So 1 out of 2 of my first online business ventures is to build so so-called "Email List" for affiliate sales. I have found a couple of freebie tools to help with this (both the auto responder and "squeeze" page maker). Cool beans.
But now the question for this utterly rank newbie becomes....
-Building the list: I have a pretty good SEO angle, but beyond google searches are there other ways to get people on "the list" quickly and en mass?
-Once people sign up, I want to send a nice welcome message and some free tips I've found useful relating to my niche and being on the look out for further emails. I don't want to try to sell anything with the first couple emails because that seems tacky to me. Am I on the right path here? Or am I worrying about something silly and should affiliate away?
-Promoting affiliate products, it's pretty clear I will not be able to try every product I promote. I'd be broke. But I'm hopelessly honest and don't want to promote crap either. What is the best way to sell something that you haven't personally used, but think it's got good potential? Yes of course, I google around, but it can be hard to sort the wheat from the chafe as it were...
Should I just make a blanket statement in one of my welcome emails about what my set up for affiliates is? (like you would on a disclaimer for a website?) Or is that a bad idea?
-How much is too much? I don't want to annoy my readers. How much emailing with affiliate links is going to turn people off? Should I be spacing some "freebies" in there (free info and useful tips) without "selling" anything to reduce annoyance?
-I'm considering starting a blog alongside my list (both related to my niche) and possibly later even writing a good ebook. While the ebook is definitely a "later" thing. Should I start the blog first? Or maybe wait til the list gets some traction and then promote the blog as an additional info stream for my readers? Or both at the same time? (But I don't want to run myself to death creating content to keep up with both if there's not a financial advantage.)
Guess that's it. Sorry for the novel!