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33 of the Best List Building Tips + Secrets

Aug 12, 2008
I think list building is the most important strategy you can follow when Internet Marketing.

The reason is fairly simple; when you have a visitor to your web-site, you have just one opportunity for that visitor to take a desired action (i.e. bookmark, opt in, sign up, recommend, inquire, purchase etc.). However, if that visitor signs up to your list, then you have many more opportunities to encourage that visitor to take a desired action.

My tips:

1. Give away a LOT. You will get it back (in one shape or form).

2. Add multiple opt-in forms to all your web pages, give people plenty of opportunity to sign up. I make no apology for the fly in you get when you enter, nor the exit pop up either. I want you to sign up!!

3. Give away a valuable gift. In my case, I give away over 100 free gifts, worth nearly $3,000!!

4. Make your content relevant and keep your subscribers happy. Go over the top. Like I say, give away a LOT.

5. Use drop-down boxes or pop-ups. It's a fine line and I know I go over the top, but pop up, drop down, fly in, test them out and see which works best.

6. Use squeeze pages. In other words, a page where the visitor has little option other than to sign up. Of course, you need them to WANT to sign up, that's where the 'squeeze' comes in.

7. Publish articles and submit them everywhere. Point your author resource box at your squeeze page. More on Article Marketing here

8. Write a review page, publish that on other blogs, again, leading to your squeeze page.

9. Record audios and publish podcasts

10. Use forum postings

11. Use a good tell a friend script

12. Start your own forum

13. Invest in Pay Per Click advertising such as Adwords or Yahoo

14. Write testimonials for other people to gain publicity

15. Publish a viral e-book with links to your squeeze page embedded.

16. Swap ads with other publishers. This can be as simple as 'you show mine, I'll show yours' all the way through to a genuine joint venture.

17. Run a contest to create buzz

18. Create a membership site only for subscribers

19. Create another opt-in form on someone's thank you page

20. Publish a Press Release

21. Purchase ezine solo ads or classified ads in ezines

22. Sumbit to ezine directories

23. Create a giveaway application or plug in

24. Use Top Sponsors' Ads in ezines

25. Give your business card away to everyone you meet

26. Create your own Affiliate program for your own product

27. Add URL links to your email signatures

28. Keep your newsletter off the spam lists

29. Create a 5 day e-course for new subscribers

30. Purchase subscribers (going rate around 30c per subscriber)

31. Copy from the best. Sign up for newsletters. Carefully take note of the different tactics used, from the sign up (was it fly in, pop up, inline etc.?), what type of page was the landing page from the opt in form? After you confirmed your e-mail address? What incentive was used to encourage you to sign up? What was the content like? Copy the best ideas!! What did you like? What didn't you like? I'm sure you get the idea

32. Use List Hero

33. Use Automated List Builder.

There you go.
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