Automated List Building

How would you like to INCREASE the size of your current mailing list, or even just start building one if you’re new to all this?

For FREE (my favourite word).

Read on.

If you consider yourself a newbie, then you might be finding it difficult to get it all started and I understand that, I’ve been there too. If that’s the case I can tell you right now, the MOST worthwhile thing you can do for your business on a daily basis is to build a mailing list.

Even a few hundred subscribers can generate enough monthly income to enable you to buy a new car for instance, by enabling you to pay the monthly loan amount. Or maybe take a nice holiday somewhere, or get an extension on your house. The same principles apply, it doesn’t matter how you spend the money. ;)

You’d generate this income either by selling products you’ve created yourself, or by acting as an affiliate and promoting other people’s products and earning a commission from it. Many affiliate schemes in the internet marketing niche pay 50% or more, and some of them 100% paid instantly.

If this is really new to you, then you might wonder why anyone would offer 100% commissions on a product. That’s simple – they’re list building! You get the full payment for the product and they get a new subscriber courtesy of you.

I do that too, my latest product at WPAffiliatePages.com pays 100% and is one of my list builders. You email your own list or write a nice review, publish it on your blog and you get 100% commissions. I get new subscribers and we all win.

Don’t EVER worry about losing subscribers. Some people are a good “fit” for you and what you do, and some aren’t. If you’re telling them about truly useful products and also giving them good content too, then they likely won’t ever leave. Some will, but it’s never anything to get hung up about.

That aside, I know you’ll want to sign up to a new free service I’ve just found that will build a list for you on autopilot. I’m using it here on this blog now, and you may have already closed the box to read this. Refresh the page if you want to see it again – it will only show itself 5 times to you as long as you have cookies enabled in your browser.

But before I tell you about that, ask yourself if you have a useful product that you can offer to people to get them to sign up to your mailing list. You need a good bribe. ;)

You might also want to follow up with some useful content before you start promoting to your new subscribers. So think long and hard about that and jot down a plan right after you’ve signed up to this new service I’m telling you about – it’s what’s known as a co-registration service.

This kind of co-reg set up is used by many HUGE publishing companies so you’re in good company by doing this.

The way it works in this case is to present a javascript box on your web site that not only presents your own subscription offer, but also related and similar other mailing lists with a couple of them already ticked. All that your visitors have to do is enter their name and email address and not only do they sign up to your mailing list, they also sign up to any others they’ve selected too.

The GREAT thing about this is your own mailing list ads are showing up on other web sites too, so you’ll soon begin to pick up subscribers from other sites.

IF you’ve made a good enough offer.

Once you’ve set it up on your own site then your ads immediately become active on other peoples sites too.

I’ve just installed it on my own blog, and here’s a great tip and is the way I’ve implemented it myself. There’s a WordPress plugin called (strangely) “What Would Seth Godin Do?” and you can get it from here:-

http://richardkmiller.com/wordpress-plugin-what-would-seth-godin-do

What it’s supposed to do is to show a small RSS subscription box at the top of all your posts for a limited number of times per visitor (it’s fully configurable). So by default it shows the RSS message for 5 times when you activate it, and then disappears permanently for your regular visitors so it no longer annoys them by showing every time. Clever.

You can bend it to do other things too…

So rather than show a message, you can just paste the little bit of javascript into it which shows the co-reg box.

Aha!

So after 5 (or whatever) visits by your regulars, they will no longer see the co-reg box as by that time they’re either signed up or they’re never going to do it. Even if you decide not to sign up to the co-reg service, I’m sure this WordPress plugin will come in very handy for other things you might want to do on your blog.

The final bit of the puzzle is which autoresponder service to use with this free list building service, and that’s an easy one.

Even though there’s another autoresponder service surfaced recently, the smart money is on:-

http://www.frankhaywood.com/go/imail/

There are some great benefits to using this autoresponder, and I’ve spoken to the owner (someone I’ve known for a while now) and he’s got even more great stuff coming – new development seems to be happening every day. I’m 100% confident that this service will replace Aweber and GetResponse for many people, me included.

The big deals for me with this new service are the built in API, and the choices available as to how you configure it – you’re not locked into doing things the way Aweber forces you to for instance. Importantly, I’ll be building support for this service into all my products as we bring out new versions, so if you’re in the market for a new (or your first) autoresponder, this is without doubt the one to go for. It’s so flexible I plan to do some videos showing how to get the best out of it, so watch out for those.

So, what have we got?

#1 – WordPress Plugin
http://richardkmiller.com/wordpress-plugin-what-would-seth-godin-do

#2 – New (and extremely cool) Autoresponder Service
http://www.frankhaywood.com/go/imail/

…and finally…

#3 – Co-reg List Building Service

http://www.frankhaywood.com/go/lc/

That’s a 1-2-3 knockout. ;-)

-Frank Haywood


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3 Comments

  1. This is great information, I have just started my online venture this past July. I feel that I have some great product to offer but have not had any visitor as of yet. I have tried Get Response and Ad minder for guaranteed visitors and still have not been able to build an email list. I am not sure if I am doing some thing wrong or if I just need to give it time. Although these services cost money and I am quickly running out. I have tryed PPC on Google, and so on but nothing as of yet. Any suggestions would be grateful, until then I will be watching your blog for more great info. Thank for sharing.

  2. Frank Haywood says:

    Hi Mike,

    I’ll tell you what really works for me, and if you look round this blog, you’ll find I said this a long time ago. Since I said it, I’ve found lots of other people saying it too, and I’ve even seen some people selling this information padded out as a high ticket info product.

    #1 – Create a blog on a new domain using your name. (Please don’t take this the wrong way, but your existing site is a mess – it’s WAY too busy and people know in their gut that there’s no such thing as fast easy money, it takes a lot of hard work.)
    #2 – Keep it clean and simple, no ads, no outrageous claims – ie be an adult and treat your readers as adults. ;)
    #3 – Create something new and useful that you will give to your readers in return for them signing up to your mailing list.
    #4 – Post useful stuff on your blog.
    #5 – Visit other blogs and make an extremely useful comment on the most recent post, and make sure to fill in the name, URL, etc.
    #6 – Keep doing #4 and #5 and don’t stop. People will visit your site to read what else you have to say. If they like what they read, and your offer is good, they will sign up to your mailing list.
    #7 – Create your own products and advertise them on your blog, and offer them to your mailing list.
    #8 – Promote other products.
    #9 – Err, keep doing #4 to #8.

    Be prepared to make LOTS of mistakes. The faster you make these mistakes, the faster you’ll learn.

    -Frank

  3. Frank;
    Thanks for the comments, I am good at taking useful criticism. You seem like a respectable person, and some one this knows what they are talking about.

    #1 you said that my blog is WAY too busy and people know in their gut that there’s no such thing as fast easy money, it takes a lot of hard work.)
    Yes I know it takes hard work to make money, this blog is part of a business that I bought in to. They set up this blog for me and I just post to it. I also have a web site that looks the same. Fasteasymoney-online.com. I would like your input on this site also if you don’t mind. When I set this up they wanted a keyword rich domain name.

    #2 Keep it clean and simple, no ads, no outrageous claims – ie be an adult and treat your readers as adults.
    If don’t have ads, how do I make any money? I under stand the rest.

    #3 Create something new and useful that you will give to your readers in return for them signing up to your mailing list.
    I am new at all of this and was kind of depending on others to do thing for me, as you can see. At this point I am just an affiliate, I sell other peoples things. I also have another blog, mikes-money-tree.blogspot.com I would like your comments on this as well, if you don’t mind.

    As for the rest of your comments, I will apply them and see if I can do Better. If you don’t mind taking your time to look at my sites I would appreciate it a lot. As I need all of the help that I can get.

    Thank you again.
    Mike

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