How To Get 19,000+ Mailing List Subscribers

by Fabian Tan 43 replies
I started building my mailing lists 16 months ago and have lists in 2 different markets:

IM
Weight Loss

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.

Fabian
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  • Profile picture of the author WilsonA
    Nice, I am just wondering

    - Where you tracking where your most sign ups came from?
    - Also are you making the now infamous $1 per subscriber a month from your list
    - Finally, which do you prefer Im or the weight loss niche

    Thanks
    Wilson
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    • Profile picture of the author Fabian Tan
      Hi Wilson,

      Most of my sign-ups are from coregistration (Get Subscribers), JV's and giveaways. The latter two are more one-shot bursts of huge traffic, while coregistration can be an ongoing, continual thing, so that's the good thing about that.

      At the moment I'm not making $1 a subscriber. To do that, I think you have to put in a high-ticket product somewhere (home study course, coaching etc) or at least a high-paying continuity program.

      Fabian
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      • Profile picture of the author lakshaybehl
        Originally Posted by Fabian Tan View Post

        Hi Wilson,

        Most of my sign-ups are from coregistration (Get Subscribers), JV's and giveaways. The latter two are more one-shot bursts of huge traffic, while coregistration can be an ongoing, continual thing, so that's the good thing about that.

        At the moment I'm not making $1 a subscriber. To do that, I think you have to put in a high-ticket product somewhere (home study course, coaching etc) or at least a high-paying continuity program.

        Fabian
        Or maybe something like building a relationship with the people on your list!

        When I has a list of 200 people, I made 1000 dollars from them... And though now its not $5/ mo,, it is continually over $1.5 per mo.
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      • Profile picture of the author WilsonA
        Originally Posted by Fabian Tan View Post

        Hi Wilson,

        Most of my sign-ups are from coregistration (Get Subscribers), JV's and giveaways. The latter two are more one-shot bursts of huge traffic, while coregistration can be an ongoing, continual thing, so that's the good thing about that.

        At the moment I'm not making $1 a subscriber. To do that, I think you have to put in a high-ticket product somewhere (home study course, coaching etc) or at least a high-paying continuity program.

        Fabian
        But you have so many articles???? I thought that would be your main source
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        • Profile picture of the author Fabian Tan
          Originally Posted by Wilson Agbeyegbe View Post

          But you have so many articles???? I thought that would be your main source
          Wilson,

          Yes articles are a big part. I prefer Get Subscribers at the moment though, it's far less intensive and it only takes a few minutes of work.

          Do articles though.

          Fabian
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          • Profile picture of the author WilsonA
            Originally Posted by Fabian Tan View Post

            Wilson,

            Yes articles are a big part. I prefer Get Subscribers at the moment though, it's far less intensive and it only takes a few minutes of work.

            Do articles though.

            Fabian
            Thanks for your answers Fabian and Nice post, I tried getsubscribers once but they took too long to deliver though

            Wilson
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            • Profile picture of the author rondo
              Hi Fabian, how many subscribers does GetSubscribers send you each day? (I heard it was very slow.)


              thanks,
              Andrew
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    • Profile picture of the author lakshaybehl
      Originally Posted by Wilson Agbeyegbe View Post

      Nice, I am just wondering

      - Where you tracking where your most sign ups came from?

      Thanks
      Wilson
      I'd like to know what methods were the most effective for you... CONRATS FROM YOURS TRULY ON YOUR COOL EXPERIENCE!
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      • Profile picture of the author jhongren
        Hi Fabian, nice to meet you here. Calvin mentioned to me about you. You in NTU right?

        Great tip in list building and I can apply them right now.

        Cheers,
        John
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        • Profile picture of the author Fabian Tan
          Originally Posted by jhongren View Post

          Hi Fabian, nice to meet you here. Calvin mentioned to me about you. You in NTU right?

          Great tip in list building and I can apply them right now.

          Cheers,
          John
          Hi John,

          Nice to meet you too. Nope, doing NS now

          All the best and let me know how you do.

          Fabian
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          • Profile picture of the author jhongren
            Originally Posted by Fabian Tan View Post

            Hi John,

            Nice to meet you too. Nope, doing NS now

            All the best and let me know how you do.

            Fabian

            Sure, I added you to my msn =)
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            • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
              Thanks for sharing.

              I think in your strategy for capturing email subscribers you should seriously consider
              how to get quality subscribers on your list and how to keep that list responsive.

              Numbers can be very deceptive.

              I've seen lists of under 3,000 that produced astonishing sales and lists of over
              50,000 that produced almost nothing.

              Quality is very important.

              Also subscribers who've purchased off you once or twice are far higher quality
              than people who've just signed up for a free gift.

              That's a good argument for having a front end product you give away substantial commissions for ($7 secrets style) so you can build a list of high quality buyers and
              get that list through affiliates or JV partners sending their lists to your front end offer (something you forgot to mention).

              Kindest regards,
              Andrew Cavanagh
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              • Profile picture of the author rondo
                Still wondering how quickly Getsubscribers delivers the subscribers. Does anyone know?

                Thanks,
                Andrew
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                • Sounds like some solid useful information, Thanks for the tips Fabian-
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                • Profile picture of the author Tony Dean
                  Originally Posted by rondo View Post

                  Still wondering how quickly Getsubscribers delivers the subscribers. Does anyone know?

                  Thanks,
                  Andrew

                  I find GetSubscribers deliver between 2 and 4 subscribers per day. Whilst slow it is sure. Don't just rely on one source for sign-ups though, some of the current 'giveaways' are bringing in 40 subs a day!
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                  • Profile picture of the author rondo
                    Thanks Tony. Sure is slow!


                    Andrew
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                    • Profile picture of the author Chris Hunter
                      Fabian,

                      This is one of your best posts ever.

                      I have a question for you: Now that you have over 2400 articles at EzineArticles.com (which is a major accomplishment, congratulations!!), how many click-thrus to your site are getting each month?

                      Thanks!
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                • Profile picture of the author luckystar
                  Anyway in my own case, getsubcriber i am using sends an average of 5 per day.
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              • Profile picture of the author Popstar
                Originally Posted by AndrewCavanagh View Post

                Thanks for sharing.

                I think in your strategy for capturing email subscribers you should seriously consider
                how to get quality subscribers on your list and how to keep that list responsive.

                Numbers can be very deceptive.

                I've seen lists of under 3,000 that produced astonishing sales and lists of over
                50,000 that produced almost nothing.

                Quality is very important.

                Also subscribers who've purchased off you once or twice are far higher quality
                than people who've just signed up for a free gift.

                That's a good argument for having a front end product you give away substantial commissions for ($7 secrets style) so you can build a list of high quality buyers and
                get that list through affiliates or JV partners sending their lists to your front end offer (something you forgot to mention).

                Kindest regards,
                Andrew Cavanagh
                You beat me to it, Andrew. I think your comments encapsulate what most people miss about list building. A list isn't worth squat if it doesn't respond. I hope that's not that case here.

                Debbie
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                • Profile picture of the author Chiayee
                  gotta agree with andrew and popstar.

                  it would be interesting to know how much Fabian earned from these mailing lists.
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                  • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
                    I'm not saying there's anything wrong with Fabian's strategies.

                    I'm pretty sure he has some good lists going.

                    Any and every lead generation strategy/list building strategy that breaks even or makes a profit on the front end is worth pursuing.

                    Even strategies that make a loss on the front end might be worth pursuing.

                    But you do need to keep some kind of measure of the long term value you're building and that's in the responsiveness of your list.

                    Kindest regards,
                    Andrew Cavanagh
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  • Profile picture of the author Joel O
    Very good post Fabian!
    Thanks for sharing how you do it... it should help many people take a step to build their list.

    You reminded me that I need to start submitting more articles now.

    I hope my recent JV email swap does well for you


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  • Profile picture of the author olbiz4cash
    Fabian...Some very good information on your post. I actually have already been using some and will probably use others that you listed to help my business.

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  • Profile picture of the author LivingCovers
    Originally Posted by Fabian Tan View Post

    Step 3 - Sign up for some giveaways and become a contributor. This is an ultra fast way to build a list.
    Hey Fabian,

    What do you mean by 'signing up for some giveaways and become a contributor'? Is there a giveaway for a particular niche or something?
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    • Profile picture of the author mediadealer
      you have to use the getresponse autoresponder to get co-reg subs from getsubscribers right? is this how you are doing it? I know aweber doesn't allow co-reg subscribers...so that's why i'm curious...

      I'd like mention that fabian know's what's up...we've done a few ad swaps together and i've always been happy with the results.

      i've built my list just in the IM market up to 12,000 in 1 year...but i've only used 4 different traffic methods (actually 5..but i'm not going to mention the 5th one)

      safelists
      contributing to JV giveaways
      ad swaps
      my own affiliate program
      **mystery method**

      I like all these methods because of how little work they require. articles, ppc, and seo seem like too much work to me.

      --Corey
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      • Profile picture of the author ruchirkc
        Cool stuff Fabian. Thanks for sharing! Currently I'm focussing on giveaways, safelists, forums and article marketing. Will be slowing branching to other traffic generation methods such as classified ads soon...

        I didn't know about list joe, thanks for bringing that up.

        - Ruchir
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  • Profile picture of the author Stallion
    Thanks for this information Fabian. I have to build up a list for my first product launch in the weight loss niche, and it's good to hear that you were able to get that much between IM and weight loss.

    I hope I can make it to that point.
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    • Profile picture of the author JasonParker
      This is one of the best posts I've ever read at Warrior Forum. =)

      If I were to add to the list, I would add:

      Build a list of buyers by using a script
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      • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
        Originally Posted by JasonParker View Post

        This is one of the best posts I've ever read at Warrior Forum. =)

        If I were to add to the list, I would add:

        Build a list of buyers by using a script

        Yes very good point.

        If you want a budget script you can use the $7 secrets script ($7 plus maybe another $50 or less if you get someone else to install it).

        That will automate all your affiliate sales...they'll be paid instantly into their Paypal email accounts which is highly motivating for them and saves you a ton of work.

        Any script along these lines will give you:

        1. An email sign up page so you can add the people who buy to a special list.

        2. A one time offer page so you can immediately offer people who buy another highly targeted product (conversions on these one time offers can be very high indeed).

        Using a script like this helps you maximize the profit from front end sales and capture the emails of people who buy from you into a special list on your autoresponder service (like Aweber).

        Kindest regards,
        Andrew Cavanagh
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        • Profile picture of the author lakshaybehl
          Give softwares and widgets away... they are surely the best ways to build your list fast!
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          • Profile picture of the author Fabian Tan
            OK guys, I'm going to lay out the key strategies I'm going to be using to expand on those I listed above. To be honest, I'm baffled at why I'm not using them yet.

            1. Video Marketing

            This is BIG. This gets serious traffic. Sure, more of the traffic will be 'rubbish' compared to other sources like article marketing or pay per click, BUT the targeted traffic comes from optimized videos that appear in the search engine rankings.

            I have talked with some marketers, and they use hard-core strategies on videos and really go hard on it - link building, meticulous LSI optimization for the video title, descriptions.

            Heck, even a poorly optimized video can get tons of traffic. What more, a well optimized one? And what if you submit 3 videos a day? This is something I'm scaling up on. ;-)

            2. Blogging/SEO

            I know many marketers use this as a powerful traffic getting strategy, and I'm kicking myself for not doing this earlier. Create a blog, post new content to it everyday, reap the search engine traffic. Great idea. Many marketers use this as their MAIN marketing strategy, in fact. Now, if you combine this with article marketing, co-registration and go full scale on all of them without giving skewed preference to any tactic, we're talking about serious traffic numbers.

            There's other tactics like banner ads and pay per view ads that I will be focusing on too. Will discuss those in another post

            Here's to Warriors building a 5-figure or 6-figure list with bare hands.

            Fabian
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        • Profile picture of the author tdpubs
          Originally Posted by AndrewCavanagh View Post

          Yes very good point.

          If you want a budget script you can use the $7 secrets script ($7 plus maybe another $50 or less if you get someone else to install it).

          That will automate all your affiliate sales...they'll be paid instantly into their Paypal email accounts which is highly motivating for them and saves you a ton of work.

          Any script along these lines will give you:

          1. An email sign up page so you can add the people who buy to a special list.

          2. A one time offer page so you can immediately offer people who buy another highly targeted product (conversions on these one time offers can be very high indeed).

          Using a script like this helps you maximize the profit from front end sales and capture the emails of people who buy from you into a special list on your autoresponder service (like Aweber).

          Kindest regards,
          Andrew Cavanagh
          I've just started using the $7 Dollar script. My new project is http://www.massivetraficpack.com . It allows anyone to sell the 68 page ebook for 100% of the sale price and get 60% of the back end OTO as well.
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  • Nice post bro.

    19k subscribers in 16 months is very good, even for experienced marketers.

    In addition to what you've listed, here are two other really great ways to get subscribers:

    Myspace
    Video Traffic

    In fact, these two methods alone net an average of 50 subscribes a day for me and they are not only highly targeted double opt in subscribers but I don't pay a dime in advertising.

    It's pretty darn cool!

    Quick question though...

    Which list has been the most profitable for you, IM or weight loss?

    I'm just now starting to build a list in the weight loss niche, so I was just curious.
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  • Profile picture of the author tdpubs
    Hey Fabian, I've read quite a bit of your ebooks (both free and purchased.) Thanks for a great post. I've started with PPC to jumpstart my list but it was expensive. I moved on to articles and got a boost. I still do articles but have slowed down a bit. It seems that getting traffic is the toughest part of this business. It doesn't matter how great our products are, without getting the needed traffic, we can't make any money. I'm always looking for more information on better ways to reach my target audiences.

    It seems that getting traffic is the toughest part of this business. It doesn't matter how great our products are, without getting the needed traffic, we can't make any money. I'm always looking for more information on better ways to reach my target audiences.It seems that getting traffic is the toughest part of this business. It doesn't matter how great our products are, without getting the needed traffic, we can't make any money. I'm always looking for more information on better ways to reach my target audiences.
    It seems that getting traffic is the toughest part of this business. It doesn't matter how great our products are, without getting the needed traffic, we can't make any money. I'm always looking for more information on better ways to reach my target audiences.
    I'm now looking at JV swaps to increase my list a bit more rapidly. My goal is to get the IM list to 5000 subscribers. I'll check out Get Subscribers.
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  • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
    The other script which I know Allen recommends is Rapid Action Profits.

    Has many more features than the $7 script but of course costs a little more.


    I think if you're setting a goal for number of email subscribers it may be wiser to attach it to an income goal.

    So you might say I want 10,000 email subscribers making me $10,000 in sales every month.

    That way you're staying focused not just on list quantity but also on list quality.

    Kindest regards,
    Andrew Cavanagh
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