Imagine how it will feel to turn your blog into a mailing list machine, getting subscribers as you sleep. Imagine being able to reach YOUR readers anytime, without worrying about Facebook algorithms, SEO rankings, or Pinterest updates. Imagine being able to monetize your mailing list and your blog... all while providing your readers with things they love.
While consumers have steadily become desensitized to giving out personal emails, they will be more apt to provide an email if there is a value exchange. As we mentioned above, simply asking someone to join your newsletter isn’t going to convince them that they are receiving value in return for their contact information. It’s important to be transparent, convincing and urgent with your opt-in call-to-action. Some easy ways to offer value for opt-ins is to:
The key to a great email list building is to know your audience and what it is they would need from you. It’s what helps you tailor the right content/offer/product/service that matters the most, that will convert in you receiving their emails. People don’t want to be disturbed, let alone with offers they don’t want or need, so do your research and prepare tailored proposal they would gladly like to receive.
For example, we found a few obscenely high-traffic posts on the Todaymade blog, and created a pop-up that encouraged people to sign up for an ebook that was related to the topic of the post. These were posts that had high bounce rates, meaning people came in, read what they wanted, and left. We figured we might as well offer them related content, since they were going to leave anyway. (Click here to see what I mean.) Imagine if you did that for your email autoresponder course? If you know people are going to those posts, why not offer them useful related content? They’re already primed for the topic. Nuthin’ to lose.
Introductions and prefaces. Creating new copy to put each blog post into context helps make individual posts seem to be part of a cohesive whole. The new copy helps frame the blog post so that it fits with the rest. For some of our email courses, we’ve written a preface, a summation of the previous lesson, and even a bit of a teaser that hints at what the next lesson will bring. That little bit of extra fresh and new copy helps your email autoresponder course feel less like you’re just spitting out old blog posts.
An active comments section is a great way to find out which blog post topic piqued your reader’s interest. If you’re lucky, readers may even be so kind as to ask you questions in their comment that you can answer as part of your email autoresponder course, or that you can use as an opportunity later to refer them to your email autoresponder course. I’ve had blog readers email me directly and ask if I could write specific posts to answer specific questions they had. As you can imagine, I’m more than happy to do so.