How to Build a List

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Hey Warriors,

I'm going to tell you some methods to get more opt-ins to your e-mail lists, you may already know some or all of these, but I'm sure it will help out some list builders here!

1.) Forums

You can make free giveaways or contests and advertise it in your signature (or in a thread in some cases).

2.) Free Bonus

You can ask other marketers to redirect their buyers to your page after they purchase something so you offer something for free, people will opt-in to download the "bonus". It will provide high quality (buyer) opt-ins.

3.) "Ask the Expert"

You can create a form where people can ask questions related to your niche, they will receive answers to their e-mails. Every question will be an opt-in.

4.) Solo Ads

This is one of the most effective ways to build your list fast, but it needs budget. You can reduce the advertising costs by offering a OTO to your subscribers.

5.) Swaps

You can exchange clicks with other list builders.

6.) Youtube

You can create videos related to your niche, offer freebies and tell them to visit your page.

That's all for now, I hope it helped! If you know other good methods (free/paid) don't forget to share below!
#internet marketing #build #list

  • Profile picture of the author AlexanderBeloev
    Thanks for sharing your tips,

    It is important to stick with just one method until you master it and then jump on the next one
  • Profile picture of the author Broyde
    Thanks for the tips...I was studying this topic again. I see where two items on your list seem to be everybody's favorite methods. Solo ads and swaps. But I differ when I say that instead of mastering one and then moving on, take a minute to try both and see which works best for you, and then plan the rest of your strategy around your results.
  • Profile picture of the author JohnV88
    Thanks nice post I personally use solo ads to build list & even YouTube to gain opt ins.
  • Profile picture of the author Mark Fallaize
    Originally Posted by Broyde View Post

    Thanks for the tips...I was studying this topic again. I see where two items on your list seem to be everybody's favorite methods. Solo ads and swaps. But I differ when I say that instead of mastering one and then moving on, take a minute to try both and see which works best for you, and then plan the rest of your strategy around your results.
    I also agree with Broyde on this. Since it takes time to master one method, try a few first then focus in on the one you prefer.

    Solo ads will generally provide you with a list of freebie seekers, but the OP makes a good point about piggy backing off a product launch
  • Profile picture of the author vadakbelle
    Thanks for sharing these list-building fundamentals. As an indie publisher/fiction author, I'm always looking to stay focused and make the most of my time when I'm marketing. And few things are more important than your list
  • Profile picture of the author radhika
    You forgot Socialmedia marketing like Facebook, Twitter etc...

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  • Profile picture of the author typoo999
    Originally Posted by radhika View Post

    You forgot Socialmedia marketing like Facebook, Twitter etc...

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    Could you explain your thoughts on building a list using social media? So I can complete the thread with it.
  • Profile picture of the author PrestonSr
    Originally Posted by radhika View Post

    You forgot Socialmedia marketing like Facebook, Twitter etc...

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    I like Youtube more
  • Profile picture of the author a1pena
    Great tips. The youtube video if done right can be great and drive lots of free targeted traffic!
  • Profile picture of the author typoo999
    Originally Posted by a1pena View Post

    Great tips. The youtube video if done right can be great and drive lots of free targeted traffic!
    Yes, but it applies to every method mentioned above.
  • Profile picture of the author focusedlife
    On Twitter, I often start a dialogue with people that post the message "I need a job" and some others but that phrase.... it gets tweeted so often.

    My response?

    "You need money...no one needs a job" which usually gets an LOL and a retweet.

    Generally they look at my sig and I get whatever the offer the flavor of the day is in my sig from there.

    Hope that was helpful.

    Regards

    Los
  • Profile picture of the author Morphius
    I like to go with solo ads
  • Profile picture of the author mymegawriter
    Originally Posted by typoo999 View Post

    Could you explain your thoughts on building a list using social media? So I can complete the thread with it.
    Hey typoo999,

    Justin Lewis on the forum has some great ways to use Facebook to create great ways to build a list.

    Here is an example of something he was teaching. If you click on his name and look at other threads he has written, you will find he is a BIG supporter of fan pages.

    John
  • Profile picture of the author greenowl123
    Thanks for the tips !

    I also get results with classified ads, both free and paid, online and offline. Banner ads, social media sites and even Yahoo answers will work too.
  • Profile picture of the author MartinPlatt
    JV Giveaways missing, and also PPC and PPV traffic.
  • Profile picture of the author Divian
    Hi,

    I have seen a lot of people talk about different strategies, one of which I haven't yet had a go at is solo ads.

    Morphius I see you prefer solo ads, I would love to get your input if you have built your list through solo ads.

    I have some questions:

    How do you know the quality of someone's list? I have seen a LOT of people advertising solo ads and I just don't know how to judge the quality of a list, you see some people offer 1,000 clicks for $70 and others 1000 clicks for $300.

    Now thats a large different in cost per click, however we all know that it is not about the number of clicks, it is about the number of leads added to your list and then after that the number of paying customers.

    So how do you judge whether a solo ad provider has a good list or a not so good list?

    I am not expecting to find the "perfect" solo ad provider, I simply want to be aware of what I am facing, from reading a LOT of different posts I think this is a good way to go.

    I really appreciate any/all of your input!

    Thanks
    Divian
  • Profile picture of the author balt
    Great advice! I'll def work on it
  • Profile picture of the author GuruGuna
    Don't forget a Free WSO does very well for the money as well.
  • Profile picture of the author affguy89
    Solo ads are probably your best bet not all in niches. Not all niches use these advertising practices while other newsletter owners may charge higher minimum fees. In mmo/biz opp prices are way more reasonable. But I think Once you have a great responsive email list you can use your email to help jump start social signals for you.

    For example you do some kind of pre launch to whatever and you send them to a page and have a viral social button as the only call to action....especially if you have great content on the page to help entice the share. Once they share that button on their profile (for example a tweet) It should share a link where brand new people can optin to your list and also grow through your pre launch sequence. Also if you did on site seo optimization all you have to do is keep sending people to that page to get more social signals to help with natural serp ranking for more potential traffic.

    Nothing is a guarantee. Always test!
  • Profile picture of the author khooster1
    Solo Ads are great previously.
    Nowadays, the results/conversions are dropping tremendously.

    You need to have a high-converting squeeze page to perform well.

    Some of my best lists are actually from more traditional methods such as
    1. article marketing,
    2. Forum Marketing
    3. Guest Blogging
    4. JV Giveaways.

    Though the list is relatively small compared to my solo ad lists, the sales conversion is much higher.

    I strongly suggest that you segmented your lists into various traffic sources.
    There are so many poor-converting solo ads vendors in the market.
    These guys simply whack their lists with offers/solos/ swaps.

    Always buy solo ads with small quantity..
    Only scale up when the conversion is good.

    Don't forget about providing your list with great content.
    This does not mean free offers from Ad Swaps..
    Real good Content!!

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