19,000+ subscribers in 16 months may not be a lot for some of the more experienced marketers out there, but it's a decent result. And the average numbers (traffic, signups) are growing everyday.
Bear in mind, I got 19,000+ subscribers without doing any major product launch. This is all with 'guerilla' traffic getting methods and other more residual traffic building strategies.
List building is my obsession and I have spent countless hours poring over list building PDF's, traffic blueprints, and tons of videos.
I've bought Traffic Secrets 2.0 and have yet to go through it (heard there's nothing new there, but there SHOULD be something). At the moment, here is how I built a list that has a combined total of 19,000 subscribers in 16 months:
Step 1 - Write and submit articles to the article directories. This is an old yet proven way to send targeted traffic to your site.
Step 2 - Sign up for some high trafficked forums in your market. Create a signature file promoting your site and start posting solid content.
Step 3 - Sign up for some giveaways and become a contributor. This is an ultra fast way to build a list.
Step 4 - Buy several Power Leads packages at Get Subscribers. Funnel the leads straight into your autoresponder account.
Step 5 - Set up a few Google AdWords campaigns. Target niche keywords and test your ad copy.
Step 6 - Set up classified ads at these sites - Craigslist, eBay Classifieds, US Free Ads and Yahoo Classifieds.
Step 7 - Sign up for List Joe and get their premium account. You will be able to blast an ad out to 3000 subscribers every 3 days. A great list builder!
Step 8 - Contact potential joint venture partners and arrange a list swap. Your JV partners promote your opt-in page to their lists while you promote theirs to your list. This is the fastest strategy to build a targeted, responsive list.
Step 9 - Set up a blog at Wordpress or Blogger and post up new content daily. Ping your new posts at Pingomatic to get instant search engine recognition.
Step 10 - Buy some ezine ads. Sign up for the Directory Of Ezines and search for ezines that are related to your market. Throw away the losers you advertise in and continually advertise in the winners you find to get more subscribers.
May you build a big and strong list.