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Affiliate Marketer? Earn More Money by Building Your List

Jul 12, 2008
There are many marketing tools available that can help you to make money with your online business. One of them is called list building, and it is a great way to have an online rolodex containing a list of customers and potential buyers.

Many internet entrepreneurs use this tactic, and it can be extremely successful and profitable, if you know how to apply different list building techniques. New internet users who would like to start their own online business, have skipped over this great money maker because they think that it is too much work, or they may consider an unnecessary step in online marketing, but that is far from the truth. If you are not engaging in list building, you are missing out on a lot of money that you could have earned by having repeat customers.

One way that you can build a list, is to have a form on your website that allows your visitors to signup with their name and email addresses. Once this is done, you will send these individuals a newsletter that is filled with information pertaining to the subject of your website to provide them with the information that they are seeking.

These newsletters are a great way to remind your visitors and customers that you still exist. People have short term memories and will forget a website very easily because there are millions of web pages available online. You want them to remember your website and what it has to offer. When your newsletter is delivered to their email inbox, they will read your latest articles and content, and you can have subtle ads or products that you can recommend.

If you have a product for sale, you should note that most of the first time visitors to your website are not likely to buy from you on their first visit. If they become regular readers on your site or in your newsletters, they may eventually come across an ad or product that they like on your website.

Tips to Create a Great Customer List

Make your visitors an offer that they cannot refuse. This can be done with a give away that you can feature in a current newsletter. People love free stuff and it does not matter if this is a free ebook, audio or video. If you offer something free, you are almost guaranteed to receive many signups to your newsletter form.

Once you have begun to build your list, you will need to keep your members interested. It is easy to join a newsletter and it is just as easy to opt-out of that list. Keep their attention and give them great material that will keep them waiting for more.

Be an authority to your readers. The reason that they have become a member is to get information that they want to receive from you. You want to write articles and material that will help them to learn something that is not freely available.

Create a schedule and stick to it. When you first begin the list, you should try for a monthly newsletter or a bi-weekly edition. Many internet gurus have weekly newsletters, but you should understand what you are getting into before you go all out. You do not want to promise your readers that you will provide new and great newsletter each week if you cannot guarantee it. You will also want to avoid creating a newsletter that is filled with junk and worthless because you did not have the time to create a good one.

You are creating a newsletter, not a weekly circular. While you will want to mention a few products every now and then, you will want to avoid sounding like a telemarketer. Don't push products in the faces of your visitors every time. When you do add, be subtle and don't fill the entire newsletter with your ads.
About the Author
Jude Wright has been the owner of http://aboutaffiliatemarketing.com since 2002. Stop by and pick up her free report, Newbie's Affiliate Guide.
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