Best List Building Methods?

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Im trying to build a list for internet marketing/ making money online niche and was just wondering what was the best and fastest way to build a list? Im thinking about doing some PPC or PPV.

Any suggestions?


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  • Profile picture of the author isaacsmithjones
    Well I assume you already have a squeeze page, with valuable lead bait...

    It depends on how big your budget is. To build a list, you're going to have to invest money, time or both.

    But if you have money, try some PPC... But make sure your site is not 'thin'...
    Google does not like thin sites. Some people can get away with it though.

    Remember... AdWords is not the only PPC network.

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    Sorry about that... I had to go out for a second.

    Anyway... I know that you are looking for fast ways to build your list, and that is okay to begin with... But you also want a long term, passive stream of leads. So it is a good idea to also have a blog squeeze, that gets traffic from sources such as SEO and social media.

    Forum sig marketing and social media marketing can both be used to send traffic straight to your squeeze page.

    I don't know how long you have been a marketer, but you can also get a good stream of BUYERS for your list using JV's. And even if you're very new, it is still possible to get some decent JV partners if you know how to approach list owners properly.

    It's all about building up your personal value. Because in this kind of situation, you are asking them for something of value (their list), so if you know how to offer it back, your JVs will go smoothly.

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  • Profile picture of the author Ruth P
    One of the best methods I used was to come up with a valuable free offer and put it here as a free WSO. People could download it for free as long as they signed up with their email and name. I put a lot of effort into making sure it was a good offer, and I definitely recommend this method among other list building tactics.
    ~Ruth
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    • Profile picture of the author Bill Guthrie
      Originally Posted by Ruth P View Post

      One of the best methods I used was to come up with a valuable free offer and put it here as a free WSO. People could download it for free as long as they signed up with their email and name. I put a lot of effort into making sure it was a good offer, and I definitely recommend this method among other list building tactics.
      ~Ruth
      The WSO route worked for me. Doesn't have to be free either. All told, you'll be spending less than $100 (war room and listing fee). Money well spent.

      Remember to set up your sales funnel...get your follow up emails in place. Figure out what your point of view is, what value you'll bring to these new subscribers, etc.

      Once you have around 500 subscribers, you may have luck finding similiar sized JV opportunities. That's when you do the free offer.
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  • Profile picture of the author James Clark
    If you are looking for speed then PPC is your answer. But let's be clear. PPC is not for the weak at heart. Now I have a bit of a reckless personality. I use to trade commodities with my money and family members.

    I told them that we could lose some money upfront!

    The best you can hope for with PPC is to break even on the front-end and try to make your money back with a custom thank you page with a powerful affiliate product. But you will have a list, no doubt

    Also, there is a learning curve. First, read everything you can get your hands on starting with Perry Marshall stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author mysterrio
    Originally Posted by hezell1989 View Post

    Im trying to build a list for internet marketing/ making money online niche and was just wondering what was the best and fastest way to build a list? Im thinking about doing some PPC or PPV.

    Any suggestions?


    Thanks
    If you have a squeeze page places like trafficswarm could work. Offer something for free and make them opt in. You can also use article marketing, video marketing etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike McAleer
    1) Get a good PLR Report from TradeBit.com
    2) make it your own and send it out to your list when they sign up
    3) Put your squeeze page link in your signature..
    4) wait for subscribers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Monta
    Another great way to quickly build a list would be to purchase a solo ad slot in the joint ventures section on this forum.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lisa Gergets
    Warrior Forum's very own Zeus66 is having a webinar on listbuilding next Sunday - you can sign up for it here: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/296302016

    Hope that helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author 4Frankie
    Have been interested in the answers to this. I am doing the Article Marketing way to building a list but does take time and effort. Depending how quickly you want to do this. There may be other ways faster.
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    • Profile picture of the author TimG
      Originally Posted by Francie View Post

      Have been interested in the answers to this. I am doing the Article Marketing way to building a list but does take time and effort. Depending how quickly you want to do this. There may be other ways faster.
      Without a doubt PPC is much, much faster but I prefer subscribers built from a free source instead of a paid source such as PPC.

      The quality of subscribers always gets mentioned but I think if you provide valuable content in the emails to your subscribers you can even convert the skeptics.

      It's the churn and burn mentality that is hurting the industry and creating doubts in the minds of potential subscribers.

      Respectfully,
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  • Profile picture of the author oneplusone
    Originally Posted by hezell1989 View Post

    Im trying to build a list for internet marketing/ making money online niche and was just wondering what was the best and fastest way to build a list? Im thinking about doing some PPC or PPV.

    Any suggestions?


    Thanks
    There is a great list building strategy in the War Room here:

    Front End Sales Machine

    It involves product creation though
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  • Profile picture of the author SeanSupplee
    Blog/ pop up domination and offer in the side bar make it something they cant pass up like a duh I gotta get my hands on this for free. Use SEO from the blog and any other traffic methods you want to pay for. But a solid blog with UNIQUE content will pull in a good amount of free traffic instead of paying a mint for it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sparklesperson
      I've found the easiest, fastest way is to hold an event of some kind. I've done a few niched JV giveaway events, and done right, they can build you a nice little "pile" of people.

      It kind of depends on what your niche is though. The IM niche is damn hard to break into, make sure you have experience in some other niche first. But in the end, people like to cluster around something that is an event. It's interesting, other people are there, and that in and of itself is social proof.
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  • Profile picture of the author JustinDupre
    Free eBook or some sort of free service always work well for my list building.
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  • Profile picture of the author newmooon
    It's depends on your budget but from my experience ppc is the fastest way to build a list and to make more money. You can use ppc.
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  • Profile picture of the author hezell1989
    Thanks guys for the overwhelming responses. Im starting a ppc ad and hope this works!
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    • Profile picture of the author Nightengale
      Here are 11 list-building/traffic strategies for you. Pick 2 or 3 of the easiest for you to do now and work on those. Don't try to do everything at once. Once you get some success, then build on that.

      1. Create free, live teleseminar on your topic.

      I don't know about you, but for me, it's a lot easier to yap about a topic for an hour than it is to sit down and write a 10 or 20 page report.

      Advertise your free teleseminar on your own website (it can be your bait for the opt in), in your own e-zine, in other e-zines and Web sites of targeted associations and organizations (join these orgs if necessary), and anywhere you'd usually advertise your business.

      2. Turn that same content into an audio class.

      Don't create more work than is necessary here. Simplicity is key.

      You can record several different live teleseminars and pick the best one or simply do a recording of you talking into your computer. Again, don't SOUND like that's what you're doing! Pretend you're sitting down with a friend for coffee and explaining your topic.

      Post the recording on your Web site and require that people opt-in to get access. (This will also free up a lot of your time when you're ready to move away from live calls.)

      3. Turn it into a special report.

      Take your call, have it transcribed and cleaned up and post it as a free report. MUCH easier than staring at a blank MS Word screen, trust me! 10-30 pages is fine. End your report with a promotion for your product or service. Add tracking links throughout the report so that you know where those clicks came from. I know 1 Shopping Cart offers link tracking.

      (See? Same piece of content, 3 different promotions. Ok, marching on...)

      4. Turn that same content into a live talk.

      When you're ready, you can start giving talks to your target market. But use the same info and format that you already have and just tweak it for your audience and venue.

      Locate groups of your target market. Speak for FREE or $$$$. Sell your products and services at the event. (I believe the host usually takes a commission)

      For those times when you're not allowed to "pitch" or promote in any way, use the GIVEAWAY DRAWING strategy to build your list. (This works best if you have a physical product with you.)

      When you're done with your talk, smile and ask who would like a FREE [insert your product here]. Hosts and promoters usually don't have a problem with this (it makes them look good to their audience too since everyone loves to get something for free).

      Describe your product (to let them know what they're going to get), let the audience know that everyone who enters your drawing will be added to your list and receive a complimentary subscription to your e-zine .

      Pass a fishbowl or hat around and have everyone drop their card in. Pick a card and give away your product. Someone gets a free product and YOU get everyone in the room onto your list.

      5. Be a frequent teleseminar guest.

      You've already located groups of your target market. Offer to be a guest on their teleseminars. If they're not holding teleseminars, then offer to host a free call for them and give their audience great free information and give the partnering organization a commission on all referred sales. If possible, negotiate to get a copy of the registration list as part of the deal. Better yet, direct their registrants to YOUR site and have the registration be an opt-in to YOUR list.

      6. Advertise in other e-zines, websites and publications.

      Too many people (and IMers in particular) simply don't spend enough time or $$$$ building their list. They're cheap and want everything for free. Big mistake. Your list is your biggest asset, the one that will feed you for life so be willing to invest in it. If you're tracking like you should be, you'll know exactly how many sales came from whatever activity and so you'll know exactly how much you can afford to spend. Direct Marketing 101.

      Choose publications your target market reads and advertise your free (whatever your opt-in bait is), NOT your product or service. Your primary goal is to get them on your list. THEN you can sell them.

      7. Plaster your articles all over the Web.

      Ask the article marketers here who know: article marketing pays. Recycle every article you write for your e-zine and submit them to appropriate e-zines and article directories.

      8. Attend live events.

      Look around for conferences and seminars with leaders in your industry and that your target market attends. Pay more to sponsor an exhibit and look for unique ways to get noticed. (One Internet marketer I know of planned a party at an event she attended and invited everyone from the conference hosts and leaders to the attendees. Simply by virtue of the fact that she's planned and hosted it, she was seen as very gracious and people were very open to her after that.)

      9. Give great testimonials.

      Give generous and honest testimonials for other people's products and services. Ask them if you can be featured on their websites, along with your URL. They may very well agree to this and even though that URL probably won't be a hyperlink, people can still find you.

      Remember that results-based testimonials are most likely to be featured since they sell the most.

      10. Go viral for a rush of subscribers.

      You might follow Scott Stratten's example and create a short Flash movie with an opt-in box at the end. He did The Time Movie (which I believe is still up) and got an insane number of people on his list in a very short time. The catch to that is that his movie (and thus his list) was very general and not very targeted. But you can get creative and see what you can do to make it more targeted.

      11. Use a book to build your list.

      I think that most people have dreamed of writing a book and becoming a famous author at some point (myself included). But the truth is, you're not very likely to get rich writing a book. In fact, you're not likely to make any money writing a book at all (unless you're direct-response oriented and self-publish).

      But a book is a GREAT LIST-BUILDER! It gives you tremendous credibility and people don't typically throw away books. They'll throw away your business card and your brochure. They'll click away from your site. But they're not likely to throw away your book.

      There are a lot of options for self-publishing. Don't believe anyone who tells you that a traditional publishing house offers an author more credibility than self-publishing. People want to know about the book, if it's any good and who the author is and what makes him qualified to write the book. Nobody ever asks who the publisher is.

      Obviously, this isn't a first step for a newbie, but it's definitely something to keep in the back of your mind. There are lots of options for self-publishing: everything from going it alone (check out Dan Poynter's Self-Publishing Manual -- a FABULOUS book (I own a couple of copies) to people offering coaching programs and done-for you services designed to help get your book out of your head and into print.

      Check out Sophfronia Scott at The Book Sistah or Christine Kloser at Love Your Life Publishing Get Your Book Done I've never worked with either one of them but they were recommended to me by people I trust.

      There you are: 11 list-building strategies to keep you busy and get your list growing. Just keep your target market in mind: WHO are they and what problem does your product or service solve for them?

      Once you know that, you can focus on generating qualified traffic. But that's a whole 'nuther topic and I need to go to bed.

      Hope that helps!

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  • Profile picture of the author dtang4
    I just started building my list yesterday.

    I'm doing a couple things...
    • One, I created a free guide (w/ script included), which I posted in the War Room and am buying list ads for (from the JV forum).
    • Two, I created a second guide w/ a viral component. This second guide includes a very clever trick (linked in my sig) that can yields results that always seem to good to be true. It is also free, but in order to download it, you must refer people to download my other free product.
    I like a lot of ideas mentioned in this thread so far, and may try out these other tactics as well, time permitting.
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    Solo ads - Adswaps - Video Marketing are my favorites.
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  • Profile picture of the author hezell1989
    Thanks guys for your help. I just want to bump this thread so more people can add there method and others can benefit from it
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  • Profile picture of the author mello87
    A good starting point is here. Giveaways are really good for building a list from the ground up or at any point for that matter. See if you can find ad swap groups on skype or here too! They are a great way to build your list. Just make sure they are reputable swappers, and your good to go!
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    I'm not a big fan of ad swapping, giveaways, etc. It's kind of incestuous. You end up sharing your "new" subscribers with a lot of other marketers. I prefer the slower but more customized approaches using article marketing, video marketing, and forum marketing.

    The idea of using a WSO is also very smart. Just make sure you give away something marketers will find hard to resist and you'll grow your list a lot cheaper than PPC.

    John
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    • Profile picture of the author mello87
      Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

      I'm not a big fan of ad swapping, giveaways, etc. It's kind of incestuous. You end up sharing your "new" subscribers with a lot of other marketers. I prefer the slower but more customized approaches using article marketing, video marketing, and forum marketing.

      The idea of using a WSO is also very smart. Just make sure you give away something marketers will find hard to resist and you'll grow your list a lot cheaper than PPC.

      John
      I agree with your points John, definately, and i do all my list building with the methods you just outlined. As a starting point though i dont think its a bad idea. Gently ween off the ad swaps, or only swap with guys that are high up in their field i would say

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  • Profile picture of the author hezell1989
    Great information guys
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    Bumping this up to find out more ideas
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    • Profile picture of the author Sparklesperson
      Originally Posted by hezell1989 View Post

      Bumping this up to find out more ideas
      The best idea is one that is used...

      That said, I've build a decent list by doing things on Facebook and twitter, and getting people on an announcement list. Ok, it's for an event, but there again, the best idea isn't just the best idea - it's the one that you go out and USE.

      Don't just collect ideas. GO DO SOMETHING - even if it's done poorly. You can always refine your approach as you go on.
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      • Profile picture of the author donsean
        I'm currently testing out solo ads in conjunction with a sales funnel so far so good. Look into it, it's pretty cheap and worth it if you've got a good aff product tied in with good OTO's
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  • Profile picture of the author markthompson
    If you are looking for fast, here is what I recommend....

    PPC/PPV: Of course this will probably be the fastest way to gain new Opt-Ins, however it may not be the most cost feasible..depending on monetization methods.

    Ad Swaps: You may want to look into the Warrior Forum and Digital Point Ad Swap, where people are basically swapping their lists by promoting each others offers. I recommend having a free piece of content of high value. People with lists are much more likely to email their list if you have killer content. However having a comparable size list will help.

    Niche Blog: Personally I am a big believer in the long-term and building content around a niche. I have seen my best results when I create steady content and optimize for the long-tail and build overall credibility. Making sure that your free report or PDF is front and center on your blog will play a large factor. I also have it at the top of my sidebar, at the end of a post and sometimes as a lightbox popup.
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    Offering some free or a free product/eBook in exchange for an email.
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  • Profile picture of the author iMarketingXpert
    Both Free and Paid advertising strategies are effective. But there is one exception, if you really want to build your business quickly than you should use paid advertising methods as Facebook PPC, EzineArticles, or Google PPC. Because you are going to be able to reach out to so many more people quickly by doing so.
    But, that's not to say that the Social Networks, Article Marketing, and the other free methods are bad, because they are not, it just takes a little bit longer to get some leads going.
    But if you are on a tight budget, you can definitely start with free marketing methods. We personally know marketers, who ONLY utilize free marketing strategies and they make solid 5-figure income a month!
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  • Profile picture of the author AlanT
    Originally Posted by hezell1989 View Post

    Im trying to build a list for internet marketing/ making money online niche and was just wondering what was the best and fastest way to build a list? Im thinking about doing some PPC or PPV.

    Any suggestions?


    Thanks
    Personally, I have a problem with folks who don't know the basics of the business trying to enter into it as if they already knew. If you don't know how to build a list, how are you really going to help others who don't know?
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      Offer them a free course or something along those lines so they will be interested in signing up!
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    Originally Posted by hezell1989 View Post

    Im trying to build a list for internet marketing/ making money online niche and was just wondering what was the best and fastest way to build a list? Im thinking about doing some PPC or PPV.

    Any suggestions?


    Thanks
    Do NOT USE PPV! Is untargeted traffic. Waste of money and expectations. More, I think PPC could be expensive in IM niche. Best...as somebody said earlier...use a free WSO.

    Good Luck
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  • Profile picture of the author O0o0O
    One of the fastest way to build a list is to purchase a solo ad in the Joint Venture forum here at Warrior forum. Offer them a free product to maximize your subscriber conversion ratios.
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