Ask 100 professional bloggers about their blogging mistakes, most of them will answer the same thing – “I didn’t build an email list from the beginning”
Don’t do the same mistake which they did. Start building your email list as soon as possible.
Growing email subscribers is one of the best assets for your blog.
Because.. money is in the list.
If you want to make a living from your blog, you must focus on building your email list.
Don’t know where to start and how to grow your email list?
Here I’ll show you few ways to get more email subscribers for your blog.
How to Get More Email Subscribers?
Offer them a freebie
This is the first and foremost thing to consider before building your email list.
You must provide a reason for your readers to subscribe to your blog.
If you’ve an incentive like a free report or eBook, you can convey them easily to subscribe.
The more value you add to your freebie, the more effective it becomes.
If you’ve a valuable freebie which is worth paying.. obviously your readers will love to subscribing you.
Ask them to subscribe
You ask. They’ll give.
You ask whatever you want. They’ll give whatever it worth.
The primary blogging rule to attract anyone is: give something free and ask them to take some action.
If you don’t ask your readers to subscribe to your blog, most of the people don’t feel like subscribing you.
Never consider that, you’re giving away something really worthy, and your list grows rapidly. It’s just a foolish assumption.
Use this tips:
- Place your subscription boxes at the end of each post or ask them to subscribe at the end of your posts
- Write about your freebies as frequently as possible (in the posts)
- Email few readers about your freebie (and tell them why should they subscribe)
Use your social media influence
If you’re good at social media marketing, or if you already have social media influence, it becomes very easy for you to make your list building strategies go viral.
If you’re not a social media maniac, go and join the forums or groups. Start interacting with your blogging friends and help them if they’re in trouble.
Your main goal should be: just focus on helping them
You don’t need to ask them to subscribe when you’re helping out someone on Facebook or twitter (it really kills your credibility!). If they’re searching for something which is relevant to your freebie, then suggest them about your incentive (but don’t force them to subscribe).
By doing this, you’re not only gaining the trust but also building a social network around your blog, that’s really important.
Use guest posts to your benefit
Without any doubt, guest posting is one of the best ways to generate more traffic and subscribers.
Most of the bloggers (especially who are relatively new to guest blogging) makes a big mistake.
That is.. giving a link back to their home page.
You shouldn’t give a link back to your blog’s home page if you want to build a quick email list. Instead, give a link to your subscription page (create a ‘subscription’ page for your blog).
And write about your free eBook or incentive effectively.
This way you can turn them into your subscribers.
This is how I got 400+ email subscribers within 3 months..
Put your optin forms in most visible places
I’ve written a detailed guest post on ShoutMeLoud about placing the optin forms in visible places.
If you don’t want to read that lengthy post (2000+ words), here are few important excerpts from it.
Put your email optins on
- Above fold
- Top of your sidebar
- End of each post
These are the top most visible places which can’t be ignored by your readers so easily. So, go and take an action on your blog.
Always write something that’s interesting
You don’t need to worry about creating something killer.
Write the content which engages with your readers. Write something that’s interesting.
This way you can make loyal readership for your blog in no time!
But make sure to create ‘detailed posts’ consistently. This drives even other people to your blog and makes them crazy if you’ve written something which is really COOL.
Use a ‘comment redirect plugin’ to get more subscribers
One more important thing to consider is: taking advantage from your commenters.
Use comment redirect plugin to boost your subscribers.
Here are few steps to convert your commenters into subscribers
- Create a ‘thank you’ page
- Embed your ’email optin code’ into thank you page with attention grabbing details
- Go to your comment redirect plugin settings, and redirect it to that page as shown in the above image
- You’re done!
Over to you
Do you’ve any extra tips to grow email subscribers?