I have a food blog/authority site with a lot of traffic, great serps, and loyal readers. I've never built a list off this site because I didn't think there would be any way to monetize it (I know, I'm retarded). Today after speaking with a well known member of this forum who is huge into list building, I decided to add a simple squeeze box in the side bar that offers nothing, it just says "join other food enthusiasts and get our cool updates".
Yeah, so I added that squeeze box about an hour ago and already have several subscribers to my double opt-in list. I can see this list growing big pretty fast.
Does anyone have ANY ideas on how to monetize this sort of list? I want to stay away from clickbank crap, since it's usually just that. I know I can send out amazon links, which I plan to do, but those pay fairly low for this type of niche. I'm thinking of trying to find some cooking courses and stuff like that, but I don't see that converting well, since it's going to be location dependent, etc. I thought about trying travel stuff since food enthusiasts usually enjoy wine tasting etc, but it seems to me like that would also have pretty low conversions. Does anyone have any ideas for a way to monetize this into a profitable funnel without sending junk to my viewers which I highly respect and don't want to piss off?
Ideally I want to explore a way to shift a portion of the list into a "make money online" list since that is going to be an easier sell as far as I'm aware, but that's going to require a much more thought out, long term approach. The majority of the list probably isn't interested in that sort of topic, but there must be some cross-over if the list gets big enough.
Any thoughts or advice you can provide is welcome. Thanks for reading.