How big is a "big" list?

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I run a home based business PLR article website and I'm trying to build my list right now...

what I'd like to know is... how big is a "big" or a good sized list for something like that?

I'm somewhat new to all this IM stuff and I know the money is in the list but I'm just not sure what I should shoot for. Is 500 something to get excited about or is it nothing? 1000? 2000?

What's your opinion?

Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Monetize
    500 could be big if they're all spenders but I
    would consider a big list to be 10,000+
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  • Profile picture of the author phil.wheatley
    I read a quote from Travis Sago once who said that if you have a list of 5000 responsive people, then you'll never have to work again.

    The key is responsive though. I did an email blast recently which went to 450000 people, however, the catch is they get bombbarded by emails everyday so in nreality, it was a complete waste of money.

    I would say that if you have 500, you've reach the first milestone, 2000 is good enough in some cases to make it a full time business. Sorry, hard to give a definitive answer - basically, it's not so much about the size, it's how many will open your email and then how many are responsive to your promotions. Main prioty is to keep them entertained and give them great value at the same time.

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  • Profile picture of the author blackscorpion
    A small responsive list is always better than a big non responsive one. You should never stop building your list, you will always have opt outs and they need to be replaced.
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  • Whenever it comes to list talk, you always hear these:

    "I'd rather have a list of 500 responsive than 5000 unresponsive anyday!"

    "A list of 40,000 useless people doesn't compare to a list of 100 buyers!"

    Why are you all setting your sites so low?

    If you can get good profits out of a list of 2000 people, just imagine how much you could get out of a list of 20000 people.

    If you can build a list of 2000 people, you can sure as hell get 20000 people. It's not hard.

    I've added well over 30,000 subscribers to my list this year, and I'm lazy.

    Me?

    I'd consider a list of over 50,000 to be pretty big, assuming its mostly responsive. A semi responsive list of 50,000 kicks the s%^$ out of a highly responsive list of a 1,000.

    MORE PEOPLE = MORE MONEY, no matter how you look at it.
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    • Thank you all very much...

      So I guess the moral of the story is: responsive is better.

      So if that's the case what would some tactics be to make sure the people on your list are more responsive?

      Again, thank you
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Lockwood
      Originally Posted by Christopher R Everson View Post

      If you can get good profits out of a list of 2000 people, just imagine how much you could get out of a list of 20000 people.

      If you can build a list of 2000 people, you can sure as hell get 20000 people. It's not hard.

      I've added well over 30,000 subscribers to my list this year, and I'm lazy.
      Finally someone says it!

      I was just about to ask why it seems people assume people on your list will stop buying when others join the list.

      "My list is only 7 people, but they all read my emails."

      In other words, if you have a list of 1000 now where 350 of them are responsive, then how could adding more people possibly hurt you?

      Seems like basic math, but people always make it sound as if the bigger list will have fewer buyers or responders on it.

      Just curious, is that 30,000 added to the same list or the total added to several lists? I suspect you've done much better than most as far as adding subscribers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Abul-Hussain
    Originally Posted by HomeBasedBusinessPLR View Post

    I run a home based business PLR article website and I'm trying to build my list right now...

    what I'd like to know is... how big is a "big" or a good sized list for something like that?

    I'm somewhat new to all this IM stuff and I know the money is in the list but I'm just not sure what I should shoot for. Is 500 something to get excited about or is it nothing? 1000? 2000?

    What's your opinion?

    Thanks
    I think the question you should be asking is how to build a responsive list. You may have a list of over 10K subscribers and have a response rate less than 0.5% and have a list of only 1K subscribers from which the response rate to offers is 10%.

    My personal advice would be to build a relationship with your list so that they are more responsive. If you haven't worked it out yet an 0.5% response from a 10K list would equal to 50 sales, whilst a 10% response from a 1K list would mean 100 sales.

    It's an issue of quality over quantity.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anthony Smith
    generally i think anything over 25k leads to some pretty big sales numbers, but that takes a lot of work to get to that point
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  • Profile picture of the author TimRobinson
    Get a free list and when they buy stuff move them over to a buyers list where they can buy bigger ticket items (and get more of your premium content).

    I make a lot more money out of my buyers list than my free list and it has 1/5th as many people on it
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