decide whether or not
they want to stay, and whether or not they want to buy.
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31. Offer free examples
Before someone signs up for a list, they will want to have at least a rough idea of
what they’re getting themselves into. That is, they will want to know if they’re
signing up to be spammed legally; or whether they’re going to get regular, high-
quality, inspiring content that makes a positive contribution to their lives.
One way you can help to remove the doubt that people might have about your list
is to give them free examples. For instance, you might consider creating a video
that is freely viewable and at then ask them to opt-in for the next video.
Another idea is to have an archive of all of your past newsletters or ebooks freely
accessible. Visitors can then browse this archive to see how frequently you pitch
products, how frequently you provide good advice, free products, and how good
the quality of your content is.
32. Setup JVs with other list owners
As I mentioned earlier, cross-promotional methods are some of the least
expensive ways to promote your business. And while they might take a while to
take full effect, they can often generate tremendous results that will massively
grow your list.
One particular type of cross-promotion is a cross-list joint venture partnership.
This typically involves identifying a number of list owners who might be able to
provide some type of joint venture partnership value. Below, I’ve included some
of the possible cross-list JV partnerships you might consider:
i. Product Partnership
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Very frequently, two partners will collaborate on the creation of a single product,
which they will then promote to their own lists and to others. At first, you might
see this as a means to sell products, not grow your list, but think again!
When your partner promotes the product to his or her list, your name and your
site will now be associated with him/her. This will immediately endow you with
the trust of his/her readers, which is something that could otherwise take you
years to gain.
With these types of partnerships, more is almost always good. As long as you
have enough time to manage each of your partnerships, adding additional
products and promotional events to your calendar will only serve to expand your
influence and gain you subscribers.
ii. Promotional Partnership
Instead of collaborating on the creation of a product, you might consider
collaborating on a joint marketing scheme. That is, rather than simply agreeing to
cross-promote each other on your own lists, you could agree to promote each
other in a more broad sense. This collaboration might involve referring each
other to clients and to individuals in the inner circles of your respective
iii. Specialized Partnerships
Instead of adopting either one of the strategies above, you might consider
adopting a more specialized partnership. That is, you might focus on product
creation (and, thus, back-end promotion of your owns site), while your partner
focuses on promotion of the product through his or her list.
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This type of partnership arrangement has the potential to provide both profits in
the short run; and, in the long run, back-end subscriptions. However, in general,
it will be hard to maintain unless you have a JV partner who you can trust and
are able to work well with.
33. Allow republishing
Many site owners and list owners see republishing as a process that has the
potential to lower the value of their “unique content.” Unfortunately, in perceiving
the republishing process this way, they deny themselves the opportunity to grow
their influence and to gain additional subscribers.
In particular, republishing allows list owners to spread access to their content,
gain influence, and encourage new people to join their list.
Furthermore, it is relatively simple to do: whenever you create an article (either in
your newsletter or elsewhere), simply include a resource box below (or a header
above) that contains information about you, the author and a link to your
newsletter. You should explain that you allow the content to be republished,
provided that it is unaltered and references you.
In addition to simply allowing republishing, you should make proactive attempts
to get your articles republished. Seek out relevant sites, and try to get them to
consider your content.
Of course, you can use the usual sources, such as http://www.ezinearticles.com
to self-publish your articles in a prominent place. However, a better strategy may
involve seeking out high-profile Internet-based magazines and attempting to get
your work featured as a feature article.
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34. Add testimonials to your squeeze page
When it comes to getting subscribers, it is always a good idea to try to increase
your conversion rate. Why? Because it is the quick and easy way to add more
people to your list at a faster rate without changing your traffic generation
strategies at all.
One way in which you can convert at a higher rate is to add testimonials to your
sales letter or squeeze page. Of course, the central focus should be the opt-in
form; and you should avoid distracting visitors away from it. However, dressing
the margins with testimonials or including them after the opt-in form is never a
bad idea. It will build rapport with your visitors and encourage them to trust you
and your list.
How do you get testimonials? Simple. Just ask your current subscribers to send
an email with their testimonial.
Written testimonials are fine, but if your readers are capable, it might not be a
bad idea to include audio or video testimonials. These, of course, are more
difficult, but having them on the site will greatly improve the image that visitors
will develop of you.
35. Add a “tell-a-friend” form to your site
As mentioned in earlier tips, word of mouth advertising very frequently forms the
lifeblood of businesses. It often brings in higher quality prospects, since a close
friend has told them they can trust your business. In short, it is effective method
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One way in which you can do this—initiate a word of mouth campaign—is to use
a “tell-a-friend” script, such as this one: http://www.freetellafriend.com/. This
should be available on your website and possibly linked to infrequently in your
mailings. It will give your subscribers a quick way to tell their friends about
something good or interesting you did.
I’ve already mentioned the re-tweet and Facebook Like buttons, but there is
another cool tool called Pay with a Tweet. Basically, it’s like a tell-a-friend form
for Twitter. But this works by offering some kind of incentive to “tweet”. You can
offer a free report or video and ask them to pay for it with a tweet.
36. Make a list that you would join and enjoy
To keep your subscribers happy, you need to be providing good content and
communicate with them on their level and keep them active
If you don’t share good quality, your list will die off and it will be hard to get
other’s to share your content.
So when you start building your list and writing newsletters, ask yourself whether
or not you would sign up for your own list if it wasn’t yours. Try to be as honest as
you can with yourself.
In general, of course, it is difficult to evaluate our own work, and to understand
how others might perceive it. For this reason, it is a good idea to look at old
archives, so that you can feel a sense of distance and unfamiliarity—and
evaluate it from the perspective of an outsider.
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Finally, consider comparing your list content with other lists in your niche. Ask
yourself the following questions truthfully about both your own list and competing
i. How frequently does the list advertise?
ii. How much space do advertisements take up?
iii. Are there many solo ads?
iv. Are there high-profile guest writers?
v. Are there interviews with experts in the industry/niche?
vi. How frequently does the list give away reports and ebooks?
vii. How frequently does the list give away audio content and video content?
viii.How personal does the writing feel?
If you feel you can’t answer these items objectively, consider asking a friend for
help. As harsh as it may be to hear someone close to you criticize your work, it’ll
be worth it in the long run when your subscribership rises dramatically through
word of mouth.
37. Create a short e-course
When it comes to build a strong subscriber base, getting new subscribers isn’t
the only thing you should focus on. Rather, retaining and energizing existing
subscribers can be just as important. If they become inactive or leave your list,
you’ll have to cover that outflow with even more subscribers.
So what can you do? My suggestion is that you introduce new members to your
list with a short e-course. That is, rather than simply adding them and then
contacting them with the same material you sent to other members, including
advertisements and other items that might turn off new subscribers, give them a
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Not only will the course make the individuals gain some value from subscribing
(and, thus, build rapport), but it will also give them a chance to get to know you
and your business better. Through the course, they can learn what you’re all
about, and it will make them less anxious about buying from you and from
following your content.
In short, creating an e-course to buffer new members from the normal flow of
advertisements and ad hoc newsletter items can go a long way in building a
connection between you and your readers; and ensuring that they won’t drop off
38. Design a good “hook”
When it comes to marketing, hooks are important. This is doubly true wen you’re
trying to ‘pitch’ your list from your squeeze page.
If there isn’t some clear, defining feature or benefit that your list provides that
others do not, then you’ll be passed over. Why sign up to be bombarded by
mediocre content when a visitor can simply leave the page, and search Google
for something better?
So spend some time designing a hook. Think about how will you separate
yourself from other sites. Will you be the fastest to spot and comment on trends
in your niche? Will you provide slow-to-react, but thoughtful and expansive
commentary on important happenings in your niche? Or will you be the first to
test new products and services and to incorporate reviews of them into your
Whatever you do, make sure you can claim to do something unique that people
just can’t get anywhere else. If you truly have important features that separate
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you from the other list owners in your niche, then your visitors should know about
them when they’re deciding whether or not to subscribe.
39. Continuously improve your content
Many people approach the maintenance and growth of their business in an ad
hoc way: from time to time, they’ll decide that it is time to “revamp” everything or
to make major changes. However, in many situations, this simply isn’t the best
policy—especially when it comes to maintaining a list.
Rather, you should consider adopting a more active approach. On a daily basis,
think about what you could be changing to improve your content.
Solicit feedback from readers; and try to use it constructively.
Thinking about and making changes for the better will improve your readership’s
experience; and will ultimately help you through word of mouth advertising and
reduced subscription cancellations.
40. Reduce the amount of ads on your site
If your website is currently inundated with ads, consider cutting away some of the
clutter and focusing on what is most important: your opt-in form.
While you might be going for direct sales or affiliate commissions—since it gets
you the cash today—most sales are made on the 5, 6, or 7th contact, so step
back and think about the long term.
Build a list first then you can offer them the product. Make capturing names and
emails the top priority of your website. That’s why squeeze pages work so well.
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But if you don’t want a squeeze page and want to share content, minimize
‘outgoing’ ads or replace them with opt-in forms.
So, today, start by thinking about how to adjust your site. Get rid of blocks of ads,
banners, and other distractions, and replace them with subscription forms, sales
copy, and other tools for generating subscribers. In the long run, when you’re
making sale after sale to the same people, you will be glad you didn’t throw
everything away for a single click or direct sale.
41. Add a pop-up to your website
If you’re not using a squeeze page, then a pop-up ad with your opt-in form in it is
the next best thing.
Some people believe that pop-up ads have fallen out of fashion. In fact, many
browsers come pre-loaded to block certain categories of pop-ups, so many
believe that pop-up ads can no longer be effective.
However, this belief couldn’t be less true. Many sites are using variations on pop-
up ads (hover-over or fly-ins) that aren’t typically blocked and can do an excellent
job of generating subscriptions.
There are several free pop-up scripts that you can use with any type of website
(static HTML, PHP, WordPress etc). Just Google “free pop-up script” or
“unblockable popups” and see the results.
On a slightly different tangent, there is the “exit pop up”. This is good to use on
any type of website including squeeze pages and especially sales pages.
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It will show a pop-up ad to your visitors when they try to leave your site. The best
way to use this is to direct them to a squeeze page before they leave your site
There are many on the market, but by far the best one I have seen is the Exit
Splash script. It is used by hundreds of internet marketers because it is un-
blockable, it’s easy to use and it works like magic to save the traffic and turn
them into subscribers.
42. Improve your email subject lines
It is easy to spend all your time searching out more subscribers and paying more
for new traffic, rather than focusing on existing subscribers.
Writing better email subject lines will draw more views, re-energize existing list
members, and generate more clicks on links to offers and other pages you want
I suggest using one or more of the following tricks to improve your email headers:
i. Personalize the subject line. Use special tags that your autoresponder
gives you to automatically insert your readers’ names into the email
header. Aweber’s autoresponder system has a handful of these special
tags that you can use for personalization. Tests have shown that
personalized subject lines with the reader’s name gets 3 times more
opens than without the name.
ii. Avoid spam filter trigger words. Email’s worst enemy is the spam filter and
using some words can trigger the filter and trap your emails. Avoid using
words like “free” and “$$$” and “guarantee”. These may work well as
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psychological triggers in sales letters, but when it comes to email
headers, you should use them more carefully. Here is a big list of words
that you should avoid to stay out of the spam box.
iii. Split test different subject lines. If you are running a new campaign or
setting up a follow-up sequence, you should test subject lines to see
which one gets the better response. The body of the email can stay the
same or not, it’s up to you. Again, Aweber’s service allows you to set up
split testing with your email marketing.
In general, finding ways to boost your email opening rate will tend to help you
retain and re-activate subscribers and turn them into customers. This will mean
that you can generate more profits with the subscribers you already have, rather
than aggressively promoting your website, only to ultimately lose those
subscribers to an ineffective system for subscriber retention.
43. Retain your subscribers
As mentioned previously, subscriber retention is a critical component of
generating and maintaining a strong list. When thinking about your list, remember
it’s easier to keep subscribers than to generate new ones.
That is, think about the difference between your losses and gains. If you can
simply retain an additional 50 subscribers per week, that is no different than
gaining at least 50 subscribers a week.
So, when designing your follow-up series and promotions, keep this in mind.
Think not only about generating more traffic, but about retaining your existing
subscribers. Give them incentives to stick with you, be engaged, and to promote
your list to others when given the chance. In short, concentrate just as much
effort on retaining and energizing subscribers as you do finding new ones.
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44. Use viral ebooks
Viral ebooks is one of my favorite methods of generating free subscribers.
You can turn any ebook or report you have already or are planning to write into a
viral traffic and list building machine easily.
There are several ways in which you can do this, but I personally suggest the
i. You’ll need an ebook or report on a popular subject in your niche. It needs
to be good enough that people will want to read all the way through it.
You can write it yourself or hire a ghostwriter to do it for you. You may
also want to design an ecover for it.
ii. You can find a writer and a graphic designer on http://www.elance.com or
on http://fiverr.com. Contract them to complete the book for you,
according to the outline you’ve designed. Work with both the writer and
graphic designer to ensure that the project turns out according to plan.
iii. Insert links throughout the ebook that go to recommended resources
(affiliate links) and related web pages, but most importantly, point to
your sign up page. Don’t add so many links that it delegitimizes the
book, but instead enhances it. Additionally, include links to free
products on your site that are related to the material, so that you can
send people to more locations where they are likely to subscribe to
iv. State in the early stages of the book that the reader has “free giveaway
rights” to your ebook. This will ensure that it can potentially circulate all
over the web. You can also consider giving people the right to resell it,
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which will give him or her an even stronger incentive to circulate the
book but for a bigger spread, free giveaway rights will work better.
v. Contact other list owners and offer them to share your viral ebook. Allow
them to give it away to their respective lists for free. In many cases,
these list owners will be hungry for free content. And, if it is good, they
will snap it up and give it to their subscribers.
That is the basis of creating viral ebooks. However, to make a viral ebook really
take off, you should make it rebrandable also!
This will let your readers rebrand the links inside the ebook with their own affiliate
links and links to their website. This will give them more incentive to share the
ebook because they have the chance of building their list too and making money
through the recommendations throughout the ebook.
I have made several rebrandable reports using the Easy Viral PDF Brander script
and experienced some amazing success. It’s one of the easiest scripts to use
and it’s dead-easy for your readers to use it. No complex or annoying software
for them to install. They can do all the rebranding online. If you’re going to use
rebrandable ebooks, then Easy Viral PDF Brander is the one to use.
In short, your goal should be to create a high quality ebook, to incorporate links
to your squeeze pages and other recommendations throughout the ebook, and to
let people rebrand it (but leave links to your squeeze page in there) then let them
circulate that ebook to the widest audience possible.
The more people see and pass on the ebook, the better for all involved. If your
venture is successful, it will pay off for years to come in terms of new subscribers
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Podcasting is a great way to reach a different area of your niche on the web and
share your knowledge and tips with them at the same time.
You don’t always have to stick with writing reports and ebooks to build your list.
Many list owners have found success in integrating their newsletter into their
website. That is they simply use the newsletter to update their blog or website or
notify subscribers that they have added a new issue to the website.
But using don’t have to stick to text all the time. Instead, you can record an audio
(podcast) and share it on your blog or website to draw traffic and get people to
subscribe to your list.
For one, audio recordings have a higher perceived value over written ebooks. It
takes a while to get comfortable talking to an audience but once you do, you can
start interviewing important people in the industry; and you can then incorporate
them into your newsletter and vice versa (make some JV deals).
To get a really wide scope on your audience, you can upload your podcast to
several podcast directories such as http://www.podomatic.com/login or
submitting to Apple itunes podcast section.
Not only will this generate traffic directly to your site, it can also work as a viral
tool if you provide good and interesting content and encouraging word of mouth
advertising. You can use archived audio interviews as content to convert visitors
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46. Promote your list on forums
Another way in which you can promote your list is to post on forums regularly.
You can start by finding a number of forums related to your particular niche. Start
at http://www.big-boards.com/ and
browse for related forums. As you go, make a
list of the URLs and the primary subject matter of the forum. Also, consider how
much traffic and how many subscribers each of these forums have.
Ultimately, your goal should be to select a number of high-traffic, active forums
with many subscribers. You will then want to frequent these forums and post on
them whenever you get the opportunity. Make an overt attempt to be helpful
whenever possible and to demonstrate your expertise.
After you have been a member of the forum for a while, you’ll want to add a
signature that promotes your newsletter or your free offer. In addition to providing
the actual link to your subscription page, include a short, 5-10 word pitch that will
entice readers to at least consider clicking the link.
Of course, your efforts shouldn’t stop there. Once you have the signature in place
and have gained a strong reputation, you should continue to cultivate
relationships on those forums, to post regularly, and to gain exposure to many
forum visitors, so that your signature has more chances to be seen.
47. Run a competition
As mentioned before, it is vital that you get your own readers involved in the
promotional process of your site and newsletter. If you already have a large list,
then the potential to grow even larger is higher.
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Running a competition is a fun and effective way to build your list with the help of
your current subscribers and your new subscribers.
Not only will it allow you to interact with current subscribers, but get them to bring
in new people, and those new people will bring in new people—thus growing
your list size very large, quickly.
For example, you could run a simple competition on your blog where people who
link back to your site or leave a comment or answer a question can win a prize of
The same kind of competition can be run on social media sites with incentives for
sharing your link or web page. You could get people to “like” your facebook fan
page or “re-tweet” your link with a hashtag and you would pick a random winner.
If you have a special website script that allows you to run competitions, such as a
referral contest, using it would be a very powerful way to build a list.
Whatever you do to encourage your readers to provide referrals, keep in mind
what it is they want most—whether it be cash, advertising space, or products. If
you can’t offer them what they want or need, then they are unlikely to have an
interest in promoting your list.
48. Know and seek out your target audience
One important part about generating new subscriptions is knowing your audience
and where they hang out online.
If you don’t know who you’re marketing to—that is, the “type” of person who has
an interest in your list and business—then you’ll have both a hard time
persuading them that they should join your list and a hard time finding them.
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In short, if you’re not familiar with the “typical” buyer or subscriber in your niche, it
is time to get to know them better. Find out what they want, the problems they
are having etc.
Ways to find out about your audience is to seek them out on forums, interact with
them on blogs, join their newsletters, in social marketing groups and do whatever
you can to understand them better.
Once you know where your audience is spending most time online, you can
focus on targeting them there that rather than spreading yourself out thin over
49. Get backlinks to your squeeze page
A backlink is a hyperlink on another web page that points to your web page.
When people click on that link, they end up on your site.
Backlinks can do two things for you.
1) Give you direct traffic by people clicking on the link, and 2) it can boost your
rankings in the search engines, thus resulting in more traffic, and more
To get backlinks, you can buy them in bulk at places like http://fiverr.com , but
beware that some backlink packages are quite low in quality and won’t do much
for you at all.
You’d be better off going to an expert SEO backlink service or using software like
Traffic Travis yourself to get quality backlinks. Traffic Travis is an all-in-one SEO
software that is easy to use.
For a more easy way to get backlinks, you can post comments on blogs, in
forums and in article resource boxes when you submit articles to directories.
You may want to outsource these tasks as they can be quite repetitive and time
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50. Use Offline advertising to build your list
Yes, offline ads do work great for building your list online. There are a heap of
ways to advertise your website and free offer and direct people to your sign up
– Yellow pages
– Classified newspaper ads
– Magazine ads
– Public notice board ads
– Business cards and other paraphernalia
– Direct response mailing
– Networking at live events/seminars
– Radio station ads
– Hold live events
– Billboard ads
Whenever you advertise offline, just make sure to have a call to action with your
website address clearly visible. For example, “Visit http://www.xyz.com to get your free
start up kit today!”
50 Easy Ways To Build Your List Faster
In this ebook, we’ve sifted through a vast array of different strategies you can
employ to gain more subscribers; however, throughout this exercise, we have
seen some common themes repeated.
So where can you go from here? Start by concentrating on building your list first
from now on. Put list building first when it comes to online promotional efforts.
Remember, once you have a list, you can contact them over and over again with
offers, gifts and recommendations, meaning your can sell to them again and
again. But it can become more than just a quick cash generator. Your list can be
your little community of fans that follow your advice and recommendations.
If you treat your list well, follow the strategies outlined in this ebook, and work
hard to build and retain subscribers, you’ll find that having a list and sharing great
value offers to your readers will be more profitable than any other marketing
technique you will likely encounter.
And with that—I leave you to build a list with the methods I’ve outlined in this
ebook. It may be hard to do all, so start with just one and see what results it
brings you. It’s all about trying different things to see what works best. So put
these tips to work, generate some subscribers, and start making sales!
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- Create a repurpost content only for email subsriber.
- Encourage your subscriber to forward your email to their friends.
- Pormoting a contest only for subsriber.
- Create multiple sign up forms
- Add forms at top of your website
- Subscription pop up.
- Giving away free ebook to getting leads.
- Adding a link in signature and in your employee signature.
- Create a free online tool
- Create a first time landing page
- creating an locked content which requeires an email to open it.
add sign up forms at your fb page.
Promoting link at twitter and keep this twweet at top.
Promtoinh link at fb andkeep this at top.
adding a call to action at fb page
add call to action in your youtube video.
promtoe it at pintrest and linkeding
do email swap
promote ur sign up forms on partener website.
With paid search ads eg. adwords
Make your sign up forms sticky widgets
social sharing buttons in email
30 mintue list
addd your sign up url to your print advertisment
include sign up uel on your business card
put sign up url to all social media account we missed
Add ur sing up url to ur partners thank you page
use affilaite programmers
optimize your confirmation page
Count down timer on sign up forms
Make Users Feel Like Idiots for Not Opting In
Give away 2 or 3 ebook in one forms
Show social proofs
Susbcriber Magnet turn comments in subscriber
1. Get into the minds and lives of your targeted audience. Personally, I try to go into niches that I enjoy and/or have experience with so that I can relate to my audience and write straight from my heart. I know that sounds cheesy but the people that are able to make lots of cash from small lists are the ones who are able to connect with their audience and be completely transparent. Hang out in forums and groups at least once a week to find out what your audience is talking about and make an effort to add relevant discussions in the forum to build your credibility.
2. Find a targeted product or service that people in your niche are willing to pay for. Most people don’t take the time out to do this but it really helps when you do the research on the product you’re promoting so that you will be able to present the offer without coming off as pushy. Instead of just saying “hey guys check out this amazing product that will show you how to make $1,000 a week” you can give a detailed explanation of what the product will do for them and why they need it.
Another thing you need to keep in mind is, just because you like a product doesn’t mean everybody else will like it. When I just started getting into list building I was putting all my efforts into promoting a product that I personally loved. I was making a few sales per month but out of curiosity I switched out my product for something else that was also very good but I didn’t have any experience using but, I did do my research on it.
The new product I chose outsold the original product I was promoting and I made twice as many sales per month as I did with the original product which proves that sometimes the product you choose may not be the best product for your niche. Some email marketers have the ability to sell anything and there is a reason for that. They have the ability to build trust.
3. Provide tons of value and show your list that you want to help them reach their goals and this will build trust. If you can establish trust with your subscribers, they will buy products that you promote solely on trust. I’m sure there is a company/brand out there that you would literally buy anything from. For me it’s NBA 2k. NBA 2k is a basketball simulation series that releases a new game every year. I literally reserve the next game as soon as it is announced. Why? Because the NBA 2k brand has my trust from consistently over delivering with value whenever they release a product.
You can build powerful trust with your subscribers by giving them value every time you send them an email. Give them valuable content on a daily basis, give them free products, and only promote products to them that will help them reach their goals faster.
4. Look at the emails that you’re currently interested in and study them. What emails do you currently read? I’m sure there are specific emails that you always have to open whether it’s from a specific person or it has a specific subject line that draws your attention. What characteristics does that person have that makes their emails so irresistible to open? What is so irresistible about the subject line and the content in the emails? This is called reverse-engineering. Personally, I like to reverse-engineer email campaigns from my favorite marketers and design my own unique versions from them. Everybody has their own style of emailing and it’s very important that you develop your own email style.
When you reverse-engineer an email campaign, you want to make sure you understand why a specific sequence of emails works and how you can add your own flavor and customization to it. I don’t recommend copy and paste unless you have a coach that allows you to do that or recommends it.
5. Have you ever heard the saying, “The money is in the list?”
Well, that is usually not true unless you have a huge list of tens or hundreds of thousands of people or you have the ability to build personal relationships with your list. If you want to build a highly profitable list you have to build relationships with your subscribers. Start small and introduce yourself to your list and focus your attention on helping them. You can make a nice monthly income with only a couple hundred subscribers on your list. I made my first sale from my list before I even had a 100 people on it and that was because I focused on giving value rather than making sales.
When you give lots of value to people and you have an offer in place, it’s almost impossible to not make any money
Don’t blast your list with tons of offers just for the sake of making money