41 Tips that Put Over 10,000 People on My Email Subscriber List

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Get more email subscribers

There seem to be three really big milestones in your quest to build a popular blog: getting your first 1000 subscribers, finding 1000 visitors a day and then reaching the 10,000 email subscriber mark.

Of course, not everyone struggles to reach these different stages. Some people skyrocket to success in a few weeks, other people do well with traffic levels but not with the mailing list.

This particular blog has well over 10,000 people on the mailing list and gets a few thousand visitors per day.

In this post I’m going to show you a few really cool lessons I’ve learned while building it up to this level – a level that I think it genuinely attainable by any blog.

Let’s do it.

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How to get to that magic 10,000 email subscribers mark

As always, I’ve probably forgot a lot of really cool things. Leave a comment down below if you have any effective strategies you’d like to share. Oh, and please give this a share if you have a second cos it took a while to put together!

1. You need a strategy

One of the main reasons I built Subscriber Special Ops (now closed but opening again soon so get on this email list) was because hardly any bloggers I know have a strategy for growing their blog and then tactically getting email subscribers or selling products. Without an overarching strategy you are just blogging blindly.

2. Your traffic sources matter

Some niches prefer Google traffic, others prefer referrals. Either way, you need to figure out which one works for you and go after it. Not all traffic is created equal. If you aren’t getting conversions it might be because of the places your visitors are coming from.

3. You need your own host

If your blog is on a free host with a free domain name you are shooting yourself in the foot from the start. It’s time to start a WordPress blog on your own host and make use of all the plugins and extra features that this allows you. Do it early, before it’s too hard to move.

4. A fast blog can make a huge difference

Speed matters not only for Google rankings but also for conversions. This study showed that for every second your blog takes to load you lose a massive amount of conversions. Figure out how to make your blog faster – it might mean a new host, a cache or some tricky coding fun.

5. Making friends will make or break you

The people that you connect with (both blog owners and readers) will make or break your blog. The more genuine connections you can make the more likely you are to grow a blog quickly as they help promote it and give you the right advice.

6. Free eBooks and courses still work well

Offering a free eBook to email subscribers still converts better than offering nothing. People are reading eBooks more than ever thanks to all our new portable devices. If you can give them something good you’ll make an instant impact.

7. You need to use Aweber or similar

Aweber is a service that hosts your email subscribers, lets you send them a free eBook after they subscribe, gives you access to a huge number of stats and also lets you design your own opt-in forms. It’s not hard to use and makes a huge difference to how a professional blog can function.

8. Costs add up

Website hosting, email subscriber hosting, advertising, purchasing images, etc. all adds up. A blog like this one costs around $300+ a month to keep online. Unless you are making a strategic income from it the costs can make it not worth while.

9. Your goals are important but can often change

It’s extremely important to have goals for your blog or website but it’s also important to make sure that they change if they need to. If something isn’t working and you’ve given it a lot of time and effort than it’s sometimes better to be strong and let it go and try something else.

10. You still have to sell the list

Just because you have a mailing list doesn’t mean that people will automatically subscribe. Don’t just stick a form in your sidebar and hope that people will give you their details – sell it. Mention it in posts, develop landing pages, talk about it in your guest posts. You need to let people know what’s going on.

11. Split testing can change your business

Glen wrote a really good post about split testing and how it can literally grow your conversions/income by 1000%+. You can split test your landing pages, your opt-in forms, your mail outs, etc. and see which versions works best. It’s easy to do nowadays so there really isn’t an excuse not to. Just make sure you’re testing things that matter and giving them enough time to show meaningful results.

12. Write on other blogs more than you write on your own

A lot of bloggers just write on their own blog and then wonder why no one is reading it. Well, it’s probably because no one knows it exists! Use guest posts as a starting point to get your name out there. Write more on other blogs than your own until you have a big reader base.

13. Text is great but other media is growing

Writing is, in my opinion, still the most powerful form of content on the net. People read a lot and not everyone can watch videos at work.

Pat Flynn

But things like podcasts, videos, info graphics, etc. can play a huge role in getting you new and improved traffic. This guy (that’s Pat Flynn) seems to get more traffic from videos and podcasts than anywhere else!

14. SEO is dangerous

Relying on Google for anything is, as I’ve said before, a really stupid idea. They constantly change their algorithm and cause websites to go from fame to misfortune and visa versa. Play around with it and obviously try to do all the right things when it comes to blogging SEO but don’t ever rely on Google for your main source of income alone.

15. Advertising is a good idea

Dabbling in advertising can produce some really cool results. You don’t have to spend much. Try out Paid Discovery on StumbleUpon to give your posts a bit of a boost. There is nothing wrong with promoting your blog in this way.

16. Colors make a difference to conversions

Things as simple as colours can have a huge impact on how well your product or opt-in form convert. Again, you want to split test this stuff but I’ve noticed big changes in sign ups when switching my sidebar button from green to red and so on.

17. Social proof works in different ways

Greg wrote a really cool post on how different types of social proof can influence people in different ways. He explains it a lot better than I’m going to so have a read of the article and try to test whether social proof statements like subscriber counts are right for your blog.

18. Less is not always more

The idea that less is more is rarely true for a blog. You want more traffic, more subscribers, more sales. Of course, if the traffic isn’t any good it won’t make a difference, but try to to use ideas like “a small number of loyal subscribers” to stop you from growing a mailing list with a HUGE number of loyal subscribers.

19. Research is important

I spend a moderate amount of time researching keywords and competition before I write a blog post. It makes a huge difference about where I rank and how well the post is received. I show you my methods for this in Subscriber Special Ops – but until that opens up you might want to figure out your own ways to research before you write.

20. Pop ups work

I don’t care what anyone says. :-P

21. HelloBar is a great way to divert traffic

The bar at the top of this site is called HelloBar – a website/tool owned by Neil Patel that lets you put a message and a button up top and then split test two different versions. It’s a really cool way to divert traffic to a landing page or a mailing list sign up area. And it works really well.

22. Trying new things can inject a bit of magic

As I wrote in a recent post, sometimes you just need to do and try new things to see huge changes take place on your blog. You might not always know why it’s working but trying new things and failing is better than being stuck at a plateau for months on end.

23. Tracking and stats give you real insights in to what’s working

The statistics that you get in Aweber, Google Analytics and so on give you valuable insights into what is working. You can even use services like Crazy Egg to see where people are looking and clicking on your website. This stuff takes out a lot of guess work and lets you focus on real metrics.

24. You need to be different

Being different is the most important thing you can do online. Find a way to make your brand stand out from the crowd and then push that difference as often as possible.

25. What works on their blog might not work on yours

Sometimes I have “borrowed” ideas from my blogging icons after hearing how well it works for them only to find that it completely tanks for me. It’s a good lesson – what works for one blog doesn’t always work for another. And, yet again, this is why you need to split test different ideas and make sure what you think it the source of a success is actually the true source.

26. Find different reasons to mention your list

At the top of this post I mentioned that SSO was closed but that it would be open again soon and be announced to the mailing list. Moments like that are a very powerful way to get new email subscribers. Find different methods like that to work your mailing list in to your content and you’ll see new and curious subscribers on your mailing list.

27. Explain it in a really simple way

A lot of people who visit your blog will have absolutely no idea what a mailing list is or why they might want to give you, a total stranger, their personal email address. Spell it out for them very clearly, whenever you can.

28. The successful strategies change regularly

Something that I’m really only just learning is that successful strategies change regularly. I used to try to be really conservative with my online stuff because I was worried about compromising a “long term” blog for short term gain. But, what I’m seeing now, is that most of the successful people go after lots of little short term things and push them hard while they are working.

29. Don’t sell too early

Once you get to a certain level of subscribers it can be tempting to sell your blog/website and make a quick dollar (or 20,000). But what I sometimes regret is that I didn’t stick with that blog because I reckon it would probably be pulling in at least $100,000 a year by now. Just because you’ve reached one of those milestones, don’t sell up.

30. The homepage header works

You know those blogs that have the first half of their homepage devoted to an opt-in form? Those things work. I’ve heard of people who have them converting at 10% of all homepage traffic. You can get one of these added to your blog by a good designer and coder probably for a couple of hundred dollars. There’s some good examples of these on Nerd Fitness, Chris Ducker and Social Triggers. Derek really wants this to be called the Halpern Header but I refuse. ;-)

31. Don’t forget mobile death windows

Not everyone can afford a beautiful responsive them and some of us are too lazy to launch their beautiful responsive theme (guilty). But at least make sure your opt-in forms and pop ups work for mobile users. For example, if you use the lightbox version of the pop up you might find that people on iPhones have trouble closing the pop up and thus might exit your site without reading your content.

32. Target your offer in different segments

One thing you can do in AWeber is create different segments. So, you might have one landing page that lets people subscribe to your updates, another landing page that let’s people subscribe to updates only about “watermelons” and so on. By doing this you can target your offers and go after selective sources of traffic to ensure you’re really honing in on what people want.

33. Be consistent in your mail outs

One thing that I have learned the hard way is that inconsistency really gives subscribers the shits. If you tell them that they are going to get updates once a week don’t send them updates three times a week. You’ll lose them very quickly.

34. Email subscribers often hit “spam” first

Related to the last point, often you’ll find that an email subscriber will mark an aggressive or inconsistent email campaign as “spam” as opposed to just unsubscribing or deleting that particular email. Perhaps it makes them feel better but more likely it’s just easier to send it all into the spam folder dungeons.

35. Don’t be afraid to lose lots of subscribers

And now to throw a spanner in the works from the last three points – don’t worry about losing lots of subscribers. Glen and I were talking about this a few weeks ago with Pat Flynn on Twitter; every time we send out an email to the list we lose between 30 and 60 subscribers. That’s good. It means you’re getting rid of people who aren’t interested/aligned to your content.

36. What gets people to open an email might not get them to click through and buy

I ran an email campaign recently where I split test two different subject lines. The first email had an open rate of 41% and the second email had a dismal 26%. The funny thing was that the second email converted better than the first. I think this shows us two things: noise (attention grabbing tactics) doesn’t always lead to conversions, and that split testing is vital.

37. WWSGD?

There is a really cool plugin called WWSGD which stands for What Would Seth Godin Do that puts a little dialogue box at the top of your post and welcomes people based on cookies – new visitors get a message that old users don’t. But you can take this further. For example, if you came from Twitter you might get a message like “Hey there Twitter user! Check out our posts on getting the most out of Twitter”. These types of WordPress plugins are an amazing and easy way to attract more email subscribers by getting people deeper in to your content.

38. Tell me why I don’t like Mondays (but Sunday is okay…)

If you’re a really old reader of Blog Tyrant you’ll remember the little (failed) experiment I did where I wrote a post on Sunday to prove how bad a day of the week it is for blogging. I was wrong. And since then I’ve also found out that Monday is terrible for new posts, even though some people say it’s the best day. For me the best days are Tuesday and Wednesday but test for yourself.

39. Always be tired

I live in Australia and what this means is that I am always tired on blog post days because I have to stay awake to publish when the USA wakes up. Generally I find that the best traffic is around 9am East Coast time which tends to be around midnight in Australia – unless it’s daylight savings. Sure, I could set an automatic scheduler but I find that readers really love chatting to me in the comments section and if I’m in bed I get a lot less interaction. So – always be tired.

40. Redirect those comments

One of the coolest things I ever did on this blog (and one of the most popular and widely copied posts on my site) was redirecting comments to a “thank you” page using a simple plugin. As soon as someone leaves a comment for the first time they’ll get redirected to a little page that thanks them for their interaction and shows them the mailing list and some other cool content. It converts at around 7%.

41. Be genuine

Unless you can make all of this come together in a genuine way you’ll find that your readers will know. People are looking for a place/person to connect with – offer them genuine friendship through quality content and you’ll grow in leaps and bounds.

What has worked for you?

Growing an email list is one of the most important aspects of a successful blog. It is your mailing list that allows you to promote your content, sell products and launch new projects. So, what has worked for you? Leave a comment and let me know if I’ve missed anything obvious.

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91 Comments... Leave yours.

  • chris

    Don’t forget about offline stuff. Attend conferences, trade shows, and any other events where people in your niche are attending. Then, when you are there, don’t be afraid to tell people about your web site and what you do. Business cards are still handy!


    1. Ramsay

      How do you manage to always get the first comment, Chris? :-)


      1. chris

        I’m stalking you. Telephoto lens to your computer screen. The minute you click ‘submit’ then I already have a reply prepared.

        Either that or dumb luck.

        My attorney wanted me to add that last line.


        1. Ramsay

          Ha ha. Well, I don’t mind. Good tip btw.


          1. Wess Stewart

            The spy lens IS a good tip. Hmm…


        2. Glen Allsopp

          That’s funny Chris,

          It’s exactly what I’m doing with you.

          I don’t have an attorney.


          1. Glen Allsopp

            P.S Ramsay you need to fix these comments. Think I could break through the sidebar with this one ;)


          2. Ramsay

            Ha ha ha ha ha.


          3. chris

            Great!

            “When the stalkers leave, its the first sign that your career is slipping.” Kevin Bacon on the TV show Will and Grace.


  • Grace @ Sandier Pastures

    Thanks for all these tips! Gotta smile at the “pop ups work – I don’t care what others say” :)

    And yeah, it got me subscribing to your blog!


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks Grace! By the way, your comment went to my spam folder. Might want to avoid using the @ in your comments.


  • Marc

    Like you, I’ve found a notification bar to work well and to be less intrusive than a pop up. I don’t use the Hello Bar, I usually use FooBar, which is priced a lot better. I did actually get more subscribers with a pop up, but I just hated using it so I found the notification bar to be a nice option.


    1. Ramsay

      Yeah HelloBar is really expensive. I love the stats though and am too lazy to create my own solution.


  • Trent

    Great tips Ramsay, thanks for sharing. Split testing is extremely important and I think testing is something that many people/businesses had forgotten about for so long and now coming back to.

    My challenge is in content creation, coming up with new content and keeping myself motivated and on task. Maybe I need to think of a different niche :)

    Thanks again


    1. Ramsay

      What problems do you have mainly Trent?


  • Green Money Stream

    Thanks Ramsay, this is great for a super beginner like me. (Someone who is still on #1 – developing a strategy). It’s a long slow learning curve in the beginning, but I’m seeing that the pace quickens up. I like that you mentioned that goals can change as you go along, this seems to be an important one to remember as a blog matures.


    1. Ramsay

      Yep – don’t wait for it to be perfect. Just jump.


  • melissa

    um you have a typo on #31:
    “…a beautiful responsive them and… ” I believe the word should be “theme”


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks!


  • Zamari

    Ramsey,

    Good tip #3 on moving to self-hosted quickly. I was running a blog on wordpress.com just to test my blogging skills with no overhead.

    Well, turns out that i found the right niche…

    I was publishing articles on how to memorize Haitian Creole vocabulary words and my site quickly made page #1 on google under various highly used keywords regarding this language. So before i knew it I found my self read to put ads on my site, etc.

    Long story short, its been a pain moving everything over especially since people are used to going to the old site.

    Your other tips in previous posts have helped my blog as well. So keep em coming

    -ZZ


    1. Ramsay

      I only just found out recently that WordPress.com doesn’t allow promotions and whatnot. It’s brutal. Good work on the move.


      1. Kelly Kashas

        Ramsey, I also made the mistake of the wordpress.com versus wordpress.org. Big BOO!

        I don’t see many bloggers talking about this potential mistake. I would love to hear what you have to say about this and how to avoid this problem.

        Thanks for all the info. Time to JUMP!


  • Jimmie

    Thank you for #31. It’s like people don’t realize there’s such a thing as mobile! The pop-ups are a nightmare. I really want to comment on G+ shares with popups “couldn’t see the post; pop-up on mobile.” But that seems tacky. But then again, maybe they would want to know? Some of these sites are big marketing sites. Don’t they know better?


    1. Ramsay

      Yeah – I really need to get on to my mobile site. It’s coming I promise!


  • Christine

    The tips and blogs on your site are amazing. I just started subscribing and I’m slowly going through all your blogs. Wow.


    1. Ramsay

      Glad you like it Christine!


  • Alan

    Hi Ramsay

    Excellent tips. I dind’t have any idea about the comment redirection. Brilliant. Thanks!

    Saludos desde Mexico
    Alan


    1. Ramsay

      It’s a good one that redirect!


  • Juanma Santaella

    Te invitaría a una cena por cada uno de tus artículos, sino estuvieras justo al otro lado del planeta! jajaja. Me alegro mucho de haberte encontrado. Gracias!


    1. Ramsay

      Me alegro de que te gustaba mis artículos!


  • Darius

    Hey Ramsay,

    Thanks for another great post. I also think a nice premium blog design for desktop and mobile helps. If the theme is not responsive and your lazy sometimes (like me too), then try bmobilized or dudamobile. Using different cool images are important too.

    I like using wibiya to make messages different for new visitors and returning visitors. Having a opt-in form or contact form in the header converts very well for my website!


    1. Ramsay

      I used to use wibya but it got a bit buggy. Have you had any probs with it?


      1. Darius

        It has gotten better since conduit bought it. The social share is still a bit buggy. I will try the WWSGD plugin.


      2. Libbie

        Hi there, I manage communications at Wibiya, and wanted to let you know that we fixed the social sharing bug. It should be working great now. Please check it out and let us know if you come across any issues or have any other feedback to share. Thanks and have a great day!


        1. Ramsay

          Libbie how did you find this discussion? I’m intrigued!


  • Melissa Wilson

    Hi Ramsay,

    I recently subscribed to your blog and this is my first time commenting.

    I really like this post because I’m in the process of starting a blog myself and am getting ready to have a launch page and start building my mailing list.

    I think everything you list here is important and I’ll be trying to implement these things myself and see what happens. Tip #40 isn’t one I’ve heard of before but I really like it. I’ll definitely have to try that one out.

    Thanks,
    Melissa


    1. Ramsay

      Glad you liked it Melissa! Hope the tips help.


  • Dean Saliba

    I don’t seem to have a problem attracting people to my mailing list, my main problem is getting them to open the emails that I send, I’m lucky if ONE person opens the email.

    I have tinkered around with what to write as a headline of the email and thought that being straight to the point would be a good way to go. For example I just sent out an email about a site that pays you to publish guest posts on your blog, I titled the email “Make Money Publishing Guest Posts On Your Blog”.

    I would appreciate a little bit of advice on this. :)


    1. Amiria

      Maybe all of your emails are being sent to spam? Words like money are meant to trigger this…


      1. Ramsay

        Hi Dean.

        If you’re really literally only getting one open I wonder if something technical is wrong? Are you with AWeber? Are you subscribed to get the emails so you can see if it all works nicely?


  • LOLBeauty

    Very helpful. Testing the first-time commenter redirect


    1. Ramsay

      Weeeeeee!


  • Vadim

    Nice list, Ramsay!

    A few thousands visitors per day sounds too modest for such a great blog. You must be hiding some ;)

    I didn’t find HelloBar helpful, and I’m hesitant to use pop-ups on an IT blog where audience hates them especially :)

    I’ve been thinking of redirecting first-time commenters, but from my observations same people often use different names (e.g. spelled in English or Russian) and e-mail addresses.

    I think WP uses the combination of both to identify unique commenters, and I don’t want to confuse old commenters with redirects :)
    Is it a valid concern?

    And the book… yep, it just works. Here are my stats before and after providing a free e-book: i.imgur.com/YPgqwO3.png (not sure if http urls are allowed here).

    Here’s how I did it in a nutshell:

    • The book encourages people to apply my recommendations for their benefit. If they do so, they certainly see that my advise works, thus building trust and establishing me as an expert in the field.

    • All chapters except for one are available in the blog as separate posts. That way people don’t feel like I solicit their e-mails. But these posts do inform readers that they just a read a chapter from the book they can get for free.

    As a side note, the only way to deliver the book in FeedBurner is to provide the link in the confirmation e-mail, so 1/3 takes the book, but doesn’t confirm the subscription. So I agree with point 7… and also 35 :)

    • The chapters are linked together internally, but there are a lot of links to other blog posts where I explain related stuff in more detail. It’s easy to do, if you know your field AND have a lot of content. It’s helpful, because –>

    • That 1/3 that took the book w/o subscribing will come back to the blog, if they read the book. But more importantly, the book has now been distributed on hundreds of websites. All without my consent, but I don’t care, because they simply advertise my expertise indirectly and free of charge :)

    • One chapter covers a free diagnostics tool I’ve developed, and the tool is distributed separately (again, all around RuNet). The tool has a built-in page that offers users to get a free e-book or learn more on the blog.

    There are couple more common tricks on the book, but I’ll stop at this point ;)

    Cheers,
    Vadim


    1. Ramsay

      GREAT comment! Have you thought about getting over to AWeber as it looks like Feeburner might be closing up shop soon…


  • Chris Hufnagel

    Great tips! Tip 40 was easily the most valuable, will be implementing this soon on my site! Honestly had no idea!

    Chris


    1. Ramsay

      Everyone seems to love that tip every time I mention it.


  • Chris Guthrie

    I’d just like to add (and reiterate) that having a lot of subscribers is useless unless you’re using your email list for a purpose (i.e. selling a product [your own or someone elses], driving traffic to a place where you want people to take some action etc).

    I’m nearing $500 a month in Aweber fees now from my various lists so I’ve gotta make sure I can cover those costs + I’m running a business so that also translates to selling products from time to time as well.

    Nice post,

    Chris


    1. Ramsay

      Totally agree with that Chris. How are you making money from your list?


  • Jim

    wow, that was a long read but a well worth it. I am a newbie when it comes to building an email list but I will definitely give a few of your ideas a try.

    Cheers


    1. Ramsay

      Glad you stuck it out Jim! Thanks for the comment.


  • Balroop

    Hey Ramsay!

    I must say your blog is very inspiring, intriguing and informative. How do you make such technical points so interesting is truly a marvel!

    Looking forward to joining your tyrant troops and bloggers soon!


    1. Ramsay

      I’m glad someone thinks that they are interesting! Thanks Balroop.


  • Elena

    A couple of questions:
    1. any thoughts on Aweber vs. Mad mimi? Mad mimi has less belts and whistles, but it is more affordable (something that matters to me at this time)
    2. I am currently using Disqus comment system on my blog–I love the way it works better than WordPress comments, not to mention that it does look slicker too, but the drawback is that I miss out on the comment redirect. I am trying to figure out if that alone is worth the move to wordpress comment system.

    As for email list growing, I totally agree–it is imperative. Free stuff still works. I am, at the moment, very impressed with how copyblogger offers their sign up–in addition to email subscribe, they offer some free ebooks and a course in the member area. Once you get in there, it does not take long for them to send out “you’ve tasted the goodness, become a paid member” offer. Brilliant! I am actually thinking about implementing something similar.


    1. Ramsay

      Hi Elena.

      Sorry, no idea about Mad Mimi. I’ve never actually heard of it. The advantage of AWeber is that you get such detailed stats. You can split test everything so you really remove the guess work and start to discover what actually converts.

      I’m not a fan of Disqus personally – I find it too annoying to login every time. It may have some SEO advantages though as it seems to “hide” comments from Google.


      1. Elena

        Thanks! Never have problems with Disqus. Once logged in, it keeps me signed in, unless I clear cache. I do like its spam control–it is pretty much 99.9% effective.


      2. Elena

        Ramsay, I had to come back to say thank you for this post. I am in the middle of redesigning my site, and had plans to place a very strong call to action at the top of the page… as redesign was happening, it slipped my mind, and it ended up in the middle of the page. Thanks to this article, i came to my senses in time to have it changed to what I originally planned! So, THANK YOU for the examples you used!


        1. Ramsay

          Awesome!


          1. Elena

            I had to come back to show off the updated, mobile responsive site! http://www.vega-licious.com/ :) CTA is at the top of the homepage thanks to your reminder.


  • Rahat

    I recently installed a plugin that gives the option for the reader to subscribe before reading the full content or they could just close the box and still read the full content.

    You can check it out on my blog, it’s definitely been converting well for me.

    The plugin is called fanfinder for anyone who is interested


    1. Ramsay

      Neil Patel uses something similar. Wow, I wonder if I’m brave enough to try it! How is it converting for you?


  • Muhammad

    Point No15 “SEO is dangerous” is itself a dangerous tip for those who don’t have indepth knowledge and vast experience of blogging. If someone wants to know its exact meaning he needs to ask this question to those who lost a huge number of traffic in previous one year brutal era of Panda and Penguin when search engines nosedived rankings of several successful blogs and now they also firmly believe SEO is dangerous


    1. Ramsay

      I’m not sure why it’s a dangerous tip still….


  • Jakub

    Nice list, although I believe gaming Google is a good idea. Especially at the beginning :-)

    Eventually buying websites in the same/similar niche


    1. Ramsay

      You’ve obviously been reading ViperChill. :-)


  • George

    Hi, am a laboratory equipment seller, i have a doubt i need to subscribe and also email merely 1000 from my own site’s mail, will this affect my website? i have good page rang and alexa already, i don’t want this to be reduced. please check my query and website and let me know. thank you! and your post is awesome.. keep going


    1. Ramsay

      Hi George. I’m sorry, I don’t really understand what you mean…


  • Asher Elran

    I have read the post and was going to ad my opinion on the things that you missed, but you have a very comprehensive list. After reading the post I have no doubt that you have over 10,000 email subscribers. Keep up the good work Ramsay.


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks Asher. Glad you enjoyed the huge post about getting more email subscribers.


  • Vidya Sury

    Blog Tyrant (Just can’t get over Ramsay…probably never will!) – I remember that post about the best time to post. I experimented posting on Sundays too – and yay! it worked for me. It also helped that I participated in a meme on Sundays. Still.

    Always some great takeaways from you. I love the Thank you page idea for the first time commenter.

    :-)


    1. Ramsay

      Glad you got something out of it Vidya.


  • Ruan | Christian Book Blogger

    You know Ramsay, it’s funny how you always succeed to pull me into your blog posts just at the right time when I need it most.

    I needed this fresh reminder today, and the funny thing is, the post has been up for a while already, so I just happen to stumble on it… You have super powers man!

    Listen, the best one for me and which I am going to implement right away is comment redirect – man I always wondered how Ana at TGC does it but never took the time to uncover the method…yet.

    Another awesome idea I got today was starting my own weekly roundup post of the best posts around the web, mainly because I couldn’t find any in my niche yet, which is Christian Book Reviews.

    I know it has nothing to do with email list building but man, can you see me inserting a line at the beginning of the post encouraging visitors to get in on the list and never miss a weekly roundup post of the best book reviews around the web? Friggen awesome!

    Anyway, the coffee was good man, even though I brought us some… ;)


    1. Ruan | Christian Book Blogger

      I just did another opt-in near the top of my home page, but now I can’t decide whether I should put it above the slider or leave it as is… Any ideas?


      1. Ramsay

        Hey man. Had a quick look. The opt-in form looks good. Just test it for a while and see how it performs. Aim for 3%+ conversions.


        1. Ruan | Christian Book Blogger

          Thanks Ramsay, will do!


  • Erika

    Wow! This is a great list. I am jumping in with both feet and just started my first official list (I have a small freebie one but I don’t count that) this week.

    I definitely have some work to do but this gives me some direction in what I need to do. Thanks!


    1. Ramsay

      Now that is what I like to hear! More email subscribers for everyone!


  • Brian

    I’ve been debating about adding the homepage opt in banner, but after reading this post, I think I will.

    Thanks Ramsay great list!


    1. Ramsay

      Glad it helped!


  • Ricardo Bueno

    Even though I recently de-activated mine, I have to agree, pop-ups really do work! LIke ‘em or not, they just work.

    I use Aweber for my email marketing. I track each web form I have placed on my site. Interestingly enough, here’s the order in which they convert best:

    1.) Pop-up (recently de-activated because I’m trying to place a code to keep it from popping up on mobile)
    2.) Website footer (I need to add the form here again, I changed themes recently)
    3.) About page form
    4.) Free Updates page
    5.) Post footer form
    6.) Sidebar form

    Not sure why, but in my case, that sidebar form isn’t the leading driver of new subscriptions. Heh.


    1. chris

      Ricardo,
      Within Aweber, check your opt-in numbers for your pop-up subscribers. For example, you might get 100 people putting their email into the pop-up but only 20 people confirm their subscription. From when I used a pop-up, I found the signup rate was great but when I looked at at the actual number of people confirming their subscription, it wasn’t as good as I first thought.


      1. Ramsay

        That’s still 20 people that signed up that otherwise wouldn’t have (unless you’re sidebar form is amazing).

        The real question for me is engagement – do they open emails after they subscribe.


        1. chris

          Ramsay, I’m using a few different approaches; sidebar and end-of-post box. I have taken a different approach on one page of my site; it’s a huge guide and I enable a pop-up AFTER 60 seconds and I fade the background. The reader does have an easy-to-see [X] box to close the form and go back to reading. My conversion rate on that page is amazingly high.

          As for engagement, that’s a tough one. The tough part of tracking open rates is a tracking image has to be displayed by the email reader. If not, it doesn’t get counted. I do track link clicks and find that if I…I’m starting to write a long comment again, aren’t I? I’ll stop now…and just when I was getting to the good part.

          Next up from Ramsay, a post on building anticipation! :)


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  • Taniya Madan

    Hi Ramsay !!!
    All point of this post are awesome but I really like & appreciate No. 12 “Write on other blogs more than you write on your own” this is really nice & true way to get more impression & increase a big Email Subscriber List! When we like content for our own Blog so just use normal & common content but when trun comes to post content on another Blogs than content must be unique & great which can create a good impression.


    1. Ramsay

      Yep, that tip is an important one. Thanks Taniya.


  • Ambaa

    I still hate the pop-ups. I can barely stand to go near a Neil Patel site because it’s always in my face with things. His content is good enough that I *sometimes* fight through how much I hate his pop-ups.


    1. Ramsay

      Neil’s site is particularly bad. He blocks the posts as well. I often tease him about it but, like you say, the content is just worth it.


  • Louis Henry

    Thanks for the great Tips and Advice, I will definitely have implement some of these 41 tips to grow my list to 10,000+

    Great Post, Thanks!


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