Let me share the big secret to building a list with you. It’s all about figuring out how to get your first 100 subscribers. Once you’ve learned that, you can do more of what you’re already doing to build your list faster. I’ll share three simple strategies with you that you can use to create your list. Best of all, all three of them are free and won’t take you long to implement. Let’s get started.
One of the easiest ways to get traffic and subscribers to your list is to comment on other popular blogs. Find about 10 of them and visit them several times a week. When appropriate, leave a great comment. Don’t just write “Great post, enjoyed reading it.” Instead, add to the conversation and share something of value.
Comments will encourage readers to click on your name and click through to your blog to learn more about you. From there, you can start to get them on your list by having a signup box in the sidebar of your blog.
Find 3 to 5 active forums in your niche and start participating. The important thing is to find forums that get quite a few new posts per day. They are the ones that get a fair amount of traffic and have a loyal readership. Look through posts and make sure there are at least ten or so from today before you add it to your list of participating forums. Sign up for each of those active forums and spend a few minutes creating a profile that includes a picture, some info about you, and, most importantly, a link back to your blog.
Answer questions and be helpful on the forum. If allowed, include a signature file that invites readers to check out your blog and sign up for your newsletter. I recommend spending 15 to 30 minutes a day on these forums. You should see a few new signups per week from this activity alone. As you start to accumulate more and more posts on these forums and become known as a bit of an expert in your field, you’ll see signup percentages increase.
Write an Article
Last but not least, sit down and write a 400-word article on a topic that’s closely related to your blog. Make it helpful and exciting. At the end of your essay, you’ll include an author resource box that will link back to your blog. I also like to encourage readers to sign up for my list. You can use the following template to write your own.
Now that you’ve learned how to [insert topic your article was about], I would like to invite you to check out my blog at http://www.pragmaticsocialmedia.com/blog. While you’re there, take a moment to sign up for more tips about Social Media.
Submit the article to several article directories. You should see a steady little stream of new visitors to your blog, and a percentage of those will sign up for your list.
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