List Building for Beginners

by jungl
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Hey guys,
For the past year I focused heavily on my ecommerce sites and Kindle books, and 2013 was probably the best year I've ever had.
In 2014, I want to start building my list, and I already have a general idea of list building, but what I'm looking for is something that can get me started right now building my list effectively, so I don't end up spending hundreds on a solo ad that doesn't work, or run into any other problems.
I'm happy to pay money for an effective course or coaching program, and I have time as well although I'm a student full time.
If you have recommendations for products, courses, or free resources to help me get started (or other threads on this forum to point me to) that would be awesome.
Thanks!
Alex.
#beginners #building #list
  • Profile picture of the author William2010
    You want to build your list in what niche? And also what will be the purpose for it? Solo ad selling,email marketing?
    Hit me up in PM, as i might have the perfect solution for you
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael75065
      I want build a email list for are business can you help us or get us some
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  • Profile picture of the author lotsofsnow
    For starters you can put a sign-up for for subscribers into your ebook.

    Something like...

    "Get the next chapter free as soon as it is ready... enter your email here..."

    and yes, I am talking about your Kindle ebook.
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  • Profile picture of the author Thohir Wijaya
    Build good squeeze page, offer free your kindle book, start fb ads or solo ads or traffic generation method else.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael75065
      what best way to build a list and what do you do online?

      saw your post on Warrior forum

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  • Profile picture of the author xpesos
    Well you are expert in ranking and banking niches
    Which is related to IM
    You can make a free ebook similar to that and open a sales thread here, i have seen that this strategy has worked very well for me, not only here you can also start sales thread of your free ebook download on other IM forums
    Just make sure your ebook is worth it and you will see that people will start recommending your free ebook
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  • Profile picture of the author dmarseller
    Hey Alex!

    If you want a good course you can purchase my WSO hahahahaha (just kidding)

    What do you know about list building? 0? I recommend you before purchase a course or a coach program talk with google and learn a bit.

    What's list building about, the ways to build the list, what do you need (autoresponder, follow ups, squeeze page....?) and after that you can choose a good program.

    Doing that you can reduce the chances of get "fu**ed" by a "LIST BUILDING GURU".

    Regards!
    Diego.
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  • Profile picture of the author ServicesForIM
    The one thing that hasn't been mentioned yet is to make sure to use a paid autoresponder right from the start.

    Many who have tried to start with a free autoresponder invariably want to get a paid autoresponder and lose many subscribers along the way.

    Good luck on your venture.

    Kate
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    • Profile picture of the author webmonopoly
      Originally Posted by ServicesForIM View Post

      The one thing that hasn't been mentioned yet is to make sure to use a paid autoresponder right from the start.

      Many who have tried to start with a free autoresponder invariably want to get a paid autoresponder and lose many subscribers along the way.

      Good luck on your venture.

      Kate
      This usually stands for those of you in the IM niche. Mailchimp works great as a newsletter for other niches, and you can promote affiliate links as well, just not big blacklisted programs like clickbank.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Trujillo
    What I would recommend is signing up for a paid autoresponder service (recommended) and find out what your niche needs, and do your best to provide value to your list, and help them anyway you can and only promote products you believe in or personally use yourself. Of course there are many variables in the process but that's just a start if set up correctly you can have an automated business that runs for you 24/7 365.
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  • Profile picture of the author DoubleOhDave
    I'm not a listbuilding expert by any means, but this free resource seems like something that although not as intensive or probably as effective as the other things mentioned, shouldn't be ignored: Cloud:flood by ViperChill It's a free resource offered by a young guy from the forum who seems to be a bit of a n expert in the area (actually - do a search for ViperChill - I think he has a good WSO or two in this area.
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    • Profile picture of the author David Black 68
      Originally Posted by DoubleOhDave View Post

      I'm not a listbuilding expert by any means, but this free resource seems like something that although not as intensive or probably as effective as the other things mentioned, shouldn't be ignored: Cloud:flood by ViperChill It's a free resource offered by a young guy from the forum who seems to be a bit of a n expert in the area (actually - do a search for ViperChill - I think he has a good WSO or two in this area.
      Has anybody tried using 'Flood' to help build a list?
      Interested to know if it works
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  • Profile picture of the author Dorian Anthony
    Chris Farrell covers list building extensively at his membership site. He's one of the best IM teachers in my humble opinion. He covers only what you really need to know.
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    • Profile picture of the author robitay
      I agree with Dorian. I have been in internet marketing for a little over a year as well as a Chris Farrell member for that same period of time. He is one of the best teachers you can have to learn internet marketing and his membership goes into every facet of the business including list building. His videos are concise, simple and informative and his support staff are superb. I strongly endorse him.
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    • I totally agree but there are now many others who take you much further into faster ways to build your lists. Chris Farrell gives you the foundations while other marketers add the bricks to complete what you started.

      Stephen & Jennifer.
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  • Profile picture of the author alamest
    Bro you need to first think about what product you are looking to promote or what FREE offer are you going to give your subscriber that is important one.

    Than

    Build a Lead Capture Page
    Promote All the Good Information the lead Capture
    Join Up a Autoresponder
    and So on

    For quick traffic you need definitely Solo Ads, this will give very fast traffic and fast leads to get quick results..

    I hope this helps you..
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  • Profile picture of the author 4DayWeekend
    To start with, why not sell a PDF version of the book in your signature as a low priced WSO to start building a buyers list? Maybe you could have some sort of one on one coaching program as an upsell to make it profitable / attract affiliates too.
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    • Profile picture of the author blend102
      To start with, why not sell a PDF version of the book in your signature as a low priced WSO to start building a buyers list? Maybe you could have some sort of one on one coaching program as an upsell to make it profitable / attract affiliates too.
      This is good advice from Nick, A buyers list is the most profitable list to have, it will help to pay for your paid autoresponder service that other people have mentioned you get. Jungle, Anik Singal is releasing a new program called inbox Blueprint you might be interested to have a look at his free video about it here FREE BOOK DOWNLOAD!! this is not an affiliate link.
      Andy
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  • Profile picture of the author Yourname
    I have a question..
    Can I use constantcontact to bang out emails with clickbank links in them?
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    • Profile picture of the author RogueOne
      Originally Posted by Yourname View Post

      I have a question..
      Can I use constantcontact to bang out emails with clickbank links in them?
      Why would you want to? Direct linking from emails to affiliate offers is not the way to build an online business.
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      • Profile picture of the author Yourname
        Originally Posted by RogueOne View Post

        Why would you want to? Direct linking from emails to affiliate offers is not the way to build an online business.
        I'm sorry my post above was actually based on what you said.
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  • Profile picture of the author jigsneth
    The most basic method is to offer a value in exchange of their email.

    Start with your subscription form.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ricardo Furtado
    Hi Alex.

    It would be very unfair to recommend any one product as there are many good products of this kind being sold here at the Warrior Forum.

    So, take some time to look around and choose one that you find to be best suited to your needs.

    Keep in mind though – stick to the program – do not jump to another program after some time and think that the other one is better than the one you have – this is a surefire way of failing.

    All they best. Regards.
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  • Profile picture of the author The Rich Brother
    Here my formula for list building:

    1. Build a small list (200-300 sub) with free traffic- it will help you to test and optimize youe sales funnel.

    2. Now you can start to buy traffic (solo ads or facebook ads work best for me)

    3. After you have 1000-1500 subscribe start to do ad swaps.
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  • Profile picture of the author verial
    A Basic Method that Works for Almost Any Business


    • Create a free product for opt-in (write it yourself or outsource it).
    • Create a squeeze page for that product.
    • Setup a series of auto broadcast emails for after someone signs up.
    • Get traffic to that squeeze page (countless free and paid methods).
    That's the standard method, but it's standard for a reason -- it works.


    The details of each step are really where marketers begin to argue. My advice is just to fulfill those first four steps -- only then should you worry about the details.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raimundas M
    There are many ways to build a list for free:

    - Youtube videos
    - Blog
    - Forum signature
    - Free mobile apps
    - Doc/pdf sharing sites
    - Free viral reports

    But it will take time. With paid traffic you spend money but you save time.
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    • Profile picture of the author HenrijsCPA
      Originally Posted by Raimundas M View Post

      There are many ways to build a list for free:

      - Youtube videos
      - Blog
      - Forum signature
      - Free mobile apps
      - Doc/pdf sharing sites
      - Free viral reports

      But it will take time. With paid traffic you spend money but you save time.
      Yes there are, but i am not shore that it's so easy how it sounds...
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  • Profile picture of the author surffab
    You need a squeeze page that conversts well... and then a good free offer behind it, as others already mentioned, you can use a chapter of your kindle book....

    There are lots of good WSOs about list building, just search for that and decide for 1 or 2 products to go through... they all teach the basics and some tips....
    Depending on the niche you are in, I would do adswaps and search for at least 10 clickbank partners...so you can build your list for almost no cost.... to cover your click debt you can buy a solo ad from time to time....
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  • Profile picture of the author emelef
    Happy to help if you have questions. PM me, or post a question in FB... List building is pretty easy - just make sure you capture anyone's contact information through an EFFECTIVE squeeze page before showing them your sales page. Voila - you have a list.

    Then begin communicating with your list. This is the harder part which takes practice.

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author kevin timothy
    Start by placing your lead capture page right
    in the front of your target group. If you don't
    know where to find them, start out by using
    Facebook Ads. You'll be able to pinpoint down
    to your group.

    I offer a 10 week workshop which can be
    accessed via my forum signature. It's an
    eye opener for newbies, and a great
    refresher for the veterans.

    If you dedicated an entire year for setting
    up your products, that's dedication!

    Building your list shouldn't be tough for
    you at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author RyanGueterbock
    Getting quality email opt-ins is as simple as providing good content on a well branded blog with the offer of something free in return for there opt-in. Give your best content away for free. Building list doesn't happen overnight, but there are several ways to get free content in a potential leads hands in exchange for something free.
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  • Profile picture of the author carlamae
    Don't even waste your time on an email list at this stage of the game...build an sms list, that's the future of business. People respond to their cell phones, but who opens emails anymore....
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  • Profile picture of the author Terry Gunn
    I am building a list with some success, but haven't been able to include an offer that converts very well. Any tips along that line would be helpful.?!
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  • Profile picture of the author mpollak450
    Piggy back off your current success by adding extras for free with the products to receive via email. Could be special reports, bonus interviews, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author Yourname
    Watching this list keenly because of my flawed understanding of list-building (perhaps?)
    I have a list of subscribers sold to me by a friend of mine who works at a microloan institution. All these subscribers applied for a loan with them.

    Now I'm thinking I get a clickbank offer (that they would like) and send a mail to these guys. Use a po box in the constantcontact account I have, and send the email from a noreply email address and we're good.

    But here, everyone is saying we make a squeeze page (and offer something??) and drive organic or paid traffic to it (promising the "something") and take their email and then forward them into your clickbank offers.

    So what's the difference between what I originally thought of doing against what's being said here?
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  • Profile picture of the author markt1
    Hey Alex, you've put out a great question.
    There's a lot of very relevant information in the replies already. I'd like to break it down into a simple, effective system for you:

    1.) Create a sales funnel. Look this up, but basically it's a system that incorporates a squeeze page with opt-in, offer page, and free content. This is the life-blood of building your list.
    2.) Drive traffic to your funnel.
    3.) In conjunction with your auto responder, utilize email marketing to provide timely free content and occasional offers to your existing (and growing) list.
    4.) Repeat step 2

    I've learned a lot about this through Bill Hugall but there are a ton of great Warriors on the forum who can help. Find someone you feel good rapport with and get started.

    Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author yoangov
    Currently one of the best (free) way is to use YouTube traffic, and have a well converting squeeze page. YouTube videos are extremely easy to be ranked if you know what you're doing.

    It's also very easy to rank FB pages, however, conversions will be lower, and it will be generally harder to send the traffic to the squeeze page.
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  • Profile picture of the author ephicil
    I'd advise you to take notes for two IM legends: Pat Flynn at smartpassiveincome and Neil at quicksprout. They give out loads of awesome information for free.
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      Originally Posted by ephicil View Post

      I'd advise you to take notes for two IM legends: Pat Flynn at smartpassiveincome and Neil at quicksprout. They give out loads of awesome information for free.
      Great advice @ephicil;

      I look up to these two SEO wizard as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author dmarc
    Do you already have a squeeze page set up? If so, Andrew Waring has a thread in the JV Forum, offering assistance in list building. Basically, it is click banking for beginners, as he provides direction and methods for getting clicks. In my experience he's a straight-up guy who is a pleasure to work with. It might be worth checking out.
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  • Profile picture of the author DWaters
    Lots of good advice for you in the previous posts. I would echo the idea to stay away from the free auto responders. I used one for a while and it was poor. I now use GetResponse. As you build your list try to make it a list of targeted subscribers, targeted to you niche. Also work to build a good relationshipo with them so they stay on your list. Do not just bombard them with sales offers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gehad
    did you tried click banking ?
    also you can try that tool of list building automation it is like an autopilot (in signature)
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  • Profile picture of the author EPoltrack77
    Yeah, you definitely do not want to just rely on solo's to build your list. To be honest yeah its fast and easy but as far as converting on the front end you can find some much better traffic sources. Please do not mis understand me. All you need is a landing page giving away some free valuable content to start building your list.

    You then monitize it with a one time front end offer to help cover your cost and time. When you can tie your free content with the one time offer your conversions seem to be much greator!

    After that you build trust by offering more free valuable content while recommending other paid products.

    Biggest thing I can say is about the "testing" that needs to take place. Just takes time but its well worth it if you stick it through.
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  • Profile picture of the author thundergod
    If you're interested in a training course Anik Singal is offering one and John Lagoudakis is offering a service where he builds you a squeeze page and integrates it with an autoresponder email followup series of messages check around the web and here at the WF for more information.
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  • Profile picture of the author monicawomble
    Make a squeeze page where people get a free ebook when they give you their email. Make sure it's something that people want... scout forums and blogs in your niche to see what people are asking about, and then write something to solve a problem.

    Also, be sure to use a paid email subscription/autoresponder to send follow-up emails to your list. Include free info in most of them, make sure the emails are always valuable to your list, and then throw in a sales link every now and then. Treat your list with respect and they will always open your emails.
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    I think you can't go wrong with social media .For me I use craigslist and Facebook paid and free ads
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  • Profile picture of the author tdbasha
    Jungl,

    Lots of ideas here. But, building a list or lists have several moving parts.

    If you don't mind an affiliate link - follow my signature. This is exactly how I have been building lists for 11 years.

    Yes, I own the product and highly recommend it to anyone, newbie or experienced. I have learned several new ideas and resurrected several old ones by going through this new offer. The video alone will make you want to know more.

    Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael75065
    Originally Posted by jungl View Post

    Hey guys,
    For the past year I focused heavily on my ecommerce sites and Kindle books, and 2013 was probably the best year I've ever had.
    In 2014, I want to start building my list, and I already have a general idea of list building, but what I'm looking for is something that can get me started right now building my list effectively, so I don't end up spending hundreds on a solo ad that doesn't work, or run into any other problems.
    I'm happy to pay money for an effective course or coaching program, and I have time as well although I'm a student full time.
    If you have recommendations for products, courses, or free resources to help me get started (or other threads on this forum to point me to) that would be awesome.
    Thanks!
    Alex.

    solo ads don't work?? why is that??



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    I didn`t read all the previous posts so don`t know if anybody mentioned the List Building training by Paul Nicholls... he gives thorough training in the WSO I bought from him.
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