5-Step Blueprint For 1,000 Opt-Ins A Day

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This takes work, planning, and organization--but it does work wickedly well if you're willing to follow through with the details.

STEP 1: Go to eZineArticles and browse through the expert authors. There are about 130 expert authors with over 1,000 articles to their name. There are about the same number of authors with over 500 articles to their name. These people have huge lists. (1) Click on their extended author bio for a link to their main site. (2) Alternatively, click on the link in their author resource box at the end of one of their articles. Check to see if they give an email address on their site. If not, they will most likely have an opt-in pop-up on their site for a free newsletter or mini-course. Sign up for it. When they begin sending you mailings, save their email address.

STEP 2: Go to Clickbank or a similar platform and visit every one of the top 50 sites in your niche. For example: Marketing & Ads, Health & Fitness, etc. Opt in for their newsletters and collect their email addresses as well.

STEP 3: Create a killer, and I mean an absolute no-holds-barred, eye-popping killer bonus PDF file of about 30-40 pages. Get a killer cover graphic--a box cover for your bonus and slap it on page one with the title to make it look snappy.

INTERLUDE: THE THEORY
Most of these "gurus" mail to their lists 1-4 times a week. The vast, vast majority of these mails are junk and simply contain a plea to... Check this out... with link to a product they promote as an affiliate. People get tired of getting nothing but these junk emails, so they opt-out of the lists, or--simply don't open the emails any longer. The gurus know this.

What you want to do is approach these individuals with an offer to let them have your ebook and offer it as a free gift to their readers. This gives their readers a reason to open their emails and will keep them interested in staying on the list.

STEP 4: If you've got guts and don't mind having 90% of the gurus turn you down or ignore you--try this: Send them an email explaining why it would be good for them to offer your bonus to their readers through a link in their email. Give them a link to use to your bonus PDF file. However, have that link go, not to the download, but to an opt-in page where they must give up their name and email to get your file. If they opt-in, have your auto-responder send them an immediate return email with a link to your file. Most gurus will not do this because you are "stealing" too many of their names using this method. This is not really true, because without giving free gifts to their readers from time to time, subscribers will opt-out of their list because all they get is junk. But don't get discouraged! I have had a number of the biggest Clickbank vendors agree to do this for me. Your list can grow exponentially in very short order.

STEP 5: If you don't have the guts to ask them to include a link in their newsletter to your opt-in page, then try this: Simply ask the guru to upload the file to their site and and include a link to it in their mailing. However, at the end of your PDF file have a link to your site or blog and offer the reader more bonuses at your site. I would again send them to an opt-in page first where they must give up their name an email to get to your site or blog. You still get names, but you won't get as many.

This works! I've had both top Clickbank vendors accept my offers like this as well as top eZineArticle authors who also have huge lists. The only thing is that you must have a killer bonus PDF file to offer.

EXTRA FOR EXPERTS
Milk this technique for even more juice. At the end of your PDF file, tell readers that they can get permission to distribute the ebook to their subscribers or sell it and keep all of the profit--but they must first register to get this right. Tell them you will add them to your free newsletter list as well. This gives you permission to start mailing to them. Have a link to an opt-in page where you collect their names and email addresses. Once they confirm to the registration, send an auto-response stating they now have the right to distribute or sell the product and keep all of the profits. Suggest they use it as an opt-in bonus as well.

This creates a viral effect and within a few weeks you can get a huge influx of opt-ins. Again, the better your bonus, the more names you are going to collect. Do this over and over and over again! From time to time create new bonuses and send them to the people who have registered to be distributors for your previous bonuses.

I'm as serious as a heart attack about this. Organize, stay motivated, keep with it and you'll grow a list to be proud of.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eric Land
    Thank you for this its awesome
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Muzzey
    Thanks for the information. It sounds great, and I am going to try it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Capone
      Maybe this works but I find it highly unlikely that ANY guru is going to let a stranger anywhere near their list for a pdf or ebook. I'm sure a guru can come up with his/her own "killer" gift to give their list. Am I missing something here? My BS detector is going off
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      • Profile picture of the author matthewd
        Originally Posted by Capone View Post

        Maybe this works but I find it highly unlikely that ANY guru is going to let a stranger anywhere near their list for a pdf or ebook. I'm sure a guru can come up with his/her own "killer" gift to give their list. Am I missing something here? My BS detector is going off
        I know for a fact that this works.

        I would say you would be much better off to approach them once with a no strings attached free report... I mean, no opt-ins required. Send them the PDF and ask them if they would like to send it out to their list. It is even better if you customize it specific for their list.

        After you get your foot in the door, then you can approach them with another free report and try to get the opt-in on that one.

        Just getting your name in their email will give you instant credibility and put you on their level their list's eyes.
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      • Profile picture of the author psresearch
        Originally Posted by Capone View Post

        Maybe this works but I find it highly unlikely that ANY guru is going to let a stranger anywhere near their list for a pdf or ebook. I'm sure a guru can come up with his/her own "killer" gift to give their list. Am I missing something here? My BS detector is going off
        It really depends on the market. It might not work in the IM market, but in certain niches I've heard of people doing similar things and having it work.

        The other thing you can do is promote one of the author's products as an affiliate first and rack up some sales, before approaching the author with this idea. I've done that quite a few times in the "work at home" market.

        Paul Schlegel

        A lot of the M.O.L.B. was similar to this idea.
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        • Profile picture of the author Frank Murphy
          Great steps..will implement right away..thanks!
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      • Profile picture of the author mikemcmillan
        Capone, I've got a BS detector too and it goes off 20 times a day... but I'm taking pills for it . Just one thing, a lot of gurus give away 2-5 page reports on their opt-in pop-ups. But if you come up with a significant 30-40 page report, it is unlikely a big guy would take the time to do that for a free bonus. Most of them are working on new products and launches. If they were going to create a 40 page bonus, they would probably bulk it up a bit and turn it into a full-fledged product. (Rob Benwell's Blogging To The Bank 1 & 2 books were only about 40 pages and he sold over 20,000 of them at $37.)
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      • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
        Maybe this works but I find it highly unlikely that ANY guru is going to let a stranger anywhere near their list for a pdf or ebook. I'm sure a guru can come up with his/her own "killer" gift to give their list. Am I missing something here? My BS detector is going off
        Depends on the content.

        I put together a little report for my subscribers as a Christmas/New Year's gift this year, and you'd be surprised the people who want to send it to their lists.

        With the right tweaks, I can see this working.


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  • Profile picture of the author Joel O
    Great tip!

    If I may add one thought....
    You could personalize the report/opt-in for each marketer that agrees to tell their subscribers. Say something like, "A Special Gift For MARKETERS NAME's Friends and Subscribers".

    That might help the subscribers realize that it really is a special gift.


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  • Profile picture of the author wmakara
    Sounds like a good plan. I'd love to find a way to get the big gurus to let me use their huge lists to promote something of my own.

    I'm finding list building such hard work and that's even offering a special report to opt-in

    Wendy
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    • Profile picture of the author Jonathan Heusman
      Very good sound advice. You have to put yourself out there if you want to have some success. One thing a lot of people fail to realize is that "guru's" are people to and if you offer something that is great for their list, then they might just take you up on it. Even if they say no, you have taken a step in the right direction. Offer the best you can, and you will get the best results possible...
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  • Profile picture of the author TheRealDomainer
    Great info here.

    And you make it from what I call Viral Marketing with this blueprint...
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  • Originally Posted by Paul M View Post

    Hi Mike,

    Some great info you've posted here and something I've never thought about
    until this point. However I do see one problem....

    As you said yourself, most large email list owners would probably accept a
    direct download but not a link to your squeeze page. Therefor after collecting
    your product/bonus from the list owner they would then have to opt-in to your
    list through the PDF to claim more freebie bonuses.

    The problem is this sounds more like a great way to build a huge list of freebie
    seekers and filter out buyer because there following the trail of freebies. This
    would lead me to believe the list you build however large would be of poor quality.

    Please explain further about the quality of the lists you do build using this method
    and how you convert them to buyer? Personally I would always go for quality.
    Would Also be interesting to know if any lists you've built using more traditional
    methods out perform those using this method or vice versa due to the list owners
    [guru's] reputation?




    -paul
    There are no bad lists, just bad list owners.

    If you send your list helpful information, regardless of
    where you got the names and email addresses, you'll
    convert a percentage of them into buyers.

    Even a list built from a free giveaway can be converted
    into buyers once they know, like and trust you. It's up
    to you to give them reasons to do that.

    Now, a list built on the recommendation of somebody
    they already know, like and trust will give them the
    impression they can trust you too, then it's on you
    to keep that trust alive.

    I know from personal experience that if you can build a
    relationship with a "guru" and convince them to give
    away your product, you'll garner a lot better list than by
    most "traditional" methods as you put it.

    Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author jbpico
    Great info!! I'm about to sign up for an aweber account soon and this will be a big help, bookmarked!!
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  • Profile picture of the author gareth
    I have two really good bodybuilding ebooks that I have put together expressly to do this.

    One big problem is just finding the contact details for the big guns - I would prefer to phone them directly.
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    • Profile picture of the author EndGame
      Likelyhood is Gareth they don't want to speak to many people on the phone.

      Have you used who.is lookups to get some email addesses for them? some times you can geta physical address, you can really impress them with a physical mailing.

      Just a thought.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    Great info Mike.

    I know this works and I think that most people just don't try it so they 'think' it doesn't.

    I'd also like to add a suggestion to this which I usually include - Motivate them to add this product recommendation to their autoresponder sequence. This means that you can usually get a lot longer list building result from it as new people join their list, they're automatically going to get to a recommendation to download your product - might sound simple but it adds another dimension to your results.

    If you're effectively monetising the back end on this method you can even pay people to tell others about your 'free' product.

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  • Profile picture of the author jhongren
    Hi Mike,

    This is really great stuff!!!

    I think I will apply some of the steps.

    Talking about viral, I think it is basically
    giving something of great value for others
    to giveaway.

    Cheers,
    John
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Fenty
    Good Outlay..Ive been dabbling in email marketing and have goten around 300 opt'ins in the past few days need some extra techniques to boost it up.
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  • Profile picture of the author eidoan
    Excellent info. I have used similar techniques to build lists with 10,000+ subscribers. This does work!
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    I know this system works. I have tried it and the result was awesome.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ken Preuss
    Good stuff Mike. There's one missing element that would put this on steroids:

    ===> Creating a revenue component for the list owner

    Remember, if someone is at the top of Clickbank they've got the money to create (translated: outsource) all the great content they want. Whether they choose to is a different story.

    With the ability to have great content created at will, most will not be willing to give away their list for a pdf report.

    But remember the old saying: Money talks, B.S. walks.

    If you can add a revenue component you've put this into a different league.

    A couple examples:

    - Pre-load the pdf with an affiliate link to your product (so they earn a commission on it)
    - If you don't have your own product, allow them to re-brand the pdf with THEIR OWN affiliate links to other products you are recommending

    Their are numerous other ways to add a revenue component. Get creative and see what you come up with.

    Ken
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Muzzey
    Good stuff Mike. There's one missing element that would put this on steroids:

    ===> Creating a revenue component for the list owner

    Remember, if someone is at the top of Clickbank they've got the money to create (translated: outsource) all the great content they want. Whether they choose to is a different story.

    With the ability to have great content created at will, most will not be willing to give away their list for a pdf report.

    But remember the old saying: Money talks, B.S. walks.

    If you can add a revenue component you've put this into a different league.

    A couple examples:

    - Pre-load the pdf with an affiliate link to your product (so they earn a commission on it)
    - If you don't have your own product, allow them to re-brand the pdf with THEIR OWN affiliate links to other products you are recommending

    Their are numerous other ways to add a revenue component. Get creative and see what you come up with.

    Ken
    An additional great idea. I believe you are getting my mind thinking...
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  • Profile picture of the author shreekay85
    its stupid to shoot down an idea before even trying it..so guys try it before complaining..

    what you can do is send them to a direct download,for the free pdf loaded with the list owners affiliate links..there is technology now that allows you to input a popup within the pdf itself,so you can build the list from within the pdf itself.
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  • Profile picture of the author vbkid
    What a great thread, thanks everyone!
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  • Profile picture of the author mikemcmillan
    First, I want to say thanks for all of your comments! I'm new here and I don't want to sound like I know everything; I don't. But I wanted to contribute and try to share some things that have worked for me. Many of your comments have made me think about ways I could improve this. I thank you all!

    Paul M asked about the quality of the list this builds. I understand. The best lists are those of actual buyers, probably followed by PPC opt-ins.

    I was watching a Frank Kern video the other day and he took issue with the saying, "The money is in the list." He disagreed. His comment was, "The money is in building a quality RELATIONSHIP with your list."

    I think it's the relationship building aspect that can turn a mediocre list into a high octane list.

    I am sure that I have learned more than I have taught here. Again, I thank you all for yur comments! My best to each and every one of you!
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  • Profile picture of the author tomerc
    Awesome! Thanks!
    Do you have a detailed report about how EXACTLY to use this method?
    I mean, I think this is like a "mini-course", but I would like to get a detailed report.
    If you create one, I'll be your first buyer




    Cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author WinsonYeung
    Thanks, it's great !
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  • Profile picture of the author Ron Douglas
    This is old school marketing at it's finest. Basic brandable ebook strategy. People like Liz Tomey, Harvey Seagal, Louis Alport, etc have been doing this under the radar for years. The only twist I see is finding the list owners on EZA.

    It's all a numbers game. If you contact enough people with a win/win offer, you'll get some to do it.

    This works so much better if you already have a name for yourself or if your content is amazing with some proof to back it up. Plus, as Ken mentioned, provide a way for them to make money from your report.

    Forums like the WF help you to get your name out there. That way when you contact people in this niche, they may have already heard of you and you're not approaching them as a complete stanger. So watch what you say here because everyone is watching. LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author Jullian
    yea sounds like a good plan
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  • Profile picture of the author manzilla911
    Good idea reminds me of a product I just purchased. In my opinion this is how the big dogs do it get together through joint ventures and provide quality content with option to purchase. Tthe hardest part of this whole process would be sending out 100 in vites to this opportunity and only getting one response positive response that is.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Hill
    This sounds like something I wrote about somewhere the other day. I suggested to really kick your list building into high gear was to write a good quality report and contact your competitors in your market and see if they want to give it away to their list as a free gift and that you would do the same for them if they had anything of value they wanted to share...

    Mike Hill

    PS. Your method is a lot of leg work however if you want a good sized list quickly and you're fairly new to this game and don't want to pay for subscribers this is a good way Mike outlined above
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    • Profile picture of the author youngnbold
      I think joining this forum might have been the best decision I ever made! More good information in one night of reading than I think I can handle~ Keep it up! Yall are gonna be makin me lots o' money with good ideas like these...
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      • Profile picture of the author manzilla911
        Originally Posted by youngnbold View Post

        I think joining this forum might have been the best decision I ever made! More good information in one night of reading than I think I can handle~ Keep it up! Yall are gonna be makin me lots o' money with good ideas like these...
        remember my young friendthe only thing that will make you money is implementing the things that you learn. So spend 90% of your time doing and 10% learning. for example 10% of your time learning from this forum. the greatest knowledge that you will obtain is that which you get from doing.
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  • Profile picture of the author DreamAndProsper
    Always great to have new ideas. Thinking outside the box and being creative with an approach is fun. Thanks for the info...
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