Anyone using a blog posts to build list instead of a conventional squeeze page?

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Hey guys,

I just wish to know whether anyone uses blog content to build a list of their own? Are blog posts effective in building a list for your self? Can a blog be powerful enough to build me a fantastic list fast?

I mean.. having an opt-in form right within the blog post & on the sidebar along with a Ultimate footer ad at the bottom of the blog's home page?

Or

Is a squeeze page the only way to go in order to build a squeeze page? Do I need to use the conventional squeeze page method of building a list?

Another very imp question:

Also, how do you differentiate genuine buyers from freebie seekers while you're building a list?

Thanks.

Mods:

I asked this question on my other thread but everyone seems to over look the question so I edited the thread and posted it here.

Ronak.
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  • Profile picture of the author sainteve21
    Hi

    Amongst other things I also use blog posts for listbuilding, as well as a few different methods for getting subscribers onto a newsletter list

    I differentiate different subscribers by assigning them to different lists & as they move along the buying process, they then 'graduate' to different lists

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    • Profile picture of the author Ronak Shah
      Originally Posted by sainteve21 View Post

      Hi

      Amongst other things I also use blog posts for listbuilding, as well as a few different methods for getting subscribers onto a newsletter list

      I differentiate different subscribers by assigning them to different lists & as they move along the buying process, they then 'graduate' to different lists

      Steve
      How's it been until now?

      How big a list have you made from your blog posts, Steve?

      Which niche?

      How many articles you're posting each day on your blog?

      What kind of money you make from it (just a rough idea)?

      Any specific blog marketing methods you use to convert visitors into a subscriber of your list?

      Thanks a ton.
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      • Profile picture of the author sainteve21
        Originally Posted by ronakshah View Post

        How's it been until now?

        How big a list have you made from your blog posts, Steve?

        Which niche?

        How many articles you're posting each day on your blog?

        What kind of money you make from it (just a rough idea)?

        Any specific blog marketing methods you use to convert visitors into a subscriber of your list?

        Thanks a ton.
        Lot of questions!

        Not going to give away any specifics or 'secrets' but if you visit & interact with my site you'll see how I build a list from blog posts & be able to figure it out from there

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        • Profile picture of the author Ronak Shah
          Originally Posted by sainteve21 View Post

          Lot of questions!

          Not going to give away any specifics or 'secrets' but if you visit & interact with my site you'll see how I build a list from blog posts & be able to figure it out from there

          Steve
          Well, that is no secret..

          Yes I signed up for Troy's list building campaign..

          But yes, I sincerely from the bottom of my heart appreciate your assistance and guidance.

          I really appreciate it Steve.

          BTW, your blog theme and strategy is awesome. Make sure you get customers plugged-in.

          Lots of LOVE. Ronak.
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  • Profile picture of the author RentItNow
    I know people that use blogs but I just cant wrap my head around why. When people visit a blog they are not really expecting that call to action, they want content. This is opposed to a squeeze page (especially video squeeze) where they know they are there for only one reason, to sign up for content.
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    • Profile picture of the author discrat
      Originally Posted by RentItNow View Post

      I know people that use blogs but I just cant wrap my head around why. When people visit a blog they are not really expecting that call to action, they want content. This is opposed to a squeeze page (especially video squeeze) where they know they are there for only one reason, to sign up for content.
      It all depends how you word your Optin Box. People want content but they also want solutions. If your Blog Ranks high for keyphrase 'how to clear acne' in the Search Engines then they will end up on your Blog. These are people who want solutions to clearing Acne. And if you have quality wording in your Optin box and its sticking right there in a strategic position on your Blog , then a Blog can be just as effective as anything else.

      Believe me it can. I personally am turned off by most squeeze pages and close out of them before signing up for anything or looking for the Product any further.

      My Authority Blogs for the most part just have an Optin Box and thats it. And my ability to write Content week in and week out places me in good positions with Search Engines unlike many Squeeze Pages that cant be continually updated with fresh content. !!

      Squeze Pages have an innate disadvantaged solely by this point and this point alone. They are just NOT Search Engine friendly because you cant keep adding new, fresh content. Blogs are.

      So if you have some creativity in your bones I suggest using a Blog as a squeeze page whenever you can !!
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  • Profile picture of the author sainteve21
    Hi

    Another way I get subscribers is by persuading people to leaave comments
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    • Profile picture of the author Ronak Shah
      Originally Posted by sainteve21 View Post

      Hi

      Another way I get subscribers is by persuading people to leaave comments
      Steve,

      We're sailing in the same boat.



      Look, I set that up too on my new blog.

      So that means that it works for you.

      If I put up my content and marketing strategy right, I may succeed depending on how effective I am at writing the content. Especially with persuading people to subscribe to my list is what will define my success at list building.

      I am learning to be an effective copywriter all the time.

      I guess that could work if I do the things in the right way.

      Thanks a ton.

      COOL hehe

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      • Profile picture of the author butters
        The problem building a list via comments is, there is no action taken, they are being put onto a list which they are not expecting to be put on to. Now, if you use a squeeze page, they know exactly what they are getting them selves into. If you start mailing people who leave comments, it is less targeted, more unwanted mail... I am not saying it doesn't convert, it might, I got no idea but if you can get them through a squeeze page, it will work better.
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        • Profile picture of the author sainteve21
          Originally Posted by butters View Post

          The problem building a list via comments is, there is no action taken, they are being put onto a list which they are not expecting to be put on to. Now, if you use a squeeze page, they know exactly what they are getting them selves into. If you start mailing people who leave comments, it is less targeted, more unwanted mail... I am not saying it doesn't convert, it might, I got no idea but if you can get them through a squeeze page, it will work better.
          I disagree

          A typical Squeeze Page offers something, usually downloadable, in return (usually an ebook or tool) for submitting their name & email. They are then on a list to be emailed to, sent freebie downloads & sold to

          My Blog posts also offers something downloadable (usually ebook or tool) in return for a comment (name, email, comment). This is double-optin so they have to verify before receiving download link (like most responders from a squeeze page). They are then on a list to be emailed to, sent freebie downloads & sold to

          I don't see much of a difference, except that my Blog posts are not obvious squeeze pages & when a comment is left it also adds to the 'busy-ness' of a page in the eyes of the Search engines

          You get the same level of subscribers:- some are freebie-seekers, some are potential customers & how you handle those people on your list determines to some extent what your returns are and in what ratio

          I also have different levels of lists, as I have said before, & use that for people to graduate up

          Example:

          person leaves a comment in return for being able to download ebook or tool, & is expecting to be emailed with a download, they are then on freebie seeker list

          freebie seeker decides to optin for regular newsletter, they are then on the newsletter list & taken off freebie list

          they then decide to purchase, they are then on 1st purchaser list & taken off newsletter list

          they then decide to join membership & then go on members list & taken off 1st purchaser list etc etc

          In this way, the lists can be managed effectively & the subscribers get effective emails based on their prior actions

          Steve

          PS I also have the usual popups & sidebar signups for newsletter
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  • Profile picture of the author onlinebisnes
    same here, subscribers newsletter..

    some facebook widget/badge such as fanpage also consider making a list building right?
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  • Profile picture of the author Ronak Shah
    Well...

    I will reveal it.. shhhhh..... It's a SECRET LOL

    It's a double opt-in comments plugin so there you go..

    If it's double opt-in that means that they're ready to consume the content.

    It's as good as a list.
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  • Profile picture of the author xanydu
    I am glad you asked this question Ronak, as I had been wondering the same thing myself. From my own perspective and other marketers I have spoken to, its becoming a real turnoff that every email landing in your inbox leads to an optin squeeze page, so you can't get to watch the video, content whatever without yet again signing up for more often than not an out of date ebook.

    I looked at Steves blog and think the way that is laid out is far more enticing and allows the reader a choice of what they want to do. The call to action/optin via the popup is still effective as ultimately the reader is looking for something and the fact that they don't feel pressured on the site makes the signup a voluntary process as the blog owner isn't pushing them.

    As a final thought I suspect that lists formed from squeeze pages where everyone is forced to sign up would not be as value added as lists developed from people genuinely choosing to optin.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rezbi
    I only use blog posts. It started off slow but is getting much better since I started to get more active with it.

    That's the thing: You can't ignore it for days on end and expect results.

    I also try to give great content on my blog... which helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author Frodr
    I recently received an email from aweber a couple of weeks ago talking about this.

    If you are providing great content it only makes sense to give your reader the option of signing up for more info right after they finished reading something they just enjoyed.

    I only read blog posts to the end, if i like them.

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  • Profile picture of the author tommygadget
    So far my experience is that people like reading my blog and they stay and read all the posts. Now they don't bother to signup. The squeeze page is much more effective. I've seen another trick that seems to also work well. The blog owner has some really interesting content and you see the post titles in the sidebar. When you click on the links it says "oops, you must be a member, signup for free to see the content". He forces you to get a free account to see the site's content. Maybe you can use that little trick to get subscribers.

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    • Profile picture of the author Ronak Shah
      Originally Posted by tommygadget View Post

      So far my experience is that people like reading my blog and they stay and read all the posts. Now they don't bother to signup. The squeeze page is much more effective. I've seen another trick that seems to also work well. The blog owner has some really interesting content and you see the post titles in the sidebar. When you click on the links it says "oops, you must be a member, signup for free to see the content". He forces you to get a free account to see the site's content. Maybe you can use that little trick to get subscribers.

      TomG.
      Do you know any such plugin that does just that?

      If yes, please post the link here on this thread.

      This strategy definitely helps.

      Thanks.
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