My 5 Strategies to Build HUGE And Responsive Lists (I bet there is one you do NOT know about)!

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When I started out as an affiliate marketer I decided to put aside the list building part. It was not a very smart idea, if I had started earlier my list would probably be 3 or 4 times bigger by now. Interestingly I started to build a list ONLY after I became a vendor... Now I'm building lists whenever possible, even on my adsense sites. Here are some strategies I want to share with you, feel free to share yours.

Strategy #1 - Amazon

One overlooked method is by leveraging the power of Amazon to build your list. How does that sound for a change? And it's extemely simple to put into action.

The first step to go about this is of course to create an account on Amazon (if you don't have one already). This is very simple, just go to Amazon and click on "Your Account -> Start here":


Then update your profile with detailed information about your business and what you offer, and have your website's link in there. Here is how to update your profile (you need to be logged in obviously):


On your account page, scroll down until you find the "Personalization" section and then click "Your public profile":


If this is a new profile, you will see this page - just click "Create Profile" and make sure the name entered is the one you want people to see:


Now this is a very important step - you will be able to enter the address of your website. Make sure you enter the address of your OPTIN PAGE.


Then you will have a chance to upload a picture of yourself and write about your interests... I recommend you to give as much information as you can.

Once updated, you'll have a profile page like this one.

You can now start driving traffic to your profile page by using Amazon. This can be done by writing reviews of your favorite books. Of course it is a good idea to write reviews for books that are relevant to your optin page.

People who go through the review will have the opportunity to visit your profile by clicking on the review's title. An easy way to get people to know more about you.

If you want to make a killing with this method, you must review popular books in your market and write useful reviews. Show that you know what you're talking about!

Strategy #2 - Your Contact Points

First, figure out and note down all the "contact points" that you have with your audience. For example, you can put up a small sign up form at the bottom of all your web pages. Try adding your opt-in form at the end of your blog posts, a link to your optin page in your emails and other prominent ones where people will notice. And don't forget to add a powerful call to action.

Strategy #3 - Ask for Referrals!


One more underused method to build your email list is to directly ask for referrals. As simple as that may sound, it works. Adding a signature link in your email that asks the person receiving the email to recommend others is a very easy way to spread the word. However, in order for this to work effectively, your content, whether it is your newsletter or a blog post, needs to be high quality and worth recommending.

Alternatively, you can work with other newsletter publishers or marketers in your niche, to exchange the "Thank You" Page. In other words, use the space on your Thank You page to help recommend someone's newsletter so that they can do the same for you. It's just referring one another and working on a joint venture for each others benefit. This tactic is popularly known as "co-registration" and can add up subscribers to your list quickly and easily.

Strategy #4 - The Not So Common Free Reports

As you probably already know the most common (yet effective) way to build your list is to offer a free report in exchange of a name and an email address.

But it is sometimes a good idea to reverse the process. You can let people download your report directly, without having to subscribe to your list. Confused? Don't be.

What you'll actually be doing here is, including a link back to your opt-in page in the report itself, so that people who find the information interesting can sign up to get more free info. Nowadays more and more people are becoming cautious when it comes to giving out their contact information. With this tactic they will feel safe and it will be easy for them to decide on it. If you provide good quality information in your report, it builds a sense of trust with the new visitor and increases the chances of him opting in to your list.

Strategy #5 - Ad Swaps and Solo Ads

If you can't wait to build your list and want to speed up the process, then a good idea would be to get into Ad Swaps or buy Solo Ads. There are many good, quality ad swap communities on the web that you can use for your list building purposes, which skyrocket your subscribers number. All you need to do is find a marketer who is in the same market as you are and directly approach him asking for an ad swap, and if he says yes, send him the ad copy that you want him to shoot out to his list of subscribers. Your joint venture partner will then give you his ad to send out to your list. Then you just need to get decided on a time and date when you both will be sending out each others ad and that's about it. The more ad swap partners you work with, the bigger your list will grow; it's as simple as that.

The problem with this approach is that you need to find trustful partners - there is a service called Safe Swaps that does almost all the work for you.

With Solo Ads you don't need to send someone's ad to your list - but this comes with a price and it is often in the several hundreds dollars.

Bonus - A Mistake You Should Stay Away From


Many marketers who are just starting with the list building game make an assumption that they can build an email list in their target market and do nothing. Then, one fine day, they wake up and send their list over-hyped sales pitch. That is a recipe for disaster...

Yes, you do mean business when you're building a list but you also need to learn to respect your subscribers, and build a strong relationship with them.

This simply means staying in touch with them by providing quality information and useful recommendations. Don't treat them like if they were stupid people - they are not.

These are some of the strategies I wanted to share with you... If you have any question, or if something is unclear, don't hesitate to ask...
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  • Profile picture of the author MartinM93
    Would you say that a product launch would be the quickest way to build an email list ... more importantly a buyer list , that is responsive and connect with your sales approach

    Would you also go as far to say that in traffic generation terms , that usin the power of affiliates is more powerful than driving traffic yourself to landing pages or whatever ?

    Hopefully you can respond
    Kindest Regards
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    • Profile picture of the author tpw
      Originally Posted by MartinM93 View Post

      Would you say that a product launch would be the quickest way to build an email list ... more importantly a buyer list , that is responsive and connect with your sales approach

      Would you also go as far to say that in traffic generation terms , that usin the power of affiliates is more powerful than driving traffic yourself to landing pages or whatever ?

      Hopefully you can respond
      Kindest Regards

      There are pro's and con's with both methods.

      A buyer's list is generally more potent, but a talented list builder can turn those free lists into a significant revenue stream by segmenting the buyers from the tire-kickers.

      Some of the most successful people I know online started with a free list.

      While buyer's lists are more effective, the free list will always be much larger, allowing you to reach people who don't necessarily want your actual products.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eric Riltz
    @MartinM93, I agree with Bill.

    Concerning the affiliates question, that's definitely one of the best kind of traffic you could get. They will presell the visitors for you, they will buy traffic for you, they will kind of multiply yourself.

    @Fin, I have 3 books on Kindle - I never said that you should ruin someone's rating. I believe this would even help Kindle authors rather than penalizing them.

    Since you have a book on Kindle you know more than anyone else that getting reviews is extremely difficult - even when you have quality books and you ask your readers to leave their feedback. But those reviews are much needed for social proof and will help your book to sell more.

    I don't see in my post what made you believe I'm recommending to ruin someone's rating...?
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  • Profile picture of the author MartinM93
    Thanks bill and eric for both of your responses.

    Im currently a student so cant really afford all the PPC , CPM and media buying techniques of generating traffic.

    Ive tried seo before but if you dont have thousands of dollars its a no go and will take FOREVER !

    im looking to recruit affiliates for my first product launch , i want a buyer list!
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    • Profile picture of the author Eric Riltz
      Originally Posted by MartinM93 View Post

      im looking to recruit affiliates for my first product launch , i want a buyer list!
      One way to go about this is by searching who is promoting products similar to yours on Google... pay attention to those who use PPC.

      Then just contact them... Knowing your conversion stats would help a lot...
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  • Profile picture of the author fin
    Yeah, if you're giving them 5 stars all the time, never mind.
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    • Profile picture of the author tpw
      Originally Posted by Eric Riltz View Post

      You can now start driving traffic to your profile page by using Amazon. This can be done by writing reviews of your favorite books. Of course it is a good idea to write reviews for books that are relevant to your optin page.

      It’s not necessary for you to buy the book to actually review it. You can just go find that particular book’s listing and shoot your review. People who go through the review will have the opportunity to visit your profile by clicking on the review’s title. An easy way to get people to know more about you.

      If you want to make a killing with this method, you must review popular books in your market and write useful reviews. Show that you know what you’re talking about!
      Originally Posted by fin View Post

      As someone who has written a book for Kindle before I don't like the first one.

      You're basically ruining someone's rating because you want more traffic and you haven't even read the book:confused:,
      Originally Posted by Eric Riltz View Post

      @Fin, I have 3 books on Kindle - I never said that you should ruin someone's rating. I believe this would even help Kindle authors rather than penalizing them.

      Since you have a book on Kindle you know more than anyone else that getting reviews is extremely difficult - even when you have quality books and you ask your readers to leave their feedback. But those reviews are much needed for social proof and will help your book to sell more.

      I don't see in my post what made you believe I'm recommending to ruin someone's rating...?
      Originally Posted by fin View Post

      Yeah, if you're giving them 5 stars all the time, never mind.

      The problem is that you are suggesting that people can write reviews for books they have never read.

      Whether that review is positive or negative, it could damage a book's reputation, since the reviewer had never actually read the book.
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      • Profile picture of the author Eric Riltz
        Originally Posted by tpw View Post

        The problem is that you are suggesting that people can write reviews for books they have never read.

        Whether that review is positive or negative, it could damage a book's reputation, since the reviewer had never actually read the book.
        I agree it's not the best way to go about it. I just replied to Fin and mentioned 3 things you can do to know enough about the book before reviewing it. But as I said before the sentence you highlighted:

        "This can be done by writing reviews of your favorite books."

        If they are your favorite books it means you have read them....
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        • Profile picture of the author tpw
          Originally Posted by Eric Riltz View Post

          Note that in my post I said "This can be done by writing reviews of your favorite books."

          Of course if these are your favorite books you will likely rate them 4 or 5. I think what you didn't like was the sentence following that one above: "It’s not necessary for you to buy the book to actually review it."

          That is an option some people would prefer for sure. How can you write a review for a product without having purchased it first?

          1 - you can use the "See inside" feature to have a look at the table of content and a portion of the book. For some books you can read dozens and dozens of pages for free by using this feature.

          2 - you can read the description of the book

          3 - you can read what other reviewers mentioned and which reviews were considered the most helpful
          Originally Posted by Eric Riltz View Post

          I agree it's not the best way to go about it. I just replied to Fin and mentioned 3 things you can do to know enough about the book before reviewing it. But as I said before the sentence you highlighted:

          "This can be done by writing reviews of your favorite books."

          If they are your favorite books it means you have read them....

          Yes, I read your comments after I posted. Your comments were not actually there when I was posting.

          So, let me address your three points, since you mentioned them.


          That is an option some people would prefer for sure. How can you write a review for a product without having purchased it first?

          1 - you can use the "See inside" feature to have a look at the table of content and a portion of the book. For some books you can read dozens and dozens of pages for free by using this feature.

          2 - you can read the description of the book

          3 - you can read what other reviewers mentioned and which reviews were considered the most helpful

          "See Inside" will only give you access to 10% of the book.

          So, you are advising people that if they read 10% of the book, the book's description, and reviews from other people, then that the person is qualified to leave a review, because they are wanting to promote themselves within Amazon?

          Yes, you can review books that you have already read without actually buying the book from Amazon. I have done it.

          But advising people how they can give a "qualified" review based on reading less than 10% of the book is the kind of advice that ruins the Amazon marketplace and potentially people's reputations -- reviewers and authors, alike.
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          • Profile picture of the author Eric Riltz
            Bill, I agree with you and with Fin and I have actually removed the one problematic sentence from the original post

            But I need to reply to this:

            Originally Posted by tpw View Post

            So, you are advising people that if they read 10% of the book, the book's description, and reviews from other people, then that the person is qualified to leave a review, because they are wanting to promote themselves within Amazon?
            Yes you can. You can review it about one specific point and make it clear in your review that you are talking about that one single point.

            I can't count how many times I have purchased books for 1 single chapter - for 1 single idea - I would even go as far as saying for 1 single sentence! And I'm sure you did as well?

            Very often I don't read entirely the books I purchase. I don't have the time for this - I only take the information I need - And it doesn't make me unqualified to write a review for those books even though I haven't read them entirely.
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            • Profile picture of the author tpw
              Originally Posted by Eric Riltz View Post

              Bill, I agree with you and with Fin and I have actually removed the one problematic sentence from the original post

              But I need to reply to this:



              Yes you can. You can review it about one specific point and make it clear in your review that you are talking about that one single point.

              I can't count how many times I have purchased books for 1 single chapter - for 1 single idea - I would even go as far as saying for 1 single sentence! And I'm sure you did as well?

              Very often I don't read entirely the books I purchase. I don't have the time for this - I only take the information I need - And it doesn't make me unqualified to write a review for those books even though I haven't read them entirely.

              Please don't.

              I never write my reviews based on having found one piece of information in the report that I liked.

              Even though I might focus my review on a single item, I read the book/product in its entirety before I write my review.

              My reputation as a reviewer hinges on the fact that I actually understand in its entirety the information that I am reviewing.
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  • Profile picture of the author MartinM93
    thanks again for that response , it is definitely a tactic i will be using !

    But for a guy with no list and never sold a product before ... its kinda difficult ..

    so frustrating .. i know what to do , its just doing it now !
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  • Profile picture of the author gcbmark20
    My favourite is FaceBook hands-down!

    It is where most people from all kinds of back-grounds are situated and you can cast your message, free offer, website etc in just minutes by using a strategy called "Tagging".

    You just simply ask your Fans nicely if they would to be a "Tagging Partner" with you so you can both send messages out to each others walls so every time you both create new content, more people of other peoples friends, fans etc will see your messages everytime.

    Enjoyed your EYE Opening tactics there and no I have not heard of one or two of them either.

    Thanks and best regards
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    • Profile picture of the author Eric Riltz
      Originally Posted by fin View Post

      Yeah, if you're giving them 5 stars all the time, never mind.
      Note that in my post I said "This can be done by writing reviews of your favorite books."

      Of course if these are your favorite books you will likely rate them 4 or 5. I think what you didn't like was the sentence following that one above: "It's not necessary for you to buy the book to actually review it."

      That is an option some people would prefer for sure. How can you write a review for a product without having purchased it first?

      1 - you can use the "See inside" feature to have a look at the table of content and a portion of the book. For some books you can read dozens and dozens of pages for free by using this feature.

      2 - you can read the description of the book

      3 - you can read what other reviewers mentioned and which reviews were considered the most helpful


      Originally Posted by gcbmark20 View Post

      My favourite is FaceBook hands-down!

      It is where most people from all kinds of back-grounds are situated and you can cast your message, free offer, website etc in just minutes by using a strategy called "Tagging".

      You just simply ask your Fans nicely if they would to be a "Tagging Partner" with you so you can both send messages out to each others walls so every time you both create new content, more people of other peoples friends, fans etc will see your messages everytime.

      Enjoyed your EYE Opening tactics there and no I have not heard of one or two of them either.

      Thanks and best regards
      GCBMark20
      Very interesting, thanks a lot for sharing! I never used this tagging strategy, looks like something I would really love to test...
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris-
    Interesting idea of using Amazon to build a list. I'll give that a try, thanks

    Chris
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  • Profile picture of the author scrembo88
    yes the information si useful but the best way as you described is to buy solo ads a lot of and when you reach the 500 subscribers start ad swaping..that's all
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    • Profile picture of the author Eric Riltz
      Originally Posted by scrembo88 View Post

      yes the information si useful but the best way as you described is to buy solo ads a lot of and when you reach the 500 subscribers start ad swaping..that's all
      Yes but you need a budget for this

      I agree that it can be very effective, but also a recipe for disaster if you don't do it well. You need to find good solo ads, have an offer that is targeted to the vendor's list, and then warm up those new leads if you don't want to have a 3% open rate
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  • Profile picture of the author Blade Runner 77
    Thank you , this is awesome
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  • Profile picture of the author marketwarrior06
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    its an awesome way. I will definitely use it. I am thinking why I haven't used it before
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    • Profile picture of the author Eric Riltz
      Originally Posted by marketwarrior06 View Post

      its an awesome way. I will definitely use it. I am thinking why I haven't used it before
      It's also what I say to myself when I learn about something I didn't think about
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