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Building an email list isn't easy. What do you think?



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Building an email list isn't easy. What do you think?

So many people get into websites because they want to make millions online and one of the big things people never do properly is build a quality email list. I think people don't build quality lists because they're afraid of being seen as an email spammer and want to avoid that at all costs.

Don't be afraid of email marketing!

If you do it the right way it will reward you very handsomely in the long run. You can't just put up a subscribe form and think you're going to get 1,000 sign ups per day without doing a good amount of work. You'll need to be out there marketing your website day and night in order to get all those sign ups. Bust your ass in the beginning and once you have a good list you will begin to see the benefits of you working 10+ hours a day just trying to get your website in front of people Building an email list isn

I highly suggest adding a pop up that asks users to subscribe in order to increase your conversions. Normally people won't look for your newsletter signup so if you drop it right in front of them when they're on your site, you'll get more sign ups than if they looked around for it Building an email list isn


Don't rush it!

So many times I've heard people bad mouth sign up forms and it's because they rushed it. Now usually they won't admit that they started to get into the blackhat methods of getting emails, but in time they will tell you or at least slip up lol Building an email list isn Don't be tempted by the list generators that will give you 1,000s of emails a day. Do it yourself and keep everything under control so that your list is super high quality and you don't have to worry about sending out a newsletter. I've actually heard of a few website owners deactivate the welcome email and then they had a script submit thousands of emails into their mailchimp form in order to get them all in one system. They somehow bypassed the double opt in and blasted out hundreds of thousands of emails a few days later. Their accounts were quickly banned, but that doesn't stop them from making more accounts on other websites and doing the same thing.

Don't be a spammer lol.


Thanks,

Razzy

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Everett

Well, from my understanding it is quite hard. Usually it's so hard that companies are in the business of buying, and selling email addresses. Before you signup to any website make sure you're absolutely certain that the website doesn't sell your email address. I can not tell you how many times I have signed up to a website, and then had my email sold to a third party. That business practice is a bit shady in my eyes. However, you could always just opt for a little HTML on the page that says "Enter your email to be added to our newsletter, and updates!". If your website users are willing then they will signup and actually want to know what you're selling, or what to know what the latest news is.



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TommyCarey

It's not necessarily hard, it just takes a long time to build a quality list if you don't have much traffic. This is why people get sucked into buying lists or generating false lists by adding scraped emails into their own forms.

One of the things that really annoys me is when I have someone sign up and then unsubscribe after the first email I send out a week later. It's not like they signed up because they wanted to be nice, they knew they were going to get emails from me and then they bail after the first one gets sent out Building an email list isn



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idealmike

Great post Raz. Just wanted to point out one thing where you said "I highly suggest adding a pop up that asks users to subscribe". But I was just reading an article about how Google are punishing sites that use popups on their sites right now. It's been all over the news and IT sites right now. This one on The Verge site explains it quite well. Google will punish sites that use annoying pop-up ads.

Although this does say "ads" and pop up subscription forms aren't really ads. They do say "pop-ups that covered part of the main content when the user clicked on to a page" so anything that ruins the users reading experience could be considered obtrusive and this is what they're trying to prevent to improves peoples UX on peoples sites.

Also some pop ups are needed. Such as those that say you must be a certain age to use the site or those that request you to select which country version of that site you want to use. It's taken these into consideration but I can see it getting it wrong as it sometimes does and unnecessarily punishing sites that use brute force pop ups that are ads and those that request an email to carry on reading.

That said, everything else you've said is right and despite it all, Email Marketing can be very lucrative. It's long been said that "the money is in the list" and they say this for a reason. Building an email list isn



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TommyCarey

Just wanted to point out one thing where you said "I highly suggest adding a pop up that asks users to subscribe". But I was just reading an article about how Google are punishing sites that use popups on their sites right now. It's been all over the news and IT sites right now. This one on The Verge site explains it quite well.


Yeah, I know pop ups are seen as a bad thing. I know platforms like shopify have add ons that are doing this very well, but I wonder if they coded it in a way that it doesn't show as a pop up when Google is there looking at their website.

I wonder how one could draw attention to their sign up form without ruining the look and feel of their website without using a pop up. Possibly make a large form just past the fold? Like if you were to just ad a 200px high form for people to add their email and have that form stretch across the screen so that it's like a page break and gets peoples attention. I've seen something like this before, but it wasn't for email subscribers. I think it was a free backlink checker and it had something below the fold where people could input their URL Building an email list isn



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bobjoehax3

Interesting. As a user, I really don't mind the "sign up for our email list" pop-ups. I guess it's because I'm biased, haha. I have my own email list and I'm just like, "Hey, props! you guys are building your subscriber list!" Lol

I haven't used that tactic for my own list, but it seems like a good way to grab more signups. I won't' do this if it causes Google to come down on me, though. Bummer!



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bobjoehax3

Boy, you're not kidding. It has taken me a good ten years of constant promotion to build my opt-in list to the size it is. I cherish it and rely on it as my number one source of direct marketing. These people are registered customers and potential clients who really want to hear from me. That is priceless!! Absolute gold.

If you don't have an email list now, start one immediately! The sooner the better.



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annsbiz

Hello and thanks for your help and advice



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Lynne

I don't think it hard exactly. I think there is a way to do it and a way not to do it.

Like you mentioned in your post a lot of people have unrealistic expectations of working online and also about email marketing. There are so many so called gurus out there (probably mostly scammers lol) that claim you can build your list of "red hot" buyers easily and fast by using their methods when in fact I can't see that ever happening.

As with most things in life email marketing takes work and it takes time to build up your list. My lists are building slowly but steadily and if I keep on like this I will have some really awesome quality leads in the future.



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Cristian

The best list I ever created was by offering monthly services. I used to offer daily proxy lists that users could buy monthly or yearly. Even if client stop buying the lists I would not delete that email, but save it. Almost all of them were interested in online marketing or very opened to online services like social media promotion or SEO.

So yeah, that's a cool technique idea, make people offer your email for certain services and create lists depending on the area of interest of the client. Pretty cool even though it's a little unethical, but the way I see it: You gotta break some eggs of you want to make an omelette.



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EliteWriter

I agree that often email marketing is considered to be similar to email spamming. This is not the case if it is done wisely and properly. Email marketing is actually an effective online marketing method that could help you keep in touch with clients, as well as give a subtle reminder to prospective ones about anything you may be offering at the time, or a special event, or something noteworthy. The key is to avoid sending emails very often. One should also compose the emails wisely, with an interesting title that can encourage the recipient to open the email rather than deleting it immediately.



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vinaya

I built my email lists from the people who placed comments on my blog entries. My list does not even have 200 emails. It is really difficult to build a list. You can, of course, acquire the list from other sources. For instance, you can find people offering you email list for a certain price. However, the problem with such list is you never know whether the people on the list are genuinely interested in your products.



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augusta

Building an Email list is not easily and certainly might not help if list is not for people in that niche.That's why buying Email list is not the way to go,some people on bought Email list are mere bots and some are not just interested in the products.I think taking time to build a list over time will suffice it than rushing to have a list which would be helpful.



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augusta

Building an Email list is not easily and certainly might not help if list is not for people in that niche.That's why buying Email list is not the way to go,some people on bought Email list are mere bots and some are not just interested in the products.I think taking time to build a list over time will suffice it than rushing to have a list which would be helpful.



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Corzhens

Email marketing is not that easy anymore since the tendency of the receiver is to tag the email as spam when they don’t recognize the sender and that the subject is not interesting. That’s why you need to be extra creative when building an email listing. Getting subscribers is not easy and you have to exert effort in finding email addresses to where you can send your pitch.



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danigo

hello, it is quite long content to read, but i can simply said that it is not an easy indeed to create email list, may you can hire the professional marketer to do these think



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